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Wednesday, April 10
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Sandstone 2/7

8:00am

Early Bird Networking and WRCCS Q&A
Join us for a light breakfast and the opportunity to meet with WRCCS staff and consultants to start the day.  Staff will be available to answer questions and work with schools and individuals on specific needs related to school development and charter school grants. 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

UW Madison School of Education, Dissertator and Researcher, WRCCS
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She is also a Researcher and PhD student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in... Read More →
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

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


Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Sandstone 2/7

8:00am

Registration
Wednesday April 10, 2019 8:00am - 9:30am
Sandstone Hallway

9:30am

Welcome and Logistics
Speakers
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

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

Sarah Hackett

UW Madison School of Education, Dissertator and Researcher, WRCCS
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She is also a Researcher and PhD student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in... Read More →
avatar for Heather Terrill Stotts

Heather Terrill Stotts

Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. A former principal, college professor, and educational consultant, Heather brings deep experience working directly with students, parents, teachers, and administrators... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 9:30am - 10:00am
Sandstone 2/7

10:00am

Educational Model Fair & Share
Eight educational models are represented by experienced practitioners ready to discuss the merits of their particular model. You will find a WRCCS Education Model Passport in your provided materials. Use the questions on the back of your passport to chat with at least three education models and get your passport stamped to be entered into a drawing at lunch to win a free registration to the 2020 ISN National Conference on Educational Innovation (see details in your passport). Use this opportunity to gather information about innovative education models that may fit your communities needs.


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Arts-Integration - Educational Model Fair & Share
Arts Integration is an APPROACH to TEACHING in which students construct and demonstrate UNDERSTANDING through an ART FORM. Students engage in a CREATIVE PROCESS which CONNECTS an art form and another subject area and meets EVOLVING OBJECTIVES in both.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Direrctor of Learning 9-12 Mathematics, Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance
Eric Anderson has been a Mathematics educator for over twenty years at both secondary and post-secondary levels. He is the Mathematics Specialist for KM Perform, he also currently serves as the Director of Learning for Mathematics 9-12 on the Kettle Moraine High School Campus and... Read More →
avatar for Garrett Sheskey

Garrett Sheskey

Summit View Elementary
Connect with Garrett on Twitter @MrSheskeyReads!


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Community School - Educational Model Fair & Share
Community schools operate an academic program of high expectations and high performance in a bicultural environment where parental involvement is one of the cornerstones of the educational program.

Speakers
avatar for Santiago Navarro

Santiago Navarro

Principal, Bruce-Guadalupe Community School
Santiago started his career in 1996 as a fifth grade teacher at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, which is a part of the United Community Center on the near southside of Milwaukee. His entire educational career has been at the UCC and has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Environmental - Educational Model Fair & Share
Environmental education is a process that allows individuals to explore environmental issues, engage in problem solving, and take action to improve the environment. As a result, individuals develop a deeper understanding of environmental issues and have the skills to make informed and responsible decisions.
The components of environmental education are:
  • Awareness and sensitivity to the environment and environmental challenges
  • Knowledge and understanding of the environment and environmental challenges
  • Attitudes of concern for the environment and motivation to improve or maintain environmental quality
  • Skills to identify and help resolve environmental challenges
  • Participation in activities that lead to the resolution of environmental challenges
Environmental education does not advocate a particular viewpoint or course of action. Rather, environmental education teaches individuals how to weigh various sides of an issue through critical thinking and it enhances their own problem-solving and decision-making skills.

Speakers
avatar for Amanda Bolan

Amanda Bolan

Lead Teacher / Advisor, High Marq Environmental Charter School
Ms. Bolan grew up in Janesville, Wisconsin, and has learned to appreciate nature through family camping trips and being a YMCA camp counselor. She graduated from Ripon College with a Bachelor’s in Politics and Government and Education, while volunteering at TAGOS Leadership Academy... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Expedition Based Learning - Educational Model Fair & Share
In Expeditionary Learning schools, students spend most of their time engaged in purposeful, rigorous "learning expeditions." These special expeditions are the core of the curriculum. Although learning expeditions often take students outside of school, unlike the familiar "field trip" or outing, these expeditions are in-depth studies of a single theme or topic. They are very carefully planned to have a clear set of learning goals built around a compelling topic and learning targets.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Wieczorek

Peter Wieczorek

Director, Northwest Passage High School #4049
I am the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. I am a passionate advocate of Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Expeditionary Learning, and Technology Integration. I am a Dad, a teacher, a youth worker, administrator, explorer, part-time Jedi Master... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Montessori - Educational Model Fair & Share
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Montessori's method has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world. ... It attempts to develop children physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively.

Speakers
avatar for Tony Duffek

Tony Duffek

Principal, Northland Pines School District
Tony Duffek is a principal in Northland Pines School District. He currently is principal of St. Germain Elementary School and the Northland Pines Montessori Learning Center. Tony Duffek his been one of the founding members of two charter schools (one a project basee middle school... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Project Based Learning - Educational Model Fair & Share
Project Based Learning schools utilize an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom. Project Based Learning is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning essential knowledge and life-enhancing skills through an extended, student-influenced inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks.

Speakers
avatar for Allie Stone

Allie Stone

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

Joey Zocher

Escuela Verde
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
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.



Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

STEM/STEAM - Educational Model Fair & Share
Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) schools’ approach to education is designed to revolutionize the teaching of subject areas such as mathematics and science by incorporating technology and engineering into the regular curriculum by creating a “meta-discipline.” STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. This program was started by Judith A. Ramaley, former director of the National Science Foundation’s education and human resources division.

STEM Education attempts to transform the classroom by encouraging a curriculum that is driven by problem-solving, discovery, exploratory learning, that requires students to actively engage in a situation in order to find its solution.

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 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:01am

Virtual/Blended - Educational Model Fair & Share
Instruction in a learning environment where teacher and students are separated by time and/or space and the teacher provides course content through ICT based methods such as the Internet, multimedia resources, and video conferencing.

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Schulteis

Christopher Schulteis

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

David Parr

ARISE Virtual Academy


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:01am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

10:30am

Managing Student Learning - Lightning Session
Join representatives from HeadRush, a student centered, project-based learning management platform to explore the options available for managing student learning through projects, and setting up school learning management systems.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Hourahine

Mike Hourahine

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

Shane Krukowski

Enabler of Good Pedagogy, HEADRUSH Learning
Wanna be accordion Player passionate about transforming teaching and learning.


Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Tundra A/B

10:30am

School Within a School - Lightning Session
Come explore the issues involved with developing a charter school within an existing school building.  Practitioners with successful experience managing the school within a school relationship will present the important considerations and ideas that work to develop a great working relationship with between new charters and existing school cultures.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
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.



Wednesday April 10, 2019 10:30am - 10:45am
Tundra E/F

10:55am

Reporting Results - Lightning Session
School leaders with experience in both meeting local and state reporting requirements and developing locally relevant metrics for school success will share some of the important insights into developing a comprehensive reporting system.

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 10, 2019 10:55am - 11:10am
Tundra C/D

11:20am

Personal Learning Plans - Lightning Session
Join experienced educators in exploring the issues around developing effective personal learning plans for students.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

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


Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:20am - 11:35am
Tundra E/F

11:20am

School and Business Partnerships - Lightning Session
Interested in looking into how to build effective partnerships with your local business community?  Stop by this session to hear about how some successful school-business partnerships have been developed and grown.  

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 →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:20am - 11:35am
Tundra A/B

11:45am

Mental Health Supports - Lightning Session
New schools, charter schools, and especially smaller schools often struggle to find resources and systems to support students in the area of mental health.  Resources and strategies will be presented to help schools begin to build effective systems for supporting student mental health needs. 

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Maloney

Alyssa Maloney

Adams-Friendship Area School District
I am currently the Project AWARE Mental Health Coordinator for the Adams-Friendship Area School District. I have a Bachelors of Social Work from UW Oshkosh and have worked with at-risk teenage youth for 20 years in different settings.


Wednesday April 10, 2019 11:45am - 12:00pm
Tundra C/D

12:00pm

Lunch & Reflection
Wednesday April 10, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

1:00pm

Workshop Session - Charter School Governance and Authorizing
School district and independent authorizers, as well as governance board consultants, will be presenting on developing effective and mission-oriented structures to support the development of quality charter schools. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Adrienne L. Woods

Adrienne L. Woods

Director, UW-Milwaukee
I've been an educator for 27 years working as a high school English teacher, school counselor and district-level administrator. I worked closely with charter schools for about 12 years and led charter offices for the last 8 years. I have knowledge and experience with instrumentality... Read More →
avatar for Tess O'Brien-Heinzen

Tess O'Brien-Heinzen

Partner, Boardman Clark
Tess is a partner in the School Law Practice Group and provides legal consultation to school districts, charter schools, and postsecondary institutions in a broad range of areas including special education and disability law, policy development, student-related issues, and corporate... Read More →
avatar for Allen Brant, PhD

Allen Brant, PhD

Principal, Kaleidoscope Academy - Appleton
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 →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 4

1:00pm

Workshop Session - Classroom
Overview presentations will focus on classroom culture, curriculum (STEM/PBL) and supports and resources. Representatives from successful schools will share insights into important facets of developing innovative school practices. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered:
  • Classroom Culture
  • Community Supports & Resources
  • Curriculum Design
  • Mental Health Supports


Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Maloney

Alyssa Maloney

Adams-Friendship Area School District
I am currently the Project AWARE Mental Health Coordinator for the Adams-Friendship Area School District. I have a Bachelors of Social Work from UW Oshkosh and have worked with at-risk teenage youth for 20 years in different settings.
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

School District of Waukesha
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 Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

