Early in her career, a foray into communications eventually led Colleen to work with urban youth on developing problem-solving and leadership skills. Moved by this experience, she realized the enormous potential that children can access when they’re able to engage in—and reflect on—personally meaningful experiences.
Now an education veteran with more than two decades of expertise as a teacher, instructional coach, administrator, and learning designer, Colleen’s experience has helped her to deeply understand and access different levers of change. She has designed curriculum, led professional development, coached district and school leaders, and catalyzed innovation through philanthropic efforts. Through all of these initiatives, she has worked to empower every child while addressing scale on an increasingly larger stage.
Colleen’s work to further learner-centric education has directly impacted thousands of students and teachers at local, state, national, and international levels. Her extensive experience includes key leadership roles at schools in the U.S. and abroad in Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Nepal, and Brazil, spanning both private and public settings.
Most recently, she guided pedagogical direction across AltSchool’s (now Altitude Learning) technology, services, and lab schools, ensuring that the practice and product are rooted deeply in learning research. Her team ensured that they developed flexible solutions that work in any school environment, enabling districts and schools across the country to shift toward more learner-centric models of education, in line with their own visions.
Today, Colleen leads learning at the International School of Zug and Luzern for kids, staff and the organization as a whole. Working from a hypothesis that leaders need to embrace a new model of change that creates the conditions for others to thrive, she hopes to model strategies that opens the doors of possibilities.
You can follow her on Twitter at @ColleenBroderic