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Educator Institute
Engaging Learners
in Assessment for Learning Anytime, Anywhere

1-day virtual session
Thursday, February 4, 2021
8:00 am - 2:00 pm PT


How do we engage and motivate students as active participants in assessment for learning practices? What practices empower learners to demonstrate progress toward competencies in authentic ways? How can we effectively implement assessment and feedback cycles in distance learning? Being intentional about how and why we assess, and engaging learners in the process is more important than ever this school year. In this interactive one-day Institute, educators will deepen their understanding of learner-centered assessment practices that empower students as active participants in their learning process whether in-person or at a distance. 

Altitude Learning Educator Institutes

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 explore and advance assessment strategies and practices they can take back to their virtual and in-person classrooms.

Essential  Question:
How do we implement assessment practices to engage, motivate, and support students in their learning?

Learning Outcomes 

I strengthened my capacity to provide learner-centered assessment experiences that inform and drive learning. 
I deepened my understanding and toolkit of assessment strategies and practices that motivate and engage students in their learning process.
I connected new learning to my current context and have a clear action plan for implementing new practices with learners.


The Learning Experience

Participants will engage in learning experiences that include collaboration,
meaning making, and reflection in order to identify the bright spots, bridges, and
barriers of current assessment practice and establish assessment goals and action plans ready for implementation with learners.

Throughout the Institute educators will:

  • Explore, expand, and deepen understanding of formative assessment strategies, activities, and protocols for assessment design and implementation that supports academic, social, and emotional learning.

  • Acquire toolkits to support continued advancement of assessment and feedback practices throughout the year.

  • Set goals aligned to current teaching practices and desired outcomes.

  • Experience community building practices that encourage and promote student engagement.


Welcome and community building
Assessment principles
Assessment for learning; Checking for understanding
Assessment for learning strategies
Goal-setting and contextualizing learning
Exhibition of learning
Reflection / Closing


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
“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
“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
“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
"As a result of my learning, I will approach curriculum and content with more purpose and intention." Educator, The Hewitt School

Reserve your seat today!

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2021

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm PT

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

Price: $150 per educator, 20% off when you register 5+ team members


Given the interactive, collaborative format of our Institutes capacity is limited.
Register now to reserve spots for educators and team members.
Follow prompts to pay by credit card or PO. 

Questions? Email

Looking to build distance learning capacity while connecting with educators from across the country? Check out our "Engaging Learners Anytime, Anywhere" Community of Practice. The next 5-week series kicks off January 13.

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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