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

Peter Wieczorek

Director, Northwest Passage High School #4049
I am the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. I am a passionate advocate of Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Expeditionary Learning, and Technology Integration. I am a Dad, a teacher, a youth worker, administrator, explorer, part-time Jedi Master... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

1:00pm

Workshop Session - Leadership
School leadership can take many forms. Join experienced school leaders that will guide you through an exploration of numerous leadership models. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered
  • District Instrumentality Charter School Leadership
  • Independent Charter School Leadership 
  • Multiple School Leadership 
  • Teacher Powered Leadership

Speakers
avatar for Santiago Navarro

Santiago Navarro

Principal, Bruce-Guadalupe Community School
Santiago started his career in 1996 as a fifth grade teacher at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, which is a part of the United Community Center on the near southside of Milwaukee. His entire educational career has been at the UCC and has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and... Read More →
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Founder/Advisor/Consultant, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning since 2005. Liz has a BS from UW-Eau Claire and a MS from UW-Stout. She has led many expeditionary learning trips with students, developed community based learning... 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 →
avatar for Dave Vitale

Dave Vitale

Director of Instruction and ISN Board Member, Watertown
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 →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 1

1:00pm

Optional: Team Work Time
Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sandstone 2/7

1:45pm

Cookie Break
Wednesday April 10, 2019 1:45pm - 2:15pm

2:00pm

Charter School Governance and Authorizing - Independent Charter Schools
Explore the structures and relationships of quality independent charter schools and their authorizer. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.


Speakers
avatar for Adrienne L. Woods

Adrienne L. Woods

Director, UW-Milwaukee
I've been an educator for 27 years working as a high school English teacher, school counselor and district-level administrator. I worked closely with charter schools for about 12 years and led charter offices for the last 8 years. I have knowledge and experience with instrumentality... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sandstone 9

2:00pm

Charter School Governance and Authorizing - Instrumentality Charter Schools
Explore the development of effective and mission-oriented structures to support the development of quality Instrumentality charter schools. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Allen Brant, PhD

Allen Brant, PhD

Principal, Kaleidoscope Academy - Appleton
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 →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wilderness 4

2:00pm

Charter School Governance and Authorizing - Legality
Explore the development of legal structures to support the development of quality charter schools. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Speakers
avatar for Tess O'Brien-Heinzen

Tess O'Brien-Heinzen

Partner, Boardman Clark
Tess is a partner in the School Law Practice Group and provides legal consultation to school districts, charter schools, and postsecondary institutions in a broad range of areas including special education and disability law, policy development, student-related issues, and corporate... Read More →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sandstone 8

2:00pm

Classroom - Community Supports and Resources
This classroom workshop - will focus on the development and use of community supports and resources in your classroom. Representatives from successful schools will share insights into important facets of developing innovative school practices. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered:
  • Community Supports and Resources

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

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



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Glacier C/D

2:00pm

Classroom - Culture
This classroom workshop - will focus on creating a cohesive and positive culture in your classroom. Representatives from successful schools will share insights into important facets of developing innovative school practices. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered:
  • Classroom Culture

Speakers
JO

Jason Olson

Northwest Passage High School #4049
Jason is a Math teacher and advisor. He also serves as the NWPHS school board chair and expedition coordinator. Jason leads 4-5 overnight learning expeditions each school year while helping manage the rest of the schools trips. Jason strives to make math accessible to all learners... Read More →
avatar for Brandi Greer

Brandi Greer

Northwest Passage High School #4049
Brandi has been an Art Teacher and Advisory at Northwest Passage H.S. for 17 years. Brandi is a leader in the world of art, assisting students to complete unique multi-curricular art pieces in a project-based learning environment. Additionally, Brandi serves in a multitude of different... Read More →
avatar for Val Miller

Val Miller

Teacher/Advisor, Northwest Passage High School #4049
Although I claim many roles, I am primarily a teacher/advisor at Northwest Passage High School in Minnesota.  My specialties are special education, project-based learning, and place-based learning.  I’d like to think that my role in education is to disrupt the status quo of our... Read More →
avatar for Peter Wieczorek

Peter Wieczorek

Director, Northwest Passage High School #4049
I am the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. I am a passionate advocate of Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Expeditionary Learning, and Technology Integration. I am a Dad, a teacher, a youth worker, administrator, explorer, part-time Jedi Master... Read More →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Glacier A/B

2:00pm

Classroom - Curriculum Design
This classroom workshop - will focus on the development of the curriculum in your classroom. Representatives from successful schools will share insights into important facets of developing innovative school practices. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered:
  • Curriculum Design

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

School District of Waukesha
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 →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

2:00pm

Classroom - Mental Health Supports
This classroom workshop - will focus on the development and use of mental health supports in your classroom. Representatives from successful schools will share insights into important facets of developing innovative school practices. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered:
  • Mental Health Supports

Speakers
avatar for Alyssa Maloney

Alyssa Maloney

Adams-Friendship Area School District
I am currently the Project AWARE Mental Health Coordinator for the Adams-Friendship Area School District. I have a Bachelors of Social Work from UW Oshkosh and have worked with at-risk teenage youth for 20 years in different settings.



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Sandstone 1

2:00pm

Leadership - District Instrumentality Charter School Leadership
School leadership can take many forms. Experienced school leaders will guide you through an exploration of District Instrumentality Charter School Leadership and Innovation Zones. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered
  • District Instrumentality Charter School Leadership


Speakers
avatar for Dave Vitale

Dave Vitale

Director of Instruction and ISN Board Member, Watertown
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 →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tundra A/B

2:00pm

Leadership - Independent Charter School Leadership
School leadership can take many forms. Experienced school leaders will guide you through an exploration of Independent Charter School Leadership. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered
  • Independent Charter School Leadership 


Speakers
avatar for Santiago Navarro

Santiago Navarro

Principal, Bruce-Guadalupe Community School
Santiago started his career in 1996 as a fifth grade teacher at Bruce-Guadalupe Community School, which is a part of the United Community Center on the near southside of Milwaukee. His entire educational career has been at the UCC and has served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal and... Read More →


Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tundra C/D

2:00pm

Leadership - Multiple School Leadership
School leadership can take many forms. Experienced school leaders will guide you through an exploration of Multiple School Leadership. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered
  • Multiple School Leadership 


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 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Tundra E/F

2:00pm

Leadership - Teacher Powered Leadership
School leadership can take many forms. Experienced school leaders will guide you through an exploration of Teacher-Powered Schools, leadership model. Time for individual consulting and questions will be available.

Topics Covered
  • Teacher Powered Leadership


Speakers
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Founder/Advisor/Consultant, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning since 2005. Liz has a BS from UW-Eau Claire and a MS from UW-Stout. She has led many expeditionary learning trips with students, developed community based learning... Read More →



Wednesday April 10, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Wilderness 1

4:30pm

ISN Conference - Welcome Reception Happy Hour
Wednesday April 10, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Wilderness 3/6
 
Thursday, April 11
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday April 11, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Sandstone Ballroom

7:30am

Registration
Thursday April 11, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Sandstone Hallway

8:30am

Welcome
Thursday April 11, 2019 8:30am - 9:00am
Sandstone Ballroom

9:00am

Keynote: Kevin Honeycutt
Kevin Honeycutt is an internationally recognized speaker who will wow us on topics including student engagement, technology education, and meaningful educational change.


Thursday April 11, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Sandstone Ballroom

10:15am

Book Release: Transformational Personal Learning Practices - A Universal Approach for Everyone
After working with and for students and staff on a universal personalization process for 10+ years, Dr. Steven Rippe, Nicole Luedtke, and the students of Valley New School have released the book on how to engage in self-transformation and inspire your students and even school, too! It’s not your typical PLP curriculum guide. Come and collaborate with us to integrate the next generation of Personal Learning Plans and practices into your life and classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development & Hope Survey, EdVisions
“Over the years I have been compelled to study and participate in personal learning plans. As I learned the value of my own PLP I began to experience the benefits for myself, the students I work with, my family, and friends. My intent is to identify and share these benefits through... 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 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Tundra C/D

10:15am

Changing Lives Through the Power of Learning: One Learner's Pursuit
In the Norris School District, we believe in “Changing Lives Through the Power of Learning”. Learn about the six core elements of the Norris macrocosm and how they support each learner's personal pursuit for learning. This begins with the development a robust learner profile used to co-design personal plans and pathways across a multidimensional competency framework. Participants will discover how each person in the learning network supports learners in achieving their goals.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Kaiser

Paula Kaiser

Norris School District
Paula, Director of Development at Norris Academy, has led school teams through the implementation of personalized learning as an Instructional Coach and Personalized Learning Coordinator. Paula’s first-hand experience allows her to guide schools and districts through successful... Read More →
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Johnna Noll

Executive Director, Norris Academy
Johnna Noll, Executive Director of Norris Academy, is an innovative thinker leading the transformation of the Norris School District to a student-centric model of anytime, anywhere learning that is based on a multidimensional assessment that informs a robust learner profile. This... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Sandstone 8/9

10:15am

Conferring as Classroom Assessment
Personalized learning is a complex assembly of practices embraced by schools across the world to customize experiences with and for learners. In our research, we found that educators identified the practice of conferring - building 1:1 academic relationships to identify learner interests and abilities - at the heart of personalized learning. Through conferring, a teacher can learn about the student’s thinking on a topic, connect how prior knowledge could be applied in new ways, or challenge the student to engage in a meta-analysis of their own learning performance. (National Research Council, 2000, p 61-63; Calkins et al., 2005) Conferring tools that facilitate this interaction take multiple forms and involve varying levels of student ownership. We will explore the tools and practices teachers use to collect information and engage students in their learning through conferring. This session will allow participants to experience conferring, design tools, and reflect on the process. The participants will receive some tools to engage with, but will also be guided through the process of designing their own individual tools. Participants will receive feedback from one another during the session as they pilot their own tools and reflect on the outcomes.

