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2021 ISN National Conference on Educational Innovation
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Due to the COVID-19 issues canceling the 2020 ISN Conference we have transferred the majority of session details to the 2021 ISN Conference. Sessions details will change as we confirm with presenters and speakers.

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Wednesday, April 14
 

8:00am

WRCCS School Development Day - Sessions TBD
Wednesday April 14, 2021 8:00am - 4:00pm
 
Thursday, April 15
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday April 15, 2021 7:30am - 8:30am
TBA

7:30am

Registration
Thursday April 15, 2021 7:30am - 8:30am
TBA

8:30am

Welcome and Logistics
Speakers
avatar for Todd Brunclik

Todd Brunclik

Creative Director, Innovative Schools Network
Todd Brunclik is the Creative Director for the ISN. In 2009 Todd helped found Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School, a project-based school in Northwest Wisconsin where he served as an advisor, lead teacher and governance board member. As a ISN founding member and Creative Director... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 8:30am - 9:00am
TBA

9:00am

Keynote - Dr. Salome Thomas-EL
Award-Winning Principal and author of The Immortality of Influence and I Choose to Stay. International Speaker who appears on Dr. Oz, CNN, NPR and Oprah Radio.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Award-Winning Principal and author of The Immortality of Influence and I Choose to Stay. International Speaker who appears on Dr. Oz, CNN, NPR and Oprah Radio.


Thursday April 15, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
TBA

10:15am

A Sustainability Plan That Works!
One of the major barriers for charters is their financial sustainability after grants run out. School tours become interruptive and don't benefit student learning, while bake sales bring in pennies. In this session, we will provide you with an example of a sustainability plan that not only raises a great deal of money in a single night, but also provides an opportunity for students to showcase their skill, hard work AND promotes your school to the community!

Speakers
avatar for Tim Scottberg

Tim Scottberg

Principal, Fond du Lac STEM Institute
Tim Scottberg is the principal at Fond du Lac STEM, a Project-Based Learning STEM school that serves students in grades 3-12. Let\'s talk about the role of charter schools, what we\'re doing right and wrong in education, and how we can create a sustainable path for our teachers, students... Read More →
CS

Carlie Stigler

Fond du Lac STEM


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Future Planning: Supporting your Graduates
Students and staff from Valley New School share the value of offering time, expectation, and support for graduates with their post-high school planning. We will discuss the lessons we’ve learned since we started our future planning projects at VNS, and will demonstrate what opportunities students can create through personalized research and reflection. We will share resources, stories, and answer any questions you may have about helping your students prepare for life after graduation.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

Advisor, Valley New School
Advisor at Valley New School (Appleton, WI). Ms. Luedtke, along with three colleagues, founded Valley New School, an innovative, project-based, student centered, technology-rich charter school for the Appleton Area School District 15 years ago. VNS continues to be a leading lab school... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Innovating through Writing: Using Scriptotherapy to Help Students Explore Trauma
Writing in the form of scriptotherapy has been used by mental health specialists to address their clients’ traumas (e.g., Bland, 1979; Pennebaker, 2004), but it has not been widely used with K-12 students. Yet, teachers knowledgeable about common rhetorical purposes (e.g., Kinneavy, 1969) can be trained to engage students in various writing activities (e.g., Milner, Milner, & Mitchell, 2016) as a means of assisting them in expressing their reactions to their own traumatic experiences.


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Learn Together-Breaking from Script
In this new era of change in public education when we are asking our students to think outside the box, it would be only reasonable for school systems to do the same. We all “Learn Together” through the power of memories, moments and challenges. Therefore, Woburn Public Schools broke from script and recreated a “one of a kind” opening day experience for staff that emphasized relationships, community, and connections. Why? This gave teachers and administrations an “experience” to think creatively in their classrooms and everyday lives. Looking for ways to break from script in your school district? Come learn together with US!


