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Measuring What Matters Most for All Learners

Monday, November 18, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Measuring What Matters Most for All Learners

Presented by Dr. Devin Vodicka, Chief Impact Officer, Altitude Learning; Keith Nuthall, Co-founder and Principal, Odyssey STEM Academy; and Courtney Wright, Founding Member and Humanities Advisor, Odyssey STEM Academy
Hosted by Kelsey Payne, Senior Partner Success Lead, Altitude Learning

Sponsored by Altitude Learning

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What does a post-industrial educational system need to measure in order to better prepare all learners for an era of accelerating change? How can we leverage a wider range of inputs for more holistic and actionable measurements of success? Schools are increasingly adopting learner-centered assessment approaches to measure academic and social-emotional competencies alongside new inputs that capture the skills necessary for success today. 

In this edWebinar, uncover a comprehensive model for measuring student progress based on extensive research and input from thought leaders and innovative schools. The team at Odyssey STEM Academy in the Paramount Unified School District shares how they are enabling students to own their learning and operationalizing learner-centered, student-driven, actionable measures of success with students every day.

Viewers will come away with: 

  • A framework for identifying, capturing, and using whole-child measures to build learner agency, collaboration, and problem-solving. 
  • Insights into Odyssey’s exemplary practices and systems including an iterative feedback cycle, student-led conferences and learning exhibitions, and progress report teams. 
  • Visibility into how purposeful use of technology can capture all learning, measure progress toward competencies, and empower learners to see, take ownership of, and drive their own learning.

This recorded edWebinar will be of particular benefit to school and district leaders of kindergarten through high school grade levels.


Devin VodickaAbout the Presenters

Dr. Devin Vodicka serves as the chief impact officer and chief academic officer at Altitude Learning. He is a former superintendent and is recognized as one of the most innovative educational leaders in the country. He is a three-time California superintendent of the year (2016 AASA, 2015 ACSA, 2015 Pepperdine), Innovative Superintendent of the Year, and nine-time White House honoree, both in recognition for district-wide achievement, and to advise and partner with the U.S. Department of Education. As superintendent of Vista Unified School District, Devin led his 25,000-student community through district-wide changes that resulted in major improvements across every academic and behavioral metric. Renowned for his change management expertise and unique understanding of how technology can help transform learning, Devin is working to accelerate learner-centric education for children nationwide.


Keith NuthallKeith Nuthall, co-founder and principal of Odyssey STEM Academy in the Paramount Unified School District, has dedicated his career to ensuring students are empowered to succeed in a constantly changing world. He advocates that students play an empowered role in customizing the direction of their own education and works to build robust programs with career pathways that are equally accessible to ALL students. Prior to opening Odyssey, he served as the founding principal of Del Lago Academy. He has also directed national, state, and local high school redesign initiatives in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Carnegie Foundation, and U.S. Department of Education.


Courtney WrightCourtney Wright is on a quest to empower learners through deep and authentic reading, writing, and thinking. She is a founding member and humanities advisor at Odyssey STEM Academy in Paramount, CA, where she and her team have undertaken an ambitious goal: to reimagine high school and empower young people to own their learning. After completing a social justice-oriented teacher preparation program in her home state of Nebraska, Courtney taught as an English teacher at LAUSD and WCCUSD comprehensive high schools before joining Odyssey. She is passionate about providing equitable access to meaningful and inspiring learning for all students, particularly those in high-need areas. Courtney is building expertise in cross-curricular design and instruction, developing community through restorative practices, and purposefully integrating technology in the classroom to enhance learning and student growth. She is fervently optimistic and is devoted to advancing student-centered public education reform.


Kelsey PayneAbout the Host

A lifelong learner and educator, with experience as a first-grade teacher, literacy specialist, and instructional coach, Kelsey Payne serves as a senior partner success lead at Altitude Learning. Her experience includes leadership roles within both public and charter schools, creating and fostering student voice within classroom environments, and developing whole-child literacy programs. Kelsey was on the founding team of a charter school in Phoenix, AZ focusing on utilizing the Socratic method in elementary classrooms. She is working towards her doctorate in education leadership with a focus on creating open-walled classrooms and connecting communities to curriculum. Kelsey has a B.A. in elementary education and an M.Ed. in teaching reading from the University of San Francisco.


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Altitude LearningAltitude 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, November 18, 2019
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
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