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Monday, April 12
 

10:30am CDT

Conference Help and Support
Questions? Concerns? Need help?
A conference staff member would love to help and will get back to you ASAP.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SUPPORT REQUEST (or use the QR code below)


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED SUPPORT GUIDES AND THE ATTENDEE FEATURE TOUR



Monday April 12, 2021 10:30am - 8:00pm CDT

11:00am CDT

Conference 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 →
avatar for Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. Currently serving as an Instructional Coach at the amazing Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District, a former elementary and middle school teacher... Read More →


Monday April 12, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am CDT

11:30am CDT

Jamboard Series Introduction
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

The Jamboard Series will utilize online collaborative tools to facilitate discussions and best practice shares around the following topics.

Monday - Cultural Competency
Tuesday - Educator Self Care 
Tuesday - Social Justice with Our Learners
Thursday - Student Engagement in Our New Education World
Friday - Shared Leadership (Sponsored by Teacher Powered Schools)


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. Currently serving as an Instructional Coach at the amazing Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District, a former elementary and middle school teacher... Read More →


Monday April 12, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT

12:45pm CDT

Jamboard Series Topic - Cultural Competency
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

JAMBOARD LINK CLICK HERE
Click the link above to the Jamboard that will be used in this session to reflect together. Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms.

Please take a few minutes at any time to add a post-it to any of the 3 boards within the Jamboard (1 What does it mean to you? 2 Resources. 3 Wonderings.) We look forward to learning together!

*NOTE* The Jamboards are LIVE documents. Please be thoughtful before you edit!

This Jamboard Series will utilize online collaborative tools to facilitate discussions and best practice shares around the topic of Cultural Competency.

Speakers
avatar for Hannah Young

Hannah Young

School Psychologist, Deforest School District
Hello! My name is Hannah Young and I am a school psychologist in the DeForest Area School District at Windsor Elementary School. As a school psychologist I spend much of my time collaborating and consulting with teachers regarding academic, behavioral, and social interventions. These... Read More →


Monday April 12, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Book Exploration - Passionate Leadership Creating a Culture of Success in Every School with Author Dr. Salome Thomas-EL
WATCH THIS BOOK EXPLORATION - CLICK HERE
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet author Dr. Salome Thomas-EL and learn more about his book Passionate Leadership - Creating a Culture of Success in Every School

The author will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

International Speaker and Author, Thomas Edison Charter School
Dr. Salome Thomas-EL has been a teacher and principal since 1987. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL was a regular contributor on the “The Dr. Oz... Read More →



Monday April 12, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

13th Movie: Series (Part 1)
While we would love to have you attend all four sessions, join when you can. You won’t regret it! This is going to be amazing! In this 4-part series, we will watch the movie 13th in sections and have facilitated dialogue and small groups to unpack this incredibly powerful film, culminating in individual and collaborative reflections with next steps in our final session.

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston couldn't be more qualified to facilitate this incredible opportunity.

When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of the Netflix documentary “13th.” Director Ava DuVernay’s takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. Her analysis could not be more timely nor more infuriating. The film builds its case piece by shattering piece, inspiring levels of shock and outrage that stun the viewer, leaving one shaken and disturbed before closing out on a visual note of hope designed to keep us on the hook as advocates for change.

Speakers
avatar for Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Founder and President, i am We Coaching and Mentoring
Roderick “Rudy” Bankston is a committed educator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and writer. His powerful story describes his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and surfaces and explores intersecting themes that include identity, equity, justice, trauma... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Heidi Ropa

Heidi Ropa

Coordinator, i am We Coaching and Mentoring


Monday April 12, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
 
Tuesday, April 13
 

10:30am CDT

Conference Help and Support
Questions? Concerns? Need help?
A conference staff member would love to help and will get back to you ASAP.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SUPPORT REQUEST (or use the QR code below)


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED SUPPORT GUIDES AND THE ATTENDEE FEATURE TOUR



Tuesday April 13, 2021 10:30am - 8:00pm CDT

11:00am CDT

Tuesday Conference 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 →
avatar for Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. Currently serving as an Instructional Coach at the amazing Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District, a former elementary and middle school teacher... Read More →


Tuesday April 13, 2021 11:00am - 11:30am CDT

11:30am CDT

Jamboard Series Topic - Educator Self Care
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

JAMBOARD LINK CLICK HERE
Click the link above to the Jamboard that will be used in this session to reflect together. Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms.

Please take a few minutes at any time to add a post-it to any of the 3 boards within the Jamboard (1 What does it mean to you? 2 Resources. 3 Wonderings.) We look forward to learning together!

*NOTE* The Jamboards are LIVE documents. Please be thoughtful before you edit!

This Jamboard Series will utilize online collaborative tools to facilitate discussions and best practice shares around the topic of Educator Self Care.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. Currently serving as an Instructional Coach at the amazing Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District, a former elementary and middle school teacher... Read More →


Tuesday April 13, 2021 11:30am - 12:30pm CDT

12:45pm CDT

Jamboard Series Topic - Social Justice with Our Learners
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

JAMBOARD LINK CLICK HERE
Click the link above to the Jamboard that will be used in this session to reflect together. Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms.

Please take a few minutes at any time to add a post-it to any of the 3 boards within the Jamboard (1 What does it mean to you? 2 Resources. 3 Wonderings.) We look forward to learning together!

*NOTE* The Jamboards are LIVE documents. Please be thoughtful before you edit!

This Jamboard Series will utilize online collaborative tools to facilitate discussions and best practice shares around the topic of Social Justice with Our Learners.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tina Owen-Moore

Dr. Tina Owen-Moore

District Superintendent, School District Of Cudahy
Founder of The Alliance School of Milwaukee, the nation's first school started with a mission of addressing bullying and teaching others to do the same. Current Superintendent at the School District Of Cudahy. Dr. Owen-Moore is an anti-bullying champion and author of, The Allianc... Read More →


Tuesday April 13, 2021 12:45pm - 1:45pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

Book Exploration - Empowered Students Educating Flexible Minds for a Flexible Future
WATCH THIS BOOK EXPLORATION - CLICK HERE
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet author Kerry Decker Rutishauser and learn more about her book Empowered Students Educating Flexible Minds for a Flexible Future

The author will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Fink

Whitney Fink

Resident Principal, Peace and Education Coalition High School
Whitney is a resident principal at a PK-8 personalized learning dual language and fine and performing arts school in Chicago Public Schools. She has also worked as a math teacher for 8 years in high schools in New York and Chicago and specializes in supporting students who have not... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Decker Rutishauser

Kerry Decker Rutishauser

School Principal, Learner Driven Schools
Kerry Decker Rutishauser has dedicated her entire professional life to eliminating oppressive schooling practices. She is the author of Empowered Students: Educating Flexible Minds for a Flexible Future (November 2020. Rowman & Littlefield, Inc). Kerry completed her M.Ed. in Educational... Read More →



Tuesday April 13, 2021 2:00pm - 2:45pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Keynote - Dr. Salome Thomas-EL
WATCH THE KEYNOTE CLICK HERE
We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to have Dr. Salome Thomas-EL, otherwise known as 'Principal EL' as part of our conference. As an award-winning principal and author of The Immortality of Influence and I Choose to Stay, Principal EL is a dynamic speaker who has appeared on Dr. Oz, CNN, NPR and Oprah Radio. Principal EL's heartwarming, never give up mantra has led him to many amazing roles and opportunities. Principal EL is currently a K-8 school leader in Wilmington, Delaware, and speaks to groups around the world. He has addressed over 100,000 teachers, administrators, school staff, board members, parents, students and community members in the United States, Canada, Nigeria, Trinidad, England, Jamaica, and The Virgin Islands. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

International Speaker and Author, Thomas Edison Charter School
Dr. Salome Thomas-EL has been a teacher and principal since 1987. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL was a regular contributor on the “The Dr. Oz... Read More →


Tuesday April 13, 2021 4:00pm - 5:15pm CDT

6:30pm CDT

13th Movie: Series (Part 2)
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

If you missed Part 1, don’t worry! We are excited to have you join us tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM CST for Part 2. If you have a chance, you can catch up by watching 13th on Netflix to point 27:33 where we ended on Monday. If you don’t have a chance to catch up on the movie no worries, join either way.

While we would love to have you attend all four sessions, join when you can. You won’t regret it! This is going to be amazing! In this 4-part series, we will watch the movie 13th in sections and have facilitated dialogue and small groups to unpack this incredibly powerful film, culminating in individual and collaborative reflections with next steps in our final session.

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston couldn't be more qualified to facilitate this incredible opportunity.

When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of the Netflix documentary “13th.” Director Ava DuVernay’s takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. Her analysis could not be more timely nor more infuriating. The film builds its case piece by shattering piece, inspiring levels of shock and outrage that stun the viewer, leaving one shaken and disturbed before closing out on a visual note of hope designed to keep us on the hook as advocates for change.

