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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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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
 
Friday, April 12
 

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

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 →
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 →


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 →
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 →



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

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

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

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