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Thursday, April 11
 

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 →
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 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
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

UW Madison School of Education, Dissertator and Researcher, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
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.

Speakers
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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
avatar for Ben Owens

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.

Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Theresa Dixon

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

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
avatar for Julene Oxton

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 →
avatar for Dr. Lisa Snyder

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.

Speakers
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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!

Speakers
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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
avatar for Kerry Decker

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
avatar for Jessica Arrigoni

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 →
avatar for Gerald Dryer

Gerald Dryer

Graduate Student, 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

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
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 →


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
avatar for Andrew Johnson

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 →
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 →


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.

Speakers
avatar for Nick Pretasky

Nick Pretasky

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



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
avatar for Mike Hourahine

Mike Hourahine

CEO & Co-founder, HEADRUSH Learning
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

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



Thursday April 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.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Dean Miller

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.

Speakers
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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 →
avatar for Scott Wurdinger

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

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 →
avatar for Paul Tweed

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

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.

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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
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

Teacher, Appleton Area School District
Poyee Xiong is a 7th grade Humanities teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy, an inquiry-project based school in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She is trained in Trauma Sensitive Practices, Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Practices, and Restorative Practices. She is also a Classroom Management... 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 →
avatar for Keleen Kaye

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
 
Friday, April 12
 

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
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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
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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 →
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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
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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
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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 →


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
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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

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
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
avatar for Gerald Dryer

Gerald Dryer

Graduate Student, 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.

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

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

Teacher, Appleton Area School District
Poyee Xiong is a 7th grade Humanities teacher at Kaleidoscope Academy, an inquiry-project based school in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She is trained in Trauma Sensitive Practices, Culturally & Linguistically Responsive Practices, and Restorative Practices. She is also a Classroom Management... 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