The NxGL² Leading and Learning Summit is designed to stimulate discussion and action ideas, particularly for those interested in forging new instructional pathways, providing more learning options for students, and coaching teachers to improve the level of rigor and quality of results in their classrooms. This day-long learning event offers a variety of options consisting of keynote speaker sessions and concurrent education sessions.

Schedule for the Day

8:00 a.m.   -  Registration (2nd Floor West Tower)

9:00 a.m. - Morning General Session featuring Dr. Katie Martin from Altitude Learning, Galt House Ballroom C, Second Floor, East Tower
10:30 a.m. - Morning concurrent sessions featuring Dr. Sarah Fine from High Tech High, Kentucky's own Dr. Tom Guskey, and Ryan Steuer from Magnify Learning. 
11:45 a.m. - Lunch on your own.  Many great choices available at the Galt House and within close walking. 
12:45 p.m. (sharp) - Afternoon concurrent sessions featuring Dr. Karen Martin, Dr. Guskey, and Mr. Steuer. 
2:15 p.m. - Afternoon General Session featuring Dr. Sarah Fine, recent winner of the Grawemeyer Award for Education from the University of Louisville
3:30 p.m. - Adjourn

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Katie Martin, VP of Professional Learning, Altitude Learning
As a third grader, Katie fell in love with Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle when she read it as a school assignment. Then she had to take a test to prove she had read it, tainting an otherwise beloved experience. She remembers thinking at eight years old, “There has to be a better way.” That experience stuck with her, and so did many others like it. Finding that “better way” inspired her career in education. It also fueled a desire to create educational experiences in which students’ voices mattered, and in which learners felt heard and supported. 

Katie’s passion for transforming education has only grown as she’s witnessed firsthand how impersonal metrics and compliance-based educational standards can stymie students’ enthusiasm. As a mother of two young children who have an unbridled love of learning, her desire to shift to authentic learning from grades and report cards is now coupled with a growing sense of urgency.

At Altitude Learning, Katie supports school and district leaders to re-imagine 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.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.  

Dr. Sarah Fine, Director, Teaching Apprenticeship Program, High Tech High
Dr. Sarah Fine is an educator and scholar working at the intersection of practice and research. Her work is grounded in the goal of transforming schools and classrooms into more humanizing places to teach and learn. 

Co-author of In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, Sarah currently directs the High Tech High Graduate School of Education’s Teaching Apprenticeship Program and also serves as a lecturer in Education Studies at the University of California San Diego. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, New York Times, Education Week, and a range of academic journals. Fine and co-author,  Jal Mehta, recently won the 2020 Grawemeyer Award in Education for ideas set forth in their book. 

Dr. Tom Guskey, Senior Research Scholar, U of L
Dr. Guskey is the author/editor of 25 award-winning books and more than 250 book chapters, articles, and professional papers on educational measurement, evaluation, assessment, grading, and professional learning. His articles have appeared in prominent research journals including the American Educational Research Journal, Educational Researcher, and Review of Educational Research, as well as practitioner publications such as Education Week, Educational Leadership, Phi Delta Kappan, and The Learning Professional, and School Administrator. He served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, andon the task force to develop the National Standards for Professional Development.

In recognition of his contributions, Dr. Guskey was named a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association, the Association’s highest honor, and also received the Association’s prestigious Relating Research to Practice Award. He was awarded the Distinguished Contributions to the Field Award by Learning Forward, The Millman Award by the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness, the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Association of Educational Publishers, and the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. His work is dedicated to helping teachers and school leaders use quality educational research to help all of their students learn well and gain the many valuable benefits of that success.

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February 23
Networking Reception

February 24
Opening Keynote - Dr. Katie Martin: Learner Centered Innovation
Breakout Sessions
•Mastery Learning
•Standards Based Grading
•Learner Centered Practices
•Project Based Learning
•Deeper Teaching
Closing Keynote - Dr. Sarah Fine: In search of Deeper Learning

Galt House Hotel

February 24, 2020
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Member: $199
Non-member: $249 


• Written cancellation requests received by Monday, February 10, 2020 will receive a refund minus $30 cancellation fee
• Written cancellation requests received on or after Tuesday, February 11, 2020 will not be refunded
• Written cancellation requests must be sent to

Online registration is unavailable until Tuesday, January 29. 
You may still register by calling (800) 928-5272. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Online registration is unavailable until Tuesday, January 29. 
You may still register by calling (800) 928-5272. 
We apologize for the inconvenience.
For more information contact one of the NxGL² Committee:
Jesse Bacon Bullitt County Schools Sara Brady Marion County Schools
Rhonda Callaway Webster County Schools
Jennifer Carroll  KVEC/Wolfe County Schools
Dorothy Dennie
Kenton County Schools 
Susan Dugle  Shelby County Schools 
Barry W. Goley, Ph.D...
Logan County Schools 
Travis Hamby
Allen County Schools
Sherri J. Heise
Emeritus Laura Hudson, Ed.D... Warren County Schools
Amanda J. Irvan  Crittenden County Schools...  Paul Mullins
Logan County Schools
Julie Shelton...  Bowling Green Ind Schools Matthew L. Turner.. Boone County Schools 
Lu S. Young, EdD University of Kentucky