SIP Grantee Exclusive! Spring Institute

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Don’t Miss the SIP Grantee Exclusive Spring Institute 2020-2021!

Join SIP grantees from across the state to engage with experts in the field, network, and plan for 2021-2022.

California Department of Education Director of the Special Education Division Heather Calomese and Associate Director Shiyloh Becerril will present updates from the CDE. SIP grantees will receive an exclusive keynote presentation by authors and educators, Dr. Katie Novak, Mirko Chardin, and Dr. Andratesha Fritzgerald. Grantees will have the opportunity to hear grantee presentations about navigating 2020-2021.

If you have any questions, please contact SIP Project Coordinator, Janelle Mercado at or Program Assistant, Jessica Takacs at


Apr 20 2021


9:00 AM - 11:00 AM


  • Andratesha Fritzgerald, Ed.S.
    Andratesha Fritzgerald, Ed.S.
    Education Consultant, Online Course Instructor, Virtual Module Content Provider

    Andratesha Fritzgerald, Ed.S. serves as Director of Teaching, Learning and Innovation for the East Cleveland (OH) City School Districts and has been a teacher and leader in urban schools for nearly 20 years. Her life’s work is to awaken, celebrate and activate the brilliance of teachers, leaders, and students to actualize achievement wherever it seems impossible. She has been a speaker at CAST’s annual UDL Symposium and state conferences for teachers, and is in high-demand as a keynote speaker and professional development provider.

  • Dawn Berlin
    Dawn Berlin
    Program Specialist
  • Janelle Mercado
    Janelle Mercado
    Improvement Facilitator
  • Katie Novak
    Katie Novak

    Katie Novak, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned education consultant as well as a practicing leader in education at the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District in Massachusetts. With 18 years of experience in teaching and administration, an earned doctorate in curriculum and teaching, and seven published books, Katie designs and presents workshops both nationally and internationally focusing on the implementation of inclusive practices, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), multi-tiered systems of support, and universally designed leadership. Novak’s work has impacted educators worldwide as her contributions and collaborations have built upon the foundation for an educational framework that is critical for student success.

    Dr. Novak is the author of the best-selling book, UDL Now! A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms. Her book, Innovate Inside the Box, with George Couros, explores how to create innovative and purposeful learning opportunities for students within the constraints of educational systems. Let Them Thrive was endorsed by the PACER Foundation. Two additional 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 late Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), endorsed Universally Designed Leadership.

    Novak’s work has been highlighted in many publications including Language Magazine, NAESP Principal, ADDitude Magazine, Commonwealth Magazine, The Inclusion Lab, Think Inclusive, School news, the Huffington Post, Principal Leadership, District Administrator, ASCD Education Update, and School Administrator.

  • Kevin Schaefer
    Kevin Schaefer
    Director of Program Support - El Dorado SELPAs
  • Kristin Brooks
    Kristin Brooks
    Executive Director - Riverside County Office of Education
  • Mirko J. Chardin
    Mirko J. Chardin
    Education Consultant, Keynote Speaker, Strategic Partner

    Mirko Chardin is the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mr. Chardin’s work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experience and passion revolves around culturally connected teaching and learning, recruiting and retaining educators of color, restorative practice, and school culture. He was a keynote speaker at the 2017 UDL for Social Justice Symposium, the 2018 Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Leading with Equity & Access Conference, the 2019 California MTSS Professional Learning Institute and was the 2019 opening keynote speaker for the Holyoke & North Andover Public School Districts. He is also a race, diversity and cultural proficiency facilitator & leadership coach for the Aspire Institute at Boston University’s New Wheelock College of Human Development and Education and is a Virtual Module Content Provider and In-Person Technical Assistance Provider for the Department of Education’s Inclusive Practice Academy.

    He is a principal mentor for the Perone-Sizer Creative Leadership Institute, a Trustee at Wheaton College and is an active hip-hop artist, releasing the album “Unhealthy Societies” this past year. Mirko presents both locally and nationally on issues of cultural proficiency, equity and the use of personal narratives.

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