Prof. Katie Martin

International Thought-Leader on Education & Acclaimed Author of 'Learner-Centred Innovation'

BIOGRAPHY

‣ Former Director of District Leadership For The Buck Institute For Education

‣ Vice-president of Professional Learning, Altitude Learning

‣ Head of Partnerships, West at AltSchool
“When we tell kids to complete an assignment, we get compliance, but when we empower kids to explore and learn how to make an impact on the world, we inspire innovators.”

Katie is the acclaimed author of “Learner-centred Innovation” and 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. She served as director of district leadership at the Buck Institute for Education, which prepares students for the future through project-based learning.

As Vice-president of Altitude Learning, Katie supports school and district leaders to reimagine school. Along with the professional learning team, Katie supports district and school leaders to create the conditions and experiences to shift to learner-centered models of education that empower all learners to develop the real-world knowledge, transferable skills, and mindset to thrive in a changing world. ‍

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. Her doctoral research focused on supporting new educators. Katie’s experience in research and practice continue to guide her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn.

KEYNOTE 1

Best-selling & Highly Popular

A New Way Forward: Reimagine and Empower Learning

BY Prof. Katie Martin

Synopsis

If we see the pandemic as a portal and use this opportunity to create a new way forward, we can choose to leave behind the parts that no longer fit the future we want to create.

Let’s not aspire to go back to normal, let’s use the beginner’s mindset to stay curious, free ourselves from the expectations of what school should be, and explore the possibilities of what it could be.

This talk will focus on how we can reimagine learning and create the enabling conditions that empower all individuals to reach their full potential.

KEYNOTE 2

Best-selling & Highly Popular

Evolving Education: Shifting to a Learner-Centered Paradigm

BY Prof. Katie Martin

Synopsis

When you raise the bar for kids, they often exceed it. We spend too much time thinking about what kids can’t do and creating systems to control people rather than raising the bar and providing support to get there.

There are many unknowns in the near future, but we know that if learners don’t feel seen for who they are and valued for the unique gifts they bring, we will fail to create opportunities for all individuals to reach their full potential.

It is crucial that we focus on how to co-design meaningful experiences, connect with learners as individuals, and help them develop skills to navigate their world today and in the future.

This talk will focus on what is possible when we believe in learners, design for learning, not control, and create the conditions for authentic and purposeful learning.

MASTERCLASS 1

Best-selling & Highly Popular

Learner-Centered Innovation: Creating Powerful Learning Experiences for Students

BY Prof. Katie Martin

Synopsis

The future of education will require new school models, new approaches to teaching and learning, and innovative leaders who can create the conditions for meaningful change.

In this interactive design session, participants will dive into the essential components of learner-centered education and engage in collaborative activities to empathize, ideate, and design learning experiences that will accelerate the shift to effective and empowering learning experiences for all students.

MASTERCLASS 2

Best-selling & Highly Popular

Learner-Centred Assessment: Inspiring Students to be Problem-Solvers and Innovators

BY Prof. Katie Martin

Synopsis

Shifting how we learn in school starts with what and how and what we assess. As we evolve in our beliefs, systems, and practices, this is the perfect opportunity to create new and better models that measure what matters. When we tell kids to complete an assignment, we get compliance.

When we empower kids to explore and learn how to make an impact on the world, we inspire problem solvers and innovators. Instead of accountability for finishing a task, let’s focus on the evidence of learning and growth aligned to whole learner outcomes.

This workshop will help you prioritize what matters most, provide examples of assessment practices and provide time for you to identify what is already working and your next steps.

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