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Empowering Competency-Based Learning Throughout a District

Monday, September 16, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Empowering Competency-Based Learning Throughout a District

Presented by Dr. Katie Martin, Vice President of Professional Learning, Altitude Learning; Dr. Kimberly Hatten, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Futures Academy; and Symon Hayes, Senior Learning Designer, Altitude Learning

Sponsored by Altitude Learning

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Changing students’ learning experiences starts with changing professional learning experiences. In this edWebinar for school and district leaders, panelists share a competency-based approach to professional learning that builds internal capacity into schools and districts scaling their learner-centered practices. This competency-based model for professional learning starts with a rubric-based self-assessment of current pedagogical practices to inform goal setting. From there, learners engage in relevant, contextualized, and personalized learning pathways. The result? Professional learning experiences that drive meaningful change and establish a model and learning cycles for both professional and student learning throughout a district or school.

Viewers will gain a framework for impactful professional learning, learn about assessment tools and strategies that support and inform a competency-based approach to learning, and hear from school leaders using the model. This recorded edWebinar will be of particular benefit to K-12 school and district leaders.

About the Presenters

Katie Martin, Ph.D. is Vice President of Professional Learning at Altitude Learning where she supports schools and districts in their shift to learner-centered education. Before joining Altitude Learning, she served as Director of District Leadership at the Buck Institute for Education, which prepares students for the future through project-based learning. Katie began her career as a middle school English language arts teacher and also served as an instructional coach and led a mentoring program for new teachers in her district. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in middle school education, and her doctoral studies focused on new teacher induction. A leader, teacher, and speaker, Katie believes that if we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn. She is the author of Learner Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion, and Unleash Genius.


Kimberly Hatten is dedicated to serving students through transformational teaching. In her role as the director of curriculum, instruction and assessment at Futures Academy she serves all 16+ campuses and their exceptional teaching teams. Her areas of expertise include teacher preparation and curriculum development with a focus in equitable learning for diverse students. She holds a doctorate in education in educational leadership from the University of Southern California where her research focus was on multimodal composition and teacher preparation. Prior to joining Futures Academy, she taught English language arts at the middle school and high school levels.


Symon Hayes is the senior learning designer at Altitude Learning where he designs and facilitates professional learning experiences that support educators shifting to learner-centered practices. With over 25 years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, school-based and district-wide instructional coach, learning designer, and professional learning facilitator he has a deep understanding of instruction and assessment practices for learners of all ages. His work is informed by extensive collaborations with schools and districts across the country, his tenure at Eagle County School District in Colorado, teaching in the UK where he is from, and degrees in art, education, and education design technology. He also presents at conferences and is a regular at the annual Deeper Learning Conference at High Tech High.


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Altitude Learning is an educator-run startup powering the growing learner-centered movement. With both professional learning and a software platform, it meets schools and districts where they are and accelerates their shift to learner-centered education.


Monday, September 16, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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