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Wednesday, April 18
 

8:15am

Registration
Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:15am - 9:00am
Sandstone Corridor

8:15am

Breakfast
Wednesday April 18, 2018 8:15am - 9:15am
Sandstone Ballroom

9:00am

(Pre-Conference) 8 Reasons Why Your Team is Struggling....and the Process to Fix It
Building a successful team takes much more than fluffy games and motivating pep talks. Join Lucas Jadin to dig into 10 common pain points that hold teams back from reaching their potential. This session will push you to take an honest look at the current state of the teams you are involved in and create challenging conversations on moving them forward. Lucas Jadin is a mental skills trainer with the organization Train to Be Clutch (T2BC.com). He spends his time training educators across the country and athletic organizations from the MLB, NCAA, and NBA in mental training and culture development. 

Speakers
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Lucas Jadin

Train 2B Clutch


Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm
Glacier AB

9:00am

(Pre-Conference) Courageous Conversations in Leadership
Our ever-changing educational landscape makes leading today an incredibly difficult task. Just like our students, we need to hone our 21st century skills such as collaboration and teamwork, creativity and imagination, critical thinking, and problem-solving to help us become the kind of leaders our students need. Join us for a day of learning and leading as we are joined by some of the biggest thinkers in educational leadership today.

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 18, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sandstone 1

9:00am

(Pre-Conference) Project-Based Learning: Pre-Flight
The ISN in partnership with the Newline Education are providing an amazing opportunity for those looking at exploring or starting PBL in your classroom or school. This one-day “PBL Pre-Flight” workshop will provide the basis of PBL for staff and administrators.  Participants will leave with a foundation for what is needed to begin integrating PBL into your classroom/school. This workshop will provide valuable insights, information, and hands on experiences and most importantly the time for participants to draft their own goals and steps to moving to PBL implementation. This workshop has been developed to act as a prerequisite for attending the 2018 PBL Summer Institute.

Speakers
avatar for Doug Cooksey

Doug Cooksey

Physics Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
Doug Cooksey is a veteran science teacher with a career spanning 33 years. He has a BS in Physics Education out of UW-Madison, and an MS in Physics out of UW-Milwaukee. He currently teaches Introductory Physics, and Honors Physics at Watertown High School.
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Jason Olson

Northwest Passage High School #4049
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Liz Seubert

Lead Teacher, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been with the school since the doors opened in 2005. As an experienced project-based learning advisor and member of a teacher-powered school staff she has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning. L... Read More →
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Allison Stone

Ouisconsing School of Collaboration
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Paul Tweed

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

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



Wednesday April 18, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tundra AB
 
Thursday, April 19
 

7:30am

Breakfast
Thursday April 19, 2018 7:30am - 8:25am
Sandstone Ballroom

7:30am

Registration
Thursday April 19, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Sandstone Corridor

8:25am

Welcome

Thursday April 19, 2018 8:25am - 8:30am
Sandstone Ballroom

8:30am

Conference Logistics
Thursday April 19, 2018 8:30am - 9:00am
Sandstone Ballroom

9:00am

Keynote - Auamo Kuleana: Collective Excellence through Individual Wholeness
The world is waking up! Cultures and Communities are leaning in to help our schools and systems to evolve. Now, let us explore the purpose of this collective INVOLUTION so our EVOLUTION can be strengthened with clarity, courage and consciousness!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Sandstone Ballroom

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 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 3/6

10:15am

Holographic Epistemology: Native Common Sense
Holograms are perfect examples of the wholeness in Life. They are also metaphors for native common sense. Three laser beams make up a hologram. Three levels of nature sum up life: Outside/Inside/Transpatial. Physical/Mental/Spiritual. Measurement/Reflection/Witnessing. Come to learn more about the function of simultaneity, joy and awareness and how they translate in your own praxis. Come to meet new friends and remember what is central to why we are doing this work - together! Ho'oulu lahui o moana-nui-akea!

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

Dr. Manulani Aluli Meyer

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 1

10:15am

How to Build Collaborative Culture where Departments Previously Existed
Growth in education is embraced and celebrated. Transition is viewed as an elevation in understanding. Change however is never easy, especially when it involves a living, breathing institution. Embark with us along our journey in this interactive session. Participants will learn how one school grew by embracing a collaborative culture to transition to the next level.

