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UDL Playbook for School and District Leaders


Katie Novak & Mike Woodlock



UDL Playbook for School and District Leaders

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About the Book

In UDL Playbook for School and District Leaders, the authors lay out a step-by-step process to remake your leadership skills and methods through the inclusive principles of Universal Design for Learning. Creating multitiered systems of support, delivering effective and inspiring feedback, and embedding the UDL principles throughout your culture and curriculum—these are just some of the topics covered by two veteran school leaders.

The UDL Playbook for School and District Leaders is available in paperback ($31.00, 168 pages), and EPUB ($31.00, 9781930583887) format!

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Katie Novak & Mike Woodlock on UDL Playbook

Watch a series of short videos from the authors on their goals and inspiration when writing UDL Playbook. 

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Praise for UDL Playbook

This is an excellent resource for school leaders, one that is full of practical suggestions for making learning environments more inclusive with Universal Design for Learning.

Katherine C. Stehr, Director of Innovation, Los Angeles Unified School District


Novak and Woodlock recognize that changing school and district culture for the better starts with specific day-to-day practices rooted in a broader commitment to inclusivity. Universal Design for Learning is a great lever for change, and these authors offer both the vision and details to make change happen.

Helene Paroff, Inclusionary Practices Project Director, Washington Association of School Administrators


In my 30 years as an educator, I’ve never come across a book that made so much practical sense. This engaging book inspires school leaders at every level to advance inclusive strategies and approaches that can change outcomes for all learners. The UDL Playbook is practical and promising, wise and witty. Every administrator needs a copy.

C.A. Tolchinsky, EdD, Director of Student Success & Learning Excellence, Nova Southeastern University


About the Authors

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Katie Novak, EdD, is an internationally renowned education consultant, author, graduate instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and a former Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. Katie has more than 19 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and ten published books, including the best-selling education book, UDL Now!.

You can find her online at and on Twitter at @KatieNovakUDL.

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Mike Woodlock is an innovative administrator, consultant, and graduate instructor with 25 years of experience in education. As principal of Groton-Dunstable Regional High School in Massachusetts, he’s carried out a strategic plan that transformed the school through UDL. In consulting roles, he has worked with administrators across the country to support implementation of multi-tiered systems of support, inclusive practice, and UDL. 

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Preparing to Be an Expert Learner
  • Chapter 2: The Executive Function of Leadership
  • Chapter 3: Creating a UDL Foundation
  • Chapter 4: Modeling UDL Through Professional Learning
  • Chapter 5: Educator Evaluation to Improve Teacher Efficacy
  • Chapter 6: All Things Curriculum
  • Chapter 7: The Magic of Staffing
  • Chapter 8: A Schedule That Supports UDL Within a Multitiered System
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix: UDL Progression Rubric
  • References
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Authors
  • Index

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