Speakers
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Sarah Hackett

UW Madison School of Education, Dissertator and Researcher, WRCCS
Sarah Hackett is the Director of the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools at CESA 9. She is also a Researcher and PhD student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the department of Curriculum and Instruction. She is a graduate of the rural public school system in... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 2/5

10:15am

Innovative Literacy Practices in a Struggling NYC School
Does your student population enter your school well below grade level in reading, writing and math? Come learn how a struggling high school in New York reformed it's school through innovative literacy practices, including Unison Reading, Genre Practice Writing, and an overall approach to literacy that honors the author at the table. This school recently graduated 90% of it's Students with Disabilities by handing the curriculum directly to the students. Learn how to explicitly teach collaboration, critical thinking and perspective shifting discourse from two NYC teachers.

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Jacquelin Incorvaia

The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Jacquelin Incorvaia is a veteran NYC science teacher who values student autonomy, collaborative learning and student responsibility. Jacqui has worked at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers as the Earth Science teacher, also playing important roles as Science Department Lead... Read More →
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Jessica Katz

Teacher, The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Jessica Katz is a devoted Foreign Language and ESL teacher at the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers. Jess works closely with the school community to develop student-centered practices that honor student autonomy, literacy practices and perspective shifting discourse. Jessica's... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Glacier A/B

10:15am

Open Up! How Open Way Learning Can Transform Your School's Culture of Collaboration, Free Exchange, and Innovation
Open Way Learning is a call-to-action for educators who want to become relentless collaborators, networked with professionals in and outside their school. Educators poised to quicken the pace of localized innovation, leveraging existing talent and targeting local needs. Participants in this workshop will leave with a customized action plan to implement radical collaboration, the free exchange of ideas and resources, and a culture of innovation to better meet the needs of their own learning community.

Speakers
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Ben Owens

Ed Innovation Coach, Strategist, & Author, Open Way Learning
Ben Owens spent a 20-year engineering career in manufacturing and R&D locations across the U.S. and in that role saw first-hand the significant need to improve our approaches to education. He then left the corporate world to do something about it by becoming a public school teacher... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 1

10:15am

The Shoe Project: Design Thinking Inspiration
Explore how design thinking can jumpstart student innovation in a presentation on the Racine Creative Center's Shoe Project. Graphic designers and educators lead the program which walks students through a powerful process of problem-solving. Student designers seek to generate an advertising campaign that encompasses concept development, applied creativity, prototyping, and experimentation. This workshop will inspire educators and school leaders who prepare students to be creative problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and future-focused creators.

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Tim Baumstark

The Racine Creative Center
Tim Baumstark, is the Executive Director of the Racine Creative Center and owner of the advertising and design company Boxhead Design. His professional design career spans over 30 years encompassing a wide range of advertising and graphic design experience. Tim is a 1985 Graduate... Read More →
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Theresa Dixon

The Racine Creative Center
An innovative and dynamic educator, with proven expertise in inquiry-driven personalized learning in both classroom and blended environments. Skilled in mentoring educators to make learning accessible, engaging, empowering, and equitable. A 2015 Master’s Degree of Educational Leadership... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Tundra A/B

10:15am

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

Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 3/6

10:15am

Assessment Literacy in a Standards Based World
How has transitioning to standards based assessment changed the way we look at assessments? What makes an assessment valid, reliable and fair? We will explore different assessment systems together as we develop a common language deepening your understanding of various uses of assessment including formative, summative, interim and benchmark assessment. In addition, you will begin to develop your own implementation plan for a balanced assessment system in your classroom.

Speakers
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Stephanie Denure

Instructional Coach/Intervention Specialist, KTEC
Stephanie Denure holds a Bachelors in Education and a Master's of Science in Educational Leadership and Curriculum Design. She has also completed additional training in RtI, Trauma Sensitive Practices, Mental Health First Aid USA and Leadership and Coaching through DPI. She has taught... Read More →
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Mary Bohning

instructional Coach, KTEC
Mary Bohning holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Loyola University and a Master’s in Education from Carthage College. Mary’s educational experiences include teaching in K- 12 and college level. Currently, Mary has transitioned out of the classroom into her role with a... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 4

10:15am

From Computers to Competency: Why We Canned the "Canned" Curriculum
Many districts look to "canned" computer curriculum to help students remediate classes, but many students fail to learn this way. Come find out how (and why!) one district moved to a competency based program and the success they have found. Attendees will walk away with resources and ideas on how to start their own program also.

Speakers
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Rachel Tambornino

Coordinator, iLEAD Charter School - Mauston
Rachel Tambornino has worked as the At-Risk Coordinator for the past ten years in Mauston, Wisconsin. Besides helping students graduate, she also works to increase literacy levels of students. She is active with NAREN-Wisconsin and works to promote the needs of at-risk students across... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Glacier C/D

10:15am

The Many Faces of PBL: Teacher-led, Student-led, STEM, Multi-age, Infusing ELA, and More!
We have been on an ever-evolving project-based learning journey, and that means our project process is constantly changing, too. This session will tell the story of how we went from single-subject, teacher-led PBL to multi-age, interdisciplinary (science, social studies, and ELA), student-led, STEM-infused PBL, with many iterations in between! We will share our website, project documents, examples, and assessment rubrics, along with the many successes and struggles encountered on the way.

Speakers
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Alex Agar-Pratt

Riverside STEM Academy - Watertown Unified School District
This fall marks my 6th year as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. I have previously taught 7th and 8th grade science and helped develop the Riverside STEM Academy. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Science Education from UW-Madison. Currently, I am earning my Master... Read More →
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Bryan Bremberger

Riverside STEM Academy - Watertown Unified School District
I am currently in my 13th year as a teacher at Riverside Middle School. Prior to this year, I taught 8th grade science and helped start the Riverside STEM Academy in 2015. I am a proud graduate of Ripon College where I obtained a degree in Science and Education. Additionally, I have... Read More →
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Tressa Smail

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 10:15am - 11:00am
Tundra E/F

11:15am

Accelerating Learner Agency
Understanding learner agency is really the key to learner-centered education. This session will highlight the seven components of learner agency (motivation, engagement, choice, voice, ownership, self-efficacy, purpose) and share both incremental and transformational examples for increasing agency. Based on the work by Barbara Bray, the continuums provide educators with an incremental roadmap for higher personalization. The research is clear; students need to drive their learning. Attend this session to learn how to leverage this information and the strategies to increase learner agency.

Speakers
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Julene Oxton

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

Executive Director, EdVisions
Dr. Lisa Snyder has served in public education as a teacher, principal, technology director, curriculum director and superintendent. She is committed to continuous improvement and transformation in public education through innovation and personalized learning. Throughout her career... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra A/B

11:15am

Bee Educated on Leveraging Real World Data to Engage Kids in the “Why?”
This program was designed to bring together experts across fields to show cross-curricular application of the skills that we need to grow in the ever changing world of science, data and technology. In 60 minutes, learn a model that we have built that teaches students to observe, track and analyze data in the real world, all while working together to ensure success on a project. Even though we apply this to bees and water, this strategy can be applied to almost any area of interest. Each teacher will leave with a greater understanding for implementing a program like this at their school and a list of ideas that will challenge and engage your students to better understand how data will impact their lives for the foreseeable future.

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Michael Forkner

Sidekick Education
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Sam Gilbertson

STEMhero - Beepods Rep
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Brad James

CCBEE - Beepods
A problem solver and leader who works with teachers to create engaging outdoor classrooms! I help educators and implement an exciting experience for their students using Bees! It is amazing to witness the joy and enthusiasm of students and adults of all ages learn from honey bees... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier A/B

11:15am

Creating Equitable Spaces (It's Easier Than You Think!)
Creating a culture where students feel safe, respected, and valued might seem like a no-brainer, but how do you actually do it? At Clark Street Community School, we leverage our highest indicator of performance to create this: our partnerships with students. Learn how changing a few practices in your classroom can improve your relationship with students and lead to cognitive insight. Leave with concrete ideas you can implement tomorrow!

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Mary Lee McKenzie

Clark Street Community School
Mary Lee is an educator and governance board member at Clark Street. She is certified in Special Education, Math, and Theatre Arts. She has been with Clark Street since the planning stages. Mary Lee has presented at Wisconsin Mathematics Council Annual Conference, Middleton's Winter... Read More →
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Heather Messer

Clark Street Community School
Heather is a Nationally Board Certified science educator and advisor at Clark Street. She has been with the school since the planning and implementation stages. She is passionate about the environment, personalized learning and understanding the teenage brain.
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Beth Ott

Clark Street Community School
Beth is an educator and special education case manager at Clark Street. She has a Masters in Education from Augsburg College, and a BA in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. This is her 4th year with CSCS, and 10th year teaching overall. Beth... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 8/9

11:15am

Employ the "Five Principles of Freedom" as a Practical and Theoretical Framework to Create a Thriving Teacher Leadership Culture in Your School
When I was offered the job of principal at the Urban Assembly High School for Green Careers in 2013, the place seemed like a lost cause: it ranked in the bottom 1 percent of New York City schools, and had a 39-percent graduation rate. Although it may seem counterintuitive, we successfully put in place radically progressive methods at Green, based on a framework I call the Five Principles of Freedom. By 2017, the graduation rate had risen to 83 percent, 9 percent higher than the citywide average. Our presentation offers an introductory exploration of how I used each of the Five Principles to create a teacher leadership culture of freedom on day one, and how you can adapt our practices to become drivers of innovation at your own schools. This presentation, based on our book, The Rise of the Phoenix (currently under review), is geared toward principals, teachers, parents, and anyone interested in preparing all students for the challenges of a twenty-first-century economy.

