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Denise Altobello Named St. Martin’s Director of Learning + Innovation + Design

Denise Altobello Named St. Martin’s Director of Learning + Innovation + Design
Denise Altobello has been named St. Martin’s Director of Learning + Innovation + Design. In this new role, beginning in the 2020-21 school year, she will continue to direct the Innovation + Design program. Altobello will also work with the faculty to assure a strong level of cohesiveness in teaching and learning methodologies and practices across the divisions. Her goal will be to cultivate an environment that continues to support and promote outstanding and innovative teaching. 

Altobello will focus on curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment to ensure cohesiveness in methodologies and practices that align with the school’s mission, values, and strategic initiatives, and with current educational trends and research. Altobello will be responsible for the design, mapping, development, and assessment of academic programs across divisions, paying attention to scope and sequence, divisional transitions, and student performance data. She will collaborate with teachers and department chairs in matters of teaching methods, assessment, and curriculum implementation. 

As Director of Learning + Innovation + Design, Altobello will help identify/create opportunities for teacher collaboration, instructional integration, multidisciplinary learning, and community and place-based learning. She will also continue to direct the Mobile Idea Lab program to take the ideas behind the I+D program to the greater New Orleans community 

In announcing this new position, Head of School Merry Sorrells said, “Denise has already developed strong relationships with faculty members across the campus, and has a deep knowledge and understanding of curriculum design. I am very excited to assign her this new responsibility.” 

Innovation + Design Program 
St. Martin's Innovation + Design program equips students with the skills and mindsets necessary to succeed in college and in life, such as problem-solving, adaptability, empathy, and collaboration. Students solve real-world problems through design projects integrated into their classes.

St. Martin’s believes learning is not just about thinking, but about doing. The beauty of the Innovation + Design program is its ability not only to inspire students but to teach them the value of learning and creating in ways that can have a positive impact beyond the walls of a classroom. Students want to engage in — and contribute to — their community. Facilitating this connection drives intrinsic motivation and reinforces for students what we already know: that they are a tremendous asset to the communities in which they live.

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