Speakers
avatar for Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Founder and President, i am We Coaching and Mentoring
Roderick “Rudy” Bankston is a committed educator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and writer. His powerful story describes his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and surfaces and explores intersecting themes that include identity, equity, justice, trauma... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Heidi Ropa

Heidi Ropa

Coordinator, i am We Coaching and Mentoring


Tuesday April 13, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
 
Wednesday, April 14
 

9:00am CDT

WRCCS School Development Day
Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:00am - 3:30pm CDT

9:00am CDT

Conference Help and Support
Questions? Concerns? Need help?
A conference staff member would love to help and will get back to you ASAP.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A SUPPORT REQUEST (or use the QR code below)


CLICK HERE FOR DETAILED SUPPORT GUIDES AND THE ATTENDEE FEATURE TOUR



Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:00am - 8:00pm CDT

9:30am CDT

WRCCS Welcome and Logistics
Welcome and Logistic Slides - CLICK HERE

Welcome to the WRCCS School Development Day hosted in partnership with the Innovative Schools Network.
Join us to kick off the day and learn about how to engage in the great content that will be shared today.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and the small but mighty... Read More →
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

Associate Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Nick's life work is to ensure each and EVERY student has opportunities to reach his/her full potential. Nick is the Associate Director for the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools where he supports the governance, authorization, leadership, and classrooms of charter schools... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 9:30am - 9:50am CDT

10:00am CDT

Charter School Authorizer and Governance Board - Overview of Roles and Responsibilities of the Charter School Authorizer and Governance Board
This workshop is designed for those new to charter schools in Wisconsin.  The learning here can also be used for those looking for strategies on how to explain the role of charter schools in Wisconsin.  This session will explain what defines a charter school through law and practice.  There will be plenty of opportunity to tackle misconceptions and the overall purpose of charter schools.  
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Authorizer: Mission: Develops/refines authorizer's understanding of legal and philosophical roles and responsibilities 
  • Governance Board: Governance Practice: Ensures/confirms the governance board fully understands its role and responsibilities 
SLIDES LINK


Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and the small but mighty... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT

10:00am CDT

WRCCS Charter Design - What should I know about Designing a Charter School?
Designing and opening a charter school is important but exhausting work.  Come learn from a panel of school founders, leaders, and authorizers who have recently opened a charter school, Northeast Wisconsin School of Innovation.  You will be able ask to questions and learn the do’s and don'ts of opening a charter school.

WRCCS Competencies:
  • General Information: Community Engagement: I know and understand the purpose and laws of charter schools
  • Classroom: Academic Program: Develops/refines well-researched academic programs that match the mission and vision of the charter school and well researched academic program that meets identified student needs. 

Speakers
avatar for Sandy Robinson

Sandy Robinson

Waupaca School Board, WRCCS
avatar for Megan Sanders

Megan Sanders

Governance Council, WRCCS
avatar for Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson

Principal, WRCCS
In 2019 we started a Proficiency-Based Education School in Green Bay, Wisconsin for students in grades 7-10 &12. We will be adding additional grades over the next 2 years.  Our school was modeled after The Academy a program for at-risk 12th graders. Over the last 6 years we have... Read More →
SA

Sean Anderson

Milestone Democratic School
MA

Mary Ann Kahl

Milestone Democratic School
GR

Gersely Rios

Milestone Democratic School
MM

Malik McDonald

Milestone Democratic School
RK

Roland Kahl

Milestone Democratic School
VZ

Victoria Zupancic

Milestone Democratic School

Facilitators

Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT

10:00am CDT

WRCCS General Charter - Innovation in Wisconsin Schools
Come learn from a Department of Public Instruction innovator on what others around the state are doing or could be doing to innovate right here in Wisconsin!  This workshop will discuss opportunities to incorporate the DPI Guide Fostering Innovation: Beyond Credits and Seat Time and Toward Innovative Practices that Lead to College and Career Readiness.  Let’s gain an understanding together about the flexibility for districts and charter schools to pursue innovative approaches to high school graduation that already exists throughout Wisconsin law.

WRCCS Competencies:
  • Classroom: Academic Program: Develops/refines well-researched academic programs that match the mission and vision of the charter school and well researched academic program that meets identified student needs. 
  • Leadership: Academic Program: Creates/Defines staffing and programmatic plan that meets IDEA, ESSA, Wisconsin law, and the academic needs of all students 


Speakers
avatar for Janice Mertes

Janice Mertes

Digital Learning Leader, Department of Public Instruction
Janice Mertes is the Assistant Director for Teaching and Learning-Digital Learning team at DPI.She coordinates the Digital Learning Plan,Future Ready programs,and the State Superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council (DLAC).Janice supports the WI Digital Learning Collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Rydberg

Victoria Rydberg

Environmental Ed, Department of Public Instruction
Educator passionate about authentic learning and engaging students outdoors.


Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT

10:00am CDT

WRCCS Leadership - Humanistic Leadership
School leadership is about leading the human system before leading the school system.  Leadership is not based on title, it is based on the trust you have earned from those you lead.  However, in order to be an effective leader we must first get our own mind right and build the inner strength needed to behave at the level we expect from those we lead.  Let’s build empowered school cultures that ensure all individuals reach their full human potential.  Come learn strategies for ensuring our schools have the attitudes and behaviors necessary to make the learning system happen.'

WRCCS Competencies: 
  • Leadership: Culture: Develops/sustains practices focused on staff culture and school climate 
  • Leadership: Culture: Creates/sustains a behavioral and school climate expectation system

Humanistic Leadership Slides

Speakers
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

Associate Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Nick's life work is to ensure each and EVERY student has opportunities to reach his/her full potential. Nick is the Associate Director for the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools where he supports the governance, authorization, leadership, and classrooms of charter schools... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 10:00am - 10:50am CDT

11:00am CDT

WRCCS Authorizer - The Authorizer Balance
The charter school authorizer's delicate balance between holding charter schools accountable and supporting the work is key to ensuring charter school success. Do you have a clear and transparent plan for holding your charter schools accountable to their contract and performance measures?  How much support should authorizers be giving your charter schools along the way?  Let’s learn and discuss together this important dance between accountability and support as we ensure all charter schools reach their full potential.

WRCCS Competencies:
  • Authorizer: Culture: Develops/sustains/models a positive and empowering work environment where all stakeholders can experience working conditions that sustain energy and dedication for years 
  • Authorizer: Mission: Develops/refines authorizer's understanding of legal and philosophical roles and responsibilities 
SLIDES LINK

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and the small but mighty... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT

11:00am CDT

WRCCS Charter Classroom - Project Based Learning Best Practices
Project-based learning transforms the roles of students and teachers in ways that benefit all.  One of the biggest hurdles for many teachers new to PBL is the need to give up some degree of control over the classroom, and trust in their students.  Giving students ownership over their learning helps students develop a sense of agency as learners and as people.  Project-based learning can be messy and complicated.  Come learn from the teachers and leaders at Northwest Passage High School who have been successfully implementing PBL for well over a decade.

WRCCS Competencies: 
  • Classroom: Academic Program: Develops/refines well-researched academic programs that match the mission and vision of the charter school and well researched academic program that meets identified student needs.
  • Classroom Academic Program:  Outlines/revisits your school's level of student autonomy

Speakers
avatar for Peter Wieczorek

Peter Wieczorek

Executive Director, Northwest 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 →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT

11:00am CDT

WRCCS Governance Board - Digging Deeper into the Legal Responsibilities
We will explore the legal responsibilities of boards and individual members through a series of stories of practical examples.

· The Table:  A review of board roles and responsibilities. What is it that well-functioning boards do?

· Tim:  A review of individual board member roles, responsibilities, and liability exposure.

· Jane and Julie:  A review of how well-functioning boards interact with each other.

· Village Tom:  A review of how well-functioning boards interact with their administrators, parents, and the public.

· Turkey Day:  A review of the requirement of Wisconsin’s Open Meetings and Public Records laws.”

WRCCS Competencies
  • Governance Board: Legal: Develops/revisits the understanding of the Governance Board's roles and legal responsibilities 
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/refines effective procedures for how the board functions. (ex. set goals and create metrics for measurement, approve budget, create school policies, know local and state charter school laws, and fundraise for the school.)

Speakers
avatar for Steve Zach

Steve Zach

Boardman and Clark
Steve concentrates his practice in the labor and employment field and in employment-related litigation. He advises private, municipal and school district employers in areas of general employment law.Steve litigates discrimination claims before municipal, state and federal administrative... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT

11:00am CDT

WRCCS Leadership - Making your Instrumentality Charter School Budget Work
Every charter school contract is different, however, at the root of every contract is the exchange of autonomy for accountability.  This workshop is designed for charter school leaders who are responsible for building a charter school budget within the confines of a school district.  The charter contract language is the place where financial decisions around what services will be purchased and which ones will be up to the charter governance board should be clearly articulated.  Come learn how we can create systems and practices to make charter school finance transparent to both the authorizer and governance board so charter leaders are set up for success.

WRCCS Competency
  • Leadership: Business Operations: Develops/implements a budget and plan for leadership and management of the school's business operations

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Krohn

Ryan Krohn

Superintendent, Stonebank School
Learner.


