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Wednesday, April 27
 

8:00am CDT

9:00am CDT

STEM Pre-Conference
This conference is best suited for anyone who has an interest in STEM education - whether you are brand new to the field or a seasoned "STEMmer" - Please join us. 

Schedule

9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Keynote: Dr. Kevin Anderson, WI Dept. of Public Instruction
Panel of educators: Making It Real: Community Support for STEM
Dr. Angela Andersson, Dr. Prisca Moore, James Murray

9:45 - 10:30 Breakout sessions

10:45 - 11:30 Breakout sessions

11:45 - 12:30 Breakout sessions

12:30 - 1:15 Lunch and networking

1:15 - 4:00 STEM UnConference - See above

4:00 - 5:30 Happy Hour!

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... 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 →
PM

Prisca Moore

Carthage College
Dr. Prisca Moore, Professor of Education, at Carthage College works in partnership with several schools in the Kenosha Unified School District providing teaching experiences for Carthage students preparing to be teachers.  The focus of Dr. Moore's work has been to create Professional... Read More →
avatar for James Murray

James Murray

Principal, Waukesha STEM Academy
James Murray has pursued his dream in education for nearly twenty years and finds new avenues of excitement and growth, each and every year. Starting off his career in a highly transient, high-needs and at-risk environment, James quickly became hooked on working with all types of... Read More →



Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:00am - 9:40am CDT
Sandstone 7

9:00am CDT

Culture Building Pre-Conference
Defining your culture so school is not just a building. Create a place where students have deep connections and want to be.

Join educators from all levels in K-12 as we explore and develop strategies for you to re-create school culture that best fits your community.  Opportunities to attend morning breakout sessions and focus groups will be combined with the overall goal of taking home tools and ideas you can apply right away to continue your school’s journey toward a positive student-centered culture.

Culture What?  Begin the quest to unlock the secrets of school culture, explore and define your personal and school impression of culture, and how to move it in a positive direction. We will begin the day with a large group interactive session focusing on the perceptions and realities of school culture.


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
CS

Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →



Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am CDT
Sandstone 1

9:00am CDT

Personalized Learning Pre-Conference
Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for Change

The future for which we are preparing today’s learners is not our grandparents’, our parents’ or even our future. Life and career success increasingly requires the ability to learn, create and contribute – in short, to become one’s own best teacher.  The world is changing, but the way we educate learners has remained largely static. 

Unless we commit now to change the experience of learners and the focus of learning, we risk preparing learners for a world that will no longer exist. This change will require more than one-dimensional reform and incremental improvement. Our challenge is to redesign the learning ecosystem experienced by most learners today. The question is how.

The Institute for Personalized Learning leads a national network of districts that are engaged in creating learning experiences that are focused to the individual student level. The Institute has developed a personalized learning model that is being practiced by more than 1,000 educators serving tens of thousands of students.

Join the Institute for a lively and engaging day filled with helpful information, real life examples, hands on activities, useful research and practical tools.  There is no better time to begin or continue your journey to prepare every learner to succeed in a future of rapid change, unpredictable challenges and unimaginable opportunities.   



Tentative Schedule   

9:00 - Welcome, introductions and overview of the day

9:15 - Icebreaker: Powerful learning experience

9:30  - Understanding change: Intersections, kitchens and icebergs

10:15 - Break

10:30 - Personalized learning: Rationale, research, tools and “look fors” 

11:30 – Application: Building your definition of personalized learning

12:15 – Lunch

1:00 – Application: Co-creating learner goals, co-designing action plans, shared progress monitoring and reflective learning assessment

2:15 – Shifts in roles: Learners, educators, and administrators

2:45 – Application: Analyzing practice and deciding where to start using the honeycomb model

3:15 – Wrap-up, reflection and evaluation

4:00 - Happy Hour! 

 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning. He formerly served as the Director of the Institute, and as Superintendent for districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jim is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap... Read More →



Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am CDT
Sandstone 89

9:00am CDT

Culture Building - ALL DAY WORKSHOP
Defining your culture so school is not just a building. Create a place where students have deep connections and want to be.

Creating a school culture needs to be more than an activity, specific game, team building moment, or monthly topic on character traits. School culture is built 180 days each year with your students. Shifting school culture toward student ownership, accountability, and responsibility involves examining the big picture. Where the atmosphere, relationships, and values of your school are lived and breathed by each of your students each day all year. Join the staff of Wildlands School in examining the essentials of a scaffolding system that develops a sound, cohesive, positive student-centered culture. We will examine elements of a philosophy that transform the way students view school.  Participants will have the opportunity to share, explore, and think about building upon their current culture to enhance a lifelong love of learning and the ability for students to follow their passions and be in charge of their school experience. 

  1. Creating a school culture needs to be more than an activity, specific game, teambuilding moment, or monthly topic on character traits. School culture is built 180 days each year with your students. Shifting school culture toward student ownership, accountability, and responsibility involves examining the big picture. Where the atmosphere, relationships, and values of your school are lived and breathed by each of your students each day all year. Join the staff of Wildlands School in examining the essentials of a scaffolding system that develops a sound, cohesive, positive student-centered culture. We will examine elements of a philosophy that transforms the way students view school.  Participants will have the opportunity to share, explore, and think about building upon their current culture to enhance a lifelong love of learning and the ability for students to follow their passions and be in charge of their school experience.

  2. Creating a school culture needs to be more than an activity, specific game, teambuilding moment, or monthly topic on character traits. School culture is built 180 days each year with your students. Shifting school culture toward student ownership, accountability, and responsibility involves examining the big picture. Where the atmosphere, relationships, and values of your school are lived and breathed by each of your students each day all year. Join the staff of Wildlands School in examining the essentials of a scaffolding system that develops a sound, cohesive, positive student-centered culture. We will examine elements of a philosophy that transforms the way students view school.  Participants will have the opportunity to share, explore, and think about building upon their current culture to enhance a lifelong love of learning and the ability for students to follow their passions and be in charge of their school experience.

9:00 - 9:45        Opening
9:45 - 12:15      Hands-on culture building experiences
12:15 - 1:00      Lunch and networking
1:15 - 4:00        Hands-on culture building activities
4:00 - 5:30        Happy Hour!

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
CS

Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:00am - 4:00pm CDT
Sandstone 1

9:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 1: Follow up: Making It Real: Community Support for STEM
This is a follow-up session to the panel discussion from the opening.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... 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 →
PM

Prisca Moore

Carthage College
Dr. Prisca Moore, Professor of Education, at Carthage College works in partnership with several schools in the Kenosha Unified School District providing teaching experiences for Carthage students preparing to be teachers.  The focus of Dr. Moore's work has been to create Professional... Read More →
avatar for James Murray

James Murray

Principal, Waukesha STEM Academy
James Murray has pursued his dream in education for nearly twenty years and finds new avenues of excitement and growth, each and every year. Starting off his career in a highly transient, high-needs and at-risk environment, James quickly became hooked on working with all types of... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra F

9:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 1: The Makery: Using Invention and Hands-on Fabrication as Catalysts for Engaging Students in STEM
This workshop enables teachers to learn about and experience engaging, hands-on learning activities designed to engage students and motivate them to learn and understand mathematics and science. The underlying learning processes were developed during a ten-year cycle of National Science Foundation grants that used the invention process as a catalyst for establishing a context for STEM training and twenty-first century manufacturing technologies to empower students to transform their ideas into real functional products.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Neil Scott

Dr. Neil Scott

Retired university researcher and founder of the Makery, Connections Public Charter School
Neil Scott was the Director of the Archimedes Project at the University of Hawaii, a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on improving human/computer interaction strategies and technologies. He was a founding member of the Archimedes Project at Stanford University in 1992... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra E

9:45am CDT

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED as the presenter is unavailable. STEM Breakout Session 1: STEM to STEAM to STREAM
STEM to STEAM to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math). To be prepared for the 21st century high-tech jobs, you will need to read, and read a lot. We must remember that the message underlying all of these acronyms is the importance of integration - of recognizing that nothing exists in a vacuum. We belong in an age where traditional barriers are disappearing: between disciplines, between academia and industry, and between nations. We don’t have to teach kids to be creative, they already are. We just have to stop assessing and start allowing the creativity to shine through.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Piontek

Jeffrey Piontek

Director of Innovation, Other
Jeff is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with many at-risk school districts nationally as a consultant on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff started out as a Science teacher in the South Bronx, NYC, and worked his way up to the Director... Read More →



Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra D

9:50am CDT

Culture Building Breakout Session 1: Creating and Maintaining a Healthy School Culture while Avoiding Toxicity
As teachers when we think about school culture, our first thoughts are often about how we will create culture with our own students.  To create the most inspiring and sustainable school culture we need to think about how all of the adults will work together in collaboration, to build and sustain the culture as a community.  Once established, an excellent school culture is vulnerable to outside forces creating an innovation collapse, which can happen quickly and result in significant change. This session will focus on three areas:  1.  Creating a school culture as a community, identifying essential elements and tools.  2. Growing and sustaining school culture, from orientation to ownership.  3.  When culture becomes toxic and endangered, prevention strategies and interventions that heal and restore.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:50am - 10:45am CDT
Tundra B

9:50am CDT

Culture Building Breakout Session 1: Defining your culture so school is not just a building
Creating a school culture needs to be more than an activity, specific game, teambuilding moment, or monthly topic on character traits. School culture is built 180 days each year with your students. Shifting school culture toward student ownership, accountability, and responsibility involves examining the big picture. Where the atmosphere, relationships, and values of your school are lived and breathed by each of your students each day all year. Join the staff of Wildlands School in examining the essentials of a scaffolding system that develops a sound, cohesive, positive student-centered culture. We will examine elements of a philosophy that transforms the way students view school.  Participants will have the opportunity to share, explore, and think about building upon their current culture to enhance a lifelong love of learning and the ability for students to follow their passions and be in charge of their school experience. Be prepared to examine your current school / classroom culture and plan for the next steps you and your students feel are important.

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, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:50am - 10:45am CDT
Sandstone 1

9:50am CDT

Culture Building Breakout Session 1: Shifting roles: Who Owns this Space Anyway?

Have you ever wondered if your students would show up at school, in your classroom, if they didn’t have to be there? What is it that makes people feel like they belong, like they matter and are part of something bigger than themselves?  

While we know the adult in a classroom plays a critical role, culture will remain a buzzword unless teachers take a step back and allow students to take collective ownership of their space and the people in it.

Join us to grow your practice in the, “Why, What, and How” of culture. Additionally, we will identify key criteria that indicates a strong classroom (school) culture is being built.



Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
CS

Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 9:50am - 10:45am CDT
Tundra C

10:15am CDT

10:30am CDT

Personalized Learning: Research and Building a Definition
Speakers
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning. He formerly served as the Director of the Institute, and as Superintendent for districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jim is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:30am - 11:30am CDT
Sandstone 89

10:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 2: Incorporating Engineering into School Gardening through Aquaponics and Hydroponics: Lessons from the Food for Learning Project

In the 2011-2012 school year, the Healthy Classrooms Foundation provided funds to allow the Food for Learning Project to expand the Food for Learning school gardening programs by establishing indoor gardening using hydroponics and aquaponics to allow year-round growing seasons and to teach elementary students at the Kenosha School of Technology-Enhanced Curriculum (KTEC) about indoor sustainable gardening practices.  This project was very successful with the establishment of multiple hydroponic and aquaponic systems at KTEC.  This session will focus on how to establish a STEM indoor garden program through aquaponics and hydroponics.

 

More than 100 Carthage students from the Teacher Education Program have worked with teachers and students at KTEC developing their own knowledge of the science and sustainable gardening practices involved in establishing and maintaining hydroponic and aquaponic systems.  This has been an invaluable learning experience for these future teachers.  Carthage students have taught lessons and collaborated on designing poster displays with the students at KTEC to teach visitors and other students about the hydroponic systems and aquaponic systems.  Additionally, these systems created beautiful green spaces in the school buildings that were located so that all students in the school could see the plants being grown and harvested.  Staff, students, and parents at each school were interested and supportive in maintaining and learning about these indoor gardening systems.   Initially, we used commercial systems that were purchased with the HCF funds but we also begin building “home-made” systems with the support of staff at the Hydro Your Own, a newly established Kenosha store that sells hydroponic and aquaponic systems and supplies.  

 

We will detail step-by-step our process in establishing partnerships and share materials and lessons from several on-going collaborative projects including aquaponics, hydroponics, vermicomposting, and outdoor gardening.  The elementary and middle schools students are integrally involved in developing creative problem-solving skills, environmental and social literacy, ethical awareness and sensitivity for the relationship between humans and the environment and acting on their commitment to engage in individual and cooperative action. Our goal is to have this model-demonstration school demonstrating sustainable practices and environmental stewardship to the community.  These projects have been aligned with the NGSS and focus on how engineering and technology can support school gardening.