Speakers
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Stephanie Denure

Instructional Coach/Intervention Specialist, KTEC


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 2/5

10:15am

Using Social Media to Build and Support Partnerships
Learn how to use social media to build support for you programs and community partnerships-what to post, where to post, who to reach, and how to do it.

Speakers
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Kristen Kief

Media & Community Relations, KTEC
KTEC is a public, 4K-8 charter school preparing students for success in a global society through academic excellence by the use of 21st century skills, technology integration, and hands-on real-world experiences. Our community partnerships are imperative to linking classroom lea... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Wilderness 4

10:15am

Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools: Intro for Boards and Authorizers
WRCCS (“works”) is a new grant-funded state technical assistance center for charter schools housed at CESA 9 in Tomahawk, WI. The goal of WRCCS is to create and compile the most innovative and amazing resources which will become readily available to all charter and non-charter schools in order to improve learning for all students. Please come today to learn more, and most importantly, to share your thoughts and become a collaborator from this beginning stage.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Schools need our help.  | | My goals:  | - Initiate personalized, student-driven learning in public schools | - Get away from everything that is holding teachers and students back from being successful | - Find a new way to communicate the awesome work of students and teachers... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Tundra EF

10:15am

Doing Advisory Right
Implementing an effective Advisory Program works to improve a school culture in multiple ways. Students gain peer connections, academic support, emotional support, and future focus through a series of ritualized weekly activities and added mini lessons. If you and your school is interested in having a more connected and participatory school community, come to our seminar and find out how to effectively implement an Advisory Program from scratch or enhance an already existing Advisory Program.

Speakers
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Courtney Kissinger

Lead Advisor and Mathematics Teacher, Étude Middle School



Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Tundra CD

10:15am

Get Students to do the Talking
How do you create collaborative and engaging classroom discussions? This session will engage educators in collaborative discussion models for the 6-12 classroom. These best practices will leave educators with a toolbox of methods to create and manage meaningful discussions. “Whoever is doing the talking is doing the majority of the learning.” - A.J. Juliani If you’re ready to raise engaged kid talk in your classroom, we’ve got a plan that works!

Speakers
avatar for Theresa Dixon

Theresa Dixon

English Teacher, St. Catherine\'s High School
Innovative Teacher, Mom, Reader, Writer, Blogger, Presenter, Teckie, and Learning Junkie who thinks kids are cool. #schoolyardjunkies | | I'm excited to learn with you!
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Rachel Lantz

English Teacher, Presenter, Writer, St. Catherine's High School
Teacher; Lover of Reading and Writing; Speaker; Presenter; Mother of Three; and Learning Junkie - #SchoolYardJunkies


Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Glacier AB

10:15am

Getting it Done! Personalized Learning in 9-12 Mathematics through the Use of Online Curriculum
Each student learns at their own pace in their own way. How do you personalize a learning schedule, create high levels of engagement, have students take ownership of their learning in Mathematics AND keep content standards and have the student be CCR ready? The School District of Kettle Moraine has in multiple high school settings through the integration of an ALEKS as an online curriculum. Competency-based curriculum, inter-disciplinary learning, and more will explored during this session. Scale-able models / methodologies will be shared out from all four Kettle Moraine High Schools. My hope is give every participant at least one idea that will impact their Mathematics classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Direrctor of Learning 9-12 Mathematics, Kettle Moraine School District
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 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Glacier CD

10:15am

Getting Creative with Hyperdocs
Join our panel of interdisciplinary teachers from Kaleidoscope Academy as we discuss ways to create engaging lessons through the use of Hyperdocs. Hyperdoc lessons contain links, tasks, media and exploration. The key to creating a top-notch Hyperdoc is to incorporate visually stimulating content, opportunities for applying knowledge, and choice of learning activities. A wide variety of Hyperdocs will be shown, so you can find the style that works best for your needs. Come with a unit in mind, as time will be given for you to start the process.