Wednesday April 14, 2021 11:00am - 11:50am CDT

12:00pm CDT

Charter School Finance and Facilities Discussion
NEW PLAN LEARNING (NPL) is a non-profit organization that specializes in collaborative project management, innovative financial solutions and turnkey development.  We will talk about how to fund and develop charter school facility projects. As a non-profit organization, our goal is to try to help charter schools with low-cost development and affordable financial solutions.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

Chief Executive Officer, New Plan Learning
Joseph Jacob Hill is Chief Executive Officer of New Plan Learning (NPL). As a charter school facility developer headquartered in the Chicagoland area, NPL provides financial consulting and turnkey facility solutions to charter schools and is committed to strengthening nonprofit education... Read More →
avatar for Bek Amankulov

Bek Amankulov

Business Manager, New Plan Learning
Bek Amankulov is the Business Manager at New Plan Learning. His core responsibilities are to create, maintain and enhance business opportunities through cultivating and sustaining business partner relationships.Bek previously served as Director of Public Relations at International... Read More →
avatar for Kairat Mavlyankulov

Kairat Mavlyankulov

Chief Financial Officer, New Plan Learning
Kairat Mavlyankulov is Chief Financial Officer of New Plan Learning. As CFO, Kairat is responsible for all aspects of organizational finance. He is highly skilled in structuring equity and debt components needed for school development projects. He is also responsible for external... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT

12:00pm CDT

WRCCS Lunch and Networking
Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and the small but mighty... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: School Operations (Valley New School)
The charter school has implemented a leadership and governance model complete with long-term strategic planning and school policies and procedures for effective school operations.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/revisits the board's role in governance (not management) of the school. Autonomy is developed and extended to school leaders and teachers to make curricular decisions, hire staff, manage day-to-day affairs of the school, interact with parents, report to the board, and implement the board's suggestions and strategies
  • Governance Board: Culture: Defines/revisits what leadership means in relation to the charter school organizational structure
  • Governance Board Legal: Fulfills/revisits policy handbook checklist: employment, teacher contracts, employee handbook, employee harassment policy, HR payroll, etc., student and parent handbook, student policies, nondiscrimination including complaint procedure, grievance policy, service animal, Title IX, bullying, harassment, student records, record retention, open records, weapons on school property, attendance and truancy, discipline – suspension and expulsion, Special Ed policies and procedures -- LEA, 504 policies and procedures, information management system, digital use policy (devices, internet)

Defenders(Presenter): Michael Froehlke and Steve DeMay
Reviewer(s): Sarah Tompkins, Colleen Onsrud, Nicole Beier, Stephanie Aleman, Kay Henrickson
Facilitator: Mia Chmiel

WRCCS Micro-credential 
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

See session slideshow here

Speakers
avatar for Steve DeMay

Steve DeMay

Appleton, Valley New School
Steve DeMay is a co-founder and Advisor at Valley New School in the Appleton Area School District. Steve is a recovering science teacher who quickly realized he needed to develop numerous administrative and business skills in order to push Valley New School towards sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Mike Froehlke

Mike Froehlke

Advisor, Valley New School
Mike Froehlke is an Advisor at Valley New School in the Appleton Area School District. Mike's experience as an English teacher, writer, editor, and technology wiz are a few of the strengths he brings to the VNS team. His other joys are being a family man, basketball coach, and dog... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Mia Chmiel

Mia Chmiel

Associate Director of School Improvement Services, CESA 9
Mia is currently an Associate Director of School Improvement at CESA 9.  Mia is a lead UDL consultant for the state, supports district instructional technology implementation, partners with leadership teams to develop continuous improvement plans, and collaborates with the WRCCS... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00pm - 1:45pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Academic Model (Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School)
Prezi Link for the BBHCS Micro-Cred Defense - Click Here

WRCCS Micro-credential:  Academic Model
The charter school demonstrates a highly successful and effective academic model complete with teacher professional development, transparent communication, and positive learning outcomes for all students.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Classroom: Academic Program: Develops/refines a well-researched academic program that matches the mission and vision of the charter school and meets identified student needs.
  • Leadership: Academic Program: Develops/refines classroom and schoolwide assessment tools and processes
Reviewer(s): Judy Mueller, Peter Weiczorek, Nicki Ciurro, Dana Kueckley, Steven DeVougas, Beth Clark
Facilitator: Zaynab Baalbaki

WRCCS Micro-credential 
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
avatar for Loretta Greener

Loretta Greener

Governance Board, Greener's Budget Lumber
Parent and business owner of Greener's Budget Lumber. I've been on the board for 5 years.
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Jeff Stanley

Principal, Birchwood School District
DJ

Diane Johnson

District Administrator, Birchwood School District
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Jonah

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
H

Hunter

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
S

Shay

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
A

Aurora

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
S

Sidney

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
K

Kyle

Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

Advisor, Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
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 →

Facilitators

Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Charter School Governance (Tomorrow River Community Charter Schools)
WRCCS Micro-credential:  School Governance The charter school maintains a diverse and independent governance board that has updated policies, clear operations and routine procedures that ensure successful school governance.

WRCCS Competencies:
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/revisits the board's role in governance (not management) of the school. Autonomy is developed and extended to school leaders and teachers to make curricular decisions, hire staff, manage day-to-day affairs of the school, interact with parents, report to the board, implement the board's suggestions and strategies
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/refines effective procedures for how the board functions. ( ex. set goals and create metrics for measurement, approve budget, create school policies, know local and state charter school laws, and fundraise for the school.)
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/ensures governance board subcommittees for efficient operations
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/revisits methods or systems for frequent and transparent communication between the board and the school leadership.

Defenders(Presenter):  TBD
Reviewer(s): Jane Thompson, Jordan Roman, Jamie Syvrud, Leolia Townsend, Andrea Stuiber
Facilitator: Nick Pretasky

WRCCS Micro-credential 
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Quinn

Tom Quinn

Tomorrow River Community Charter Schools
Tom is the Director of the UWSP Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, the host site for the Tomorrow River Community Charter Schools. Tom has served in various roles on the Governance Board including Chair and Vice Chair. He also serves on the Board Development Committee and Operations... Read More →
avatar for Chamomile Nusz

Chamomile Nusz

Executive Director, Tomorrow River Community Charter School
Chamomile Nusz received her Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP). Chamomile attended Evergreen University in Olympia Washington and then the University of Minnesota Twin Cities graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women Studies with a minor... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

Associate Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Nick's life work is to ensure each and EVERY student has opportunities to reach his/her full potential. Nick is the Associate Director for the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools where he supports the governance, authorization, leadership, and classrooms of charter schools... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Community Engagement (Class Act Charter School)
WRCCS Micro-credential:  Community Engagement
The charter school has intentional practices around connecting with their community and local resources in a meaningful way that is mutually beneficial and purposeful. The school clearly serves its community and is able to express such.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Governance Board: Community Engagement: Creates/refines plan for how to engage community partners and volunteers in collaborating with your school
  • Leadership: Community Engagement: Designs/communicates goals, mission, and accountability measures (transparent to all constituents)
  • Leadership: Equity: Elicits staff input and feedback on the perceived greatest student need(s) and school improvement priorities (discuss results publicly)
  • Classroom:  Culture: Develops/implements mechanisms for including all stakeholders; parents, students, staff, and community in developing a positive supportive student learning culture

Defenders(Presenter): Paula Zwicke & Travis Augustine 
Reviewer(s): Colleen Tim, Angie Anderson, Tequila Kurth, Michellea Millis, Deborah-Eve Lombard
Facilitator: Shane Krukowski

WRCCS Micro-credential 
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Zwicke

Paula Zwicke

Teacher/Advisor, Class ACT Charter School
Paula has been an advisor at Class ACT since 2009 and a teacher in the Chequamegon/Park Falls School District since 2000. She has a BS in English Secondary Education from Northland College, Ashland, WI, a Master of Arts in Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, an alternative... Read More →
avatar for Travis Augustine

Travis Augustine

Teacher/Advisor, Class ACT Charter School
Travis Augustine - Class ACT Charter School, Park Falls, WI. I enjoy learning new things by getting my hands dirty which is exactly what I get to do at Class ACT. This last year I have spent a lot of time unlearning things, and learning how to develop meaningful relationships with... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Shane Krukowski

Shane Krukowski

Co-founder, Headrush
Shane Krukowski is a heutagogy geek, former PBL advisor, and wannabe accordion player. He’s designed, launched, and helped many organizations implement various software platforms, including co-founding Headrush Learning. He was a catalyst for the edCamp movement and has been host... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: School Culture (Kaleidoscope Academy)
WRCCS Micro-credential:  School Culture
The charter school maintains mechanisms for equity including all stakeholders (parents, students, staff, and community) in developing a positive supportive student learning culture focused on serving all students.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Classroom: Culture: Develops/implements a measurement tool that assesses school culture
  • Classroom: Culture: Uses a school improvement framework to gather information demonstrating both students and teachers alike truly believe in the school's mission, rules, and expectations
  • Governance Board: Culture: Develops/sustains/models a positive and empowering work environment where all stakeholders can experience working conditions that sustain energy and dedication for years
  • Leadership: Culture: Develops/sustains/models a positive school culture and behavior expectation system complete with tools or rubrics for surveying, assessing and measuring the school culture
  • Leadership: Equity: Develops/sustains practices focused on equity through research-based equity trainings and the use of equity tools to measure your outcomes and processes

Defenders(Presenter): Nicole McCormick & Shandee Kempf-Cohen
Reviewer(s): La Dona Pickett, Chiper Tennessen, Juan Miguel Martinez, Jennifer Peck, Steven Rippe
Facilitator: Sarah Hackett

WRCCS Micro-credential 
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole McCormick

Nicole McCormick

Teacher, Kaleidoscope Academy
Nicole McCormick is a 7th Grade Humanities Teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton, Wisconsin. Nicole has been an educator for 14 years in a variety of different levels and content areas. For the past 12 years, Nicole has served her school as an Internal Site Coordinator for PBIS... Read More →
avatar for Shandee Kempf-Cohen