 

This program represents a new and powerful model for colleges and local agencies to collaborate with schools focusing on student-lead initiatives, whole-school commitment to creating a sustainable community by developing habits of conservation and practicing stewardship for the school and larger community.   We have invited other schools and community groups to each school campus to learn about their practices and see how to adapt them to their own sites and situations.   Our goal is that the College students will continue working with KTEC elementary and middle school students each year to not only develop their STEM knowledge base through the Food for Learning Project but also to develop their environmental literacy and their sense of stewardship to their community.


Speakers
PM

Prisca Moore

Carthage College
Dr. Prisca Moore, Professor of Education, at Carthage College works in partnership with several schools in the Kenosha Unified School District providing teaching experiences for Carthage students preparing to be teachers.  The focus of Dr. Moore's work has been to create Professional... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Tundra F

10:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 2: Keep Calm and STEM On
This session provides participants with STEMunition (data to drive STEM), examples of successful STEM in the US and the world, as well as free resources (YES, free!) for K-12 STEM.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Cindy Moss

Dr. Cindy Moss

Vice President of Global STEM Initiatives, Discovery Education
Dr. Cindy Moss is currently the VP of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, and travels the world helping companies, nonprofits, Ministries of Education and school districts understand the importance of STEM education and how to implement it successfully. Previously Dr... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Tundra D

10:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 2: What Can a Partnership with Code.org Do for You and Your Students?
Code.org's mission is to provide computer science access to every student in every school throughout the US. Come learn about how you can help get computer science in your district, school and classroom. This is a great opportunity for you and your students. Don't miss this opportunity!

Speakers
avatar for Jenna Garcia

Jenna Garcia

Code.org
Jenna Garcia is the Midwest District Manager at Code.org. Her mission is to help get computer science in every district within the Midwest. She has years of experience in both the tech and education industries. Over the past decade, she has skillfully kept one foot in each sector... Read More →



Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
Tundra E

10:50am CDT

Culture Building Breakout Session 2: Creating and Maintaining a Healthy School Culture while Avoiding Toxicity
As teachers when we think about school culture, our first thoughts are often about how we will create culture with our own students.  To create the most inspiring and sustainable school culture we need to think about how all of the adults will work together in collaboration, to build and sustain the culture as a community.  Once established, an excellent school culture is vulnerable to outside forces creating an innovation collapse, which can happen quickly and result in significant change. This session will focus on three areas:  1.  Creating a school culture as a community, identifying essential elements and tools.  2. Growing and sustaining school culture, from orientation to ownership.  3.  When culture becomes toxic and endangered, prevention strategies and interventions that heal and restore.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:50am - 11:40am CDT
Tundra B

10:50am CDT

Culture Building Breakout Session 2: Defining your culture so school is not just a building
Creating a school culture needs to be more than an activity, specific game, teambuilding moment, or monthly topic on character traits. School culture is built 180 days each year with your students. Shifting school culture toward student ownership, accountability, and responsibility involves examining the big picture. Where the atmosphere, relationships, and values of your school are lived and breathed by each of your students each day all year. Join the staff of Wildlands School in examining the essentials of a scaffolding system that develops a sound, cohesive, positive student-centered culture. We will examine elements of a philosophy that transforms the way students view school.  Participants will have the opportunity to share, explore, and think about building upon their current culture to enhance a lifelong love of learning and the ability for students to follow their passions and be in charge of their school experience. Be prepared to examine your current school / classroom culture and plan for the next steps you and your students feel are important.

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, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:50am - 11:40am CDT
Sandstone 1

10:50am CDT

Culture Building Breakout Session 2: Shifting roles: Who Owns this Space Anyway?

Have you ever wondered if your students would show up at school, in your classroom, if they didn’t have to be there? What is it that makes people feel like they belong, like they matter and are part of something bigger than themselves?  

While we know the adult in a classroom plays a critical role, culture will remain a buzzword unless teachers take a step back and allow students to take collective ownership of their space and the people in it.

Join us to grow your practice in the, “Why, What, and How” of culture. Additionally, we will identify key criteria that indicates a strong classroom (school) culture is being built.



Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
CS

Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 10:50am - 11:40am CDT
Tundra C

11:45am CDT

Culture Building: Morning Review, Reflection, Discussion
Defining your culture so school is not just a building. Create a place where students have deep connections and want to be.

Join educators from all levels in K-12 as we explore and develop strategies for you to re-create school culture that best fits your community.  Opportunities to attend morning breakout sessions and focus groups will be combined with the overall goal of taking home tools and ideas you can apply right away to continue your school’s journey toward a positive student-centered culture.

Culture What?  Begin the quest to unlock the secrets of school culture, explore and define your personal and school impression of culture, and how to move it in a positive direction. We will begin the day with a large group interactive session focusing on the perceptions and realities of school culture.


Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
CS

Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 11:45am - 12:15pm CDT
Sandstone 1

11:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 3: From Transition to Transformation
What happens when students travel and transition from a Personalized Learning environment, to one that is a bit more traditional?  When looking at a district-level, transformation takes a bit longer to accomplish with success on a larger scale, than in a building, or with a program-model.  What if we took our old High School frameworks and let the students begin to drive the instructional transformations taking place, in order to best fit their learning needs?  With the growing presence of Personalized and STEM-focused programs across our country, some launching as early as Kindergarten, our students are coming out of Middle School owning their learning and asking the question, "How may I continue to pursue the Learning Pathway that I know works best for me?"  Join us, as we share the story of one such transformation and meet the leaders and students behind this radical change.

Speakers
avatar for James Murray

James Murray

Principal, Waukesha STEM Academy
James Murray has pursued his dream in education for nearly twenty years and finds new avenues of excitement and growth, each and every year. Starting off his career in a highly transient, high-needs and at-risk environment, James quickly became hooked on working with all types of... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm CDT
Tundra D

11:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 3: Pi in the Sky: Generative STEM Learning through High Altitude Ballooning (This session is a virtual session utilizing Zoom videoconferencing.)
Come learn in this interactive Zoom videoconferencing session about how Northern Lakes Regional Academy students have developed a high altitude ballooning program to study driving questions about science, engineering, open source technologies, art, and mathematics. Particpants will learn about the results of numerous high altitude balloon launches which have led to both state and national recognition, as well as to motivating students to develop deep driving questions around science and technology. You will see how you can develop a similar program at your own school. No matter the grade level or your subject of interest, after this presentation, you will be convinced that every student should have a chance to participate in high altitude ballooning.

Speakers
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Jeremy Peterson

Lead Teacher, Northern Lakes Regional Academy
Jeremy "Pete" Peterson in the lead teacher of Northern Lakes Regional Academy in Rice Lake, WI. He is a National Board Certified Science Educator with a passion for Interdisciplinary Learning are STEAM based topics.




Wednesday April 27, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm CDT
Tundra F

11:45am CDT

STEM Breakout Session 3: STEM Education Programs: Reflecting on Whether They Match Their Vision
What is your vision for STEM education? How do you know whether you're accomplishing that vision? In this session we will collaboratively look at a self-evaluation rubric for STEM education programs that aligns with the Wisconsin vision for STEM. We'll discuss how this tool could be used to improve STEM programs and practice using it on a sample program. We'll also discuss how it could be modified to meet your needs/vision.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... Read More →



Wednesday April 27, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm CDT
Tundra E

12:15pm CDT

12:15pm CDT

12:30pm CDT

1:00pm CDT

Personalized Learning: Application and Wrap-Up
Speakers
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning. He formerly served as the Director of the Institute, and as Superintendent for districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jim is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 1:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
Sandstone 89

1:15pm CDT

Culture Building: Build UnConference Options
Perhaps one of the most exciting things you will experience, the ISN STEM UnConference will be organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Attendees and organizers will be encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Participants will experience freedom of movement and exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer learning and a combination of equal parts networking, technology demonstration and moderated, open discussion.  Like other UnConferences, ours is founded upon The Law of Two Feet: If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place. We look forward to you walking this experience with us.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
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Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 1:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Sandstone 1

1:15pm CDT

STEM UnConference
Perhaps one of the most exciting things you will experience, the ISN STEM UnConference will be organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Attendees and organizers will be encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Participants will experience freedom of movement and exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer learning and a combination of equal parts networking, technology demonstration and moderated, open discussion.  Like other Unconferences, ours is founded upon The Law of Two Feet: If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place. We look forward to you walking this experience with us.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson

Science Education Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Dr. Anderson currently works as the Science Education Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He enjoys helping educators improve science programs and instruction to support all students in making sense of the world and solving problems. In his position... 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 James Murray

James Murray

Principal, Waukesha STEM Academy
James Murray has pursued his dream in education for nearly twenty years and finds new avenues of excitement and growth, each and every year. Starting off his career in a highly transient, high-needs and at-risk environment, James quickly became hooked on working with all types of... Read More →




Wednesday April 27, 2016 1:15pm - 4:00pm CDT
Sandstone 7
  Pre-Conference: STEM

1:35pm CDT

Culture Building: UnConference Breakout Session 1 (Options TBD by group)
Perhaps one of the most exciting things you will experience, the ISN STEM UnConference will be organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Attendees and organizers will be encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Participants will experience freedom of movement and exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer learning and a combination of equal parts networking, technology demonstration and moderated, open discussion.  Like other UnConferences, ours is founded upon The Law of Two Feet: If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place. We look forward to you walking this experience with us.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
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Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 1:35pm - 2:30pm CDT
Sandstone 1

2:30pm CDT

Culture Building: Break
Perhaps one of the most exciting things you will experience, the ISN STEM UnConference will be organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Attendees and organizers will be encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Participants will experience freedom of movement and exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer learning and a combination of equal parts networking, technology demonstration and moderated, open discussion.  Like other UnConferences, ours is founded upon The Law of Two Feet: If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place. We look forward to you walking this experience with us.

Wednesday April 27, 2016 2:30pm - 2:45pm CDT
Sandstone 1

2:45pm CDT

Culture Building: UnConference Breakout Session 2 (Options TBD by group)
Perhaps one of the most exciting things you will experience, the ISN STEM UnConference will be organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Attendees and organizers will be encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Participants will experience freedom of movement and exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer learning and a combination of equal parts networking, technology demonstration and moderated, open discussion.  Like other UnConferences, ours is founded upon The Law of Two Feet: If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place. We look forward to you walking this experience with us.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
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Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm CDT
Sandstone 1

3:45pm CDT

Culture Building: Informal Question and Answer
Perhaps one of the most exciting things you will experience, the ISN STEM UnConference will be organized, structured and led by the people attending it. Attendees and organizers will be encouraged to become participants, with discussion leaders providing moderation and structure. Participants will experience freedom of movement and exchange of ideas through peer-to-peer learning and a combination of equal parts networking, technology demonstration and moderated, open discussion.  Like other UnConferences, ours is founded upon The Law of Two Feet: If during the course of the gathering, any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they must use their two feet and go to some more productive place. We look forward to you walking this experience with us.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
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Christina Sprader

Waukesha STEM
Christina is an administrator for the Waukesha STEM Academy. In her role now, and previously as coach and teacher, she supports teachers in evolving their STEM practices. She has a passion for further developing a system that prepares the most innovative leaders to collaboratively... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Wednesday April 27, 2016 3:45pm - 4:00pm CDT
Sandstone 1

4:00pm CDT

Happy Hour and Visit Exhibits
Wednesday April 27, 2016 4:00pm - 5:30pm CDT
Sandstone Tundra Corridor
 
Thursday, April 28
 

7:00am CDT

7:30am CDT

8:15am CDT

Welcome
Thursday April 28, 2016 8:15am - 8:30am CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

8:30am CDT

Innovation Spotlight Series
Sit back and prepare to be "wowed" during this creative and popular PechaKucha opening to our conference. A PechaKucha is a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and the presenter talks along to the images. We are currently taking submissions for this format. Do you have something awesome to share? Click HERE to give us your idea. 

You will have the opportunity to learn about relevant and innovative information in 7-minute bursts of highly engaging content. A 45-minute follow-up session will be available for you to delve more deeply into the topics with the awesome presenters utilizing this unique format.