Speakers
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Kerry Decker

Principal, New York City Department of Education
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 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

11:15am

Mapping Personalized Learning-- Exploring Teacher Practices Across Contexts
In this workshop style session, participants will be invited to use a survey to reflect on their own personalized learning teaching practices. Participants will share their practices, get formative feedback, discuss and plan for the growth and sustainability of their practice, and contribute to the design of the survey tool. https://goo.gl/Gfuv1h

Speakers
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Jessica Arrigoni

Associate Researcher, Wisconsin Center for Education Research
Jessica Arrigoni is a Researcher in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison. She is part of the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC) team that provides evaluation support to preK-12 school districts in Wisconsin and technical support to the Wisconsin Department... Read More →
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Gerald Dryer

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra E/F

11:15am

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

Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

11:15am

Exploring the Visible Learning Research: Influences of Learner Achievement
With a shift in the teaching/learning paradigm, educators are finding more creative and meaningful ways to ensure learner achievement. In this interactive workshop, we will engage in discussions and activities to explore John Hattie’s synthesized data of effect size on instructional strategies that have positive effects on learning outcomes. You will leave with ideas that you can implement on Monday to transform learning in your school!

Speakers
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Laura Dahm

Director, Kettle Moraine Explore Elementary
Laura Dahm's vision and experience with multiage learning environments, project-based learning, and personalized learning is shaping the vision and direction of elementary and middle level schools throughout the Midwest. As the director of KM Explore, Kettle Moraine School District's... Read More →
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Jamie Mastrocola

Magee Elementary Kettle Moraine
Jamie Mastrocola is currently teaching 4th and 5th grade at Magee Elementary School in the Kettle Moraine School District. She holds a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Language Arts from Carroll University. Jamie also received her Master’s in Education degree... Read More →
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Sarah Skretta

Magee Elementary School - Kettle Moraine School District
Tweet:@sarahskrettaHello! I am excited to network and collaborate with you at #ISN2019!I hold a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and a Master Degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Advanced Studies in Personalized Learning... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 1

11:15am

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

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The Walking Classroom Institute

Sales Representative, The Walking Classroom Institute
Dave Yoder has been with The Walking Classroom for one year with responsibility for calling on schools and OST programs, to raise awareness of The Walking Classroom. He was most recently with Gumdrop Books and has worked for Permabound as well.


Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 4

11:15am

Explore and Engage: The Benefits of Inquiry Based Learning
KM Global students earn credit in multiple content areas through an interdisciplinary Inquiry project. Students research a topic of interest by exploring a variety of sources, interviewing live experts, conducting surveys and experiments, and engaging in field experiences. Students defend their learning in a multimedia oral presentation. This session will provide ideas and resources to better integrate this personalized approach into your classroom, regardless of whether you teach in a traditional or non-traditional setting.

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Erica Dimka

Teacher, KM Global - Kettle Moraine
Erica Dimka is in her 10th year of teaching, including five as a traditional English teacher at the middle and high school levels, and three as the developer and facilitator of an alternative, personalized learning program for at-risk students. She is currently in her second year... Read More →
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Zak Lenski

Social Studies, KM Global - Kettle Moraine School District
Zak Lenski, a second year Social Studies educator, teaches at one of Kettle Moraine High School’s three charter schools, KM Global. The model this school uses is centered around global perspective, innovation, student voice, and leadership. In his classroom, Zak has a passion for... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier C/D

11:15am

Building the Base: 6th Grade Team Culture
At Kaleidoscope Academy, we are the only sixth grade at the middle level in our district. Over the past 11 years, we have worked to create a team community for our sixth graders who come from over 20 different schools to join our project based charter school. Come find out about some of the readiness and transition activities we use to help smooth the way and create a successful transition into middle school.

Speakers
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Lisa Sackman

Teacher, Appleton Area School District
Lisa Sackman teaches sixth grade math and science at Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton, Wisconsin. She loves teaching middle level students and recognizes at their age, there is so much more learning to do than just academics. Lisa has been teaching at KA since it opened in 2007 and... Read More →
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Lisa Thiede

Teacher, Kaleidoscope Academy Appleton Area School District
Lisa Thiede teaches 6th grade Humanities at Kaleidoscope Academy in Appleton Wisconsin She has been teaching in the Appleton School District since 2000 and has been teaching and serving on the Kaleidoscope Charter Board since it started in 2007.



Thursday April 11, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra C/D

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday April 11, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sandstone Ballroom

1:00pm

Alternatives to Restorative Justice: A Student-centered Approach to Discipline
What does successful school reform look like? Innovative educators from a NYC school will talk about how behavior and psychological theories were at the core of their successful school reform. This NYC school, The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers, provides an alternative narrative to relationship building and Restorative Justice practices. With a few core theories and a student-centered approach, this school went from an "F" rating and 39% graduation rate to top Quality Review scores and over 80% graduation rate and significant reductions in suspension. How can you serve your most difficult student populations in ways that honor their humanity and allow students to practice a Pedagogy of Freedom? Come work with us to hear how your students can transform the culture of your school!

Speakers
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Eli Cruz

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

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


Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glacier A/B

1:00pm

Drop the Dread: Autonomy in Teacher Evaluations
Join staff from Wildlands School that were sick of traditional teacher evaluations that NEVER seemed to be relevant. Learn how a 360 degree feedback approach brought the staff together for meaningful conversations and led to real learning and growth for all. Identify key questions to ask when designing your own staff evaluation system and how to win over your superintendent with a team approach that they’ll be proud to present to the school board. We will disclose an evaluation system that doesn’t suck and help you discover the true power in evaluating together.

Speakers
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Andrew Johnson

Middle School Teacher, Wildlands School
This is my second year teaching at Wildlands School. Before coming to Wildlands, I spent two years teaching outdoor education and six summers leading wilderness canoe trips at YMCA Camp Widjiwagan in Ely, Minnesota. I have a BA in Social Studies Education from St. John's University... Read More →
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Liz Seubert

Founder/Advisor/Consultant, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning since 2005. Liz has a BS from UW-Eau Claire and a MS from UW-Stout. She has led many expeditionary learning trips with students, developed community based learning... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra C/D

1:00pm

Goldilocks Zone for Learning
Let’s take ownership of the controllables in our schools and classrooms. This session is designed for educators, school leaders, and parents interested in ensuring a positive, productive learning environment for ALL students. Educators are the number one determining factor of student success. We will simplify the complicated educational world we live in by discussing the four essential characteristics of creating the "Goldilocks Zone for Learning." Including a simple behavioral system and a self-assessment tool, we will explore a school environment that will help every student reach his/her full potential.

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Nick Pretasky

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 4

1:00pm

Headrush in Project Based Learning
You know, that feeling when you complete a project that you’re proud of? That headrush? Well, Headrush’s learning management system provides a place for you and your students to plan, organize tasks, assess and report on authentic projects. Birchwood Blue Hills uses Headrush to effectively manage day-to-day PBL driven by students. This session will spark your ideas by showing how it works at our school. Bring a device and you can give it a try!

Speakers
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Mike Hourahine

CEO & Co-founder, HEADRUSH Learning
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Jenny Landes

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra A/B

1:00pm

Know Power, Know Responsibility
What if every child in your community could unleash their true potential? For children to unleash their potential they must take personal responsibility for their own learning, growth, and development, which stems from having true power over their learning, growth, and development. In this session, learn how any community could implement a school model granting all students the power and subsequent responsibility that enables them to approach and continually grow their potential.

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Kevin Dean Miller

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra E/F

1:00pm

What Students Learn Through the PBL process
What learning process results from engaging students in complex projects? The presenters have studied this question for years and will provide a presentation that focuses on their current research project which addresses this question. An overview of the PBL process and how it relates to experiential learning will be followed by a discussion on the results of their current research study. Come prepared to ask questions and engage in a lively discussion.

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Ron Newell

EdVisions
Dr. Newell is presently the Director of Assessment for EdVisions Schools, and has served as the Director of Learning Programs for the Gates/EdVisions replication efforts. Dr. Newell was a founder of the Minnesota New Country School and EdVisions Cooperative. He has published four... Read More →
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Scott Wurdinger

Minnesota State University - Mankato
Scott Wurdinger, PhD is a professor of experiential learning and leadership studies at Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minnesota.  His early teaching experiences, with mostly middle and high school students, included non-traditional learning environments such as Upward Bound... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 1

1:00pm

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

Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

1:00pm

Ingredients for Elementary PBL
What are key ingredients to create project based learning at the elementary level? Come find out and learn about PBL at OSC! We are a multiage charter school serving 80 students in a multi age setting of 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Come hear about our journey and evolution over the last 7 years.

Speakers
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Allie Stone

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

1:00pm

Student Led Conferences at the Elementary Level
Student-Led Conferences at the Elementary Level: How can students take ownership of their learning? We will share how our students show growth with their families at student-led conferences. We will discuss our data collection process, goal-setting, and preparation for student-led conferences. Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate on how they use or plan to use data binders and student-led conferences.