Shandee Kempf-Cohen

School Counselor, Kaleidoscope Academy
Shandee Kempf-Cohen is a School Counselor at Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton, Wisconsin.  Shandee has thirteen years of experience as a school counselor at both the elementary and middle school levels.  Prior to working in schools, she worked in residential treatment, crisis counseling... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and the small but mighty... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Academic Model (High Marq Charter School)
WRCCS Micro-credential: Academic Model
The charter school demonstrates a highly successful and effective academic model complete with teacher professional development, transparent communication, and positive learning outcomes for all students.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Classroom: Academic Program: Develops/refines a well-researched academic program that matches the mission and vision of the charter school and meets identified student needs.
  • Leadership: Academic Program: Develops/refines classroom and schoolwide assessment tools and processes
Defenders(Presenter): Skylar Primm & Lisa Biber
Reviewer(s): Jane Thompson, Jordan Roman, Jamie Syvrud, Leolia Townsend, Andrea Stuiber
Facilitator: Nick Pretasky

WRCCS Micro-credential
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
avatar for Skylar L. Primm (he/him)

Skylar L. Primm (he/him)

Advisor / Co-Lead Teacher, High Marq Environmental Charter School
Skylar L. Primm has over a decade of experience teaching in student-centered, project-based schools. Since 2011, he has served as co-lead teacher at High Marq Environmental Charter School in Montello, Wisconsin, where students in grades 6-12 co-create their curriculum through pro... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Biber

Lisa Biber

Advisor / Co-Lead Teacher, High Marq Environmental Charter School

Facilitators
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

Associate Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Nick's life work is to ensure each and EVERY student has opportunities to reach his/her full potential. Nick is the Associate Director for the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools where he supports the governance, authorization, leadership, and classrooms of charter schools... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Academic Model (Kaleidoscope Academy)
WRCCS Micro-credential: Academic Model
The charter school demonstrates a highly successful and effective academic model complete with teacher professional development, transparent communication, and positive learning outcomes for all students.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Classroom: Academic Program: Develops/refines a well-researched academic program that matches the mission and vision of the charter school and meets identified student needs.
  • Leadership: Academic Program: Develops/refines classroom and schoolwide assessment tools and processes

Defenders(Presenter): Ian Schaefer & Sarah Coenen 
Reviewer(s): Sarah Tompkins, Colleen Onsrud, Nicole Beier, Stephanie Aleman, Kay Henrickson
Facilitator: Mia Chmiel

WRCCS Micro-credential
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
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Sarah Coenen

Kaleidoscope Academy
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Ian Schaefer

Associate Principal, Kaleidoscope Academy

Facilitators
avatar for Mia Chmiel

Mia Chmiel

Associate Director of School Improvement Services, CESA 9
Mia is currently an Associate Director of School Improvement at CESA 9.  Mia is a lead UDL consultant for the state, supports district instructional technology implementation, partners with leadership teams to develop continuous improvement plans, and collaborates with the WRCCS... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Charter School Governance (Birchwood charter schools)
Prezi Link for the Birchwood Governance Micro-Cred Defense - Click Here

WRCCS Micro-credential: Charter School Governance
The charter school maintains a diverse and independent governance board that has updated policies, clear operations and routine procedures that ensure successful school governance.

WRCCS Competencies:
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/revisits the board's role in governance (not management) of the school. Autonomy is developed and extended to school leaders and teachers to make curricular decisions, hire staff, manage day-to-day affairs of the school, interact with parents, report to the board, implement the board's suggestions and strategies
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/refines effective procedures for how the board functions. ( ex. set goals and create metrics for measurement, approve budget, create school policies, know local and state charter school laws, and fundraise for the school.)
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/ensures governance board subcommittees for efficient operations
  • Governance Board: Governing Practice: Establishes/revisits methods or systems for frequent and transparent communication between the board and the school leadership.

Defenders(Presenter): Candy Severson, Jeff Stanley, Diane Johnson, Loretta Greener, Jenny Landes, and  Pat Zemaitis
Reviewer(s): Colleen Tim, Angie Anderson, Tequila Kurth, Michellea Millis, Deborah-Eve Lombard
Facilitator: Shane Krukowski

WRCCS Micro-credential
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
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Candy Severson

Governance Board Secretary/Treasurer, Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
PZ

Pat Zemaitis

Governance Board President, Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

Advisor, Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
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 →
JS

Jeff Stanley

Principal, Birchwood School District
DJ

Diane Johnson

District Administrator, Birchwood School District
avatar for Loretta Greener

Loretta Greener

Governance Board, Greener's Budget Lumber
Parent and business owner of Greener's Budget Lumber. I've been on the board for 5 years.

Facilitators
avatar for Shane Krukowski

Shane Krukowski

Co-founder, Headrush
Shane Krukowski is a heutagogy geek, former PBL advisor, and wannabe accordion player. He’s designed, launched, and helped many organizations implement various software platforms, including co-founding Headrush Learning. He was a catalyst for the edCamp movement and has been host... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: Community Engagement (Tomorrow River Community Charter Schools)
WRCCS Micro-credential: Community Engagement
The charter school has intentional practices around connecting with their community and local resources in a meaningful way that is mutually beneficial and purposeful. The school clearly serves its community and is able to express such.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Governance Board: Community Engagement: Creates/refines plan for how to engage community partners and volunteers in collaborating with your school
  • Leadership: Community Engagement: Designs/communicates goals, mission, and accountability measures (transparent to all constituents)
  • Leadership: Equity: Elicits staff input and feedback on the perceived greatest student need(s) and school improvement priorities (discuss results publicly)
  • Classroom:  Culture: Develops/implements mechanisms for including all stakeholders; parents, students, staff, and community in developing a positive supportive student learning culture 

Defenders(Presenter): Chamomile Nuzs & Community 
Reviewer(s): Judy Mueller, Peter Weiczorek, Nicki Ciurro, Dana Kueckley, Steven DeVougas, Beth Clark
Facilitator: Zaynab Baalbaki

WRCCS Micro-credential
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
TG

Tina Giombetti

Tomorrow River Community Charter Schools
avatar for Chamomile Nusz

Chamomile Nusz

Executive Director, Tomorrow River Community Charter School
Chamomile Nusz received her Masters in Education from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point (UWSP). Chamomile attended Evergreen University in Olympia Washington and then the University of Minnesota Twin Cities graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Women Studies with a minor... Read More →

Facilitators

Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT

2:00pm CDT

WRCCS Micro-credential: School Culture (Valley New School)
WRCCS Micro-credential: School Culture
The charter school maintains mechanisms for equity including all stakeholders - parents, students, staff, and community - in developing a positive supportive student learning culture focused on serving all students.
WRCCS Competencies:
  • Classroom: Culture: Develops/implements a measurement tool that assesses school culture
  • Classroom: Culture: Uses a school improvement framework to gather information demonstrating both students and teachers alike truly believe in the school's mission, rules, and expectations
  • Governance Board: Culture: Develops/sustains/models a positive and empowering work environment where all stakeholders can experience working conditions that sustain energy and dedication for years
  • Leadership: Culture: Develops/sustains/models a positive school culture and behavior expectation system complete with tools or rubrics for surveying, assessing and measuring the school culture
  • Leadership: Equity: Develops/sustains practices focused on equity through research-based equity trainings and the use of equity tools to measure your outcomes and processes
Defenders(Presenter): Niki Leudke & Steven Demay
Reviewer(s): La Dona Pickett, Chiper Tennessen, Juan Miguel Martinez, Jennifer Peck, Steven Rippe
Facilitator: Sarah Hackett

WRCCS Micro-credential
Come witness the launch of WRCCS Micro-credentials! Planning, opening, and sustaining a successful Wisconsin Charter school requires a ton of commitment, a bunch of learning, and a whole lot of community building. WRCCS Micro-credentials is an opportunity for charter schools to highlight specific strengths, skills, and merits of specific charter schools, elevate their profile in their community, and help other Wisconsin charter schools locate experts in the field. Come learn and gain access to artifacts of success as charter schools from around the state defend a WRCCS Micro-credential live. If you are interested in playing a more active role and want to be a reviewer please click here.  See the full WRCCS Micro-credential process here. Specific defenses will be announced as we get closer.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Rabas

Emily Rabas

Student, Valley New School
Emily Rabas is a senior at Valley New School in Appleton Wisconsin. She is involved in all major aspects of student leadership, serving on the council for active input in school affairs, as a mentor, and as an ambassador for the past 6 years. She is currently the lead ambassador at... Read More →
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 →

Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She earned a PhD from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in Wautoma, Wisconsin, and the small but mighty... Read More →


Wednesday April 14, 2021 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT

3:00pm CDT

WRCCS Closing

Wednesday April 14, 2021 3:00pm - 3:30pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Book Exploration - Know Power, Know Responsibility: How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child in America
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet author Kevin Miller and learn more about his book Know Power, Know Responsibility: How to Unleash the Potential of Every Child in America

The author will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dean Miller

Kevin Dean Miller

Author/Founder/Director, Know Power, Know Responsibility LLC
I founded Know Power, Know Responsibility to help everyone unleash their potential. I am on a mission to help all communities design a school model that will unleash every child’s potential. My journey has included being a student, teacher, principal, charter school developer, education... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Barry Golden

Barry Golden

ISN
Barry has had a presence in Wisconsin K-12 education for over 35 years. His experience includes teaching, serving as an administrator of special education, and Director of Instruction over a 20 year period, and working with the ISN as an Educational Paradigm Specialist. He started... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Book Exploration - Transformational Personal Learning Practices, A Universal Approach.
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet authors Nicole Luedtke and Steven Rippe and learn more about their book Transformational Personal Learning Practices, A Universal Approach.  

The authors will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.