Speakers
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 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 Jodie Davis

Jodie Davis

Innovation Architect, ISN STAFF
Jodie recently moved to Wisconsin from Florida, where she and a team of educators turned a small, home school co-op into Ohana Institute, a fully accredited independent, private school. Her roots began as a Social Studies teacher where she designed and implemented project-based learning... Read More →
avatar for Margie Dorshorst

Margie Dorshorst

Principal, Mead Elementary Charter School
Margie is the Principal of Mead Elementary School. She has expanded her leadership to include a focus on Responsive Clasroom and Trauma-Informed Education.
avatar for Joe DuFore

Joe DuFore

Owner, Newline Education/WEI
Joe Du Fore, owner of both Newline Education and Digital Publishing House LLC, started his educational career as a biology and mathematics teacher. He then moved on to be a Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Instructional Design Center at Wisconsin Lutheran College... Read More →
avatar for Sue Elliott

Sue Elliott

Events Coordinator, ISN
Have been involved in public education in WI for over 45 years including working with special education programs as a teacher and director, as well as being an elementary principal and college professor and co-founding an innovative public charter school. Am excited to continue my... Read More →
avatar for Barry Golden

Barry Golden

Educational Paradigm Specialist, ISN
Barry Golden is an Educational Paradigm Specialist for ISN. He 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. He started his own... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Ryan Krohn

Dr. Ryan Krohn

Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, School District of Waukesha
Ryan Krohn is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Accountability for the School District of Waukesha. Ryan earned his PhD in 2014 with research focused the design of a “learning-based” educational system, called pullED. He earned masters... Read More →
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.
avatar for Allen Brant, PhD

Allen Brant, PhD

Principal, Kaleidoscope Academy
Al Brant is the principal of Kaleidoscope Academy, a trauma sensitive middle school and is currently the president of ISN. He works with many of the charter schools in Appleton and the surrounding area promoting innovative practices and moving away from the industrial age model of... Read More →
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning. He formerly served as the Director of the Institute, and as Superintendent for districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jim is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... 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 →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →
avatar for Dave Vitale

Dave Vitale

Administrator and ISN Board Member, Watertown Unified School District
Dave's passion for innovative schools and responsive instructional design stems from his experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator spanning the elementary to collegiate ranks. In 2005 he earned his doctorate from UW-Madison researching and developing design principles for... Read More →
avatar for Jon  Woloshin

Jon Woloshin

Assistant Director of Alternative Learning Services/Programs and ISN Board Vice President, MMSD and ISN Board
Jonathan Woloshin serves as an Assistant Director coordinating Alternative Learning Services/Programs in the Madison Metropolitan School District. In this role Jonathan provides site-based administration and supervision of alternative learning environments for students with disabilities... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:15am CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

9:15am CDT

Conference Overview and Logistics
Thursday April 28, 2016 9:15am - 9:30am CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

9:45am CDT

Analyzing the Arts: Going Beyond Text
Text can be more than the printed word. It can come in many different forms. In this session, two classroom teachers from Summit View Elementary, an integrated arts magnet school, will share how they use paintings, music, sculptures, and drama as a form of text in their curriculum instruction. Students interact with these art forms to infer, determine importance, create meaning, justify, analyze mood, make connections, compare and contrast, and think creatively. Using the arts as a text is a great strategy to engage all students as well as level the playing field for all learners. The presenters appreciate the arts for their beauty but also as an engaging vehicle to teach their students.

Speakers
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Adam Hopp

4th Grade Teacher, Summit View
Adam is currently a 4th grade teacher who has six years of teaching experience under his belt in both 4th and 5th grade at Summit View Elementary, an integrated arts magnet school located in Waukesha, WI. Adam has spearheaded many programs including introducing the use of Aurasma... Read More →
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Don LaValle

Summit View
Don is a 4th grade teacher at Summit View Elementary, an integrated arts magnet school in the School District of Waukesha. Don is currently in his 11th year of teaching. He has served on school and district leadership committees in the areas of math, literacy, and classroom management... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra C

9:45am CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra A

9:45am CDT

Personalized Learning in Literacy and Writing
With the use of continuums and conferencing, how do educators create a personalized learning environment, using goal-setting? In this session, you will see examples of how a literacy and writing/PBL class utilize goal-setting to fulfill customized learning paths, learner choice incorporation, standards-guided learning, and proficiency-based progress within the Personalized Learning Elements Model. Online resources allow students to have ownership of their learning and progress monitoring.

Speakers
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Melissa Paulson

Randall Campus
Melissa Paulson, a graduate from Carroll University, has been a Level 2 (2nd and 3rd grade) teacher specializing in literacy at Waukesha STEM Academy - Randall Campus for the past two years. At the STEM Academy, Melissa has implemented a personalized learning environment where students... Read More →
avatar for Laurie Probst

Laurie Probst

Level 3 Literacy/STEaM specialist, Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus
Laurie Probst, M.Ed., has been with the Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus since its inception. She has been with the School District of Waukesha for 22 years, working with students from a variety of backgrounds.



Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra D

9:45am CDT

Roaring Calm - Making a School of Makers
Prairie Phoenix Academy has existed for many years, first as a collection of 'alphabet soup' programs, and now as an inclusive school of choice. This year we made the leap to project based and personalized learning. Joins us for an overview of our exciting, perilous journey. We are all learning together.

Speakers
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Gerald Dryer

Teacher, Prairie Phoenix Academy
Jerry Dryer has been teaching over 18 years: in wilderness and outdoor education, the State of Wisconsin Juvenile Corrections and Prairie Phoenix Academy.
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Cindy Milbrath

Prairie Phoenix Academy
Cindy Milbrath has been teaching over 18 years: in wilderness adventure, farm-to-table, a Yupik village in Alaska, at Minnesota New Country School, Prairie Phoenix Academy, and at home with her two charming sons.



Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra B

9:45am CDT

Special Education Options in Innovative Schools
Join Occupational Therapist Rachel Morris to explore how innovative schools are taking a new approach to their special education programs. Live Online Special Education and Related Services have created options for schools working with smaller special education populations such as charter schools. This innovative resource provides access to the right professionals (SLPs, OTs, LCSWs) for each student when they need them, where they need them. What is Telepractice? How does it work? Is it right for my school?

Speakers
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Rachel Morris

PresenceLearning
Rachel Morris OTR/L Rachel earned her occupational therapy degree from Eastern Michigan University. She worked in medical facilities for 15 years before moving into school-based practice. Rachel spent 9 years in early childhood education programs for school districts and an educational... Read More →
avatar for David Taggart

David Taggart

Upper Midwest School Partnerships, Presence Learning
David has been working with WI CESAs, Districts, and Schools for the past three years helping them to introduce and implement Live Online Special Education and Related Services. He spent time abroad leading the Advanced English Program at Colegio San Martin. He earned degrees in Special... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra F

9:45am CDT

Turning Around a Failing High School in New York City
Kerry Decker turned around a failing New York City public high school in two years. Learn how she was able to take a multi-faceted approach, tackling curriculum, pedagogy and school culture simultaneously. Grounded in the Learning Cultures® model, Kerry led students to move from an academically passive and behaviorally aggressive culture to an active and happy culture that also yielded results.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Decker

Kerry Decker

Principal, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Kerry Decker has been a school principal across grades pre-kindergarten through 12. In addition to having taught elementary and middle-school students in Illinois and Kuwait, she has thirteen years of experience working as a school principal, as well as one year as a leadership coach... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Tundra E

9:45am CDT

20/20 Follow-Up: 0 to Coding: A Playbook for getting coding in every student’s hands
Coding is not just a literacy, it is a CORE literacy, capable of propelling student achievement, creativity, and workplace readiness. First, discover and experience the importance and power of coding, Then, see how to avoid roadblocks, make the right decisions about integration, and phase coding into the hands and brains of every student. Attendees will get an opportunity to do some actual coding themselves!

Speakers
avatar for Joe DuFore

Joe DuFore

Owner, Newline Education/WEI
Joe Du Fore, owner of both Newline Education and Digital Publishing House LLC, started his educational career as a biology and mathematics teacher. He then moved on to be a Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Instructional Design Center at Wisconsin Lutheran College... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Glacier CD

9:45am CDT

20/20 Follow-Up: Autonomy and the Innovation Zone
In this session we will discuss the kind of conditions that enable innovation to flourish. We will discuss the concept of a "split screen" process for change, including how it works and why it is valuable for an innovation agenda at school, district, and state levels. We will then discuss some approaches to leadership at an individual level that participants may find helpful to think about their own role (no matter what their formal position) in advancing change.

Speakers
avatar for Tim McDonald

Tim McDonald

Center for Policy Design
Tim McDonald is a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design and an associate of Education|Evolving. He is a researcher at Harvard University where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government in 2014. His research focuses on methods... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Glacier AB

9:45am CDT

20/20 Follow-Up: Personalized Learning is 'PullED', not Pushed!
A learning experience is truly authentic, and a student is fully engaged when he or she is 'pulling' themselves through the learning experience. 'PullED', or pull-based education, is a conceptual framework for an instructional design approach based on flipping the dominant 'push-based' educational system upside down. This session will describe some of the different components of a pullED system as well as provide practical examples for designing pull-based lessons, courses, and entire schools. As the presenter says, "A passive recipient can be pushed, but it requires as active participant to pull!"

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Ryan Krohn

Dr. Ryan Krohn

Asst. Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction, School District of Waukesha
Ryan Krohn is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Educational Accountability for the School District of Waukesha. Ryan earned his PhD in 2014 with research focused the design of a “learning-based” educational system, called pullED. He earned masters... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Sandstone 3

9:45am CDT

20/20 Follow-Up: School-wide Service Learning with the Mead Peacemakers
Service Learning is a powerful educational tool. Learn how 21 students worked together to design a school-wide approach to social and emotional learning throughout the school year at Mead Elementary Charter School. Meet the students and their coordinator and learn about the process they have used to create a peaceful learning community.

Speakers
avatar for Margie Dorshorst

Margie Dorshorst

Principal, Mead Elementary Charter School
Margie is the Principal of Mead Elementary School. She has expanded her leadership to include a focus on Responsive Clasroom and Trauma-Informed Education.
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Elise Hahn

MEAD Elementary
Elise Hahn is a Masters of Social Work and has worked at Mead as a Service Learning Grant Coordinator this year. She brings a background of working with students through traumatic events and most recently worked at a local day treatment center.
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MEAD Elementary Students

Come check out the Mead Elementary school Peacemakers!


Thursday April 28, 2016 9:45am - 10:30am CDT
Sandstone 89

10:45am CDT

Breakthroughs in Creating Engaging and Effective Personal Learning Plans
This session will discuss and model innovations in personal learning plans for students and adults. This work is the product of an ongoing teacher-led, ISN Lab school research project. The workshop will begin with an overview of the model, followed by live demonstrations of best practices shared by students. The presenters will then identify dead ends and processes that they found to be common mistakes, followed by solutions and ideas on how to evolve the work. A question and answer time will follow so that participants can leave with a greater understanding of the model and a connection with people who are engaged with the work for future networking.

Speakers
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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 →
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Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Sandstone 89

10:45am CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra A

10:45am CDT

Fundamentals of an Effective Advisory Program
Advisory is a fundamental structure for middle and high school students to develop key life skills, metacognitive skills, and habits of learning in support of academic achievement, postsecondary planning, personal growth, and interpersonal skill development. Advisories create a more personalized learning environment where all students are well known by at least one adult through weekly small group meetings and one-to-one interactions. Adolescents stand at a crucial intersection in their social, emotional and academic development, and they need support to navigate the complexities of their middle and high school years. Our advisory program is designed using the research of Engaging Schools and Project Zero.

Speakers
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Mike Q. Hanlon

Theater and Film Teacher, Lead Advisor, Production Club, The Etude Group
Mike is the Dean of Culture for The Étude Group in Sheboygan, WI, but he also teaches theater, film, and game design classes for high school. He has previously presented at education conferences held by Innovative Schools Network and The Coalition for Essential Schools. He holds... Read More →
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Courtney Kooistra

The Mosaic School (The Etude Group)
Courtney currently serves as the mathematics teacher and lead advisor at The Mosaic School, a part of The Etude Group serving grades 6-8. Courtney graduated from Carroll University in May of 2011 with a degree in Education and minors in Mathematics and Adaptive Education. She had... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra B

10:45am CDT

Individualizing and Personalizing for Students with Disabilities
Most students flourish within personalized learning environments, but students with disabilities may have weaker academic skills or struggle with executive function (memory, organization, time management, goal persistence, or flexibility). The biggest challenge may be each student’s self-identity. This session will discuss key factors at the heart of a special educator’s role: coaching and empowering youth with disabilities to develop self-advocacy and ownership skills. Her teacher self-evaluative checklist may also be used to convey administrator expectations.

Speakers
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Dr. Amy Pleet-Odle

Inclusion Coach/Consultant, Inclusion Focused Coaching
Amy is passionately committed to transforming educational inclusive practices. Her consulting company, Inclusion Focused Coaching, LLC, provides school-wide professional development packages and support for Inclusion Coaches to increase teacher satisfaction and improve student outcomes... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra D

10:45am CDT

Inquiry Based Learning: The Evolution of Genius Hour
Genius Hour - easy to say, easy to talk about, a bit harder to pull off! At LIFE Entrepreneurial School our rendition of Genius Hour has emerged and evolved over the years and we welcome an opportunity to share our journey with you. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in the Genius Hour process, as well as walk away with the structure and process we utilize. Come to think, learn, share and wonder.