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Tina Oiler

Lincoln STEM -Watertown Unified School District
Tina Oiler is in her 20th year of teaching. She has spent 18 years with the Watertown Unified School District and is currently teaching a 2/3 multi-age class at Lincoln STEM School. She is always looking for ways for her students to be engaged and to take ownership of their learn... Read More →
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Miranda Weinheimer

Lincoln STEM - Watertown Unified School District
Miranda Weinheimer has been in the Watertown Unified School District for 7 years and is currently teaching a 2/3 multi-age class at Lincoln STEM Elementary School. An expectation in her class is for students to take ownership of their learning by setting goals for themselves, making... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sandstone 8/9

1:00pm

Personalized Learning in Math Grades 9-12 - Helping all students become better Mathematicians!
Models and methodologies (and supporting data) will be shared out dealing with Personalized learning through the relevant use of and leveraging of blended learning, competency-based learning, interdisciplinary curriculum, contextual assessments and gamification.

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Eric Anderson

Direrctor of Learning 9-12 Mathematics, Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance
Eric Anderson has been a Mathematics educator for over twenty years at both secondary and post-secondary levels. He is the Mathematics Specialist for KM Perform, he also currently serves as the Director of Learning for Mathematics 9-12 on the Kettle Moraine High School Campus and... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glacier C/D

2:00pm

Cookie Break
Thursday April 11, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Sandstone Ballroom

2:15pm

Justify your Existence and Demonstrate your Learning: Student Driven Assessments for Project-Based Learning Cultures
Justify your Existence and Demonstrate your Learning. Student Driven Assessments for Project-Based Learning Cultures Paul Tweed and Liz Seubert, Wildlands School Bring your team and begin the process of asking the key questions to develop your own PBL evaluation system that puts student on stage, and in control of reviewing and improving their learning. Instead of breathing in information and regurgitating facts, having students understand and defend their learning is more meaningful. Real learning is whole person learning. When students are given the opportunity to be in a learning community that values their individuality, develops meaningful relationships, trust, and teamwork, they can become their own best evaluator and advocate. Learn how to hold authentic conversations and build in manageable situations that allow students to talk through their learning. What questions do you ask? What kind of conversations do you have? What ways can students demonstrate learning?. Join Paul and Liz as they review and explain ways the staff at Wildlands have developed a student driven assessment system.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Founder/Advisor/Consultant, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning since 2005. Liz has a BS from UW-Eau Claire and a MS from UW-Stout. She has led many expeditionary learning trips with students, developed community based learning... Read More →
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Paul Tweed

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


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 4

2:15pm

Saving the World, One Class at a Time
There's only one good reason to get into education: to make the world a better place. No matter our methods, our goal should be the same. So why don't we tell our students? In this session, examine exciting ways to help students understand that they learn in order to improve the world. Learn to transform education by tying it to inspiring projects, and become the educator that students remember forever.

Speakers
avatar for Ben Talsma

Ben Talsma

Van Andel Education Institute
Ben spent fifteen years in the classroom, teaching students from kindergarten through sixth grade. He started a STEAM program at his school to inspire his students to become the builders, makers, and creators of tomorrow. Now, he works at the Van Andel Education Institute, providing... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Glacier A/B

2:15pm

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

Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

2:15pm

Express Yourself
Staff from the School of Options and Applied Research are not just leading a Project Based Learning Model, they are a part of it! We are a student-centered environment who is not afraid to say “Yes”! By exploring key components of our program, participants will leave our session inspired to infuse their own creativity into their learning environments. “Don’t be afraid to go out on a limb, because that’s where the fruit is!” Bob Ross

Speakers
avatar for Kaitlin Hazel Neville

Kaitlin Hazel Neville

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

Principal, School of Options and Applied Research - Northland Pines School District
Carie Brock is a principal in the Northland Pines School District. She is honored to currently serve Land ‘O Lakes Elementary and the School of Options and Applied Research Charter Middle School. Prior to moving to the beautiful northwoods of Wisconsin, Carie spent 8 years at an... Read More →
avatar for Robin Indermuehle

Robin Indermuehle

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

SOAR Middle School
Jeffrey Libby is in his second year at SOAR. After living in Los Angeles for 24 years Jeffrey relocated to Wisconsin in 2017. Jeff feels his previous life experiences in the Arts provide him with the broad perspective he shares with his students. Jeff is a zealous advocate for the... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra E/F

2:15pm

Public Waldorf Education
Learn about Public Waldorf Education and how it is truly teaching the whole child. Students are prepared to become stewards of the earth, graduating with the skills to create and change the world around them. Public Waldorf Education is a collaborative and non-competitive learning environment that integrates the arts and offers hands-on experiences related to the natural environment. It grows strong, sustainable communities of creative, independent, compassionate thinkers, empowered to envision their future! The Public Waldorf curriculum is designed to develop the children’s capacities for physical well-being, strength and coordination, for emotional and social depth and connectivity, and for creative, free, and clear thinking. It is the education of hands, heart and head.

Speakers
avatar for Chamomile Nusz

Chamomile Nusz

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

2:15pm

Designing Solutions for an Equitable World
Students are always asking for the relevance in their education. By asking them to discuss and design solutions to racial disparities in healthcare, institutionalized racism, community wide disparities and more takes their learning from inside the classroom and creates real impact to the world beyond. This session will discuss how to intertwine social justice into your curriculum to foster innovative thinking. Come ready to discuss and innovate your curriculum!

Speakers
avatar for Tasha O'Malley

Tasha O'Malley

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


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra A/B

2:15pm

Shaping Hearts and Minds:The AP BioPsych Bundle
Looking to infuse inquiry-based learning into your classroom? Your school can bundle classes together to enhance student learning! Learn how HUHS educators blend AP Psychology and AP Biology into a collaborative experience for both students and teachers alike. We will share ideas, resources, and activities that can apply to any classroom or combination of classes.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Science Teacher, Hartford Union High School
Science Teacher of 17 years at Hartford Union High SchoolTeacher of Biology, Collaborative Learning Models, AP BioPsych Bundle
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Terry Wick

Hartford Union High School
Terry is in his 17th year of teaching in Hartford. He has taught Modern American History, Intro to Psychology, AP Psychology and the AP BioPsych Bundle. Terry helped develop an integrated BioPsychStats research project and combined with Kevin Martin to develop the BioPsych Bundle... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Glacier C/D

2:15pm

Creating a Mt. Bike Team for your School - A Great Solution for Schools Without Many Extracurricular Activities
If your school is lacking some of the extracurricular opportunities of other schools or if you have students that are just really excited about mt. biking and don't have the outlet for their trail enthusiasm, then come join me as I describe how easy it is to join the Wisconsin High School Cycling League and you, parents or other interested adults in your community can become coaches. I will explain the easy and well developed steps of starting a team, tapping into coaching resources, how much fun the race weekends are for kids and answer any other logistical questions you may have. This is open to middle school and high school.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Walczak

Aaron Walczak

Teacher / Coach, Wildlands School
Aaron Walczak graduated from the University of Eau Claire Wisconsin in geology and worked as an environmental consultant in St. Paul, MN for 7 years. He then completed his Masters in Science Education with an emphasis in Earth Sciences and Physics. Aaron has been teaching science... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm

2:15pm

Promote Engagement with Design Thinking
We are excited to share how we collaborated to develop a learning experience that embraced design thinking in International Relations, American Culture through Music and Engineering classes. What we learned can be applied to learning in any class that embraces real world problem solving. This work grew from what we learned as we participated in an action research group to better understand and implement design thinking.

Speakers
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Alina Slipchuk

Social Studies, Sun Prairie High School
Alina is a new educator, who has previously worked in the field of diplomacy. Before moving to Wisconsin to pursue a Master's degree, she worked and lived in China, Ukraine, UK and Russia. Her past experiences influence her classroom on the daily basis.
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Joanne Sobolik

Sun Prairie High School
Joanne has been a teacher for more than twenty years. She has taught in Texas and Wisconsin, in middle school and in high school, in the classroom and in the library media center. As she has become more experienced as an educator, she has embraced the importance of change and innovation... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra C/D

2:15pm

Strategies to Increase Hope and Engagement (with students and staff)
Research shows that the presence of hope and high engagement in students are better predictors of grades than standardized tests. By measuring hope and engagement your team will be prepared to create focused strategies that result in dramatic improvements in school climate and culture. Social/emotional indicators like Engagement, Academic Press, Goal Orientation, Autonomy, Belonging and Hope will be examined. Strategies utilizing a practical teaming model for students and staff will be explored.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Larson, PhD

Mark Larson, PhD

Director Hope Survey, Hope Survey
Dr. Mark Larson has over 30 years experience working with educational practitioners and leaders improving schools. Mark has been a successful teacher, principal, and superintendent who has expertise with innovation, human centered design, and strategies/interventions to increase student... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Steven Rippe

Dr. Steven Rippe

Director of Organization Development & Hope Survey, EdVisions
“Over the years I have been compelled to study and participate in personal learning plans. As I learned the value of my own PLP I began to experience the benefits for myself, the students I work with, my family, and friends. My intent is to identify and share these benefits through... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Sandstone 8/9

3:15pm

7 Lesson School Teacher
In 1991, New York State Teacher of the Year, John Taylor Gatto stated, “I don’t teach English, I teach school,” challenging his audience that traditional schools only really teach seven lessons, including conformity and indifference. Truly personalized, student-driven learning, on the other hand, empowers individuals to create, contribute, and transform. Join Nicole Luedtke and Jennifer Kosloski, Advisors/Co-founders of Valley New School (Appleton, WI), to unlearn “old school” lessons that hinder deep, authentic education.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Kosloski

Jennifer Kosloski

Advisor/Co-founder, Valley New School
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 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Wilderness 2/5

3:15pm

LEAD, PLAY, ADVENTURE, REFLECT: Adventure Games, Initiatives, and Trust Activities for ALL Stages of Group Development
Participants in this HIGHLY ACTIVE workshop will engage in a wide range of adventure-based trust building activities, initiatives, and challenges for groups in ANY phase of development. We'll take a quick exploration of the phases of group development and emphasize intentionality in designing activities before spending the rest of the session engaged in dynamic activities designed with evolving groups in mind! Participants will leave with a deeper bag of tricks and a collaborative, interactive archive of games and initiatives.