Buy the book at www.myplp.net
Username: myplp
Password: transformation

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 →
avatar for Steven Rippe

Steven Rippe

eSucceed & EdVisions
Dr. Steven J. Rippe has over 20 years of experience working with educators and school leaders designing and implementing innovative schools and learning programs throughout the United States. A successful teacher, principal, and university administrator, Steven works with both educators... Read More →



Wednesday April 14, 2021 4:00pm - 4:45pm CDT

6:30pm CDT

13th Movie: Series - (Part 3)
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

If you missed Part 1 and 2, don’t worry! We are excited to have you join us for Part 3. If you have a chance, you can catch up by watching 13th on Netflix to point 1:09:20 where we ended on Tuesday. If you don’t have a chance to catch up on the movie no worries, join either way. You won’t regret it!

If you are able to read Rudy Bankston Belovedless Parole Letter prior to tonight's session it is appreciated. 

In this 4-part series, we will watch the movie 13th in sections and have Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston facilitated dialogue and small groups to unpack this incredibly powerful film, culminating in individual and collaborative reflections with next steps in our final session.

When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of the Netflix documentary “13th.” Director Ava DuVernay’s takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. Her analysis could not be more timely nor more infuriating. The film builds its case piece by shattering piece, inspiring levels of shock and outrage that stun the viewer, leaving one shaken and disturbed before closing out on a visual note of hope designed to keep us on the hook as advocates for change.

Speakers
avatar for Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Founder and President, i am We Coaching and Mentoring
Roderick “Rudy” Bankston is a committed educator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and writer. His powerful story describes his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and surfaces and explores intersecting themes that include identity, equity, justice, trauma... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Heidi Ropa

Heidi Ropa

Coordinator, i am We Coaching and Mentoring


Wednesday April 14, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
 
Thursday, April 15
 

7:00am CDT

Conference Help and Support
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Thursday April 15, 2021 7:00am - 8:00pm CDT

7:30am CDT

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 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

Integrity - The Essential Element of Successful Innovation
No matter what innovative practice you are striving to implement, the one essential element to achieving the highest levels of success possible is integrity. This session will explore the crucial role of integrity in successful innovation and how your teams can ensure individual and collective integrity can be maintained throughout planning and implementation. Resources, data, and expertise are irrelevant where integrity is compromised. Where integrity is maintained, the potential for success is nearly unlimited.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dean Miller

Kevin Dean Miller

Author/Founder/Director, Know Power, Know Responsibility LLC
I founded Know Power, Know Responsibility to help everyone unleash their potential. I am on a mission to help all communities design a school model that will unleash every child’s potential. My journey has included being a student, teacher, principal, charter school developer, education... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

Pandemic Pedagogy: Effective Strategies for Equity in PBL
This is an Asynchronous session with a pre-recorded presentation. Please click on the presentation video link below to view the presentation.
PANDEMIC PEDAGOGY: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR EQUITY IN PBL!
VIDEO PRESENTATION - CLICK HERE TO WATCH
The presenters of this session will be available for a live Q & A session for the last 15 minutes of the session time.

Pandemic reality: inequity is a huge barrier to access, learning, and personal growth. This reality demands a significant shift in how we serve learners. PBL has the power to guide learners to create narratives around their values, identity, and agency to build and realize their futures. In this seminar, we will explore the strategic implications of current economic and societal shifts, imperatives for student learning and growth, and instructional strategies brought to life through PBL.

Speakers
avatar for Camille Mortimore

Camille Mortimore

Chief Learning Officer, Project Foundry
Camille is the Chief Learning Officer at Foundry, a platform and services provider for transformation to personalized, project-based and standards-based, interdisciplinary learning. Camille’s work focuses on learner-centered methodologies, student agency, place-based learning and... Read More →
avatar for Valerie Schmitz

Valerie Schmitz

Senior Director: Continuous Improvement and Implementation, CESA 2
Valerie is a senior director at CESA 2. She is passionate about creating innovative and relevant learning environments for our students. Valerie has a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Ed.D. in Educational Administration. She is a former teacher, tech director, principal, and DPI... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

The Importance of Ownership: Student-Driven Learning
Student-centered classrooms include students in planning, implementation, and assessments. Involving the learners in these decisions will place more work on them, which can be a good thing. Teachers must become comfortable with changing their leadership style from directive to consultative -- from "Do as I say" to "Based on your needs, let's co-develop and implement a plan of action."  Come collaborate with us in this interactive session with Wildlands founder, facilitator, and educational consultant, Paul Tweed.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Founder, 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 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

The Walking Classroom in Virtual, Hybrid and Socially Distanced Settings
Walking while listening to educational podcasts is a powerful, engaging, screen-free experience for students to have right now. The Walking Clasroom capitalizes on the favorable link between exercise and cognitive function.  Students walk while listening to the same standards-aligned, kid-friendly podcast on topics including language arts, social studies, biographies and science. This approach is great for all students and is particularly effective for those with learning differences, reading problems and attention challenges. Kids love it!

Speakers
avatar for Debra Ives

Debra Ives

Executive Director, The Walking Classroom Institute
The Walking Classroom is an evidence-based program that improves students’ physical, mental and academic health. Students listen to standards-aligned educational podcasts while walking - they Walk, Listen and Learn.  There is a link between exercise and cognitive function and The... Read More →
avatar for Laura Fenn

Laura Fenn

Founder, The Walking Classroom
Walk, Listen and Learn! The Walking Classroom is an innovative, easy to implement, research-proven nonprofit program that enables students to get exercise while building core content knowledge. Students listen to kid-friendly educational podcasts on pre-loaded devices while walking... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

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!

Speakers
avatar for Kate Sommerville

Kate Sommerville

Professional Development Specialist, The Institute for Personalized learning
Kate Sommerville serves as a Professional Development Specialist at the Institute for Personalized Learning, an education innovation lab dedicated to the transformation of public education. Kate uses her creativity and enthusiasm to support educators as they rethink their instructional... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Tasha O'Malley

Tasha O'Malley

Science Teacher, Sun Prairie High School
I am a life science teacher at Sun Prairie High School. I teach Genetics, Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 and Ecology (in some years). I have a passion for science and using science to look critically at the world to find injustices and inequities that exist. I aim to equip my students... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

Resilience Can Be Taught: 4 Strategies Proven to Motivate Any Student
Resilience is something we're all born with. Learn about vital skills of resilience and 3 keys to creating a resilient climate. This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but in life.

Speakers
avatar for Christian Moore

Christian Moore

Consultant, Why Try
Christian Moore is an internationally-renowned speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for youth. He is the author of The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action. He was a commencement speaker in the School of Education at John Hopkins University... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

Sustainable Cities, Equitable Cities
WATCH A RECORDING OF THE SESSION HERE
Sustainable Cities as Equitable Cities empowers youth voice in design of their communities. Introducing civic leadership through role play, 6th grade girls, mentored by practitioners, collaborate on building green cities. Taking on mayoral, commercial housing, health and recreation, transportation, education, and energy leadership roles, girls collaborate and construct. With more of the world moving toward cities, education that offers such opportunities at an early age activates engaged and informed citizens.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Keane

Linda Keane

Professor of Architecture & Environmental Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Keane is an artist, architect, and academic whose teaching, practice, and non- profit entrepreneurial work to green public imagination. She combines an ecological urbanism practice (STUDIO 1032) with writing, public speaking and community workshops on environmental initiatives along... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

Take the Mystery Out of Teaching and Create Circle of Freedom Classrooms Based On Student Intentions!
This is an Asynchronous session with a pre-recorded presentation. Please click on the presentation video link below to view the presentation.
TAKE THE MYSTERY OUT OF TEACHING AND CREATE CIRCLE OF FREEDOM CLASSROOMS BASED ON STUDENT INTENTIONS!
VIDEO PRESENTATION - CLICK HERE TO WATCH
The presenters of this session will be available for a live Q & A session for the last 15 minutes of the session time.

Writing is often seen by colleges as the number one skill lacking in students. Black and Brown students have disproportionately high drop-out and college persistence rates. Education should support students in how to practice freedom so that they can be active agents in the formation and transformation of their own identity and society. A secondary writing program that teaches writing as a social and cooperative action is fundamental to helping students build community and form their unique identity and critical consciousness. If students learn how to develop their own intentions and voice by learning how to write, they will have the power of the pen to overcome oppression. This presentation describes this practice and also highlights our vision for how we must always interrogate our practices with theory.

Speakers
avatar for Whitney Fink

Whitney Fink

Resident Principal, Peace and Education Coalition High School
Whitney is a resident principal at a PK-8 personalized learning dual language and fine and performing arts school in Chicago Public Schools. She has also worked as a math teacher for 8 years in high schools in New York and Chicago and specializes in supporting students who have not... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Decker Rutishauser

Kerry Decker Rutishauser

School Principal, Learner Driven Schools
Kerry Decker Rutishauser has dedicated her entire professional life to eliminating oppressive schooling practices. She is the author of Empowered Students: Educating Flexible Minds for a Flexible Future (November 2020. Rowman & Littlefield, Inc). Kerry completed her M.Ed. in Educational... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

9:30am CDT

Book Exploration - An Improbable School: Transforming How Teachers Teach & Students Learn
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet authors Liz Seubert and Paul Tweed and learn more about their book An Improbable School: Transforming How Teachers Teach & Students Learn

The authors will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Co-Founder, Teacher, Gov. Board, Wildlands
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, Founder, 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 9:30am - 10:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Breath, Body, Words: How the Arts Help Move Us Forward
This session is an interactive opportunity to explore music, story, and movement in the classroom. From SEL and community building to a curricular focus, the arts offer powerful tools for educators who want to build engagement, relationships, and deep understanding. Despite our virtual setting, come prepared to sing, move, and discuss how to embed authentic arts experiences in everyday teaching. Learn more about Stuart's work at www.StuartStotts.com

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Stotts

Stuart Stotts

Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, Stuart
Stuart Stotts is an author, songwriter, storyteller, and Kennedy Center teaching artist. Stuart has presented PD for educators around the world, focusing on arts integration, literacy, creativity, and core competencies like resilience, kindness, and collaboration. He's worked in schools... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Creative Innovation: Integrating arts programs that provide wellness, diversity and future focused tech skills
After 6 years of iterating & prototyping, our team has integrated the visual & performing arts from 12 weeks to Grade 12. We have done this by focusing on three things: 1. Building mental & physical wellness through the arts, 2. Illuminating diverse narratives, & 3. Connecting our students to the creative industry. Join us as we share the joys & struggles of transforming our school culture and learn about ways you can measure the creative capacity of your school.