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Organizational Roles and Responsibilities in a Teacher-Powered School, (“No, Board Member, you don’t need to worry about the T-Shirt designs”)
Join Paul Tweed, Director Wildlands School, Liz Seubert, Governance Board Wildlands School, and Jake Fields, Lead Teacher Wildlands School as they take you on a tour of how to define your organizational roles and stay in your own lanes. Don’t get caught with too many cooks in the kitchen. Building a sustainable organizational structure is essential for charter schools. Wildlands utilizes Teacher-Powered autonomies, and we will demonstrate how we defined the roles of the stakeholders in our school including, Authorizer, Governance Board, Lead Teachers, and Staff members. No matter what your roles you can begin to learn about being a valuable partner in your organization. This process illustrates a method to define the needs of a school and help everyone understand why micromanaging is not a sustainable method of managing.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Founder/Advisor/Consultant, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been with the school since the doors opened in 2005. As an experienced project-based learning advisor and member of a teacher-powered school staff she has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning. Liz has... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed is a visionary in student and teacher areas of inquiry based science, active learning, project-based learning, and community-based science with over 30 years experience. He founded Wildlands School in 2005 with two colleagues and was active in the science teaching community... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Thinking Outside Your Walls, Creating a Cross-Curricular Experience
Find out how two Career and Technical Education teachers at Kaleidoscope Academy are stepping outside of their classrooms to increase engagement while creating entrepreneurial, and authentic, cross-curricular experiences for their students. This session will ask you to "think outside your walls" with project based learning. Come as a pair and gather ideas to design a project that you can start right away.


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

What? So What? Now What? The Changing Faces of RtI
Has your intervention program yielded the results you hoped for from your RtI practices? You’ve got the data, but just because it’s measurable, doesn’t mean it’s meaningful. Walk with us as we share the journey KTEC (a 4k-8 charter) has undergone including the genesis and analysis of changing guidelines in order for RtI to be effective. Be ready to get your questions answered as this presentation will adapt to the requests from audience members.


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

10:15am

Zoom, Ning and Canva-Tech Tools For A More Connected School Community
It's no secret that new technology tools are continually changing the way we communicate with members of our school community. In this session, we will demonstrate three of the tools we use at eAchieve Academy; Zoom for convenient online interaction with students and parents, Ning to create a controlled, monitored online student social network, and Canva for creating engaging social media messages.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Schulteis

Christopher Schulteis

Logistics and Marketing Manager, eAchieve Academy
I have been working on the front lines of virtual K-12 education since 2008; overseeing eAchieve Academy\\\'s transition from a corporate managed program to an independent virtual school operated by the school district. I work directly with students and parents to overcome the technological... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:15am - 11:15am
TBA

11:30am

Apples for Teachers
We need to support teachers. We’re not going to just talk about it, we’ll actually show specific ways to help teachers feel valued in your school district! What happens when teachers feel appreciated? They become more empowered, confident and willing to seek new and improved ways to teach. Then we all know what that leads to - improved student learning, teacher retention and joyful schools! Administrators, Board members, community members, teachers, parents - don’t miss this one!

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

Advisor, Birchwood School District
Jenny Landes is a proud co-founder and advisor of a 7th-12th grade project based learning charter school, the Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School (BBHCS), in northwest Wisconsin. Many years as a K-12 music educator laid the groundwork for creativity. Living in the world of coaching... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Avengers Assembled: Designing and activating a strengths based team
In this session we will share how to identify your natural talent, develop your talents into strengths and a process that you can use everyday to make your life more meaningful, less stressful and more productive. We will demonstrate first how to work this process as individuals (students and adults), then how to apply these talents & strengths to teams and committees that will increase engagement, productivity and results. Everything in this session applies to PLP’s.


Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Empowered, Expert Learners-The Goal of UDL
No matter what model or approach your school has at the heart of its work, the goal is to develop empowered, expert learners. During this session, participants will assess their approach to developing empowered expert learners and discover how the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework can provide practices to further student ownership of their learning.

Speakers
avatar for Mia Chmiel

Mia Chmiel

Associate Director of School Improvement Services, CESA 9


Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Free Tech Tools and How to Use Them in Your Classroom
Who doesn’t love free classroom resources? In this session, you will gain a whole tool box of free and easy websites, along with tips on how to incorporate them into topics your students are already studying. We will explore the websites as a group, brainstorm how they can be used, and try them out! Sites discussed will focus on student creativity, peer collaboration, and personalized learning. Come join the session and build your tool box!