Speakers
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Stacey Arnett

LIFE Entrepreneurial School
Stacey is a parent, teacher, "jack-of-all-trades" educator who works at LIFE Entrepreneurial School in Hartland, WI. Stacey comes with energy, passion, deep knowledge of how students learn in different ways and the ability to coach students in the process of their own, student-led... Read More →
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Elizabeth Wartzenluft

LIFE Entrepreneurial School
Beth is a literacy teacher at LIFE Entrepreneurial School. She helps integrate literacy into each corner of learning.



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra E

10:45am CDT

Integrating Drama and Literacy in a Multiage Setting
This informational presentation and workshop will focus on the use of arts integration and literacy in a Kindergarten through Second Grade multiage learning environment at Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academy (HFALA) in Hartland, WI. In a partnership with Drama for Schools (UT-Austin), HFALA teachers and students focus on building academic, artistic, and affective skills through a variety of arts integration approaches. Through teacher voices, this session will share the successes, challenges, and lessons learned during the first three years of a new arts integrated innovative charter school. Presenters will specifically focus on the alignment of drama-based instruction within their literacy curriculum. To begin the informational presentation, facilitators will model key arts integrated strategies that define the learning community at HFALA.

Speakers
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Michele Heinze

Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academy
Michele Heinze is in her twentieth year of teaching. She graduated from UW-Green Bay with her bachelors and has a masters from Carroll University in Educational Leadership. She has taught Pre-K along with 5K. She enjoys the multiage setting while seeing many benefits for her kindergartners. All... Read More →
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Jahra Juech

Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academy
Jahra Juech is in her tenth year as an educator. She is a graduate of Winona State University and taught in Georgia for two years. She enjoys her current role as a second grade multiage teacher at HFALA. All of the presenters of this session attended the Drama Institute training at... Read More →
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Dan Kreif

Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academy
Dan is in his fifth year as an art educator. He is a graduate of UW-Milwaukee and has experience in Pre-K through 5th grade. He is able to extend his artistic knowledge to grade level classes and to the multiage charter school. All of the presenters of this session attended the Drama... Read More →
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Ellen Young

Hartland Fine Arts Leadership Academy
Ellen is in her fourth year as an educator. She is a graduate of Carroll University and has taught in a 3rd-5th grade charter school. She loves educating first grade minds in a multiage setting at HFALA. All of the presenters of this session attended the Drama Institute training... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Glacier AB

10:45am CDT

Keep Calm and STEM On
Learn about STEM education and the pathways from Kindergarten through college. This session will be fun, informative, and provide participants with great ideas to get STEM going in their own environments.

Speakers
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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 →
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Prisca Moore

Carthage College
Dr. Prisca Moore, Professor of Education, at Carthage College works in partnership with several schools in the Kenosha Unified School District providing teaching experiences for Carthage students preparing to be teachers.  The focus of Dr. Moore's work has been to create Professional... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Greg Quam

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a nonprofit organization that provides a transformative learning experience for K-12 students and teachers across the U.S. PLTW empowers students to develop in-demand, transportable knowledge and skills through pathways in computer science, engineering... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Sandstone 3

10:45am CDT

Standards-Based Grading: Laying the Foundation for Proficiency-Based Learning Systems
As more schools and districts begin a journey towards proficiency-based learning systems, it is important to have a clear and effective series of action steps to make the transition from legacy grading and reporting practices. Standards-based grading provides an excellent 'first step' towards authentic proficiency-based pathways for students. This session will provide attendees with a clear vision and action plan to implement standards-based grading at the classroom, school or district level.

Speakers
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Jason Smith

Associate Principal, eAchieve Academy
After spending 19 years as a high school science teacher, Jason served as the Science Department Coordinator in the School District of Waukesha for two years. In 2014-15, he transitioned into the role of Grading for Learning Coordinator and worked to ensure best practices in standards-based... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra C

10:45am CDT

This session has been CANCELED as the presenter is unavailable. Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Classroom: The Reality of Learning in the 21st Century
Augmented Reality, the blending of real and virtual worlds, has the potential to transform the world around us, including the education environment. This session introduced the concept of augmented reality and provided opportunities for participants to experience augmented reality technology. Focus was placed on the impact these new forms of technology will have on society within the next few years. The presenters also elaborated on how augmented reality could impact the classroom. Attendees will be encouraged to contemplate the implications of augmented reality for their particular content and educational setting.

Speakers
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Jeffrey Piontek

Director of Innovation, Other
Jeff is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with many at-risk school districts nationally as a consultant on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff started out as a Science teacher in the South Bronx, NYC, and worked his way up to the Director... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Tundra F

10:45am CDT

Who Owns Learning Anyway?
Voice and choice. You’ve heard those two words before, many times, maybe even too often, but what do they really sound like, look like, and feel like? How, as teachers, can we facilitate meaningful opportunities to develop mindsets, autonomy and agency in an effort to transfer ownership to learners? Join these presenters as they share strategies to authentically engage learners and create the foundations necessary for true personalization.

Speakers
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Rebecca Anderson

Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Becky Anderson is a 6th-8th grade multiage literacy teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Saratoga Campus, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, she teaches at Carroll University, also in Waukesha, in both their undergraduate and graduate education programs. Becky is fueled by collaborative... Read More →
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Keleen Kaye

Kegonsa Elementary



Thursday April 28, 2016 10:45am - 12:00pm CDT
Glacier CD

12:00pm CDT

Lunch, Networking, and Visit Exhibits
Thursday April 28, 2016 12:00pm - 12:30pm CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

12:00pm CDT

Special Networking Opportunity: 21st Century Skills-Based Assessments and Reporting
Are you interested in evaluating the way you assess student learning or considering moving to a skills based assessment? Perhaps you are interested in creating rubrics for the "21st century skills" and having assessment that would focus on how students use these skills in their projects. Are you interested, doing something similar to this, or just want to have a conversation about the way you and other innovative educators assess projects? Join this lunch conversation in the main ballroom.  You'll see the table marked with a flag so you know where to find us!

Thursday April 28, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

12:00pm CDT

Special Networking Opportunity: Kohl Fellows' Alumni
Are you one of our honored Kohl Fellow Alumni guests? Thank you for being here!  Please join this table at lunch to connect, collaborate, and share best practices.  Don't forget to come to the 2:30 - 3:15 session in Tundra A to continue the conversation a bit more formally.

Thursday April 28, 2016 12:00pm - 12:45pm CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

1:00pm CDT

Burn the Wishlist: A Heart's First Approach to Leadership and Life Skills
This session will introduce a counter-cultural approach to take back the influence of education by purposefully instructing and modeling mental skills, life skills, and leadership in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Lucas Jadin

Lucas Jadin

Educator/Founder, Appleton Area School District
Lucas Jadin is passionate about creating growth. He has implemented mental skills training experiences for thousands of educational, athletic, and business leaders across the nation. Lucas is a lead trainer in the nationally recognized organization Train to Be Clutch and is also... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Tundra E

1:00pm CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Tundra A

1:00pm CDT

Fostering Creativity: School as Studio for Student-Directed Projects
IDEAS Project Block is an academic program that nurtures creative development in all students.  Each semester, students at IDEAS are challenged to design and implement an orginal project, based on a personal commitment to solving a problem or expressing a specific idea, thought, or emotion. This session will provide an overview of the structures supporting students throughout the creative process, student innovations in this process, and student Exhibitions of Learning.

Speakers
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Kimberly Johnson

IDEAS Academy | The Étude Group
Kimberly Johnson is the lead IDEAS Project Block and Technology teacher at IDEAS Academy, a member of The Étude Group schools in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She is responsible for the collaborative design and implementation of programs that support creative development and student innovation... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Glacier CD

1:00pm CDT

Improving Racial Consciousness: Tools for Adults & Youth Seeking Equity
Disproportionality, opportunity and achievement are some of the gaps that exist in our schools. One must confess that not knowing how we are shaped racially is a sign of privilege. This session will focus on tools necessary to deal with consequences of race and racism in schools, homes, and communities. One can live in a world where silence, white privilege, ignorance and fear can keep from engagement on topics of equity and diversity.

Speakers
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Jim Haessly

Consultant, CESA #1
Jim Haessly is a semi-retired assistant superintendent of schools who now consults and speaks on topics of race, diversity, equity, and school policy. He is a PBIS coach and works as a professional development specialist at CESA#1. He teaches part time at Waukesha County Technical... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Tundra F

1:00pm CDT

Movement and Learning: Using Movement and Yoga to Activate the Brain (Part One)
There are strong connections between movement, energizing activities, breaks, and improved cognition. Movement is a driving force in learning, memory and motivation. Because movement is a part of our human makeup, it influences our every action. It is essential to utilize various movement techniques to support the way students learn. Molly King, a dance and certified yoga instructor from The Étude Group Schools, will engage participants in an interactive movement-based session, providing specific movement strategies to implement in their K - 12 classrooms. The session will reference the research from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's movement and learning program.

Today's session will connect to a session the same presenters are offering on Friday. Friday's session will connect the movement techniques to classroom application.

Speakers
avatar for Molly King

Molly King

Movement Instructor, IDEAS Academy | The Étude Group
Molly King has ten years of experience teaching movement for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. As a founder of the Étude Group Schools in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, she began her teaching career at the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics and continues today at the Mosaic... Read More →


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Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Sandstone 89

1:00pm CDT

Personalizing Learning for Digital Natives
Compass Learning purpose-built solutions believes that teachers need time to teach - not to be searching for resources to meet the needs of all the varying student abilities in their classroom. Compass Learning solutions allow teachers to focus on the needs of all of their students through the use of technology and their digital solutions. Use the data you have on your students so you can more effectively move students on the academic path to success. Come hear about how Compass Learning is guided by research and propelled by fun, so that you can personalize learning for every student.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Blink, PhD

Becky Blink, PhD

Educational Consultant, Edgenuity
Rebecca J. Blink, Ph.D. has been an educator for over 20 years as a classroom teacher, a District Reading Specialist, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and a District Data Manager. She has masters’ degrees in reading education and educational administration and... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Tundra B

1:00pm CDT

Quit Tinkering with the Buzz Words and Riding on Bandwagons
This session will be repeated on Friday, April 29, at 9:15 - 10:15 a.m. in Tundra B.
You will never get to the moon by just repainting your Model T. Come join us for over an hour of subversive conversation about why we do the things we do in education, and why we should stop doing most of them. Questions will be raised, thoughts will be provoked, and frustrations will be vented with plenty of humor. Participants will not leave with new acronyms they're jazzed about. Join a thoughtful look at how we can create school environments where student want to be. Be careful or you might leave with a positive outlook to view education in a different light. Be ready to want to blow up your traditional day and treat students like people.

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 →
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Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Glacier AB

1:00pm CDT

THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED by the presenter. Creating Professional Development that Works
THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELED by the presenter.  We deeply apologize for any inconvenience.

This session presents a solution to the problem of designing effective professional development for in-service teachers. The presentation will demonstrate a practical application of research-based theories from the topical areas of professional development, instructional design, and educational change. Each attendee will leave with an outline of the multi-step design process and a deeper understanding its theoretical framework.

Speakers
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Andrea Ray

Liberty University
Andrea Ray is an assistant professor at Liberty University. She is a visionary in professional development design and on a mission to transform the processes used to create learning experiences for teachers. Educational and life experiences have merged and created a path from which... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Tundra C

1:00pm CDT

What is Life? Baby Don't Hurt Me
Valley New School is a student-centered PBL environment where individuals pursue self development through advanced Personal Learning Plans. In this session, students from Valley New School outline aspects of curriculum that aid them in preparing for a professional future, providing insight into practical application of skills that have been instrumental in vibrant secondary education. Learn how to nurture project and time management, research and communication skills, critical thinking, quality work, and future planning with your students.