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Neylon

Matthew Neylon

Director of Visual & Performing Arts, The Mount Vernon School
You are an Artist! Everyone has aptitudes for creativity and design, let's figure out where your creative potential exists and how that potential can be activated to design a better world.
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Brittany Maxwell

The Mount Vernon School
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Shay Jones

The Mount Vernon School
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Amanda Lower

The Mount Vernon School
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Clark Taylor

The Mount Vernon School
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Van Thornton

The Mount Vernon School
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Spencer Stephens

The Mount Vernon School


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Learning in a Pandemic - Elementary
The past year has been challenging for students, teachers, parents, and the entire education system due to COVID-19. Come to this "Learning in a Pandemic" session to see how three elementary schools have taken on the challenges of pandemic teaching and learning and discuss how education will be forever changed.

Speakers
avatar for Scott Hodges

Scott Hodges

Assistant Principal / Director of STEM Development, KTEC
I am the Assistant Principal / Director of STEM Development at the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum ( KTEC ) and have been in this position for 7 years. In this role I have worked to provide and develop quality STEM programming for students in my school and others... Read More →
avatar for Angie Andersson

Angie Andersson

Principal, KTEC
Dr. Angela Andersson graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1995 with a Ph.D in political science. She taught political science at Loyola University Chicago before starting to teach in Kenosha Unified in 2000. In January 2006, she began planning... Read More →
avatar for Keleen Kaye

Keleen Kaye

Coordinator digital media and Innovation, Sun Prairie School District
Keleen is the Digital Learning Manager in the Sun Prairie Area School District where she supports innovation and digital learning for all of Sun Prairie's K-12 schools. After accomplishing an undergraduate degree from UW Madison and a Master’s degree from Carroll University, Keleen... Read More →
avatar for Allie Stone

Allie Stone

Advisor, Ouisconsing School of Collaboration
Greetings! I'm Allie Stone, one of the founders of Ouisconsing School of Collaboration (OSC). OSC is a public charter school serving grades 3-5 in a multiage setting in Lodi, WI. I love collaborating with others in many different capacities through coaching, consulting, or mentoring... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Let's Get Real: Increasing Engagement with Project-Based Learning
Teachers want to create memorable, meaningful experiences that give an authentic context for learning, but who has the time! Discover how to implement project-based learning with cross-curricular content, collaboration options, and real-world connections.  Explore specific PBL units that are engaging and relevant, then align these projects to your current content needs. Come ready to become that teacher students will never forget. Leave with lesson-by-lesson project ideas to make it happen.

Speakers
avatar for Terra Tarango

Terra Tarango

Director, Van Andel Institute for Education
Terra Tarango is an accomplished advocate in the education industry with more than 20 years of experience in educational publishing and services. Terra currently serves as the Director of the Van Andel Institute for Education and as the Founder of Blue Apple. She oversees innovative... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Solar Generation: Data Points of Interest
Test-drive the Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program's map-based inquiry activity designed for exploration of Geographical and seasonal differences in solar panel production. Whether your school has a solar array or not, solar dashboards are a powerful way to bring the topic of renewable energy to life in the classroom. Discover the benefits of using solar dashboards and electricity generation data to connect concepts of spatial thinking, scientific inquiry, and data literacy.

Speakers
avatar for Annie Baker

Annie Baker

Outreach Program Coordinator, Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)
My interests and role revolve around behavior change strategies for energy efficiency & conservation, including K-12 education, gamification, & influencing social norms. I have a B.S. in Park Management & Conservation and a M.S. in Curriculum & Instruction, both from Kansas State... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Eidt

Stephanie Eidt

Wisconsin K-12 Energy Education Program (KEEP)
           Stephanie Eidt acquired her bachelor’s degree in Zoo and Wildlife Biology from Malone University in 2016. She worked a season for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

11:30am CDT

Jamboard Series Topic - Student Engagement in Our New Education World (Sponsored by Citizen Athlete Project)
This Jamboard Session is sponsored by Citizen Athlete Project learn more at citizen-athlete-project.com

WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

JAMBOARD LINK CLICK HERE
Click the link above to the Jamboard that will be used in this session to reflect together. Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms.

Please take a few minutes at any time to add a post-it to any of the 3 boards within the Jamboard (1 What does it mean to you? 2 Resources. 3 Wonderings.) We look forward to learning together!

*NOTE* The Jamboards are LIVE documents. Please be thoughtful before you edit!

This Jamboard Series will utilize online collaborative tools to facilitate discussions and best practice shares around the topic of Student Engagement in Our New Education World.


Speakers
avatar for Keleen Kaye

Keleen Kaye

Coordinator digital media and Innovation, Sun Prairie School District
Keleen is the Digital Learning Manager in the Sun Prairie Area School District where she supports innovation and digital learning for all of Sun Prairie's K-12 schools. After accomplishing an undergraduate degree from UW Madison and a Master’s degree from Carroll University, Keleen... Read More →



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

12:45pm CDT

Building Students through Courageous Conversations, Cooperation, Collaboration and Community
As the world continues responding to COVID-19's pandemic and related effects, patterns of racism, economic and health care disparities, gaps and gulfs between students and resources, and injustices toward people of color exponentially impact the daily lives of children, adults, families, and communities. These life and death conditions call for review, revision, reflection, and refinement of teaching, learning, and relationship building with students and families to increase realistic, relatable, and reachable outcomes.

Speakers
avatar for Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell

Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell

Owner, MGM College Services LLC
Marilyn Gilbert-Mitchell is a veteran, second-generation educator who believes that ALL students need a personalized postsecondary plan, and through all many not attend college, students must be prepared for productive and positive lives.Since focusing on college planning and postsecondary... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm CDT

12:45pm CDT

Learn Together-Breaking from the 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 the script in your school district? Come learn together with US!

Speakers
avatar for Courtney Young

Courtney Young

Elementary Curriculum Coordinator, Woburn Public Schools
avatar for Susan Thifault

Susan Thifault

Curriculum Director, K-12 Visual and Performing Art, Woburn Public Schools
Susan A. Thifault is the  K-12 Curriculum Director for Visual and Performing Ars for Woburn Public Schools in Woburn, Massachusetts.  She works with teachers, administrators and community members to educate them on the importance of arts in education and in their everyday lives.She... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm CDT

12:45pm CDT

Learning in a Pandemic - Middle School
The past year has been challenging for students, teachers, parents, and the entire education system due to COVID-19. Come to this "Learning in a Pandemic" session to see how one middle school has taken on the challenges of pandemic teaching and learning and discuss how education will be forever changed.

Speakers
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Tressa Smail

WUSD
This is my 12th year as an English Language Arts teacher. I came to teaching after being a commercial photographer in Milwaukee for six years. I enjoyed it, but I was looking for a way to be a positive influence for young people and help them love learning as much as I do. I worked... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Bremberger

Bryan Bremberger

6-8 STEM Advisor, Watertown Unified School District
I am currently in my 15th year as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. Prior to this year, I taught 8th grade science and helped start the Riverside STEM Academy in 2015. Our STEM Academy is a personalized, project-based environment that focuses on STEM skills and takes the place... Read More →
avatar for Alexandra Agar-Pratt

Alexandra Agar-Pratt

6-8 STEM Advisor, Watertown Unified School District
This is my 8th year as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. I have previously taught 7th and 8th grade science and am one of the co-founders of the Riverside STEM Academy. Our STEM Academy is a personalized, project-based environment that focuses on STEM skills and takes the place... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm CDT

12:45pm CDT

NWPHS Headwaters Program: Navigating a successful transition to PBL
Northwest Passage High School Headwater's program is focused on teaching our 9th-grade students the tools and skills needed to be successful at project-based learning. Learn how our team has collaborated and developed a successful program to combat 9th-grade shock and promote successful transition into a project-based school.