Speakers
avatar for Toni Giebel

Toni Giebel

Teacher, Appleton Area School District
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Amy Lahvic

Teacher, Appleton Area School District



Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Sandstone 89

10:15am

So You Wanna Build Your Own Mobile Lab?
Have you dreamed of having your very own mobile lab? Have you wondered how students could lead a multi-year project to "barter the bus," "break the bus," and "build the bus?" Come and hear right from the students themselves how they turned a retired school bus into a mobile lab . Then, take a guided tour of Class ACT's Mobile Lab. You'll see and hear authentic student-led, project-based learning at its best.

Speakers
avatar for Travis Augustine

Travis Augustine

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

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 10:15am - 11:00am
Tundra AB

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 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

11:15am

Biology We Can't Control and Classrooms We Can
The process of learning modifies the brain, making and strengthening connections and altering the architecture of the mass of neurons we are charged with teaching every day. How does the brain learn? How can this understanding be leveraged to foster a challenging, safe classroom environment and engaging instructional activities? This session will provide a lens through which instruction can be evaluated in terms of brain-compatible principles.

Speakers
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Amy Alexander

Angola High School



Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 89

11:15am

Developing #LeadersED
Participants will reflect on their understanding of leadership. They will identify strengths and qualities of effective leaders. There will be an opportunity to analyze personal skills and dispositions. Application time will allow each participant to create a plan for leadership development in oneself. Be ready to share your reflections on leadership as we transform learning through Twitter.

Speakers
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Sarah Skretta

K/1 Teacher, Watertown
Tweet:@sarahskretta | | Hello! I am excited to network and collaborate with you at #ISN2018! | I attended the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh for a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Mathematics. In spring 2018, I will have a Master’s degree from Carroll Univers... Read More →
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Rachael Thiede

Heyer Elementary Waukesha



Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier CD

11:15am

Edu-Tourism - The Island of Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are at the end of a long chain of volcanoes that began forming about the same time as the dinosaurs became extinct. There are about 140 Hawaiian Islands and the chain is approximately 1,500 miles long. The island of Hawaii is the youngest and largest and is still growing. It is less than a million years old. A unique location, geology and environment offer unparalleled opportunities for exploration and learning. Hele Mai! We invite you to come to the Islands to learn more!

Speakers
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Dr. Neil Scott

Retired university researcher and founder of the Makery, Connections Public Charter School
Neil Scott was the Director of the Archimedes Project at the University of Hawaii, a multidisciplinary research project that focuses on improving human/computer interaction strategies and technologies. He was a founding member of the Archimedes Project at Stanford University in 1... Read More →
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John Thatcher

Principal, Connections Public Charter School
Innovation is essential to the evolution of charter schools in Hawaii.


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 4

11:15am

Gifts of Writing
In this crazy, frantic world we live in, take an hour out of your day today to pen a gift of words to someone in your life~a fellow colleague, a student, an administrator that has influenced you, a former teacher who helped shape you, or anyone who has had an impact on you. In this session you will learn the process of creating a Gift of Writing and leave with a thoughtful, meaningful gift of your words to give a deserving soul. Come in. Slow down. And write.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Wartzenluft

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra CD

11:15am

ISN Lab School Gathering
There are new opportunities on the horizon for our strong, successful laboratory school partners.  The strength of ISN is you and your school community. We value all the diversity, innovation, and commitment each and every school and their staff has made to the ISN, which is why we are excited to gather as many of us as possible to discuss the bright future of innovation in our state and the roll all of us can play in it.


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 1

11:15am

Leveraging Informal Learning in the Classroom
In this session, we will discuss the importance of bringing students out of the classroom, and into informal learning spaces (museums, zoos, etc.). These experiences can be powerful ways to support and enhance the learning that happens in the four walls of your classroom, and we will discuss the tools and strategies that educators can use to ensure that these excursions are intentional and meaningful for learners.

