November 24, 2017
The WFTDA is excited to announce the hiring of Katharina Bohnert “Catherine Beat-Her Bonez”, as the Education Programs Manager. This newly created position brings education to the forefront of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association's daily endeavours. Katharina is also the WFTDA’s first European staff member.
She is an active skater and former member of the Bear City Roller Derby Board of Directors. Additionally, she has served the WFTDA as a volunteer with the Online Learning Committee since 2015.
As an instructional designer and senior course developer for online learning startups, Katharina led a team in creating online learning content and courses while setting up best practice examples, facilitating instructional design workshops, and managing external relationships. She provided technological support, testing, and platform administration.
Katharina holds a Masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology and has a background in ethnographic research as well as academic writing and instructing. She speaks English, German and Spanish.
Collaborating directly with the Officials Education committee, the program chair Nine Inch Wheels and our Senior Director of Programs Karen Kuhn, Katharina’s recent focus has been on the WFTDA Officials education programs and its 2018 Officiating Clinics schedule.
“By creating new educational initiatives and rolling out a training and learning infrastructure online as well as “offline”, we aim to make learning and education more visible and accessible,” says Katharina. “I am excited that Officials education is one of these first initiatives since WFTDA Education’s goal is to continuously increase investment in training and educational resources for Skaters, Officials, coaches, announcers and volunteers around the world.”
Under Katharina’s direction, WFTDA Education is focusing on building online education opportunities, a team of educators and providing new in-person event structures for communities to better access Officials training regionally, such as:
The WFTDA remains committed to consistency and standardization in officiating, as well as to providing Officials with the tools and resources needed to succeed at the highest levels. As we roll out these new programs, more information will be provided on both WFTDA.com and on WFTDA.org.
Note: To attend the RollerCon clinic you must have one of the RollerCon passes they sell (MVP, Skater or Off Skates Pass). Separate WFTDA Officiating Clinic passes will go on sale in the spring (details coming later), but attendees must have Rollercon pass in order to attend. RollerCon Black Friday sales start November 24, 2017, Don't miss the opportunity to get a great deal on your RollerCon pass!
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