Speakers
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Jason Olson

Northwest Passage High School
Jason is a Math teacher and advisor. He also serves as the NWPHS school board chair and expedition coordinator. Jason leads 4-5 overnight learning expeditions each school year while helping manage the rest of the schools trips. Jason strives to make math accessible to all learners... Read More →
avatar for Brandi Greer

Brandi Greer

visual arts & advisor, Northwest Passage High School
Brandi Greer is a Visual Art teacher, advisor and part of the Headwaters Program at Northwest Passage H.S. Brandi is passionate about exposing all students to art and dipping into their creativeness, assisting students to complete unique multi-curricular art pieces in a project-based... Read More →
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Jeff Schommer

Advisor, Northwest Passage High School
Jeff Schommer has been teaching at NWPHS since January of 2019. He earned his Social Studies license from UMD in 2007 and has taught in a variety of district and charter schools, learning a ton along the way, before finding a true match at NWPHS. Previous to embarking on his teaching... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Boisjolie

Theresa Boisjolie

Special Education Teacher, Northwest Passage High School
I have worked with youth for 35+ years in a variety of settings. I graduated from UW-LaCrosse with a degree in Recreational Therapy and worked in adolescent day treatment centers and eventually found my way into education in 1993. I have worked at Northwest Passage High School since... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm CDT

12:45pm CDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Miller

Tina Miller

Elementary Principal and ISN Board Secretary, Howe Elementary
Tina is an innovative elementary principal with experience as an elementary teacher, gifted educator, and professional development facilitator. She is a Nationally Board Certified educator as well as an ISN Board Member and Responsive Classroom consulting teacher.
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Margie Dorshorst

ISN
Margie is an innovative educator and consultant who has experience as a special educator, administrator, gifted instructor and professional development facilitator. She is a certified Nurtured Heart Approach trainer and consulting teacher for the Responsive Classroom approach. Margie... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 12:45pm - 1:30pm CDT

1:45pm CDT

Book Exploration - Education: A Manifesto for Change with Author Richard Gerver
FIND ALL OF RICHARDS BOOKS - CLICK HERE

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of the most inspirational leaders of our time, Richard Gerver. Joining us from across the pond in the UK, Richard will share highlights with us from his latest book, Education: A Manifesto for Change. This call to arms will inspire all those involved in education to consider how our school system can be made fit for purpose in our turbulent 21st-century world. Renowned educationalist, Richard Gerver, argues that educators must work together to find innovative, creative strategies to prepare students for lives ahead of them and to teach them skills and knowledge that will be valuable far beyond formal education. Schools must collaborate with people and organizations beyond their normal experiences, so they can be the catalysts of a better, more connected and more coherent future for today's children - tomorrow's adults.

With unique insights from global figures, including Barack Obama and Steve Wozniak, perspectives from elite sports coaches, and international examples, this book is an empowering, optimistic vision for a new year forward for educators everywhere.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver

Inspirational Leader, Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. Currently serving as an Instructional Coach at the amazing Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District, a former elementary and middle school teacher... Read More →



Thursday April 15, 2021 1:45pm - 2:30pm CDT

2:45pm CDT

Chess: The Best Move for Students
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE
Don't miss this session with students from Delaware who are TOP-NOTCH Champion Chess Players. Their school leader, Principal EL, will help share the story of their immense success. "These are inner-city students in some very high-crime, high-poverty areas. These children are playing chess and graduating high school and going to some of the top colleges and law schools in the nation," Thomas-El said.

Read more about them HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

International Speaker and Author, Thomas Edison Charter School
Dr. Salome Thomas-EL has been a teacher and principal since 1987. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL was a regular contributor on the “The Dr. Oz... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 2:45pm - 3:30pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Educational Rockstar Panel
The lineup for this Equity and Engagement in our New Educational Environment panel is one you DO NOT want to miss.  Facilitated by the charismatic, compassionate, and brilliant educator, Tony Dugas, you will hear thoughtful, creative dialogue from Rudy Bankston, Principal EL, Richard Gerver, Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer, and Dr. Tina Owen-Moore in a casual environment. Come be inspired and moved to do great things in education by hearing the best this group has to offer.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Dugas

Tony Dugas

Principal, Georgia O'Keeffe Middle School - MMSD
Tony Dugas has spent much of his career in education championing for marginalized youth and families.Before becoming the principal of O’Keeffe Middle School, Dugas spent time working with students and their families throughout the country.Born in California and raised in Lafayette... Read More →
avatar for Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Founder and President, i am We Coaching and Mentoring
Roderick “Rudy” Bankston is a committed educator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and writer. His powerful story describes his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and surfaces and explores intersecting themes that include identity, equity, justice, trauma... Read More →
avatar for Richard Gerver

Richard Gerver

Inspirational Leader, Richard Gerver
Richard Gerver has been described as one of the most inspirational leaders of his generation. He is an award-winning speaker, bestselling author and world-renowned thinker. Richard began his career in education, most notably as headmaster of the failing Grange Primary School. In... Read More →
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Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Director of Indigenous Education, University of Hawaii West Oahu
Manulani Aluli Meyer is the fifth daughter of Emma Aluli and Harry Meyer. Her family hails from Mokapu, Kailua, Kamamalu, Wailuku, Hilo and Kohala on the islands of Oahu, Maui and Moku O Keawe. The Aluli ohana is a large and diverse group of scholar-activists who have spent their... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Tina Owen-Moore

Dr. Tina Owen-Moore

District Superintendent, School District Of Cudahy
Founder of The Alliance School of Milwaukee, the nation's first school started with a mission of addressing bullying and teaching others to do the same. Current Superintendent at the School District Of Cudahy. Dr. Owen-Moore is an anti-bullying champion and author of, The Allianc... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

Dr. Salome Thomas-EL

International Speaker and Author, Thomas Edison Charter School
Dr. Salome Thomas-EL has been a teacher and principal since 1987. He received national acclaim as a teacher and chess coach, where his students have gone on to win world recognition as Eight-Time National Chess Champions. Principal EL was a regular contributor on the “The Dr. Oz... Read More →


Thursday April 15, 2021 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT

6:30pm CDT

13th Movie: Series (Part 4)
WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

While we would love to have you attend all four sessions, join when you can. You won’t regret it! This is going to be amazing! In this 4-part series, we will watch the movie 13th in sections and have facilitated dialogue and small groups to unpack this incredibly powerful film, culminating in individual and collaborative reflections with next steps in our final session.

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston couldn't be more qualified to facilitate this incredible opportunity.

When the 13th amendment was ratified in 1865, its drafters left themselves a large, very exploitable loophole in the guise of an easily missed clause in its definition. That clause, which converts slavery from a legal business model to an equally legal method of punishment for criminals, is the subject of the Netflix documentary “13th.” Director Ava DuVernay’s takes an unflinching, well-informed and thoroughly researched look at the American system of incarceration, specifically how the prison industrial complex affects people of color. Her analysis could not be more timely nor more infuriating. The film builds its case piece by shattering piece, inspiring levels of shock and outrage that stun the viewer, leaving one shaken and disturbed before closing out on a visual note of hope designed to keep us on the hook as advocates for change.

Speakers
avatar for Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Roderick 'Rudy' Bankston

Founder and President, i am We Coaching and Mentoring
Roderick “Rudy” Bankston is a committed educator, Restorative Justice practitioner, and writer. His powerful story describes his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline and surfaces and explores intersecting themes that include identity, equity, justice, trauma... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Heidi Ropa

Heidi Ropa

Coordinator, i am We Coaching and Mentoring


Thursday April 15, 2021 6:30pm - 8:00pm CDT
 
Friday, April 16
 

7:00am CDT

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Friday April 16, 2021 7:00am - 1:00pm CDT

7:30am CDT

Designing Personalized Learning for Equity
The concurrent pandemics of institutional racism and Covid-19 have been a major "stress test" for schools, shining light on our strengths and exposing our weaknesses.  How do we move forward with those strengths, and leave those weaknesses behind?  Join this interactive session where we will use the core ideas of personalized learning as design principles for equitable, student centered instruction.  We’ll design together, share feedback and our experiences.

This session will put theory into practice. Participants will create an actionable plan for teaching and learning that is equitable and personalized.
 

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Dryer

Gerald Dryer

Director of Research, UW Madison
Gerald Dryer Is the Research Director for the Personalization in Practice research group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research explores the relation between social justice and personalized learning in schools. His 24 year career as an educator includes classroom practice... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

Dethrone the Course...Coronate Agile Learning as the Queen
In this session we will showcase a handful of example dynamic projects, seminars, and expeditions from/with several innovative schools that utilize the Headrush Learning platform. See how to break traditional teacher-led courses into more agile, learner-centered chunks that support better feedback loops, deeper levels of blooms, all while engaging students to become more self-directed.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Hourahine

Mike Hourahine

CEO & Co-founder, Headrush Learning
avatar for Shane Krukowski

Shane Krukowski

Co-founder, Headrush
Shane Krukowski is a heutagogy geek, former PBL advisor, and wannabe accordion player. He’s designed, launched, and helped many organizations implement various software platforms, including co-founding Headrush Learning. He was a catalyst for the edCamp movement and has been host... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood...and Beyond! *Asynchronous Session
This is an Asynchronous session with a pre-recorded presentation. Please click on the presentation video link below to view the presentation.
IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD...AND BEYOND!
VIDEO PRESENTATION - CLICK HERE TO WATCH
The presenters of this session will be available for a live Q & A session for the last 15 minutes of the session time.

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!

