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Community of Practice
Engaging Learners 
Anytime, Anywhere

5-week virtual series
January 13 - February 10

Wednesdays from 4:00-5:30 pm PT


How do we engage students as active participants in distance learning?
What are the learning experiences that best address learners' academic and social-emotional needs at a distance? How do we help students feel connected and seen as individuals? In this five-part, collaborative, interactive, weekly learning experience leaders and teachers will tackle these challenges and develop actionable plans to take back to their virtual and in-person classrooms

Engaging Learners Anytime, Anywhere
Community of Practice

Research shows that adult learners thrive in the very same environments that best support our younger learners: environments that promote agency, position learning in ways that feel personal and relevant, and equip learners with the transferable skills and competencies they need to engage in transformational learning. Guided by this learner-centered approach, participants will deepen understanding of best practices and strengthen capacity to provide academic and social & emotional support to their students in distance learning, all while tapping into a community of educators from across the country.

Essential  Question:
How can we create engaging and motivating distance learning experiences for all our students?

Learning Outcomes 

I can leverage strategies to build community and connection to support
students’ social and emotional learning. 
I can plan and implement assessment for learning practices that support
student learning. 
I can design learning experiences that develop the academic
and social-emotional learning needs for all learners.


The Learning Experience

Participants will engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning cycles that provide opportunity to construct learning, deepen understanding, apply new learning in practice, connect with others, and reflect. 

Throughout the 5-weeks educators will :

  • Set goals aligned to current teaching practices and desired outcomes.
  • Expand and strengthen strategies for building community and connection to support students' social and emotional learning.
  • Develop and implement learning experiences that increase student engagement and motivation and address academic, social, and emotional learning needs. 
  • Explore strategies that foster student agency and empower students to drive their own learning.
  • Develop a digital portfolio of learning.
  • Gain toolkits to support continued advancement of practices throughout the year. 

Weekly Learning Focus

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Sample Agenda

4:00 - 5:30 pm PT

Community building

Reflection and small group breakout sessions to share learning  

Constructing understanding - new learning

Deepening understanding - individual and small group meaning making

Synthesis of learning

Reflection and goal-setting



5:30 - 6:00 pm PT

Optional office hours 

An opportunity to meet 1:1 or in small groups to further explore course content
and specific questions. 


Hear what educators are saying

“Teaching and learning online is not only possible but it's possible to do it well. This is an opportunity to tailor my teaching to individual students more than maybe I could in the traditional face-to-face setting.” High school teacher, Olympia School District, site-based Educator Institute participant
"I loved being able to hear about the experiences that other educators are having around the nation! Distance learning can really make you feel like there is no outside world, so hearing others' educational highs and lows was SO refreshing!" Teacher and Fall 2020 Educator Institute participant
“I liked realizing most of the tools in my in-person teaching tool kit are easily adaptable to virtual teaching and it isn't as 'hard' if I realize I can work smarter and not harder.” Principal, Olympia School District, site-based Educator Institute participant
“Thank you for this training which pushed me to think more deeply about backwards design and about involving students in every step of the learning process. Having ownership over one's learning is empowering.” Faculty, Mercersburg Academy, site-based Educator Institute participant
"I appreciated all the varied assessment tools that were shared. They're great because many of them I can put to work right away." Teacher, El Segundo Unified School District, Fall 2020 Educator Institute participant
“I like the concepts we were exposed to, not only for a virtual environment, but also for in-person learning and coaching even.” Coach, Mercersburg Academy, site-based Educator Institute participant
"As a result of my learning, I will approach curriculum and content with more purpose and intention." Educator, The Hewitt School, site-based Educator Institute participant

Reserve your seat today!

Dates: January 13, 20, and 27, February 3 and 10 (Wednesdays)

Time: 4:00 - 5:30 pm PT, with optional office hours from 5:30 - 6:00 pm

Location: Virtual (Zoom link will be sent to all registrants)

Price: $199 per educator, 20% off when you register 5+ team members

For schools interested in registering more than 10 team members, we recommend our site-based options that can be tailored to your specific needs.
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Given the interactive, collaborative format of our Institutes capacity is limited.
Register now to reserve spots for educators and team members.

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Registration is open for our one-day deep dive into learner-centered assessment practices.
Reserve your spot in our next Educator Institute, Engaging Learners in Assessment for Learning on February 4.

Instructional Team


Dr. Katie Martin

VP of Professional Learning & Author of Learner-Centered Innovation

As VP of Professional Learning, Katie is developing professional learning programs to support schools and districts in their shift to learner-centered education. Katie began her career as a middle school English language arts teacher. She has also served as an instructional coach and led a mentoring program for new teachers in her district. 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 is the author of “Learner-Centered Innovation: Spark Curiosity, Ignite Passion and Unleash Genius.” She earned her Master of Education in middle school education and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.


Symon Hayes

Head of Professional Learning

As Head of Professional Learning at Altitude Learning, Symon has extensive experience designing, leading, and facilitating professional learning experiences that support educators shifting to learner-centered practices. With over 27 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 deep 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.


Catina Hancock

Senior Lead of Leadership and Learning

A life-long educator with over 20 years of education leadership experience, Catina is the Senior Lead of Leadership and Learning at Altitude Learning where she designs and delivers learning experiences that support school leaders and teams to achieve their goals and vision for learning. A strong collaborator, who believes in growing team culture and capacity, Catina draws from her experience as Principal of the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts, an International Baccalaureate magnet school with a VAPA focus. During her tenure there, she led the school out of program improvement to be one of only 3 schools in California to earn the state’s top recognitions (Title I High Achieving, Excellence in the Arts, and CA Gold Ribbon). She also has secondary leadership experience, having served as Principal at Calavera Hills Middle (also leading the school to earn the distinction of CA School to Watch). Catina is also a business owner, building community in 2 CrossFit gyms in San Diego, CA. 


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