Allison Posey (@AllisonAPosey) is a curriculum and design specialist at CAST, a non-profit in Wakefield, MA, where she collaborates with educators from across the U.S. and internationally to implement Universal Design for Learning (UDL). She works in a wide range of settings, from kindergarten to higher education institutions to informal learning environments - with the ultimate goal that learning is intentionally designed to meet the needs of every individual in equitable, inclusive ways. Prior to her work at CAST, she taught science in high school and community college, earned a certificate in art from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a degree in Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Katie Novak, Ed.D., is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Massachusetts. With 18 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 6 books published. Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and universally designed leadership. Dr. Novak is the author of Revised and Expanded Edition: UDL Now! A Teacher's Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today's Classrooms, which has sold over 40,000 copies worldwide. Two of her other publications, of which she is a co-author, have been endorsed by leading professors in the field of education and state departments of education. UDL in the Cloud was endorsed by the Executive Director of The Initiative on Learning and Teaching at MIT while Mitchell Chester, the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), endorsed Universally Designed Leadership. Innovate Inside the Box has landed as #1 on Amazon's Best Seller's List for Education. Novak's work in UDL has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success. Partnering with her for professional development will ensure an engaging, motivating experience that will improve the practice of all educators in attendance. Connect @katienovakudl.
"Unlearning is the book educators need to start examining their beliefs about learning and teaching in the modern era of education. Allison Posey and Katie Novak, two powerful advocates for progressive education, not only take on system reform but ask us to examine our embedded beliefs of what learning is. They encourage readers to be bold and assertive in examining their assumptions by creating space for self discovery and sharing insights from their own journeys."Bryan Dean, UDL Innovation Specialist