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Opportunities for Students in a Rural School District
Sometimes small districts have to limit options, however that is not always the case. With a vision of giving ALL students opportunities the Northland Pines School District has created three innovative charter schools. This presentation will discuss what key strategies have allowed for these charter schools to start and flourish over the last 7 years. Topics will include preparation leading up to start the schools, governance model, and how do we continue to improve.


Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Providing Specially Designed Instruction within Personalized Learning
The Endrew F. v Douglas County Supreme Court decision in 2017 clarified the expectations for "specially designed instruction" under special education law. Schools must assure that students with IEPs are provided evidence-based interventions "reasonably calculated" to enable the student to make "appropriate progress" and get “measurable educational benefit” in the general education curriculum. This presentation will explore SDI for schools with a personalized learning approach.

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Sometimes Innovation Means Resuming What Once Was
In education, reform usually means change, change connotes progress, progress indicates improvement. However, change for change's sake does not guarantee improvement. It can seem as if innovation and reform have had little to no significant or lasting impact on student learning, There comes a time when innovative thinking needs to look backward rather than forward, to what has been rather than what can be, to what has worked but was abandoned in the interest of "progress".


Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

11:30am

Student Behavioral Response Patterns - "Howe" one school blends SEL, Trauma Informed Care, and High Expectations to create a caring place for kids.
Connected and accepted students thrive in a community where they feel safe to take social and academic risks. This means ensuring a safe and caring learning environment. Howe Elementary School has worked hard to balance academic rigor along with an active social-emotional learning program that is a hybrid approach based on the needs of our students. We work hard to support students with a behavioral response system designed to be proactive and trauma-responsive.


Thursday April 15, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm
TBA

12:15pm

Lunch
Thursday April 15, 2021 12:15pm - 1:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Achieving Equity through Inquiry-based Learning
Experience learning in an inclusive environment using BEETLES design principles, the collaborative work of educators from UC-Berkeley. In this session, you will think like a scientist, engage directly with your place, and learn through discussions. Find out how the Wisconsin Green Schools Network is implementing BEETLES as part of the professional development and coaching for teachers, non-formal educators, community partners and volunteers to bring equity of access and achievement for all students. A portion of this workshop will be spent outdoors.

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Benton

Sandy Benton

Co-Founder & Leadership Team, Wisconsin Green Schools Network
Sandy Benton is passionate about teaching and learning. Her experiences and research as both a literacy coach and a classroom teacher indicate that deep, lasting learning occurs when instruction is learner-centered, interdisciplinary, hands-on, and grounded in real world experiences... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Collaborative Leadership: Moving from Top-Down to Team-Centric
This session will be completely and fully interactive. Come share your leadership expertise and hear from others the best ideas for collaborative leadership. The days of the principal as the lone leader of the school are over. We know that one administrator cannot serve as the sole leader of a school without substantial participation of other educators, but what are the best ways to accomplish this? How do you move from 'traditional roles' in leadership to ones that better serve the needs of your school? In this session you will learn about the leadership plan for a large 4th-5th-6th grade Intermediate School opening in the fall of 2021, and have an opportunity to share your ideas to assist them with their journey. We can all be better together!


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Flip the Script: How to Make Your Teachers Want The Principal Inside The Classroom
Let’s face it, teachers don’t like principals in their classrooms. The best leaders are great teachers, yet most professional development happens outside of the classroom. In a learner driven school where people treat students like equal human beings who have minds of their own, principals need to model for teachers how to respond to their students where it counts, in the minute-by-minute actions of the classroom. We will show how distributing leadership, overcoming teacher resistance and redefining power dynamics can re-prioritize a principal’s daily schedule to allow more time for the principal to coach in the classrooms.


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Habits of Mind are Habits for Life
As we’re tasked with various district initiatives, standardized-testing goals, and trying new curriculums from year to year; we crave opportunities for teacher and learner empowerment. What if we could develop a common language to use with our learners and staff that transcends the classroom? What if we could coach our learners for the REAL world by introducing the Habits of Mind? In this session, we will dig into what the Habits of Mind could mean to you and your community; you’ll walk away with activities and tools on how you could develop a language around empathy, thinking flexibly, responding with wonderment and awe, and creating, imagining, and innovating. Habits of Mind are Habits for Life!