Speakers
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Sabrina Honts

Valley New School
Sabrina Honts is a junior at Valley New School, in her third year of attendance. She is the Mentor Representative managing student mentors and is currently sorting through mentoring archives for a streamlined program. Currently working with other ambassadors, as a member of AISA (Active... Read More →
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Belle Mader

Valley New School
Belle is a senior at Valley New School. During her six years, she has served as a Student Ambassador, educating about PBL throughout the Midwest. She also redesigned the fitness program to better fit the individualized learning process at VNS, and teamed with other students to revamp... Read More →
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Julia Soma

Valley New School
Julia Soma is a sophomore at Valley New School, in her third year of attendance. She is the Ambassador Representative, managing other ambassadors and representing this uncommon school environment. As a member of AISA committee (Active Input in School Affairs), she is currently working... Read More →
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Adeel Sultan

Valley New School
Adeel is a senior at Valley New School. He is the Student Liaison for the AISA committee (Active Input in School Affairs), and a leader of the Student Discussion Group. He has developed and co-led the VNS mentoring program, working to streamline the integration of new students into... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Sandstone 3

1:00pm CDT

Writing Integrated Curriculum for Teacher Led Project Based Classes
The ultimate purpose of education, from our view, is to teach students to ask and answer the question, “How do I want to live my life?” We view our task as providing them with the tools they will need in order to answer this question to find and walk their path in life. MG21 uses a hybrid approach for enacting our vision. One part of the program emphasizes 21st Century content knowledge and expertise in core subjects (language arts, art, mathematics, social science, science) using a thematic, integrated curriculum (TIC) in a classroom setting. The other part of the program uses a multifaceted project based learning (PBL) model wherein students use 21st Century skills to link the area of focus for their projects. This workshop focuses on writing integrated curriculum for teacher-led project based classes.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Fox-Blair

Rebecca Fox-Blair

Executive Director, MG21
Rebecca Fox-Blair Executive director and teacher, Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and teacher certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been a teacher for 29 years here with the Monona Grove Schools and with Oregon High School. She is certified... Read More →
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Ian Lowe

Teacher, MG21: Monona Grove Liberal Arts
Ian Lowe Teacher, sports enthusiast, and unapologetic Hawkeye living in Badger territory, Ian has a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Secondary Social Studies Education from the University of Iowa, as well as an Alternative Education license from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm CDT
Tundra D

2:30pm CDT

A Model for a PBL Community-Based Science Course
Join this session where students will present a model for their project based learning biology class. The focus is on authentic application of science skills and knowledge in their community. These students engage science professionals and other science students while participating in science competitions and conferences. Students track their progress towards mastery of science skills and content in a gradual release model for personalized learning. Some example projects you will learn about are: Wisconsin Water Action Volunteers, Modeling a Protein Story, WInSTEP, and the students' planetarium show.

Speakers
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Dwight Osmon

Science Facilitator, Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga
Dwight Osmon is a Science Facilitator at the Waukesha STEM Academy-Saratoga Campus. He uses Biology and Earth Science as content models to teach 7th and 8th grade learners essential science skills. Education is Dwight's second career. He worked as an Environmental Scientist/Biologist... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Sandstone 89

2:30pm CDT

Best Bet for Your Money
Are we doing everything we can to make our school the best it can be? In what areas are we flourishing? In what areas do we need some assistance? How do we go from good to great? If you are asking yourself any of these questions, then this session is for you. Come hear first-hand what an ISN Review can do for your school. Join presenters and educators who have been through the process to learn more.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Decker

Kerry Decker

Principal, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Kerry Decker has been a school principal across grades pre-kindergarten through 12. In addition to having taught elementary and middle-school students in Illinois and Kuwait, she has thirteen years of experience working as a school principal, as well as one year as a leadership coach... Read More →
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Barry Golden

Educational Paradigm Specialist, ISN
Barry Golden is an Educational Paradigm Specialist for ISN. He 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. He started his own... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development, ISN
Steven is an experienced teacher, principal and school coach who has successfully worked with over 150 schools and thousands of educators throughout the United States. Over the last 25 years Steven has worked closely with Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound, The Bill and Melinda... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Glacier AB

2:30pm CDT

Charter School Program Updates: Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin's Biennial Budget 2015-17 includes a number of changes affecting charter schools and authorizers in the state of Wisconsin including new authorizer requirements and charter school governing board requirements. Staff from the Department of Public Instruction will provide an overview of these changes and will share other state and federal charter school program updates.

Speakers
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Latoya Holiday

WI Department of Public Instruction
Latoya Holiday currently serves as the Charter Schools Consultant at the Department of Public Instruction. Prior to taking on this role in November 2015, Latoya served as a School Administration Consultant for the Private School Choice (Voucher) Programs at the Department of Public... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Tundra C

2:30pm CDT

Destablizing for Growth
Progressive growth means destabilizing traditional educational institutions. In this panel, we will explain how a shared pedagogical framework allows teachers across curricula to innovate and destabilize stodgy educational systems. By examining this framework from a high school English and Science curriculum, you will see the destabilizing moves, including mixing grades, grouping students and refining practices, that force teachers and students to grow through a higher level of awareness of student needs, intentions, and comfort zones.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Viets

Eric Viets

Teacher, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
For the past decade, Eric Viets has been an English teacher in urban schools across New York City. During that time he has taught a variety of curricula, including AP Literature & Composition, Government, Media Studies, Health, & Drama. When not teaching, he also runs a plethora of... Read More →
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Naina Vohra

Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Naina Vohra is in her third year of teaching at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, a public high school in New York City. She is currently teaching Living Environment (Biology), and is also serving as the school’s Curriculum Lead.



Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Tundra E

2:30pm CDT

Kohl Fellows' Alumni Gathering: What are the possibilities?
Are you one of our honored Kohl Fellow Alumni guests? Thank you for being here!  Please join this session to connect, collaborate, and share best practices.  We want to know how you see education today and where it could go. Please come share your ideas and connect with your fellow Kohl Alumni!

Speakers
avatar for Jodie Davis

Jodie Davis

Innovation Architect, ISN STAFF
Jodie recently moved to Wisconsin from Florida, where she and a team of educators turned a small, home school co-op into Ohana Institute, a fully accredited independent, private school. Her roots began as a Social Studies teacher where she designed and implemented project-based learning... Read More →
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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 Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Tundra A

2:30pm CDT

Personalized Learning in Elementary Education: Starting from Scratch
Participants in this session will learn about two co-teachers' first hand experience at reshaping a traditional/legacy classroom into a personalized learning classroom, utilizing a co-taught, multiage, PBL approach. The presenters will explain how they got started in personalized learning, help you overcome possible barriers, share tips and tricks for starting out, and valuable resources for starting your own personalized learning classroom. This session would best fit teachers who are at the elementary level, are just beginning personalized learning in their classrooms, or are thinking about going that direction in the near future.

Speakers
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Chris Kohn

School DIstrict of Janesville
Chris Kohn is in his 13th year of teaching. He has taught fourth grade for 9 years, fifth grade for 3, and is currently co-teaching in a 4-5 personalized learning classroom, which also emphasizes project based learning. He graduated from Carroll College with a degree in Elementary... Read More →
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Ally Stalsberg

School District of Janesville - Harrison Elementary
Ally Stalsberg is in her 5th year of teaching. She has taught fourth grade for 3 years, and is currently co-teaching in a 4-5 personalized learning classroom, which also emphasizes project based learning. She graduated from UW Whitewater. Ally is currently completing her Masters degree... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Tundra B

2:30pm CDT

Personalizing Learning through Student-Directed Inquiry Projects
Learn strategies to personalize student learning by incorporating inquiry-based learning in your school or classroom. The goal of inquiry is to allow students to study various disciplines and subjects, master content standards, and develop and apply solutions through a topic of interest. Learn the value of inquiry-based learning, the process involved (from brainstorming ideas to community presentations), the role of the teacher and peers, and tools used to guide this type of learning.

Speakers
avatar for Erica Bardon

Erica Bardon

School Coordinator, Kettle Moraine Global
Twitter: @ericabardonErica has been involved with the design and development of KM Global since the start of the school, and also serves on the KM Global Governance Board. As the School Coordinator, Erica has a variety of responsibilities including working with students as a learning coach, developin... Read More →
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Michele Koper

Director, KM Global
Twitter: @michelekoperMichele is the Director of KM Global, a high school that focuses on developing global perspective and leadership through a personalized learning design. She has several years of experience designing and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum, inquiry-based learning, and online/blende... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Sandstone 3

2:30pm CDT

Pi in the Sky: Generative STEM Learning through High Altitude Ballooning
Come learn about how Northern Lakes Regional Academy students have developed a high altitude ballooning program to study driving questions about science, engineering, open source technologies, art, and mathematics. Particpants will learn about the results of numerous high altitude balloon launches which have led to both state and national recognition, as well as to motivating students to develop deep driving questions around science and technology. You will see how you can develop a similar program at your own school. No matter the grade level or your subject of interest, after this presentation, you will be convinced that every student should have a chance to participate in high altitude ballooning.

Speakers
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Jeremy Peterson

Lead Teacher, Northern Lakes Regional Academy
Jeremy "Pete" Peterson in the lead teacher of Northern Lakes Regional Academy in Rice Lake, WI. He is a National Board Certified Science Educator with a passion for Interdisciplinary Learning are STEAM based topics.



Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Tundra F

2:30pm CDT

Teachers Need Personalized Learning, Too!
How can teachers be expected to personalize learning for students when their own learning is delivered in a one-size-fits-all model? This conversation challenges the way educators learn and provides a basis for developing personalized mastery learning (PML) experiences that will transform educators' views about their own learning, motivating them to experience personalized mastery learning for themselves and be prepared to offer it to their students.

Please note that the presenter listed is a change from what is in the program.  

Speakers
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning. He formerly served as the Director of the Institute, and as Superintendent for districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jim is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Glacier CD

2:30pm CDT

The Mistakes We've Made
Have you ever used the phrase "If I knew then what I know now."? Yeah, us too. After five years in the charter school realm, we have looked back and realized how many awesome things we've done, but we also wish we had some "take backs". This session focuses on avoiding some of those pitfalls. Notice we said some. There will always be mistakes, and that's a good thing. However, no one wants to make as many as we did, so we're here to help.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Dercks

Andy Dercks

Idea School
Andy Dercks has been an Advisor at DC Everest Idea School for four years. He graduated from UW-Eau Claire with a degree in History and Broadfield Social Studies in 2011.
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Jacques du Vair

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


Thursday April 28, 2016 2:30pm - 3:15pm CDT
Tundra D

3:15pm CDT

Cookie Break and Visit Exhibits
Thursday April 28, 2016 3:15pm - 3:30pm CDT
Sandstone Tundra Corridor

3:30pm CDT

Authentic Engagement at Every Level
A committed group of 20 teachers - some from each of the grade levels in the Sun Prairie School District, took on the challenge of redesigning the learning experience for students. This interactive session is intended to share what is going well, what could have gone better, and to listen and learn what others have done.

Speakers
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Curt Mould

Madison, WI, United States, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Curt Mould is the Director of Innovation and Continuous Improvement in the Sun Prairie Area School District.


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Tundra B

3:30pm CDT

Building a Case for Blended Learning
This interactive session models a workshop facilitated by the Christensen Institute staff at the recent iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium. Participants will discover current research and examples of Blended Learning Models, and identify their current instructional challenges and goals that might be solved with a Blended approach. Attendees will then participate in an 8-step process to design a Blended Learning Model that will help solve their current instructional challenges and reach their achievement goals.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Associate Principal, eAchieve Academy
After spending 19 years as a high school science teacher, Jason served as the Science Department Coordinator in the School District of Waukesha for two years. In 2014-15, he transitioned into the role of Grading for Learning Coordinator and worked to ensure best practices in standards-based... Read More →



Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Tundra E

3:30pm CDT

Implementing Technology to Transform the Math Classroom through a Personalized Lens
This session will feature the STEM-Saratoga math team who will share their experiences in developing a personalized math classroom by integrating technology to showcase students' proficiencies in a student-driven adaptive platform (Google Classroom, Sites). The math content shared in this presentation is applicable K-12.

Speakers
avatar for Bryn Grosskopf

Bryn Grosskopf

Math & STEaM Teacher, Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Bryn Grosskopf has been with Waukesha STEM Academy for six years. She is a math and STEaM facilitator in a learner-centered, innovative, learning environment.
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Krista Hemphill

School District of Waukesha - WSA - Saratoga
Krista is a Math and STEaM facilitator in a cross-curricular, project-based learning environment at STEM.


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Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Tundra D

3:30pm CDT

Innovative Learning: The Power of Personalized Mastery Learning
Participants will experience an interactive exploration of personalized learning that will immerse them in the mindset and processes required to shift classrooms to a more personalized learning experience for students. They will study and discuss one school’s journey to ensuring Personalized Mastery Learning for all students, analyze their own school’s mindset and readiness to do the same and create an action plan to ensure a personalized learning mindset and implementation at their school.
Please note that the presenter listed is a change from what is in the program. 

Speakers
avatar for Jim Rickabaugh

Jim Rickabaugh

Senior Advisor, Institute for Personalized Learning
Dr. James Rickabaugh serves as Senior Advisor at the Institute for Personalized Learning. He formerly served as the Director of the Institute, and as Superintendent for districts in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jim is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Glacier CD

3:30pm CDT

It's the Little Things...
When curious learners seek unique opportunities at innovative schools, big things happen! Big things are fantastic, but the groundwork for those are the purposeful little things. In this session, the Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School will "show and tell" a few that occur at their school. Come discover how they use core values, Google doc announcements, "What’s Going On?" Zoom sessions, and short PICK projects. Borrow some ideas to use at your school.

