Ellen Hume-Howard

Executive Director

Ellen Hume-Howard

Ellen Hume-Howard is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Learning Initiative (NHLI).  In this role, she supports NHLI’s vision, to assist New Hampshire schools and districts to deepen their innovative practices in education and improve learning for all students. Ellen works directly with districts and schools to support competency-based and personalized learning, assessment design, competency-based instructional practice, teacher leaders, and administrators.

Since 2014, Ellen has also worked with state and national experts to design a competency assessment program using performance assessment for state accountability. This project, New Hampshire Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE), is a first-of-its-kind accountability and assessment waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education. Ellen currently serves as the Curriculum Director for the project and NHLI leads the project’s professional development program.

Before joining NHLI, Ellen worked as the director of curriculum for the Sanborn Regional School District, and for the past decade, guided the district’s research, design, and implementation of a nationally-recognized K-12 competency-based learning system.

Ellen received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s degree in Education, and a CAGS degree in Educational Leadership.

Ellen and her husband Kip live on the New Hampshire Seacoast.


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