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...and Beyond!
Hands on, hands in! There’s a wonderful world outside, not on a screen. Unplug and experience things first hand. SOAR’s mission includes learning outside the walls. Whether the experience is urban or rural, forest or field, industry or nature, it’s all valuable learning. We’ll show you what there is to learn from taking students on a field study...not a field trip, because these are learning opportunities! Come join us for an interactive session you won’t soon forget!


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Mission & Values Driven Education
All schools have a mission & vision, but not all schools are truly living them out on a daily basis. In this session we will examine how your mission & vision can either support or stagnant student learning & your school’s future. Be prepared to take a deep dive into your own schools mission and vision as we examine how they reflect what you hope to be happening in your school everyday.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Wieczorek

Peter Wieczorek

Director, North West Passage High School
I am the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. I am a passionate advocate of Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Expeditionary Learning, and Technology Integration. I am a Dad, a teacher, a youth worker, administrator, explorer, part-time Jedi Master... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

MTSS Culture: Teaching Students a Growth Mindset through Intervention Programming
Join us to explore the MTSS Academic Intervention & Mentoring Program in District 127, which has supported students in academic and social emotional gains over the course of an academic year. We will discuss curriculum and culture, successes and setbacks, myths and truths, data collection and analysis procedures, logistics of student and teacher scheduling, team meetings and agendas, research and findings, and necessary teacher and staff contributions.


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Student Project Presentations
Students from DC Everest Idea School will discuss the value of community presentation nights and how they up the stakes of the project process.

Speakers
avatar for Luke Stachovak

Luke Stachovak

Idea School
avatar for Jacques du Vair

Jacques du Vair

Idea School
Jacques du Vair has been an educator for 21 years, including time as an English teacher, Dean of Students and At-Risk teacher. He has spent the last 6 years founding and working as an advisor at DC Everest Idea School. A strong believer in student-driven learning


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

1:15pm

Swimming Upstream: Innovating in a Public Elementary School
Over the past 5 years, the teachers of Sandburg Elementary (a diverse public school located in Madison, WI) have aimed to innovate within the constraints of the age of accountability. In this session, we will share the factors that have limited as well as contributed to our successes in creating thematic units and implementing project-based learning, as well as what we plan to do next: putting social justice at the forefront of this work.


Thursday April 15, 2021 1:15pm - 2:15pm
TBA

2:15pm

Cookie Break
Thursday April 15, 2021 2:15pm - 2:30pm
TBA

2:30pm

Creating Environments of Success
Environments of Success™ teaches educators and organizations on how to develop and implement specific behaviors and mindsets that are used by the world’s most successful individuals and organizations. It is based on more than 40 years of research and helps schools identify both their current reality and their desired end result. Environments of Success will help schools to increase student learning, tackle daily challenges, attain all goals and create a culture of collaboration, support and innovation.


Thursday April 15, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:30pm

Nature and Play Based Kindergartens
This workshop will focus on what a nature and play based Kindergarten looks like in action and how to implement this type of programming. The presenter will share information on child development and the benefits of outdoor learning. Participants will learn about daily rhythms and routines in addition to pedagogical reasoning behind this movement. Come and experience a little taste of the wonders of a Waldorf Early Childhood Program.

Speakers
avatar for Chamomile Nusz

Chamomile Nusz

Executive Director, Tomorrow River Community Charter School
Chamomile attended Evergreen University in Olympia Washington and then the University of Minnesota Twin Cities graduating in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women Studies with a minor in Dance. She was the Executive Director of a Renewable Energy Cooperative and owner of a Dance... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:30pm

Resilience Can Be Taught: 10 Strategies Proven to Motivate Any Student
This session will demonstrate 10 strategies proven to strengthen relationships, grab attention, inspire, and build resilience in all ages and learning types. Participants will receive insights into teaching social and emotional life skills in ways all can understand, relate to, and remember. These strategies have helped over 2 million youth in 20,000 K-12 schools, mental health, and correctional organizations in the areas of academic success, dropout prevention, class management, and bullying prevention.

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:30pm

Using WISEdash to Tell Your School Story
"WISEdash is a data portal that uses 'dashboards,' or visual collections of graphs and tables, to provide multi-year education data about Wisconsin schools. During this session, participants will learn how to navigate several features to tell the "data story" of their school. The discussion will also focus on how to leverage a school's data story with the school community and stakeholders.