Speakers
avatar for Naina Abowd

Naina Abowd

Senior Manager of Curriculum and Teaching, American Museum of Natural History
In her role at the American Museum of Natural History, Naina is responsible for leading the organization, development and writing of course curricula across all middle and high school programs, serving as leader and supervisor to full-time and part-time informal science educators... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier AB

11:15am

Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools: Intro for Teachers and Education Designers
WRCCS (“works”) is a new grant-funded state technical assistance center for charter schools housed at CESA 9 in Tomahawk, WI. The goal of WRCCS is to create and compile the most innovative and amazing resources which will become readily available to all charter and non-charter schools in order to improve learning for all students. Please come today to learn more, and most importantly, to share your thoughts and become a collaborator from this beginning stage.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Schools need our help.  | | My goals:  | - Initiate personalized, student-driven learning in public schools | - Get away from everything that is holding teachers and students back from being successful | - Find a new way to communicate the awesome work of students and teachers... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra EF

11:15am

Personalized Learning Plans using Google Sites
With today's emphasis on personalized and project-based learning, students need a way to plan, organize, document, and share their learning. Personalized Learning Plans are a great way to do that and more. We will share how we developed our PLP's and how our students' PLP's have become an integral part of what we do. Students use their Personalized Learning Plans to create goals, to express their individuality, document their progress throughout the year, and as a way to share their learning with others. We will share our PLP template and help you understand how to modify it to meet your students' needs.

Speakers
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Elizabeth Post

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF ASHLAND
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Emily Van Der Puy

School District of Ashland
Emily is a teacher at Lake Superior Learning Community, a 3-5 multi-age project based learning school in Ashland, WI. With a background in outdoor education, Emily has a passion for dynamic and innovative learning. She is especially enthusiastic about incorporating social-emotion... Read More →
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Julie Whiting

SCHOOL DISTRICT OF ASHLAND
I have been teaching at Lake Superior Learning Community for five years. It is a multi-age project based learning school with about 65 students, located in Ashland, WI. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to engage our students in their projects and make their learnin... Read More →
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Mary Zoesch

School District of Ashland
Mary Zoesch has been teaching for 20 years for the School District of Ashland. She has vast experience teaching students in first through fifth grade. Mary is currently the lead teacher at Lake Superior Learning Community, which is a multi-age project based learning school. She h... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra AB

12:00pm

Lunch
Thursday April 19, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sandstone Ballroom

12:10pm

WRCCS Listening Session
WRCCS (“works”) is a new grant-funded state technical assistance center for charter schools housed at CESA 9 in Tomahawk, WI. The goal of WRCCS is to create and compile the most innovative and amazing resources which will become readily available to all charter and non-charter schools in order to improve learning for all students. Participate today to learn more, and most importantly, to share your thoughts and become a collaborator from this beginning stage. In this special lunchtime event, the WRCCS director seeks your input in the development of this center. If you have resources and ideas to contribute to schools, we want to know! If you are just starting and have resources you need, we want to know! Be a part of our journey!

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Hackett

Sarah Hackett

Director, Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools
Schools need our help.  | | My goals:  | - Initiate personalized, student-driven learning in public schools | - Get away from everything that is holding teachers and students back from being successful | - Find a new way to communicate the awesome work of students and teachers... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 12:10pm - 12:30pm
Sandstone Ballroom

12:30pm

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers Address
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers will address the conference regarding the current state of the public education in Wisconsin. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Tony Evers

Dr. Tony Evers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Tony Evers was first elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction in April 2009. He was re-elected to the post in 2013 and 2017. With over three decades of public education experience, Dr. Evers has dedicated his life to advancing public education in Wisconsin. As Wisconsin's chief state school officer and leader of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Dr. Evers has steadfastly worked to transform Wisconsin's education system in order to realize the vision of... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Sandstone Ballroom

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 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

1:00pm

Empowering Learners, One Strategy at a Time
"Google culled data to determine the most important qualities of its top employees and found that the top seven were non-academic cognitive competencies, or success skills. Coaching, comunicating and listening, empathy, critical thinking, problem solving, and making connections across complex ideas all came out on top." Join these Professional Soulmates to explore a mlutitude of tools and strategies they've found to be highly beneficial in promoting the powerful process of self-discovery and development of success skills.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

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


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 1

1:00pm

It Takes a Village...Creating Systems of Change to Build Your School
When schools build partnerships with Governing Councils, community programs, and businesses, they open the door for opportunities for the children in the school. This presentation will share successful systems that can be implemented to create common missions, portocols, and communication strategies to assist the process of working together. Learn how one school created common systems to work with a charter governing council, Community Learning Center team and other school teams to create efficiencies that have led to successful partnerships that have stood the test of time.