Speakers
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 →


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Glacier AB

3:30pm CDT

Learning Relationship Management: The Missing Piece of Personalized Learning

During this panel-style discussion, attendees will learn about the growing movement of Learning Relationship Management (LRM) and why it is a crucial piece to every learner’s long-term success. Join the discussion by live tweeting your questions for our expert panelists to answer. Attendees will learn about the connection between authentic relationships and purposeful learning and how technology like Epiphany Learning can be used to foster these relationships. Attendees will also receive a free white paper about LRM.


Moderators
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Joe DuFore

Owner, Newline Education/WEI
Joe Du Fore, owner of both Newline Education and Digital Publishing House LLC, started his educational career as a biology and mathematics teacher. He then moved on to be a Professor of Education and Executive Director of the Instructional Design Center at Wisconsin Lutheran College... Read More →

Speakers
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Ann Franke

Director of C&I, Verona Schools
Ann Franke is the Director of Curriculum & Instruction for the Verona Area School District. She has served as the Director of Secondary Education and Curriculum Coordinator for the Eau Claire Area School District, and began her career in education as a high school English teacher... Read More →
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Paula Kaiser

As an educator at heart for 20 years, Paula Kaiser has taught in classrooms, led a NexGen school as the Instructional Coach, and witnessed district-wide change as a Personalized Learning Coordinator.  Paula has firsthand experience of the power of student-centric learning and... Read More →
avatar for Jeffrey Taege

Jeffrey Taege

Assistant Principal, Butler Middle School


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Tundra F

3:30pm CDT

Leveraging Learner Voice in an Inquiry Driven, STEM Environment
Do you want to develop learners who see themselves as agents of change? Participants will learn how a personalized, inquiry driven environment encourages students to grow their STEM identity as learners, collaborators, innovators, creators, problem-solvers, and communicators. We will highlight the highest leverage tools to capture, share and measure progress in our multi-age, 1:1 setting. Participants will leave with ideas for how to transform classrooms into places that inspire kids to change the world.

Speakers
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Kristin Kobriger

Prairie
Kristin Kobriger is a 1st grade teacher at Prairie Elementary in the School District of Waukesha
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Carly Solberg

Principal, Prairie


Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Sandstone 89

3:30pm CDT

The Grouse Habitat Project: A Multi-Phase Student-Led Conservation Initiative
A positive environmental impact on the environment? A conservation legacy? Wow! Come listen to Class ACT students present Phases 1 & 2 of their Grouse Habitat Project and plans for Phase 3. You will learn how they wrote a grant, wrote a forestry management plan to develop a ruffed grouse habitat on 320 acres of school forest, how they collaborate with foresters, Ruffed Grouse Society, and others. Discover with them how inquiry-based learning drives their goal to involve students in doing similar work. Be prepared to be inspired!

Speakers
avatar for Travis Augustine

Travis Augustine

Teacher/Advisor, Class ACT
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 →
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Trent Curry

Class ACT
Trent Curry, Student@ Class ACT--Senior. Trent participates in cross country and football. This is his first year at Class ACT where he currently works on the Elk Tracking and Grouse Habitat Projects. Trent continues to evaluate his post-secondary options.
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Ashley Pankratz

Class ACT
Ashley is a student at Class ACT Charter School. She has completed many pbl projects at Class ACT and is currently the student representative. One of her current projects is a group project titled Ruffed Grouse Habitat where she and other students are working hard to improve the... Read More →
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Raymond Yunk

Class ACT
Raymond Yunk, Student @ Class ACT--Sophomore. Raymond participates in trap shooting club and other outdoor activities. This is his first year at Class ACT where he currently works on the Elk Tracking and Grouse Habitat Projects. Raymond plans to attend UW-Stevens Point to major in... Read More →
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Paula Zwicke

Teacher/Advisor, Class ACT
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 →



Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Tundra C

3:30pm CDT

We've Created a Great School.....Now What?
Often the myriad demands of establishing an innovative school challenge our capacity to plan for its long-term sustainability. Established in 2003, Valley New School has learned a great deal about maintaining an innovative learning culture, maximizing staff capacity, and building towards the future. In this session, learn tried and true practices (as well as a few mistakes to avoid) that help innovative schools deal with the big rocks of sustainability: maximizing capacity, strategic planning, financial future, and community presence.

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 Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

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



Thursday April 28, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Sandstone 3

4:45pm CDT

15x4=GENIUS (HOUR)
Genius Hour. It can happen in as little as 15 minutes a day. Introduce ALL students to a platform where they can EXPLORE, DIVE, INQUIRE, CREATE, and INSPIRE using the tools that you already have - including time (that's a promise!).

Speakers
avatar for Garrett Sheskey

Garrett Sheskey

Summit View Elementary
Connect with Garrett on Twitter @MrSheskeyReads!



Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Glacier AB

4:45pm CDT

Cognitive Computing and Analytics to Enable Personalized Learning: Watson for Education

Imagine if your teachers had the ability to view not only the data available for each of their students, but the trend analysis and projection of their performance in the future. Beyond the projection, transformational technology can provide curricular recommendations to a teacher to facilitate personalized learning for every student. This technology puts time back in the hands of teachers by providing them with the information needed to provide students with data-driven, personalized instruction.


Speakers
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Amy Bray

Office Depot
Amy Bray offers six years of experience as a Special Education Teacher, Curriculum/RtI Coordinator, and Blended Learning Specialist for Chicago Public Schools. In an effort to broaden her footprint in the educational landscape and empower schools to reach their goals, Amy joined... Read More →
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Todd Yarch

Office Depot
Todd Yarch began his career as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools. After leading several initiatives to innovate and personalize instruction, he was accepted into New Leaders which led he to be selected as VOISE Academy's founding Principal.  VOISE was one of the first high schools... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Tundra D

4:45pm CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Tundra A

4:45pm CDT

Finding the Holy Grail of Student Engagement
Student Engagement : The holy grail of effective education and seemingly just as elusive. The solution is the same one Indiana Jones discovered – the answer lies in the student. Come learn how one school is putting students in charge of determining what they need to learn, how they are going to learn it, and how they will demonstrate mastery of these individualized learning standards. Oh, yeah, one more thing: the students help design and run the school.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Founder/School Innovation Consultant, Know Power, Know Responsibility LLC
Kevin graduated from UW-Stout in 1990 with teaching licenses in technology education and English and received his master’s in educational administration from UW-Madison in 2002. He has taught auto tech, graphic communications, and English and served as a principal, associate principal... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Sandstone 89

4:45pm CDT

Keepers of the Culture: Responsibility-Based Self Control as a Discipline Model
Keepers of the Culture (KOC) is a dynamic program that is one component of the Learning Cultures® pedagogical model started by Cynthia McCallister of NYU. In this presentation you will learn how Urban Assembly for Green Careers developed the program and cut suspensions by almost half in one semester. In KOC, a group of students use RBSC and the strength of the peer community to develop Promise Cards, or behavior contracts that help teach the toughest students to change their behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Decker

Kerry Decker

Principal, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Kerry Decker has been a school principal across grades pre-kindergarten through 12. In addition to having taught elementary and middle-school students in Illinois and Kuwait, she has thirteen years of experience working as a school principal, as well as one year as a leadership coach... Read More →
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Madeleine Sage-EL

Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Madeleine Sage-EL is a NYC educator who was a part of the founding staff of the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers (UAGC) as a Special Education teacher and now serves as an Assistant Principal. Madeleine is an active participant in the development of the Learning Cultures pedagogical... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Tundra E

4:45pm CDT

Making the Case for Innovation
Like with any successful pursuit whether in business, health care, or education, innovation emerges from ideas, experimentation, uncertainty, and failure.  Typical school systems that have not been designed to support systemic growth in ways that reflect today's learner often struggle to make the case for innovation.  Learn what educational leaders can do to build cultural and conceptual conditions for innovation to flourish.

Speakers
avatar for Dave Vitale

Dave Vitale

Administrator and ISN Board Member, Watertown Unified School District
Dave's passion for innovative schools and responsive instructional design stems from his experience as a teacher, coach, and administrator spanning the elementary to collegiate ranks. In 2005 he earned his doctorate from UW-Madison researching and developing design principles for... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Tundra F

4:45pm CDT

STEM Up Close and Personal-ized
In our quest to develop a learner-driven experience, we have identified high leverage practices that support personalized learning while also lifting STEM. Join us to explore what we have developed in our intermediate setting to support teachers and learners in creating these experiences building-wide. Walk away with a framework and resources to start shifting your learner experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Faith Lincicum

Faith Lincicum

Faith Lincicum is the Principal of Hillcrest Elementary for the School District of Waukesha. At Hillcrest, we take pride in our history, our inclusive community and our collective sense of wonder!
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Will Taege

FLIGHT Academy
Will Taege is an advisor in the FLIGHT Academy in Horning Middle School located in Waukesha Wisconsin. Working in a multi-age personalized learning environment, his learner experiences include blended learning modules, gamification, learner profiles, passion projects, engineering... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Sandstone 3

4:45pm CDT

That Could Be A Seminar!
We know that learning can happen anywhere, but engagement is key for a deep and meaningful education. Creating the conditions for engagement in learning brings us to seminar topics you wouldn't usually see in a high school: zombies, Frank Lloyd Wright, Haiti, fly fishing... the list goes on and only gets more creative. This session will give a quick overview of of the progressive, inventive, interdisciplinary, multi-age, democratic, personalized, place- and project-based seminars offered at Clark Street Community School. Participants will leave with creative new ideas to take back to their schools and classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Bryn Orum

Bryn Orum

Educator, Clark Street Community School
Clark Street Community School (CSCS) is an innovative laboratory school whose mission is to democratically cultivate a community of engaged learners, serve as a resource for educators, and be a catalyst for reform in education throughout our region and our nation. CSCS uses Personalized... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Tundra C

4:45pm CDT

The Makery: Empowering Students to Make Almost Anything with 21st Century Manufacturing Tools
In spite of the current emphasis on STEM education, many young people don't understand why. From an early age, they are conditioned to instant gratification from products made somewhere else. The Makery was developed to counter this by providing tools, machines, materials and knowhow that empowers students to visualize, design and fabricate functional objects in their classroom. Makery activities are designed around practical applications of STEM. Learn how to incorporate a Makery into your school.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Neil Scott

Dr. Neil Scott

Retired university researcher and founder of the Makery, Connections Public Charter School
Neil Scott was the Director of the Archimedes Project at the University of Hawaii, a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on improving human/computer interaction strategies and technologies. He was a founding member of the Archimedes Project at Stanford University in 1992... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Glacier CD

4:45pm CDT

This session has been CANCELED as the presenter is unavailable. STEM to STEAM to STREAM
STEM to STEAM to STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts and Math). To be prepared for the 21st century high-tech jobs, you will need to read, and read a lot. We must remember that the message underlying all of these acronyms is the importance of integration - of recognizing that nothing exists in a vacuum. We belong in an age where traditional barriers are disappearing: between disciplines, between academia and industry, and between nations. We don’t have to teach kids to be creative, they already are. We just have to stop assessing and start allowing the creativity to shine through.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Piontek

Jeffrey Piontek

Director of Innovation, Other
Jeff is an author, keynote speaker and teacher (most importantly). He has worked with many at-risk school districts nationally as a consultant on affecting educational change and reform. Jeff started out as a Science teacher in the South Bronx, NYC, and worked his way up to the Director... Read More →


Thursday April 28, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm CDT
Tundra B

5:15pm CDT

Happy Hour and Visit Exhibits
Thursday April 28, 2016 5:15pm - 7:00pm CDT
Sandstone Tundra Corridor
 
Friday, April 29
 

7:30am CDT

8:15am CDT

Keynote: Actively Seeking a More Innovative Education
Joshua Aronson is associate professor of developmental, social, and educational psychology, at NYU. He is also a research scientist at the Metro Center for Urban Education. He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Princeton University. Before coming to NYU, he was on the faculty at the University of Texas and was a postdoctoral scholar and lecturer at Stanford University. Aronson’s research focuses on the social and psychological influences on academic achievement. Among the most widely cited social scientists in the past decade, Aronson is internationally known for his research on “stereotype threat” and minority student achievement, research that offers a strong challenge to traditional genetic and sociological explanations of why African Americans and Latinos perform less well on tests of intelligence than their White counterparts, and why women trail men in hard math and science. Aronson’s research with colleague Claude Steele has been cited in three Supreme Court cases and is considered a modern classic in social psychology, with over 4600 citations in scientific publications. Aronson has authored numerous chapters and scholarly articles on this work and is the Editor of Improving Academic Achievement: Impact of Psychological Factors on Education (Academic Press) and Readings about the Social Animal, (Worth), and Co Author of the Social Animal. His work for the past decade has been devoted to enhancing the school experiences of disadvantaged students and improving their learning and test performance. This work has been highly influential in the field of education, intelligence testing, law and social psychology—featured in best selling books like Blink, The Nurture Assumption, How Children Succeed, and Mindset: The Psychology of Success, among many others. Aronson has received several awards and grants for his research including Early Career awards from the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the National Science Foundation, and the G. Stanley Hall Lecturer Award from the American Psychological Association, and the William T. Grant Faculty Scholars award. He was the founding director of the Center for Research on Culture, Development and Education at New York University and now directs the Metro Center For Achievement Research and Evaluation (Metro CARE) at New York University.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joshua Aronson