Speakers
avatar for Mia Chmiel

Mia Chmiel

Associate Director of School Improvement Services, CESA 9


Thursday April 15, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm
TBA

2:30pm

Working with today's at-risk youth-West De Pere High School Youth Intervention Program
With a nearly 100% graduation rate the past 4 years. Collaboration and support between administration, guidance and staff we have provided tiered support to ensure multiple interventions are applied to support our “At-risk” students. Giving these students a voice, we pride our selves on our ability to encourage, support and the ability to adapt our plans while assisting them in their progress towards graduation.

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 2:30pm - 3:15pm
TBA

3:30pm

1.21 Gigawatts. Regenerating PLPs with Transformational Personal Life Practices for Students and Adults. Great Scott!
Transformation [ˌtran(t)sfərˈmāSH(ə)n]- n. A radical Change; A Metamorphosis. When we wrote Transformational Personal Learning Practices, A Universal Approach, We distilled years of deep study into inspiring true, meaningful development in students. Let’s learn and use these processes to spark such change for ourselves. Then we ignite this advanced philosophy and techniques of personalization with our students, staff, families and communities! The world is ready to reinvent education with a personal approach!


Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

6-12 Math Ed Thinktank
What does Mathematics Education need to look like to prepare our students for their (not ours) future goals and environments in a twenty first century culture. This is session is for any 6-12 Math Education stakeholder who wants to discuss how to help our students for their future needs, not just reflect on our past practices. Topics to be brought up include but are not limited to: curriculum and course sequence, assessment practices, instructional practices, the role of technology, and classroom / environment structur

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

A Deeper Dive into Creating Environments of Success - how implementing behaviors and mindsets lead to a positive, productive culture, and the results you want.
Take a deeper dive into the Environments of Success™ and learn how you can take action today to achieve more consistent results and create a positive and productive culture in your school and team. Join us in this hands-on engaging session in which you won’t just hear about the strategies, you will become equipped with the tools to take charge of your outcomes. The Environments of Success™ focuses on “how we get results” by implementing specific behaviors and mindsets within individuals and organizations leading to unimaginable levels of success. These proven behaviors and mindsets create environments of responsibility, collaboration, support, and, growth and innovation.


Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

Creating Classroom Culture through Circles
Student success and academic achievement start with building community in the classroom. Is your learning space safe, welcoming, and set up for student success? Experience and hear about practical steps on how to start, manage circles in your classroom, and build long-lasting, positive relationships in your classroom.

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

Designing a Path to Guide Your Personalized Learning Mission
A clear mission and vision, focused on learner centered practices, is essential to developing an ecosystem that supports personalized learning. The Institute for Personalized Learning has developed a framework, curated resources and developed a strong network to support this work. Learners will be introduced to our model for learner centered practice, develop a path of implementation using high leverage elements to guide their work, and attend mini-breakout sessions to learn the “how” for those elements.


Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

Disruption Starts on Day 1: Using Opening Day to Unlock Your School’s Potential
School leaders often face a fork in the road as they seek to provide meaningful and lasting change. As school leaders, the most powerful tool we have is the culture we create in our schools. School culture is the elasticity that allows a school to grow and stretch. Creating a disruptive culture centers around questions that ask, “why,” “what if” and “do we need to do that.” Simply, disruption aims to challenge a status quo culture that often protects and perpetuates school as usual. Leaders must model this risk-taking in all facets of school leadership. This session will provide examples and a pathway to sustain a disruptive culture to improve a school’s learning environment.


Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

Let's Go Shopping: Leveraging Resiliency
Do you find life to be smooth sailing as everything for you and others goes right? We didn't think so. Being effective personally and professionally over the long haul and avoiding burnout requires a tremendous amount of resiliency. Join us for this highly interactive workshop to develop your resilience roadmap and “shop” for strategies to strengthen physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy while developing new well-being habits on your journey.


Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

Take the Mystery Out of Teaching and Create Circle of Freedom Classrooms Based On Student Intentions!
In a learner driven school students must be free to act, speak, think, and build without teacher micromanagement. In The Circle of Freedom classrooms, students have the full autonomy and responsibility to learn and maintain a non-segregated school community where teachers follow-in to student intentions. In these classrooms, student autonomy does not lead to chaos; rather, it leads to engagement and higher achievement. Participants will leave knowing the theoretical and practical applications of student intentionality, including three new pedagogies for reading, writing and content areas, so students can create their own interpretive and textual communities across all subject areas.


Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

The Power of Play: Games, initiatives, and general hootenanny to get students moving, shaking, talking, and trusting
In this workshop, Wildlands School lead teacher Jake Fields will have you up on your feet! Expect to move, shake, and play as he leads you through scaffolded trust building games and initiatives for each level of the group development process. We'll touch base on basic foundations of group trust/team building, and how to fill in the ever important "why" piece for play in the classroom before diving into games, initiatives, challenges, and hootenanny for the remainder of the workshop!

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

3:30pm

Who Tells Your Story?
Our schools and kids are doing amazing things. But how do we share what's happening when we a) have a variety of audiences; b) want to make the kids (not us as leaders) the focus without minimizing the impact of our school; c) have random successes and broad school data? Borrowing ideas from nonprofit fundraising and community/political organizing, we'll workshop ways to share the success of your school or program in a way that uses positive anecdotes or personal examples to represent the broader impact in a way that is memorable, authentic, and persuasive. You'll leave with at least one story to tell to a parent, district leader, or donor and understand how to adapt the story for other purposes and audiences.

Speakers

Thursday April 15, 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
TBA

4:45pm

Happy Hour
Thursday April 15, 2021 4:45pm - 6:30pm
TBA

6:30pm

Bonus Happy Hour (Monk's Bar and Grill)
Join your ISN colleagues to continue, or start new conversations at Monk's Bar & Grill (just across the parking lot) for another Happy Hour, after the Happy Hour on Thursday.  Meet at Monk's 6:30-10:30 pm in the downstairs private room (there will be a sign posted indicating where).  Waiters will be available to take your drink and/or food orders (pay on your own).  Hope to see you there!

Thursday April 15, 2021 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Monk's Bar and Grill 33 Hillman Rd Lake Delton, Wisconsin 53940
 
Friday, April 16
 

7:45am

Breakfast
Friday April 16, 2021 7:45am - 8:45am
TBA

8:45am

9:15am

Updates and Logistics
Speakers
avatar for Todd Brunclik

Todd Brunclik

Creative Director, Innovative Schools Network
Todd Brunclik is the Creative Director for the ISN. In 2009 Todd helped found Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School, a project-based school in Northwest Wisconsin where he served as an advisor, lead teacher and governance board member. As a ISN founding member and Creative Director... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 9:15am - 9:30am
TBA

9:45am

Creating a Classroom Culture Around Wonder and Curiosity
Curiosity is the fuel for discovery, inquiry, and understanding. Cultivating this curiosity in our classrooms will jump start intrinsic motivation and allow for deeper learning. In this session educators will explore strategies to create curious thinkers and uncover opportunities to build wonder in the classroom. Let’s make exploration, fun, and curiosity a part of their day, every day!


Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

Creating Environments of Success
Environments of Success™ teaches educators and organizations how to develop and implement specific behaviors and mindsets that are used by the world’s most successful individuals and organizations. It is based on more than 40 years of research and helps schools identify both their current reality and their desired end result. Environments of Success will help schools to increase student learning, tackle daily challenges, attain all goals and create a culture of collaboration, support and innovation.


Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

Ditch the Rewards Systems and Build A We-ness Culture Instead!
Reward systems send the message to kids that they should adhere to market norms, not social norms. When educators ask students to act for reasons other than social norms, they commodify their relationship with them and damage the ability to build a cooperative community. We will present a therapeutic approach to building a cooperative school culture where students learn how to act by taking full responsibility for each other’s behaviors, learning, attendance, and cooperation. Participants will learn to establish agreed upon universal social norms with sustainable in-classroom structures for students and staff to consistently respond when norms are broken.


Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

Jeopardy! What is Effective Board Governance
Effective governing boards ask wise questions and measure what matters most. They also have a sound understanding of the distinction between governance and management. This session, presented in the format of the Jeopardy game show, will ask attendees to formulate wise questions in response to common scenarios. Attendees will have fun learning some national best practices in charter school governance and leave with samples of wise questions they can ask at their upcoming meetings.