Speakers
avatar for Margie Dorshorst

Margie Dorshorst

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glacier AB

1:00pm

Peace Literacy: Real Change To the Heart of Education
Peace is not just a goal; it's a skill set. Peace Literacy is a growing movement of educators and concerned citizens who want to empower people with the training, skills, and understanding needed to heal the root causes of our problems rather than merely addressing the surface symptoms. This session will help educators understand how to create a more peace literate world inside the classroom, enabling the other trends addressed at this conference to flourish.

Speakers
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Krista Hensley

High School educator; Peace educator, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation/ Peace Literacy
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Krista Hensley

Peace Literacy
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Kate Towle

Peace Educator, Peace Literacy
I’ve worked with schools and organizations to foster best practices for engaging youth in the challenges of our times. My model for intercultural and intergenerational youth engagement won the St. Paul Foundation’s 2011 Facing Race Idea Challenge. I work actively with commu... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glacier CD

1:00pm

Speed Dating - When Project-Based Meets Competency-Based Learning
What are the mechanics, messaging and the progressive tools necessary, in order to fully scale to a Comp-Ed. framework? Learn how to travel from A's, B's, C's and D's... to a system of 4, 3, 2, 1...onto a system of "Proficient" and "Approaching" and now finally, to a fully-scaled model of Learner Continuum-Based reporting, evidence and feedback. Let student voice and choice reign supreme and learn how students are now able to monitor their own progress and advance based on mastery, regardless of their "Born-On-Date" and age.

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 →


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra CD

1:00pm

Wisconsin Charter Schools Program - Grant Information
This session will provide an overview of the Wisconsin Charter Schools Program and the federal grant funding available to support the planning and implementation of new charter schools as well as the replication and expansion of existing high-quality charter schools in Wisconsin. The session will cover the objectives and priorities of the grant program, allowable activities and costs and timelines for submission of a grant application.

Speakers
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Latoya Holiday

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

WI Department of Public Instruction
As the Online Learning Consultant on the School Management Services Team at the Department of Public Instruction, Nico’s responsibilities include providing guidance, oversight, and assistance for online learning programs throughout the state—including virtual charter schools... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra EF

1:00pm

Writing the Book on Personalized Learning
The Personal Learning Plan is a universal learning approach cultivated by educators and students. It is unique because everyone develops it by and for themselves. In this mindset we move away from assignments to generation, streamlining and executing and utilizing our development forever. The personal learning plan is the center hub of the school. It teaches us to identify and pursue meaningful goals. We realize our ability to engage in self-transformation. Come and learn how!

Speakers
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Ella DeMay

Valley New School
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Nicole Luedtke

Advisor, Valley New School
Advisor at Valley New School (Appleton, WI) B.S. in Education, Minor in English, Northern Illinois University. Ms. Luedtke, along with three colleagues, founded Valley New School, an innovative, project-based, student centered, technology-rich charter school for the Appleton Are... Read More →
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Steven Rippe

EdVisions
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Keanna Schultz

Valley New School
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Julia Soma

Valley New School


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra AB

1:00pm

Learning and Growing in an Innovative School: The Students' Perspective
Students are the center of what we do. Hear directly from Endeavor Charter School students in grades 9-12 who are learning and growing in an innovative school. See what 21st century skills look like in practice. Experience how students grow in an environment of personalized learning. Visualize what project based learning looks like for real students who are doing it every day. Students will share experiences, struggles and goals with you. And don't worry, we will leave plenty of room for your questions too.

Speakers
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Endeavor High School
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 classroom | before moving to Endeavor.


Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sandstone 89

1:00pm

So you want to Start a Project-Based School: Lessons from Seven Years of Trial and Error
After seven years of working as a project-based charter school in central Wisconsin, there have been many lessons we have taken away. This session will offer some suggestions for starting a project-based school, working with a governance board, creating relationships with the district and community, not being afraid to try new things and a time for questions.