Dr. Joshua Aronson

Associate Professor, New York University: Steinhardt
Joshua Aronson is associate professor of developmental, social, and educational psychology, at NYU.  He is also a research scientist at the Metro Center for Research on Equity and Transformation of Schools.  He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Princeton University.  Before coming... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

9:15am CDT

Building Pathways to Fully Engaged Schools
What are the school-based pedagogies and structures that set students on positive trajectories toward investment in learning, connectedness, and empowerment? The focus of this session is a case study of one community-based high school that has designed their curriculum around democratic and project-based learning, and has successfully promoted feeling of school connectedness and engagement. The discussion will focus on preliminary findings (i.e. longitudinal analysis, and qualitative interviews), and engage the audience in dialogue regarding potential implications.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Gurtner

Jill Gurtner

Principal, Clark Street Community School
I am passionate about creating engaging school environments in which every learner develops a deep understanding of self and the skills to thrive in our ever changing world filled with challenges and opportunities! I have been a school administrator for 25 years and am constantly... Read More →
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Dr. Mariah Kornbluh

University of Wisconsin Madison - Clark Street Community School
Mariah Kornbluh is a postdoctoral scholar at UW-Madison. She received her doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology at Michigan State University. Dr. Kornbluh’s interests lie in the relationship between social context and youth development, particularly with how young peoples... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra C

9:15am CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra A

9:15am CDT

Create a Film Festival to Engage Young Writers
Join these presenters to learn about their first annual schoolwide film festival (grades 1-5, plus alumni). You will learn strategies to start your own class and/or school film festival. Ideas will be shared for involving staff, community members, and parents. All documentation developed for the festival process (e.g., writing strategies, information letters, permission forms, writing/filming rubrics, jury selection, media promotion, and event coordination) will be provided to particpants. Numerous apps and processes students used in their film production will be highlighted (e.g., green screen, stop-motion, live acting, voice recording, film editing).

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Harrison

Jeremy Harrison

Teacher, Eau Claire Area School District
Jeremy Harrison has been teaching in the Eau Claire Area School District since 2000. He spent 11 years working as a traditional middle school math and science teacher with experience in theater design and construction. He is currently in his 8th year teaching at the public Montessori... Read More →
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Jen Peck

Chippewa Valley Montessori
Jen Peck has been teaching at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter school, home of the Montessori Film Festival, for seven years. She has a varied background working with at-risk and underserved students of all ages. She hopes other educators find inspiration in her students' presentation... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Sandstone 89

9:15am CDT

Four Dimensional Learning and Other Habits of Highly Effective Schools
Poverty is perhaps the greatest barrier to academic success. Yet some rare schools in America have managed to lift the achievement of even very poor students.  What these schools do and don't do is very instructive—for all schools.  In this session, I discuss in detail what I have learned from working with these elevating schools, lessons that can be applied in your own school.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joshua Aronson

Dr. Joshua Aronson

Associate Professor, New York University: Steinhardt
Joshua Aronson is associate professor of developmental, social, and educational psychology, at NYU.  He is also a research scientist at the Metro Center for Research on Equity and Transformation of Schools.  He received his Ph.D. in 1992 from Princeton University.  Before coming... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Sandstone 3

9:15am CDT

Making Math Meaningful: An Integrated Arts Approach for the Primary Grades
Arts integration provides students with a well-rounded educational experience and allows them to apply their thinking in other ways. Through arts integration, learning happens through visual art forms, music, dance or movement. Students are able to deepen their learning by incorporating these art forms. This session will show examples of how to integrate art into math lessons.

Speakers
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Katie Garcia

Waukesha School District
Katie Garcia has a BS in Elementary Education prek-6 from Whitewater University, WI and a Math Certificate from Carroll University, WI. She has been teaching for seven years. Her last three years have been teaching at Summit View INC Elementary Magnet in Waukesha, WI. She has taught... Read More →
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Lindi Gill

2nd grade Summit View, Waukesha School District
Lindi Gill has been teaching in Waukesha School District for 15 years. She has a BS in Elementary Education 1-6 from Carroll University, WI, and a Masters in Education from Cardinal Stritch University, WI. For the last four years she has been teaching second grade at Summit View INC... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra D

9:15am CDT

Personalized Workshop for Standards-Based Grading
As districts are making incredible progress towards standards and proficiency-based grading systems, this workshop is designed to provide personalized support for K-12 teachers, administrators or school teams. This personalized workshop can provide support in all aspects of implementation from the classroom to the boardroom. Attendees will be able to determine where they are in an action step sequence and leave with a list of actionable steps towards implementing best practices in grading and reporting.

Speakers
avatar for Jason Smith

Jason Smith

Associate Principal, eAchieve Academy
After spending 19 years as a high school science teacher, Jason served as the Science Department Coordinator in the School District of Waukesha for two years. In 2014-15, he transitioned into the role of Grading for Learning Coordinator and worked to ensure best practices in standards-based... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra E

9:15am CDT

Perspectives on Personalized Learning
The Institute for Personalized Learning leads an action network of school districts working to transform the educational system based on our model of personalizing learning. This work is not about creating pockets of innovation but rather creating system-wide change to meet learners where they are, with what they need, when they need it. Participants will learn about the Institute’s Honeycomb Model and explore personalized learning from four perspectives: learner, educator, system and performance results.

Speakers
avatar for James A. McLure

James A. McLure

Professional Development Specialist, The Institute for Personalized Learning
Jim McLure serves as a Professional Development Specialist at the Institute for Personalized Learning. Jim began his career as an assistant teacher and then worked as a Kindergarten teacher. Prior to joining the Institute, Jim was a Technology Coach for MPS with the GE Grant Schools... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Glacier AB

9:15am CDT

Quit Tinkering with the Buzz Words and Riding on Bandwagons
You will never get to the moon by just repainting your Model T. Come join school leader Paul Tweed for an hour of subversive conversation about why we do the things we do in education, and why we should stop doing most of them. Questions will be raised, thoughts will be provoked, and frustrations will be vented with plenty of humor. Participants will not leave with new acronyms they're jazzed about. Join a thoughtful look at how we can create school environments where student want to be. Be careful or you might leave with a positive outlook to view education in a different light. Be ready to want to blow up your traditional day and treat students like people.

Speakers
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook... Read More →



Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra B

9:15am CDT

Teacher-Powered Schools: Empowering Teachers to Create the School Environment they Want with the Autonomy they Need for Student-Centered Learning

This will be an interactive session. Please bring your device.
Groups of teachers around the country are gaining autonomy to collaboratively design and run schools. This session will demonstrate how this movement is growing around the country, increasing student-centered learning, and showcase a few examples of what schools look like when teachers are in charge. Liz Seubert, a teacher at Wildlands School in Augusta, Wisconsin, has worked in a teacher-powered school for 11 years. Liz will provide a glimpse into what it's like to co-found and work in a collaboratively-led school and help participants realize the possibilities in creating or strengthening their own Teacher-Powered School.  



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 Alex Vitrella

Alex Vitrella

Program Director, Education Evolving
Alex Vitrella has spent her career working with youth and focusing on education issues. She is a former Minneapolis teacher. Today, Alex serves as Program Director for Education Evolving in Minnesota—through which she gets to spend her days talking to teachers and learning what... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Glacier CD

9:15am CDT

Unleash the Power of the Learner Profile
In this session, participants will discover how the Learner Profile can empower students to own their learning, create student agency, develop authentic relationships, and enable personalized learning. Learning Relationship Management is key to facilitating student-led learning to maximize learner engagement, achievement, outcome, retention and long-term success. You will leave this session knowing the key factors to scale personalized learning in your own classroom, school or district, and how using Epiphany Learning makes this possible.

Speakers
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Paula Kaiser

As an educator at heart for 20 years, Paula Kaiser has taught in classrooms, led a NexGen school as the Instructional Coach, and witnessed district-wide change as a Personalized Learning Coordinator.  Paula has firsthand experience of the power of student-centric learning and... Read More →
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Patricia Kilburn

Epiphany Learning
Patricia is the Director of Design & Delivery at Epiphany Learning, and a technologist who has been immersed in all things software for the last 15 years. As a mom of two young boys, she is passionate about the subject of personalized learning. Patricia is committed to developing... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 9:15am - 10:15am CDT
Tundra F

10:30am CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Tundra A

10:30am CDT

Community Partners: Real World & Right-Now Learning Experiences
Alone we are good, but together we are great. As a place-based school, Clark Street Community School (CSCS) uses their community as a resource and context for learning. Community partners range from individuals to businesses to organizations and help them learn from and in our local area. Partnership opportunities range from co-designing/teaching seminars/workshops, hosting students for site visits, supporting internships, volunteering, or visiting as guest speakers. CSCS strives for mutually beneficial partnerships between their students and community contributors. Participants will learn more about how partnerships work at CSCS, some examples of partnerships in action, and leave with ideas, tools, and inspiration for making community partnerships a part of their school.

Speakers
avatar for Bryn Orum

Bryn Orum

Educator, Clark Street Community School
Clark Street Community School (CSCS) is an innovative laboratory school whose mission is to democratically cultivate a community of engaged learners, serve as a resource for educators, and be a catalyst for reform in education throughout our region and our nation. CSCS uses Personalized... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Tundra B

10:30am CDT

Creating a MakerSpace
Have you wanted to repurpose a part of your learning community and create a MakerSpace? Does your school lack space for a separate MakerSpace and you'd like to incorporate design thinking within your classroom? This presentation will describe the journey of how one school created a hands-on experience for kids, and how it is transforming learners. Presenters will bring components to share, and will be happy to answer questions so that you may begin your own investigation into making this a reality.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Benson

Kirk Benson

Art Specialist
avatar for Laurie Probst

Laurie Probst

Level 3 Literacy/STEaM specialist, Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus
Laurie Probst, M.Ed., has been with the Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus since its inception. She has been with the School District of Waukesha for 22 years, working with students from a variety of backgrounds.


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Glacier CD

10:30am CDT

Design This Place
Design This Place connects art, architecture, engineering and construction as dynamic, creative processes and drivers of 21st-century innovation. Connecting young people to the communities in which they live and learn, place-based learning looks at how culture, society, technology and the environment shape design responses. Accessing architecture and the scales of the built environment through tools, languages, discovery and design, participants draw, paint, write, sketch, animate, and model online inside and become world explorers outside. Combining ethnography, anthropology, and design, with everyday access to digital e-Learning, built environment education empowers K-12 teachers and students with motivational activities in their school communities. Global participants research local relationships between objects, people, systems, and spaces informed by diverse fields of knowledge. Transforming narrative teaching and learning into active idea propositioning tests solutions to current problems; students develop journal skills, process books, and concepts through the analysis of sites, development of programs and iterative conceptual studies. Engaging communities in which they live and learn, active participants, place maker instigators and urban designers re-imagine relationships between the past, present and immediate future.

Speakers
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Mark Keane

UW-Milwaukee
Mark and Linda Keane, AIA, NCARB are artists, architects, and leaders in design education. Professors of Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they work with students enhancing design of humane... Read More →
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 →


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Tundra E

10:30am CDT

Designing and Delivering Effective Professional Development for Adults
In the classroom setting, we need to differentiate, incorporate purpose, and know our learners. Does that happen when the adults in our schools need to learn as well? Join us to identify key elements of effective professional development, adult learning styles, and differentiation techniques to energize adult learning opportunities. Participants will receive a resource of energizing adult learning activities.

Speakers
avatar for Margie Dorshorst

Margie Dorshorst

Principal, Mead Elementary Charter School
Margie is the Principal of Mead Elementary School. She has expanded her leadership to include a focus on Responsive Clasroom and Trauma-Informed Education.
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.



Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Tundra C

10:30am CDT

Movement and Learning: Using Movement and Yoga to Activate the Brain (Part Two)
Part 1 of this session is offered on Thursday at 1:00. Feel free to attend this session even if you didn't attend Part 1!
There are strong connections between movement, energizing activities, breaks, and improved cognition. Movement is a driving force in learning, memory and motivation. Because movement is a part of our human makeup, it influences our every action. It is essential to utilize various movement techniques to support the way students learn. Two teachers from the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics will give an overview of the research behind movement and learning and provide an interactive session on specific movement strategies that anyone can implement in their classrooms. The session will reference the research from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee's movement and learning program.

