Katie Novak, Ed.D., is the assistant superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts and a leading expert on Universal Design for Learning implementation. With 15 years of experience in teaching and administration and an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, Novak designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on implementation of UDL.

She is the author of four books: UDL Now!Universally Designed Leadership (with Kristan Rodriguez), UDL in the Cloud (with Tom Thibodeau) and Let Them Thrive.


Parents want their kids to be successful. Teachers do, too. And we can all use all the help we can get. In Let Them Thrive: A Playbook for Helping Your Child Succeed in School and in Life, master teacher and mother of four Katie Novak reveals the most effective strategies for supporting all kids in becoming successful, lifelong learners.

In this upbeat and cleverly illustrated book, Novak—author of the bestseller UDL Now! A Teacher’s Monday Morning Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms—gives parents clear guidance for how best to work with their children and their children’s teachers. Novak introduces the research-based framework of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and shares tips and tools for using UDL principles to unlock the doors to academic success.


  • Let Them Thrive: A practical understanding for parents of how education works—and how it can work better—for your children
  • Back-to-school 2018: Learn how to support and advocate for your child’s education from a parent and educator with 15 years of experience in teaching and administration
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL): A framework that aims to lower barriers to learning and help achieve greater opportunity and academic achievement for all learners, including those with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged students, and gifted and talented students.
  • Understand the science behind UDL and the barriers teachers and administrators face when implementing it in their classrooms, schools and districts
  • Creating more equitable learning environments
  • Multiple intelligences: Using the 8 intelligences to assess and bring out your child’s capabilities
  • Becoming a champion for teachers in your community: Understand what your child’s teacher is up against and how to best support him or her
  • Raise Your Expectations of Your Child: Teaching them how to have a growth mindset through struggles and failure