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Ed Current: Innovate Inside the Box

Feeling trapped inside the box? For educators, the box is the reality of standards. But change-makers can learn to design ELA instruction that builds on student strengths and allows the students to self-differentiate their learning using self-direction, collaboration and resourcefulness.

Join Jamie Richard and the dream team of George Couros and Dr. Katie Novak, co-authors of “Innovate Inside the Box,” as we share how to cultivate an innovator’s mindset using UDL principles that support all learners for our most actionable, impactful and downright fun Ed Current webinar to date.

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About the presenters


Jamie Richard, M.Ed. 

Marketing Manager, Newsela

Jamie Richard, M.Ed. is currently the Marketing Manager for Newsela. She hosts a monthly webinar, Ed Current which features timely topics in education for change makers. Before joining Newsela, Jamie taught secondary ELA in Pennsylvania, South Carolina and California for eight years, and was also a school leader. Before moving into the edtech space, Jamie was a finalist for Teacher of the Year and received the STAR award for the highest student growth in Pennsylvania.


George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe. George is also the creator of Connected, an initiative that brings educators and leaders together from around the world to create powerful learning opportunities for students.

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Katie Novak, Ed. D.

Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education as an Assistant Superintendent of Schools at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. With 17 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and 6 books published including the best-selling UDL Now! and Innovate Inside the Box, with George Couros. Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on inclusive practice, the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and creating multi-tiered systems of support.