Speakers
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Jake Fields

Wildlands School
Jake Fields is a teacher and outdoor adventure coordinator at Wildlands School. He earned a teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and a Masters in Adventure-Based Experiential Education at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He has an extensive background... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sandstone 8/9

3:15pm

Personalizing your Math Community
Come learn how to start or enhance an equitable and personalized math environment that works best for your learners. We will dive right into designing tasks so all learners feel successful - be ready to collaborate with others and share your ideas to create something you can use in an upcoming lesson or unit! We will also share strategies to give learners voice and choice on how, when, and where they choose to learn! We have been working on enhancing the personalized environment for our learners year after year, and we'd love to share our successes and areas we are striving to grow in, as well as hear about ways you have personalized learning for your students.

Speakers
avatar for Bryn Grosskopf

Bryn Grosskopf

Math & STEaM Teacher, School District of Waukesha - WSA - Saratoga
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.



Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tundra E/F

3:15pm

SEL for ALL: Practical Applications for Teachers
Have you spent time looking for ways to learn more about how to help your students social and emotional growth but can't find things that are immediately useful for your classroom context? This session will help educators develop strategies to implement Social Emotional Learning that enhance your professional and personal growth. It contains relevant research in the field combined with practical applications to develop strategies that work for YOU.

Speakers
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Jennifer Rogers

Rogers Training Solutions, LLC
Dr. Jennifer Rogers is the Founder of Rogers Training Solutions, LLC. She works with teachers, counselors, support staff, families and administrators on developing tools and strategies to increase positive student outcomes and decrease burnout among educators. Her background has reflected... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Glacier A/B

3:15pm

Trauma Sensitive Practices
From punitive to positive and proactive, learn about changes that we have make in our building to strengthen relationships and increase student success. If you are a school looking to be more trauma sensitive in your daily interactions with students, this session will share multiple trauma sensitive practices.

Speakers
avatar for Shandee Kempf-Cohen

Shandee Kempf-Cohen

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

Allen Brant, PhD

Principal, Kaleidoscope Academy - Appleton
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 Poyee Xiong

Poyee Xiong

External Coach, Appleton Area School District
Poyee Xiong is a Multi-Level Systems of Support Behavioral Coach for the Appleton Area School District. Prior to that, she spent almost a decade in the the classroom as a Middle School Teacher leading classroom efforts in Trauma Sensitive Practices, Culturally & Linguistically Responsive... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tundra A/B

3:15pm

Valuing the Learning More than the System
Assessment creates policy which dictates curriculum that decides instruction that defines assessment that creates policy which dictates curriculum that decides instruction that defines assessment that creates policy which dictates curriculum that decides instruction that defines assessment that...Dizzy yet? Want to get off this ride? Join these Professional Soulmates to learn about reframing assessment in a way that actually honors the learner, rather than the system. You’ll walk away with tools and research, empowered to ask the questions necessary to putting this vicious cycle in its place, where it belongs.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

School District of Waukesha
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

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Tundra C/D

3:15pm

WHY? HOW? WHAT?: Designing a Framework of Innovation
In the Norris School District, we believe learning occurs at all levels for systematic change, so all staff engages weekly in the systematic design of our innovative framework starting with the WHY, HOW and WHAT to make our vision come to life. Participants will learn how we continually engage staff in the design to gain perspective from different lenses; then transfer, apply, share and commit to developing responsive enduring practices that are the fiber of our work. Norris’ focus on learner agency invites an entirely new way of designing learning and the structures that support it. We will share our approach with other learner-centered leaders with the hope that our practice will inspire new and fresh ideas that you can weave into your own. This workshop will include a guided design session where participants will delve into one of the core elements of our macrocosm to understand how their vision connects to our work and where they can develop the WHY, HOW and WHAT from their lense to find their next best place for iteration.

Speakers
avatar for Paula Kaiser

Paula Kaiser

Norris School District
Paula, Director of Development at Norris Academy, has led school teams through the implementation of personalized learning as an Instructional Coach and Personalized Learning Coordinator. Paula’s first-hand experience allows her to guide schools and districts through successful... Read More →
avatar for Johnna Noll

Johnna Noll

Executive Director, Norris Academy
Johnna Noll, Executive Director of Norris Academy, is an innovative thinker leading the transformation of the Norris School District to a student-centric model of anytime, anywhere learning that is based on a multidimensional assessment that informs a robust learner profile. This... Read More →



Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Glacier C/D

3:15pm

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

Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Wilderness 3/6

3:15pm

Building an Innovative Learning Community - (Emphasis on COMMUNITY)
The greatest learning happens through social engagement. Designing an innovative school for the future requires an intentional effort to intertwine social learning throughout the academic day. This workshop will explore successful strategies to teach social and emotional skills while building a community of learners. Walk away with a number of learning strategies to use in a variety of settings including, classroom, specialists and whole-school.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Miller

Tina Miller

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

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



Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Wilderness 4

3:15pm

A Story of Metamorphosis: How to Transform Your School through the Arts
Come hear the journey of arts integration that has occurred at Windsor Elementary School in the DeForest Area School District through their Spectaculous Metamorphosis project. This large K-4 building on the outskirts of Madison transformed the opportunities for their students by integrating content with the art forms of dance, music, and visual art. The experience for the students, staff, and community was, simply, amazing. Learn how you can do this in your school and engage your students in new and exciting ways. Metamorphosis Slideshare

Speakers
avatar for Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson

Art Teacher, Deforest School District
Megan Nelson teaches K-4 art at Windsor Elementary and loves all things related to arts integration. She loves finding new ways to connect other content areas to art. In her classroom, she focuses on Growth Mindset, and helping her students understand that mistakes are a part of the... Read More →
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Heather Terrill Stotts

Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. A former principal, college professor, and educational consultant, Heather brings deep experience working directly with students, parents, teachers, and administrators... Read More →


Thursday April 11, 2019 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Wilderness 1

4:30pm

Happy Hour
Thursday April 11, 2019 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Sandstone Ballroom

6:30pm

After the Happy Hour--Happy Hour
Join your ISN colleagues to continue, or start new conversations at Monk's Bar & Grill (just across the parking lot) for another Happy Hour, after the Happy Hour on Thursday.  Meet at Monk's 6:30-10:00 pm in the rooms behind the bar (there will be a sign posted indicating where).  Waiters will be available to take your drink and/or food orders (pay on your own).  Hope to see you there!

Thursday April 11, 2019 6:30pm - 10:00pm
Monk's Bar & Grill 33 Hillman Rd Lake Delton, Wisconsin 53940
 
Friday, April 12
 

8:00am

Breakfast
Friday April 12, 2019 8:00am - 8:45am
Sandstone Ballroom

8:45am

Announcements and Updates
Speakers
avatar for Heather Terrill Stotts

Heather Terrill Stotts

Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. A former principal, college professor, and educational consultant, Heather brings deep experience working directly with students, parents, teachers, and administrators... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 8:45am - 9:00am
Sandstone Ballroom

9:00am

Keynote - Kevin Honeycutt
Speakers
avatar for Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin

Science Teacher, Hartford Union High School
Science Teacher of 17 years at Hartford Union High SchoolTeacher of Biology, Collaborative Learning Models, AP BioPsych Bundle


Friday April 12, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
Sandstone Ballroom

9:45am

Arts Integrated Curriculum Design - Intro
Arts Integrated Curriculum Design INTRO Workshop will provide a foundation of understanding regarding this approach to teaching and learning. This approach is designed for teachers to enhance understanding of content area standards by strategically integrating the arts during the academic year. Participants will leave equipped to analyze and evaluate current curriculum practices and design changes to increase opportunities for creative thinking, rigor, growth mindset, & deeper understanding of content standards.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dean

Heather Dean

Creative Across the Curriculum, LLC
Over the past twenty-two years, I have successfully taught elementary through college level courses in both public and private schools using rigorous Arts Integrated Curriculum Design. I also have successfully mentored a variety of educators, administrators, and leaders in a variety... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 4

9:45am

Building Ukuleles with Aloha
Research has shown that the effects of learning how to play a musical instrument are lasting. This year students in the third grade class, at Connections Public Charter School in Hilo Hawaii, are learning how to build and play an ukulele. Their teachers are Connections’ high school students. The same group of high school students recently visited two schools in northern Wisconsin to teach some of their students how to build and play an ukulele.