Speakers

Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

Step Into Your Community for Culturally Relevant Learning: Using Siftr to Connect, Explore and Engage in Place-Based Inquiries
Participants will play with Siftr, a free social media app, to connect with, or develop a sense of place through an authentic inquiry experience. They will make their own Siftr projects to explore the world outside of the classroom by geo-tagging photos and recording field observations using a mobile device. Attendees will learn how teachers, using Siftr, can engage students in meaningful stewardship projects within the local natural and cultural communities. Exemplar Siftr projects will be shared as inspiration for classroom-based applications of the app. Created by K-12 educators, these Siftrs support learning and increase student engagement across multiple content areas including English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Math, and Physical Education. Children’s online safety considerations as well as alternate methods of using Siftr when mobile devices are not available will be shared. A portion of this workshop will be spent outdoors. Please bring your mobile device!

Speakers
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Sandy Benton

Co-Founder & Leadership Team, Wisconsin Green Schools Network
Sandy Benton is passionate about teaching and learning. Her experiences and research as both a literacy coach and a classroom teacher indicate that deep, lasting learning occurs when instruction is learner-centered, interdisciplinary, hands-on, and grounded in real world experiences... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

The Mastery Approach
The Mastery Approach is a customized learning process and technology incorporating the best educational practices using investigations, self-reflection, and feedback designed for a student to reach their full potential. Tilton School will describe their journey in re-imagining education and The Mastery Approach. A candid conversation of failures and the lessons learned. Participants get a working understanding of structures, meeting design, and tools they can use at their own school.

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Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

Walk Listen and Learn with The Walking Classroom
Objectives are to inform attendees about the research-based link between exercise and cognitive function, explain the features of The Walking Classroom, and give them a chance to experience the program. Attendees will Walk, Listen and Learn! The Walking Classroom aligns with academic standards for grades 4 - 8 and supports academic enrichment, increased physical activity, SEL, and health literacy. Program benefits include improved learning, better engagement, and clear improvements around mood and behavior.

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Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

9:45am

WRITE CLUB
Rules of WRITE CLUB: #1 You do not talk about Write Club. #2 You DO NOT talk about Write Club. #3 If someone says STOP or goes limp, the write is over. #4 One write at a time. #5 No shirts, no shoes. #6 Writes will go on as long as they have to. #7 If this is your first night at WRITE CLUB, you HAVE to write. WRITE CLUB is an interactive creative experience shared by teachers and students. WRITE CLUB is prompt-based, and is tailored to both meet students at their level, and push them toward higher levels. WRITE CLUB builds class culture and community, allows for student choice and student ownership, and works to demystify the writing process.


Friday April 16, 2021 9:45am - 11:00am
TBA

11:15am

Building Resilience Through a Trauma-Informed Approach
Three years ago, our students needed more social-emotional support, teachers were frustrated, student services personnel were exhausted, and we were searching for answers. In response, we began a school-wide, community involved initiative to develop resilience by focusing on the impact of trauma on learning. Since then, our school has developed students’ ability to face stress while keeping them academically engaged. This workshop will provide you with our research-based action plan to becoming a trauma-sensitive school.


Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Connecting the Dots: Lessons From the Legal World to Show How Your Innovative Idea or Model Will Fill Unmet Needs
We all have ideas or innovative instructional or school models - but simply a) describing the current environment as "not serving all kids" or b) needing to "do something different" isn't enough. Learn strategies to refine your idea to help address specific needs of your community, and to demonstrate this connection on paper in a proposal or charter/grant application. Apply legal brief writing frameworks to show the facts, set a standard, and how your idea will meet that standard. Session will include a presentation, short simulation, and feedback.

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Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Racially Conscious Teaching
We teach who we are first and the curriculum second. In a country where 80% of teachers are white and most are not racially conscious we need to work to first learn about ourselves as racial beings before we can effectively teach all kids. This session will take a dive into race, racial consciousness, bias, critical race theory and how to use all of these as tools to evaluate your curriculum, classroom and interactions with students, colleagues and families.

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Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Raising Student Achievement and Engagement through Instructional Coaching
Achievement Gap Reduction (AGR) provides districts flexibility to meet student and school needs through one of three strategies: instructional coaching, one to one tutoring, or class size reduction. Learn how a small rural school with only one section per grade level maximizes the use of AGR funds to hire a full-time instructional coach to support grades K-3.