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlin Hazel Neville

Kaitlin Hazel Neville

SOAR MS Charter-Northland Pines
Kate Neville is a teacher at SOAR (School of Options and Applied Research) Middle School. Kate has been at SOAR since the doors opened in Fall of 2013. Previous to this experience, Kate worked in both the Appleton and Neenah school districts in Wisconsin and at a brain research based... Read More →
avatar for Robin Indermuehle

Robin Indermuehle

Advisor, SOAR MS Charter-Northland Pines
Robin Indermuehle has been teaching at SOAR Middle School for 5 years. Previously she taught High School Life Science and worked with At-Risk students. She grew up in Northern Minnesota where she developed a love of the natural environment. She works to convey this to students in... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Libby

Jeffrey Libby

SOAR MS Charter-Northland Pines
Jeffrey Libby is in his fourth year at SOAR. After living in Los Angeles for 24 years Jeffrey relocated to Wisconsin in 2017. Jeff feels his previous life experiences in the Arts provide him with the broad perspective he shares with his students. Jeff is a zealous advocate for the... Read More →
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Carol Pluedeman

Paraprofessional, SOAR MS Charter-Northland Pines
I've worked for the Northland Pines School District for 30 years, the last 8 at SOAR MS, enjoying the crazy ride! I'm a bit of a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none.I love working with the middle school kids here at SOAR. They are creative, energetic and loving (yes, even as middle... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

7:30am CDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Atkins

Liz Atkins

4th/5th Grade Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
Hello!My name is Liz Atkins. I am a 4th/5th grade teacher at Lincoln STEM in Watertown, WI. We specialize in integrating STEM throughout our school day. I enjoy the independent exploration my students get while solving real-world problems. We integrate project-based learning as much... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Wiedenfeld

Jessica Wiedenfeld

Fourth/Fifth Grade Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
My name is Jessica Wiedenfeld and I am a 4th/5th grade teacher at Lincoln STEM Elementary in Watertown, WI. I have taught 16 years in grades 1-5 and started my STEM journey in 2017 when I participated on a team charged in developing an elementary STEM school for our WUSD students... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 7:30am - 8:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

A Student Perspective: Creating Engagement Through Leadership
Students who are involved in the decision making processes of the school will strengthen their ownership. Agency is created which allows us to step naturally into leadership positions. At Valley New School, we designed the infrastructure of student government, mentorship, and ambassadorship. The more students step into these roles, the more say we have, creating buy-in and engagement in our education, best preparing us for our careers.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Rabas

Emily Rabas

Student, Valley New School
Emily Rabas is a senior at Valley New School in Appleton Wisconsin. She is involved in all major aspects of student leadership, serving on the council for active input in school affairs, as a mentor, and as an ambassador for the past 6 years. She is currently the lead ambassador at... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

Cultivating Belonging Through Meaningful Sharing and Listening for Understanding
Cultivating a welcoming, diverse and inclusive school community is the essential role of every educator. This presentation introduces the role that belonging and relationships have to create a positive community and build successful learners. Participants will explore two Responsive Classroom practices to teach the skills of sharing, listening, and understanding and walk away with a resource to support the direct teaching and practice of these vital communication skills, regardless of the model of service delivery.

Speakers
avatar for Margie Dorshorst

Margie Dorshorst

ISN
Margie is an innovative educator and consultant who has experience as a special educator, administrator, gifted instructor and professional development facilitator. She is a certified Nurtured Heart Approach trainer and consulting teacher for the Responsive Classroom approach. Margie... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

Learning in a Pandemic - High School
The past year has been challenging for students, teachers, parents, and the entire education system due to COVID-19. Come to this "Learning in a Pandemic" session to see how one high school has taken on the challenges of pandemic teaching and learning and discuss how education will be forever changed.


Speakers
avatar for Jeannie Zonneveld

Jeannie Zonneveld

Teacher Lead, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Jeannie-Marie Zonneveld is a dedicated English teacher at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers in New York City. Jeannie has cultivated a buzzing learning environment of engaged and motivated students. Jeannie started her career in the struggling school and has been vital to... Read More →
avatar for Kerry Decker Rutishauser

Kerry Decker Rutishauser

School Principal, Learner Driven Schools
Kerry Decker Rutishauser has dedicated her entire professional life to eliminating oppressive schooling practices. She is the author of Empowered Students: Educating Flexible Minds for a Flexible Future (November 2020. Rowman & Littlefield, Inc). Kerry completed her M.Ed. in Educational... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

8:30am CDT

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 school's mission and vision as we examine how they reflect what you hope to be happening in your school every day.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Wieczorek

Peter Wieczorek

Executive Director, Northwest 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 →


Friday April 16, 2021 8:30am - 9:15am CDT

9:30am CDT

Book Exploration - Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet author Dr. James Rickabaugh and learn more about his book Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School

The author will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as a Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning, an education innovation lab dedicated to the transformation of public education. The Institute serves more than 60 school districts across Wisconsin and five other states. Dr. Rickabaugh formerly... Read More →



Friday April 16, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am CDT

9:30am CDT

Book Exploration - The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-Free School
WATCH THIS BOOK EXPLORATION - CLICK HERE
In this Book Exploration series, get a chance to meet author Tina Owen-Moore Ed.L.D. and learn more about her book The Alliance Way: The Making of a Bully-Free School.

The author will walk you through their inspiration for writing the book and field questions.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tina Owen-Moore

Dr. Tina Owen-Moore

District Superintendent, School District Of Cudahy
Founder of The Alliance School of Milwaukee, the nation's first school started with a mission of addressing bullying and teaching others to do the same. Current Superintendent at the School District Of Cudahy. Dr. Owen-Moore is an anti-bullying champion and author of, The Allianc... Read More →



Friday April 16, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Apples for Teachers
Apples for Teachers Prezi Link - Click Here

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 try new and improved ways to teach. Then we all know what that leads to - improved student learning, teacher retention, and your schools! Board members, community members, teachers, parents - don't miss this one!

Speakers
avatar for Brad Waznik

Brad Waznik

Owner, Waznik Moseler Group, LLC
Brad Waznik is the owner of Waznik Moseler Group, LLC which he founded with the vision of improving lives by offering great financial advice. He is the son of a Pastor, and graduated from Hudson High school, later earning his degree from Saint Thomas University. Brad and his wife... Read More →
avatar for Bob Herscher

Bob Herscher

Birchwood School District
Bob Herscher was a school board member for 20 years.  He's volunteered at Birchwood school for many years as well as being a math tutor.  He ran a resort off Big Lake Chetac in Birchwood for 30 years and raised 3 boys who all graduated from Birchwood--with many years working the... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

Advisor, Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
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 →


Friday April 16, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Collaborative Leadership: Moving from Top-Down to Team-Centric
Presentation Slides and Resources

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 your schools 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!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. Currently serving as an Instructional Coach at the amazing Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District, a former elementary and middle school teacher... Read More →
avatar for Roy Bernards

Roy Bernards

Intermediate School Principal, Deforest School District
Mr. Roy M Bernards has been a Principal in the DeForest Area School District for the past fourteen years.  He led Yahara Elementary School for 4 years and Windsor Elementary School for 8, and is currently the principal of the district's intermediate school that he is helping to develop... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

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 "how" for the elements.

Speakers
avatar for Dria Setter

Dria Setter

PD Specialist, CESA #1 - The Institute for Personalized Learning
As a Professional Development Specialist for the Institute, Dria brings 18 years of elementary education experience including work with technology integration, differentiation for gifted and talented students, personalized learning, and most recently, work as a Learning Coach.  She... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

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.

Speakers
avatar for Eli Cruz

Eli Cruz

Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Elisaul Cruz has been working in the NYC public school system for 8 years. As a product of the NYC public education system he believes that all students should be empowered in the classroom in order to be able to achieve success beyond the classroom.  As the behavioral lead at the... Read More →
avatar for Madeleine Ciliotta-Young

Madeleine Ciliotta-Young

Principal, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Madeleine Ciliotta-Young is the principal at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers in New York City. She is an Equity in Leadership 2018 recipient and long time advocate for radical education reform. Madeleine has committed her career to operationalize a vision that dismantles... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

We Made It ! Connect l Renew l Dream with MLCN
If you are a member of the MLCN (MN Learner-Centered Network) or just curious about the 'sister' network across the border, join us! Let's celebrate and dream! MLCN is a grassroots network launched in 2018 with a current membership representing 30+ MN schools. Come learn its journey, its compelling future and dream with others how the MLCN will connect and empower educators and students. What do you need in 2021-22? Let's design together!

Speakers
avatar for Carrie Bakken

Carrie Bakken

Avalon School
avatar for Julene Oxton

Julene Oxton

Coordinator, MN Learner Centered Network
Before joining EdVisions, Julene Oxton was the Innovation Coordinator for the Lakeville Area Public Schools in MN where she worked with teachers to transform educational systems. She served as the lead developer of Impact Academy which is a learning environment for about 450 students... Read More →


Friday April 16, 2021 10:30am - 11:15am CDT

11:30am CDT

Jamboard Series Topic - Shared Leadership (Sponsored by Teacher Powered Schools)
This Jamboard Session is sponsored by Teacher Powered Schools learn more at www.teacherpowered.org

WATCH THE INTRO VIDEO TO LEARN MORE

JAMBOARD LINK CLICK HERE
Click the link above to the Jamboard that will be used in this session to reflect together. Jamboard is G Suite’s digital whiteboard that offers a rich collaborative experience for teams and classrooms.

Please take a few minutes at any time to add a post-it to any of the 3 boards within the Jamboard (1 What does it mean to you? 2 Resources. 3 Wonderings.) We look forward to learning together!

*NOTE* The Jamboards are LIVE documents. Please be thoughtful before you edit!

This Jamboard Series will utilize online collaborative tools to facilitate discussions and best practice shares around the topic of Shared Leadership.


Speakers
avatar for Amy Junge

Amy Junge

Director of Teacher-Powered Schools, Education Evolving
Amy Junge is a former California public elementary and middle school teacher and assistant principal. She started working with teacher-powered schools in 2009 and was a contributing author for Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots. Today... Read More →
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Co-Founder, Teacher, Gov. Board, Wildlands
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 →


Friday April 16, 2021 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT

12:30pm CDT

Closing and Reflection
Friday April 16, 2021 12:30pm - 1:00pm CDT
 
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