Speakers
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Peter Moon

Connections Public Charter School
avatar for John Thatcher

John Thatcher

Principal, Connections Public Charter School
I was a Hawaii State Department of Education elementary teacher at schools on Oahu and the Big Island from 1978-2002. I have MEds in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Hawaii, Manoa and another in Educational Supervision and Administration from Arizona... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Sandstone 8/9

9:45am

Creation Tools for the 1:1 Classroom
This session will highlight some internet based creation tools that could enhance a 1:1 classroom. With the SAMR model in mind, the technologies used will allow for both Modification and Redefinition of a typical assignment. As facilitators, our goal is to introduce three programs that inspire creativity for both teacher and student use. More importantly, we believe the programs introduced provide an opportunity for students to demonstrate 21st Century Learning Skills, focusing on Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Taege

Tim Taege

Prairie Ridge High School - Community HS District 155
Tim Taege is in his 18th year teaching high school Spanish in the Chicago suburbs. He has taught entry-level Spanish 1, AP Spanish Language and Culture, along with everything in between. Tim has prided himself on being "in the know" regarding new technologies for classroom use and... Read More →
avatar for Amy Taege

Amy Taege

Prairie Ridge High School - Community HS District 155
After some elementary teaching experience, Amy Taege has found her passion as a Spanish teacher at the high school level in Crystal Lake, IL. She is currently in her 18th year teaching various levels from Spanish 1 to Spanish 4. Amy's most recent endeavor is as an Instructional Coach... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 1

9:45am

Enhancing Student Engagement Through Arts Integration
This session is designed to introduce educators to arts integration and the variety of ways it can be incorporated into lessons to increase the engagement of students. Participants will understand how arts integrated lessons can impact learning in the classroom. They will also enjoy different hands-on activities where they will experience several types of arts integration generating ideas for how they can immediately start using these strategies in the classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Annette Koepke

Annette Koepke

Appleton Area School District
Annette has been teaching since 2012. She currently teaches art in the middle school where she is an arts integration specialist which allows her to work with teachers to develop and facilitate arts integrated lessons in the classroom. Additionally, she teaches at Renaissance School... Read More →
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Julia Theiss

Appleton Area School District
Julia has been teaching since 2009. She currently teaches in Appleton at Kaleidoscope Academy. Kaleidoscope is a project-based charter with a focus on inquiry and fine arts. She teaches 6th grade ELA and geography. She recently earned a Masters of Education in which her final thesis... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Glacier C/D

9:45am

Genre Practice: A Student-centered Approach to Becoming and Understanding Authors
While many ELA teachers rely on 'pre-packaged' curricula to support student learning, these practices promote conformity and a lack of voice, or identity, for students. See how the innovative practices from a NYC school help students not only understand the behaviors of genres, but also encourage individuality, agency, and perspective-shifting discourse. How can opening up Reading and Writing curricula develop mindful, empathetic, and critical thinkers? Come learn about some strategies and structures being implemented at our school and see how your richest resources for learning are the very writers and readers in your room!

Speakers
avatar for Eli Cruz

Eli Cruz

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

Jeannie-Marie Zonneveld

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


Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Tundra E/F

9:45am

Please Don't Stop the Music! Keep Your BEAT and Resist Their HEAT!
Are low level behaviors, repeated requests and noncompliance disrupting your teaching rhythm? Are you redy to reclaim 5-9 hours of instructional time per week? Then come listen and learn proven strategies and techniques that will bring harmony to your classroom climate immediately by decreasing minor infractions, increasing instructional time and systematically teaching ALL students appropriate on-task behavior. It's YOUR TIME to resist the heat and teach to your beat!

Speakers
avatar for Jean Balke

Jean Balke

Independent Educator Advocate
Jean is a veteran teacher of 28 years and counting. While in the public schools, Jean taught 1st and 2nd grade as well as moderate and severe special education. Throughout her years, Jean has grown passionate about helping teachers implement effective strategies and techniques that... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Glacier A/B

9:45am

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

Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 3/6

9:45am

Beyond Nice: Nurturing Kindness in Classrooms
Kindness is rooted in culture and forms a foundation for positive human interactions and continuity of community. While environment and early development clearly play a huge role in a child’s sense of kindness, how can teachers and parents in schools, churches, and families explicitly foster this attitude? In this session you will learn specific activities designed to build awareness and practice of kindness through themes, windows, and perspectives, including drama, music, generosity, environmental awareness, inclusion, and gratitude.

Speakers
avatar for Stuart Stotts

Stuart Stotts

Singer, Author, Educator, Kennedy Center
Stuart StottsWisconsinStuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller, and author from Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a full-time performer since 1986 and gives more than 200 shows a year for kids, families, and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. Mr. Stotts is a frequent... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Tundra C/D

9:45am

Nurturing Hearts while Teaching Minds
Did you ever hear the saying, "5% of the students take 95% of your energy?" Have you tried EVERYTHING and feel like you're out of options? Do you see the GOOD beyond the challenge? This presentation will introduce you to the work of Howard Glasser who has created an approach to working with students that is about promoting positive relationships through simple practices. It was developed to guide intense or difficult students into their own greatness, but has proven highly effective for all. It is ultimately a philosophy for creating healthy relationships while gently and steadfastly refusing to give energy to negative behaviors while enforcing rules in a simple, powerfully effective way. Walk away with strategies to build students' hearts tomorrow while opening minds for learning potential.

Speakers
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Margie Dorshorst

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

School of Education Student, UW Madison
Hannah is completing her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison in elementary and special education. Hannah is a certified Nurtured Heart Approach trainer and has experience with dance movement therapy in Madison public schools. Hannah has experience applying these approaches in elementary... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 2/5

9:45am

Orienting New Students to a Project Based Learning Environment
Every year our project-based school adds 15-20 new students many who have never done project-based learning before. Through mentoring, seminars, individual coaching and small group modeling, we orient new students to be successful independent learners. We'll take you through what we do and then leave plenty of time for questions.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Buell

Holly Buell

Social Studies Specialist and Advisor, Endeavor Charter School- Watertown Unified School District
Holly Buell is the Social Studies Specialist at Endeavor Charter School. She is also an Advisor and acts as the Community Service Coordinator.
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Rob Harms

Watertown Unified School District
Rob Harms is a veteran teacher. During his time in Endeavor he has been the science specialist and an advisor.
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Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
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 12, 2019 9:45am - 11:00am
Tundra A/B

11:15am

Book Release: Transformational Personal Learning Practices: A Universal Approach for Everyone
After working with and for students and staff on a universal personalization process for 10+ years, Dr. Steven Rippe, Nicole Luedtke, and the students of Valley New School have released the book on how to engage in self-transformation and inspire your students and even school, too! It’s not your typical PLP curriculum guide. Come and collaborate with us to integrate the next generation of Personal Learning Plans and practices into your life and classroom!

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

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

Director of Organization Development & Hope Survey, EdVisions
“Over the years I have been compelled to study and participate in personal learning plans. As I learned the value of my own PLP I began to experience the benefits for myself, the students I work with, my family, and friends. My intent is to identify and share these benefits through... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

11:15am

Building a Nest for Student Success
Mental health concerns for your students on the rise? Have you seen an increase in student behaviors resulting in referrals? Participants will learn about the logistics involved in creating a student self-regulation room. Protocols, student processing sheets, and self-regulation strategies will be shared with a vision of how to start a regulation/calming room in your building.

Speakers
avatar for Shandee Kempf-Cohen

Shandee Kempf-Cohen

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

Principal, Kaleidoscope Academy - Appleton
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 →



Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 8/9

11:15am

Disruption Starts on Day 1: What happens when a school stops being routine and starts being REAL
School leaders need to model real engaging authentic learning (REAL). Previously, our opening institute day always started in an auditorium with a guest speaker or in some fashion of administrator-centered presentation. We finally realized that if we wanted to move away from a teacher-centric school to a REAL environment, we (as school leaders) must model this risk-taking from Day 1 of a school year. Our session tells the story of what happens when a school stops being routine and starts being REAL. Come hear our unedited successes and failures to build and sustain a disruptive learning culture.

Speakers
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Jim Roscoe

Grayslake North High School
Dr. James Roscoe is the Principal at Grayslake North High School and brings over 25 years of experience in teaching and leadership. He was recently named the Illinois Principal Association Lake County Principal of the Year. James is a national presenter on topics of Student Voice... Read More →
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Jeff Schagrin

Grayslake North High School
Jeff Schagrin is currently the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Grayslake North High School, District 127. He has served as teacher, department chair, and director for student activities. Jeff has presented extensively on program evaluation, academic interventions... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier C/D

11:15am

Equity Jamming-designing practices to disrupt marginalization of students
We all know about the inequality often present in even the best of schools, but we rarely talk about solutions. The focus on this workshop will be to brainstorm and design practices and policies aimed to disrupt patterns of marginalization in schools. This equity jam is an interactive workshop based on the Game Jam design process. In a series of short exercises, participants will work in small teams to design and iterate new practices and policies for use in schools. Discussions are structured to be additive and to bring out collaborative, pragmatic ideas aimed at solutions. In the process, participants will discuss and learn about how policies promote or undermine equity and develop a tool kit for addressing issues in their own schools and communities. https://goo.gl/T1vUea

Speakers
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Gerald Dryer

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


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Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 1

11:15am

Faster Feedback Through Technology: Improving Teaching Through Data
Without constant and frequent feedback, it is almost impossible to innovate in schools. After all, if we cannot quickly measure our success, how do we know whether our new teaching strategies work? The Wellington School developed a trio of programs to help innovation: The Wellington Engagement Index, PeerView, and The Picture Project. This session will discuss these three programs and how Wellington has used them to create a constant cycle of innovation in its classrooms.

Speakers
avatar for Brendan Laughlin

Brendan Laughlin

WelliVentures Administrator, The Wellington School
Brendan Laughlin is the WelliVentures Administrator at The Wellington School in Columbus, Ohio. Brendan graduated from The University of Notre Dame with a dual-major in political science and economics, and subsequently became a Venture for America Fellow. Brendan's work is diverse... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier A/B

11:15am

Implementing your Outdoor Classroom: A Simple Model to Make Outdoor Education an Engaging Learning Experience
Struggling to implement an outdoor space for your students? Whether it be math, science, art, social studies, engineering or technology, outdoor classrooms can be one of the most engaging ways for students to learn how to apply the concepts learned in the classroom. In this workshop, attendees will learn a sound strategy to follow in their own schools how to implement and navigate the challenges of creating their own engaging outdoor classroom that drives results. You'll leave with a clearer understanding for how and a list of partners who are willing to help streamline the process of getting your classroom running at maximum output.