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Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Unleash the Potential of EVERY Child in Your Community
Finally – the Silver Bullet; the Magic Potion; the solution everyone has been waiting for. There is a way to ensure EVERY child in your community can truly strive for and continuously grow their potential. In this session, learn how your community already possesses everything needed to close achievement gaps, significantly increase student learning, and address nearly every education challenge you’re currently facing. The cost? Courage, will, and faith in your community.

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Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Using Microteaching as a Means of Developing Collective Teacher Efficacy
Collective teacher efficacy, "the shared belief by a group of teachers in a particular educational environment that they have the skills to positively impact student outcomes" (Visible Learning Metax, 2020), boasts an effect size of over 3 years' growth in one year's time (d = 1.39). This session will explore how microteaching (d = 0.88) can be implemented as a means to increasing collective teacher efficacy through the use of teacher-friendly technology and meaningful collaboration.


Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

11:15am

Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning in an Elementary Classroom
Do you want to learn how to use technology to enhance your teaching and maximize student learning? With all the overwhelming possibilities for technology on the market today, how do you choose what works best for you and your students? Come hear about how Lincoln STEM began their technology journey. We will be digging into the use of Chromebooks, iPads, 3D printers, engraving tools, and hydroponic units and how they can enrich student learning.


Friday April 16, 2021 11:15am - 12:00pm
TBA

12:00pm

Lunch & Giveaways
Friday April 16, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Authentic Project Based Learning, School Culture and Bees!
Come and join the discussion about implementing and combining authentic Project Based Learning and beekeeping! We will discuss how we incorporated sustainable beekeeping into our school curriculum and culture with staff and our student panel. Topics will range from planning, funding and maintaining the project.


Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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1:00pm

Big Data and Smart Meters: The Centerpiece of Local STEM Education
Leverage your best source of real data, your school building energy meters, to build students' critical data analysis and science communication skills. When students collect and analyze their own energy data it provides meaning other data cannot. Incorporating data into curricula supports research that using personal data impacts student desire to pursue STEM activities. Pairing data with inquiry-based instruction produces important value for students’ data literacy, scientific development, and confidence to affect positive environmental changes.

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Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Forming PBL Partnerships in a Traditional School Setting
Who do we want our learners to become and how do we find our people? We'll share our model for implementing a project-based mindset in collaboration with a team of people in a traditional school setting. Come meet with us to learn the power of joining forces and exploring successful strategies for fostering empowered learners, creative communicators, and global collaborators.


Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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1:00pm

How's It Going? Strategies for Authorizers, Boards, and Schools to Share Progress Beyond Annual Reports
Annual reports, budgets, school improvement plans, and other compliance documents are a necessary part of school oversight and accountability, but what happens in between? How can schools provide better and more evidence-based updates to boards and charter school authorizers during the school year without creating additional administrative burdens? Come prepared to share and learn strategies for sharing progress and addressing challenges more regularly, constructively, and efficiently.

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Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Personalizing PD for Ed Tech and Personalized Learning: Using Data to Inform Growth in Communities of Practice
In this workshop, participants will use the Mapping Personalized Learning survey to reflect on their own practices using educational technology and personalized learning. Working in collaborative teams, participants will design strategies for growth and identify systemic constraints. Formative feedback from the survey, discussion with colleagues and other tools will be modelled as data sources for informed decision making.

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Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Using Conscious Discipline to Build Your School Family
Park Community Charter School (4K-4) has used Conscious Discipline school wide since 2012. We have seen a dramatic decrease in office referrals and an increase in test scores for our economically disadvantaged students. Our kids feel safe, connected and part of a caring school family and Conscious Discipline helped make that happen. Learn how Social Emotional Learning is not a lesson taught in isolation but a way of life in our school with Conscious Discipline.

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Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
TBA

1:00pm

Windmill Tilting 101
Why is it so hard to implement innovative practices when their benefits to students are so obvious? Why are we mired in out-of-date education structures and practices that are clearly ineffective for so many students? The simple answer is no one can change anyone else’s mind. We can only help others change their own mind. This session will explore the science and art that will help you tilt at those windmills standing in your way.

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Friday April 16, 2021 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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2:00pm

2:00pm

Collaborative Coaching Room
Friday April 16, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
TBA