Speakers
avatar for Molly King

Molly King

Movement Instructor, IDEAS Academy | The Étude Group
Molly King has ten years of experience teaching movement for grades kindergarten through twelfth grade. As a founder of the Étude Group Schools in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, she began her teaching career at the Elementary School for the Arts and Academics and continues today at the Mosaic... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Pekarek

Rachel Pekarek

The Elementary School For Arts and Academics
Rachel Pekarek has seventeen years of experience teaching grades kindergarten through third grade. Having begun her career as a special education teacher in Milwaukee Public Schools, she currently teaches second and third grade students at the Elementary School for Arts and Academics... Read More →


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Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Tundra F

10:30am CDT

New Teacher Support
In this session you will hear about an eye-opening experience from an educator who became a "new teacher" again at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers using Learning Cultures®, twenty years after she first began in Career & Technical Education. You will be moved with the story of leaving the traditional teacher-directed approach behind in exchange for embracing an inspiring, challenging, and innovative way of teaching. Come hear how the Urban Assembly for Green Careers in NYC has supported new teacher development through various resources including: principal residency, lab sites, coaching, professional development, teacher-to-teacher feedback and more. Hear how UAGC ignited this educator's love for teaching again through an innovative structure that’s changing the landscape of urban education.

Speakers
avatar for Kerry Decker

Kerry Decker

Principal, Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Kerry Decker has been a school principal across grades pre-kindergarten through 12. In addition to having taught elementary and middle-school students in Illinois and Kuwait, she has thirteen years of experience working as a school principal, as well as one year as a leadership coach... Read More →
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Whitney Fink

UA Green Careers
Whitney Fink is a tenth grade Algebra teacher and professional development lead at The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers in New York City. She graduated from New York University with a masters in Teaching Math and DePaul University with a bachelors in Pure Mathematics.
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Stephanie Francis

UA Green Careers School
Stephanie Francis, is a Career and Technical Education Teacher at The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers. Stephanie's career began in 1996 as a teacher with the intention of returning home to Harlem, New York to give back to the community.


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Glacier AB

10:30am CDT

Starting a New PBL Classroom or School: Answering the Questions You Didn't Know You Had
Whether you are an individual starting in a project based classroom or a team starting a new school, starting a PBL environment means taking on new philosophical beliefs and tackling new logistic challenges. There are many questions to be answered and you may not even know what the questions are yet. Presenters will use their experience as a PBL teaching team to lead discussion that will help you begin to brainstorm and work through those philosophical and logistic questions.

Speakers
avatar for Emmie Carpenter

Emmie Carpenter

PLTW Biomed Educator, Watertown Unified School District
Emmie Carpenter is a science teacher with 13 years of experience. She has designed and taught courses in immunology, microbiology, honors biology, anatomy and physiology, integrated chemistry, chemistry and genetics. She is also the PLTW – Biomed instructor at Watertown High School... Read More →
avatar for Holly Howell

Holly Howell

Endeavor Charter School - Watertown Unified School District
Holly Howell chose Endeavor Charter School for her first teaching job after student teaching at iLead Academy. She brings her passions for world cultures and community service to her role as social studies expert at Endeavor Charter School.
avatar for Scot Meyer

Scot Meyer

Advisor--Math Coordinator/Team Leader, Watertown Unified School District
Scot Meyer is a math teacher with over 30 years of experience. He teaches A.P. Calculus and acts as the Math Team Leader at Watertown High School. He is also an advisor and math specialist at Endeavor Charter School.
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Endeavor
Mrs. Mueller has served as the lead teacher and as an advisor at Endeavor since it opened in 2014. She had 16 years of English, public speaking and reading teaching experience in the traditional classroombefore moving to Endeavor.


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Tundra D

10:30am CDT

STEM Pathways - Student Voice & Choice in Middle School Electives
STEM Pathways is a middle school elective program developed to maximize student voice and choice. It is developed to provide a personalized learning experience in the areas of Art, Business, Cultures, and Technology & Engineering education. Students get to create their own electives schedule based upon offerings of content specific choices throughout the school year. Come check out this one-of-a-kind program structure to see how it can change your school.

Speakers
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Matt Heuser

Waukesha STEM Saratoga
Matt Heuser is the Technology & Engineering Instructor at Waukesha STEM Academy, and is in his fourth year there. Matt has his undergraduate in Technology & Engineering Education from UW - Platteville, his masters in Educational Technologies from Marian University, and is fully trained... Read More →
avatar for Dan Prothero

Dan Prothero

Business Education Instructor, School District of Waukesha - South High School
Dan Prothero is a Business Education Instructor at Waukesha South High School. Dan currently serves as a Business Instructor and as the School to Work Coordinator, and he advises the Yearbook and FBLA. Prior to Waukesha South, Dan taught at the Waukesha STEM Academy. Dan has been... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Sandstone 89

10:30am CDT

Using Siftr for Place-Based Learning in the K-12 Classroom
Siftr (siftr.org) is a free web-based platform created by the Field Day Lab team at UW-Madison. Designed as a lightweight field research tool, Siftr allows users to create a digital space where they can upload and share geo-located photos. In this session, presenters will share their experience partnering with an elementary classroom to explore local plant biodiversity, then share implementation considerations for K-12 teachers and communities.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Mathews

Jim Mathews

Field Day Lab, University of Wisconsin
Jim Mathews is a teacher, researcher, and designer, exploring the intersection of place, design, and civic engagement.


Friday April 29, 2016 10:30am - 11:15am CDT
Sandstone 3

11:30am CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room
Utilize this time and space to connect with your colleagues or receive FREE coaching from ISN coaches/consultants.

Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Tundra A

11:30am CDT

Community Partnerships-Making Them Work for Student Success
Join this session to learn about the various community partnerships the presenters have formed at Humke Elementary School. Participants will have time to discuss potential partnerships that would benefit their students and schools. The expertise of the whole group will benefit all!

Speakers
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Keith Johnson

Humke Elementary School
Keith Johnson is currently the principal at Humke Elementary School in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Humke Elementary is a prek-grade 3 school. In this school we have a YMCA child care, that provides child care for 3 and 4 year olds, a YMCA before and after school program for students in kindergarten-grade... Read More →
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Katie Peters

Nekoosa School District
Katie is the family/community outreach coordinator for Nekoosa Public Schools. In this role she works with school staff on a variety of partnerships and community projects.


Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Glacier AB

11:30am CDT

Draw to Build
UW-Milwaukee's School of Architecture is the first school in the nation to offer a FREE college course to high school juniors and seniors. The students receive high school credit locally and college credit if they are accepted to the School of Architecture at UWM. Participants will learn about Draw to Build - an online course where students draw along with the instructor to films on the fundamentals of Architecture.

Speakers
MK

Mark Keane

UW-Milwaukee
Mark and Linda Keane, AIA, NCARB are artists, architects, and leaders in design education. Professors of Architecture and Environmental Design at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, they work with students enhancing design of humane... Read More →
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 →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Tundra E

11:30am CDT

Implementing Genius Hour in the Classroom
This session will take a look at some examples of implementing Genius Hour into the classroom, and how a teacher may connect it with their content area, or as an enrichment class. Chris Kesler would describe Genius Hour as, “A movement that allows students to explore their own passions and encourages creativity in the classroom.” Middle school student examples will be provided.

Speakers
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Regina Wordell

Kaleidoscope Academy
Gina Wordell has been teaching for seven years. The first three years of her career she was an elementary special education teacher with an focus in Emotional Behavior Disability. The last four years have been at her current position, Kaleidoscope Academy (Appleton, WI), as an 8th... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Sandstone 3

11:30am CDT

Instructional Strategies for a Self-Paced/Self-Reflective Classroom
The self-paced and self-reflective instructional strategies round table will develop ideas around bringing self-paced units of study into the classroom. The presenters will also focus on developing self-reflective practices and templates to use with students when developing personal inquiry projects. The conversation will conclude with technological tools that will allow students and teachers reach these goals.

Speakers
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Joshua Hoffmann

Waukesha STEM Saratoga
Josh Hoffmann has been a facilitator at the Waukesha STEM Academy since 2011. He currently works with students in the science department. 
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Chris Sonier

Waukesha STEM Saratoga
Chris Sonier has worked in the facilitator role at Waukesha STEM Academy since 2014. He is currently a part of the science team in which he uses Google products to deliver instruction and feedback to help guide student-driven learning.



Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Tundra F

11:30am CDT

Integrating Personalized Learning, Technology, and Student Driven Inquiry into Project Based Learning
Learn how to create a flexible project based learning experience that has student-driven inquiry, personalized learning, and technology integration at the core of the design. Teachers will share their journey and creation of multiage fourth and fifth grade PBL units of study that have high student engagement and success.

Speakers
avatar for Margaret Hill

Margaret Hill

Waukesha STEM Academy Randall Campus
Margaret Hill is in her fourth year of teaching. She graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a major in education and minor in math education. After holding a long-term subbing position in Oshkosh, she very excitedly accepted her first teaching position at the Waukesha STEM Academy. She truly... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Kennedy

Melissa Kennedy

Level 3 Literacy Teacher, Waukesha STEM Academy Randall Campus
Melissa Kennedy has taught every grade from 4K-5th grade in several districts in different states over the last 15 years. She is currently a multiage 4th and 5th grade teacher at the Waukesha STEM Academy. She graduated from UW-Stout with a bachelors in Graphic Design and completed... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Tundra B

11:30am CDT

Sparking Student Interest with Academic Choice
Academic Choice is a Responsive Classroom® teaching strategy built on a powerful truth about learning: when students have choices, they’re more likely to be engaged and productive. With Academic Choice, students have a measure of control over how they meet teacher-defined goals, and they learn to make choices that advance their high-level learning through a three-phase structure of planning, working, and reflecting. Learn how to deeply engage students in the curriculum to enhance critical thinking and problem-solving.

Speakers
avatar for Lindsey Lynch

Lindsey Lynch

Consultant, Responsive Classroom/Center for Responsive Schools
Lindsey Lynch began her career teaching in international schools in Bangkok, Thailand. After four years abroad she moved back home to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and helped found and lead what has become a small network of highly successful charter schools serving under-resourced learners... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Sandstone 89

11:30am CDT

Student Passion through Project-Based Learning
Learn how Waukesha STEM Academy is continuously trying to incorporate student choice, voice and individual passions in the school environment. In 2013, they created an opportunity for students to pursue their passions while using the 21st century standards. Come hear how they are continuing to modify and improve the student proposal each trimester while you learn how to incorporate this at your school by using the PBL template, rubric, resources, project ideas and examples.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca  Carlson

Rebecca Carlson

Special Education, Waukesha STEM Saratoga
I have been teaching at Waukesha STEM Academy-Saratoga for the past 6 years- since the beginning! I teach special education as well as teaming with regular education teachers.
avatar for Bryn Grosskopf

Bryn Grosskopf

Math & STEaM Teacher, Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga Campus
Bryn Grosskopf has been with Waukesha STEM Academy for six years. She is a math and STEaM facilitator in a learner-centered, innovative, learning environment.
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Genny Lambert

Educator, SDW



Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Tundra D

11:30am CDT

The Power of Personalization: Leveraging Learning through Creative Scheduling
This session will be an introduction to the Waukesha STEM Academy’s “Learning Pathways”. WSA’s instructional and logistical re-design recognizes that the skills of artistry, musicianship, and physical movement and fitness are valued in the learner development process. With these creative changes, student learning in these and other areas are being dramatically impacted through the personalization of instruction and incorporation of student voice and choice.

Speakers
avatar for Kirk Benson

Kirk Benson

Art Specialist
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Paula Davies

Physical Education Teacher, School District of Waukesha - STEM Randall
Paula Davies has been a Physical Education Specialist at the Waukesha STEM Academy Randall Campus (K-5) for the past nine years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education (Physical Education/Health/Coaching) from UW-Whitewater. Paula earned a post-baccalaureate certification... Read More →
avatar for Aimee Hyland

Aimee Hyland

K-5 General Music Integration Specialist, Waukesha STEM Academy - Randall Campus
Mrs. Aimee Hyland has been the K-5 General Music Specialist at the Waukesha STEM Academy - Randall Campus since the opening in 2010 and has worked within the Waukesha School District since 2005. Mrs. Hyland earned her Bachelor's Degree in K-12 Music Education from the University of... Read More →


Friday April 29, 2016 11:30am - 12:15pm CDT
Glacier CD

12:30pm CDT

Lunch, Networking, and Visit Exhibits
Friday April 29, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Sandstone Ballroom

1:30pm CDT

Collaborative Coaching Room/Networking
Conference participants are invited to utilize this space to connect with one another to share best practices, make plans for future innovations, or just chill out for a bit. Let an ISN staff or board member know if you would like some free coaching time here and we will work to accommodate you.

Friday April 29, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm CDT
Tundra A