Speakers
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Sam Gilbertson

STEMhero - Beepods Rep
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Brad James

CCBEE - Beepods
A problem solver and leader who works with teachers to create engaging outdoor classrooms! I help educators and implement an exciting experience for their students using Bees! It is amazing to witness the joy and enthusiasm of students and adults of all ages learn from honey bees... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 4

11:15am

RP 101: What It Is and More Importantly What It's Not
Restorative Practices (RP) is among the most utilized tools to effectively empower educators to build meaningful relationships with students. Teachers are looking for strategies to build relationships with students. Administrators are looking for alternate approaches to hold students accountable when relationships breakdown, and support the teachers without over utilizing exclusionary consequences. Join Rufus Lott III, as he explains what RP is and what it is not, tools for implementation, and how to lead a campus that puts relationships at the center of every interaction.

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Rufus Lott lll

Mr. Rufus Lott III is the founder of LOTT Educational Consultants and lead consultant specializing in the area of Restorative Practices in schools. Most recently Mr. Lott served the North East Independent School District in San Antonio, TX as the Assistant Principal of Edward H. White... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 2/5

11:15am

The Board Game - Governance Fun!
Serving on a board is a serious job, but this session will mix in some fun as we take you through playing the game we call Governance. Our Birchwood Governance Board oversees three charter schools in our district - virtual, project based, and Montessori - and we work to lead new choices in quality education. By sharing our journey of successes and challenges we hope you leave this session feeling like a winner!

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

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

Birchwood Charter Schools
Candy Severson and her husband retired to the Birchwood area in 2002. She graduated from the College of Education at the University of Minnesota with a major in math and a minor in business. For the majority of her career she was a registered representative at Merrill Lynch where... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra E/F

11:15am

Stop Waiting! 5 Strategies to Integrate the Arts into Your Classroom Right Now
Infusing the arts in our core curriculum is an exciting and vital opportunity for our learners. When used well, arts integration is seamless — the interplay between the art and subject is fluid as one flows into the other. Come learn strategies that you can utilize immediately in your classrooms to begin this process. HERE is a link to our presentation.

Speakers
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Stuart Stotts

Singer, Author, Educator, Kennedy Center
Stuart StottsWisconsinStuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller, and author from Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a full-time performer since 1986 and gives more than 200 shows a year for kids, families, and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. Mr. Stotts is a frequent... Read More →
avatar for Heather Terrill Stotts

Heather Terrill Stotts

Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. A former principal, college professor, and educational consultant, Heather brings deep experience working directly with students, parents, teachers, and administrators... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra C/D

11:15am

Rekindling Our Hope: Working with At-Risk Populations
Just because students struggle with a variety of "at-risk" behaviors does not mean that they can't be successful at school. We will share stories of successes and triumphs with students whom other schools have written off or thrown away. Using Northwest Passage High Schools philosophy of relationship building, long-term advisories, student voice & choice, and experiential learning we will provide examples and demonstrations of ways to support some of the most difficult students to education. Please come with an open mind and an open heart, and be prepared to share your successes and struggles.

Speakers
avatar for Brandi Greer

Brandi Greer

Northwest Passage High School #4049
Brandi has been an Art Teacher and Advisory at Northwest Passage H.S. for 17 years. Brandi is a leader in the world of art, assisting students to complete unique multi-curricular art pieces in a project-based learning environment. Additionally, Brandi serves in a multitude of different... Read More →
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Peter Wieczorek

Director, Northwest Passage High School #4049
I am the Director of Northwest Passage Charter High School in Coon Rapids, MN. I am a passionate advocate of Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Expeditionary Learning, and Technology Integration. I am a Dad, a teacher, a youth worker, administrator, explorer, part-time Jedi Master... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra A/B

12:00pm

Lunch & Giveaways
Friday April 12, 2019 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Sandstone Ballroom

1:30pm

Arts Integrated Curriculum Design INTENSIVE Workshop
Arts Integrated Curriculum Design INTENSIVE Workshop will provide a deeper understanding and application of this approach to teaching. Participants will be mentored through each step of the Arts Integrated Curriculum Design process in order to begin strategically planning and designing a unit with implementation and assessment mentoring. Participants will leave with a curriculum framework to implement in their classroom. Participants will participate in a mini-shared art experience.

Speakers
avatar for Heather Dean

Heather Dean

Creative Across the Curriculum, LLC
Over the past twenty-two years, I have successfully taught elementary through college level courses in both public and private schools using rigorous Arts Integrated Curriculum Design. I also have successfully mentored a variety of educators, administrators, and leaders in a variety... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wilderness 4

1:30pm

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

Speakers
avatar for Poyee Xiong

Poyee Xiong

External Coach, Appleton Area School District
Poyee Xiong is a Multi-Level Systems of Support Behavioral Coach for the Appleton Area School District. Prior to that, she spent almost a decade in the the classroom as a Middle School Teacher leading classroom efforts in Trauma Sensitive Practices, Culturally & Linguistically Responsive... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Sandstone 8/9

1:30pm

Leading Teacher Development through a School-University Partnership
What is a school-university partnership? And how does it connect to innovative teacher professional development? This session will showcase the importance of developing sustainable relationships between school districts and universities. Embedded within this session will be an exemplary partnership centralized on Innovative Instructional Leadership; a certificate program co-developed and piloted by leaders within a public school district and university based in southeastern Minnesota. Come be inspired by how partnerships lead to innovative teacher development experiences!

Speakers
avatar for Katie Donlin

Katie Donlin

STEM Teacher, Byron Middle School
Katie is in her 5th year teaching STEM at Byron Middle School in Byron, MN. Being a part of the Byron cohort that completed the Certificate of Innovative Instructional Leadership in 2016 is what encouraged Katie to continue with the graduate program at Winona State University. She... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wilderness 1

1:30pm

On Reflection...A Journey of Your Year
In this session you will explore your journey this year in education and as you do so, you will engage in a process of spoken and written reflection that you will be able to use with learners from five years old to 50. In the intentional reflective community we will build, you will come to a place that will ignite you to go back to your hallowed learning spaces, aflame with a fire that will blaze with you throughout the rest of the year...and beyond.

Speakers
avatar for Beth Wartzenluft

Beth Wartzenluft

Stone Bank School
I have been a classroom teacher for over 20 years, and recently took an administrative position at Stone Bank school in Oconomowoc, WI. This transition has forced me to look inward and reflect upon my beliefs, my practices, who I aspire to be as an educator and leader, and how I live... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wilderness 2/5

1:30pm

Peer Mentoring
Peer mentors from Endeavor will discuss their peer mentoring program to support new students and develop our school culture. Each new student in Endeavor has a mentor to not only benefit the new learner, but also enrich the leadership and communication skills of the the mentor. In this session, students will share stories, lessons and insights from their first hand experience as peer mentors in our school.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
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 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tundra C/D

1:30pm

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

Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Wilderness 3/6

1:30pm

Game on! A Discussion and Share-Out of Gamification in the Secondary Classroom
This session will serve as a share-out and networking for resources and methodologies for gamification and game-based instruction in the Grades 9-12 classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Direrctor of Learning 9-12 Mathematics, Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance
Eric Anderson has been a Mathematics educator for over twenty years at both secondary and post-secondary levels. He is the Mathematics Specialist for KM Perform, he also currently serves as the Director of Learning for Mathematics 9-12 on the Kettle Moraine High School Campus and... Read More →



Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Tundra E/F

1:30pm

As We See It: Students’ Perspectives on Self-Reflection and Assessment
One of the most important attributes of a purposeful student is the desire to grow through reflection. Integrating self-assessment into education empowers us to take pride in the strengths of our work and identify areas for growth. For most, self assessment builds confidence and motivation to improve! We critique ourselves and welcome feedback from others. Join us in an active discussion to explore how we, as students, embrace and take ownership of our self-assessment.

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Ella DeMay

Valley New School
Valley New School has encouraged me to explore my interests and develop as a person. I enjoy learning about social issues and sustainability from a global perspective. Outside of these interests, I enjoy basketball, cookies, travel, and spending time with friends and family.
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Keanna Schulz

Valley New School
As a Valley New School student, I thrive in an environment of individualized learners and a close-knit community. With support from my advisors and peers, I have learned to become the driver of my education through a Personal Learning Plan. My PLP outlines both my academic and personal... Read More →
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Jared Truehart

I am in 11th grade and attend Valley New School. I have done a multitude of projects--including cooking, mythical creatures, and Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. Some of my interests include video games and hanging out with friends.


Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Glacier C/D

1:30pm

Exploring Our World: Inclusive Field Studies and Expeditions
Northwest Passage High School leads 15-20 overnight learning expeditions each year for students of all abilities. Additionally, out of school field studies and research projects are a daily occurrence. Leah and Jason will share strategies for including all students, regardless of ability and need, in a wide variety of out of school experiences.

Speakers
avatar for Val Miller

Val Miller

Teacher/Advisor, Northwest Passage High School #4049
Although I claim many roles, I am primarily a teacher/advisor at Northwest Passage High School in Minnesota.  My specialties are special education, project-based learning, and place-based learning.  I’d like to think that my role in education is to disrupt the status quo of our... Read More →
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Jason Olson

Northwest Passage High School #4049
Jason is a Math teacher and advisor. He also serves as the NWPHS school board chair and expedition coordinator. Jason leads 4-5 overnight learning expeditions each school year while helping manage the rest of the schools trips. Jason strives to make math accessible to all learners... Read More →


Friday April 12, 2019 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Glacier A/B

2:45pm

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

Friday April 12, 2019 2:45pm - 3:30pm
Wilderness 3/6