Speakers
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Luke Stachovak

D.C. Everest Idea School
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Jacques du Vair

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 4

2:00pm

Cookie Break!
Thursday April 19, 2018 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Sandstone Corridor

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 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

2:15pm

Adventure Anywhere! Place-based adventure Education for All.
Current research supports the effects of adventure-based programming on student engagement, relationship to learning, and content mastery. However, many educators feel without large budgets, access to high end equipment, and outdoor expertise those benefits are lost to their students. This workshop focuses on defining/implementing principles of adventure education in any context and setting. Educators should expect to learn and practice these concepts and come away with strategies to root their classrooms in adventure-based principles, wherever it may be!

Speakers
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Jake Fields

Wildlands School


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Sandstone 89

2:15pm

Build Beautify Serve: Incorporating Service into Your Curriculum
Build, Beautify, Serve projects are projects designed to leverage all the unique talents and interests of our students in order to make MG21 and the surrounding community a better place. Projects are more meaningful and higher quality when they serve a purpose beyond the individual. In addition to finding and walking their individual path, we want student's path to connect to and improve the paths of others so that our school and local environments continue to improve. BBS projects are collaborative student led projects that either partner students with community organizations or group collaborations within the school. Come prepared to hear about this process and share what you are doing!

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Fox-Blair

Rebecca Fox-Blair

MG21 Liberal Arts Charter School
Rebecca Fox-Blair Executive director and teacher, Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and teacher certification from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and has been a teacher for over twenty-five years here with the Monona Grove Schools and with Oregon High School... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra AB

2:15pm

Improve Curriculum Delivery and Learning by Curbing Misbehavior and Building Better Student/Teacher Relationships
Learn a simple, positive approach that will significantly reduce misbehavior, improve student/teacher relationships and provide for better learning in the classroom. On average, teachers lose 5-7 hours of teaching time during the week because of misbehaving students. This session is for those who are interested in take-aways, that provide, through proven techniques, a means to improve relationships, reduce behavior disruptive to everyone's learning, and enable delivery of curriculum more effectively.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Utterback

Jim Utterback

Retired Administrator, Palm Beach County School District
Twenty-seven years in public education, teacher, coach, administrator (20 years at all levels K-12 and adult education). Past private industry market and strategic planning management postions. Specialize in training for classroom behavior, student engagement and motivation, also... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Glacier AB

2:15pm

Neurodiversity, Self Awareness and The Need to Belong; The S.M.I.L.E. Approach: Leading to a S.H.I.F.T. in Mindset
What is “normal” in terms of behavior, learning, social and emotional development? Is there a “normal” brain on display to which all others can be measured and compared? Isn’t this what we do within ourselves and our classrooms? (38) Attendees will discover the complexity of their social brain, the power of their mind and the role it plays within personal and professional relationships. We all have a need to belong! It takes a S.H.I.F.T. in mindset, along with the SMILE approach to see behavior and relationships differently, beginning within yourself.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Jones

Kim Jones

Educator, Jones Academy
Eight years ago, I left my sixteen year kindergarten teaching career to virtual/homeschool my two children. Upon our son's autism diagnosis, the developmental pediatrician prescribed, "Immerse him in his strength and interest and he will succeed." This became the foundation for... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Glacier CD

2:15pm

What is a Charter School and Should We Be Considering This Option
Speakers
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

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



Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra EF

2:15pm

PL Resources for Elementary Education
This session will focus on personalized learning resources that I have come up with or used in my classroom. I'd like to share them with participants, answer any questions, and have teachers walk away with resources they'll be able to use right away. This year our grade level has departmentalized, so I am more focused on math, but I have plenty of things that could be used in the reading classroom as well. This session will allow for plenty of questions and answers so that participants will feel they get the most out of their time.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Kohn

Chris Kohn

Teacher (4/5), Janesville School District
I have been very involved in the Personalized Learning movement for the past three years. I have taught 4th and 5th grade for the past 15 years. Currently I teach in a PL classroom at Lincoln Elementary in Janesville, WI and love to share any ideas and resources that I can to h... Read More →



Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 1

2:15pm

Developing Future Ready Skills through Profession-Based & Project-Based Learning
Are your students ready for the global economy? Learn how project-based learning can be enhanced with the integration of career-focused, immersive experiences that allow students to explore the critical skills and dispositions needed in a rapidly changing workforce. Discover how high schools are incorporating mentoring, internships and group projects along with their corporate sponsors to help students explore career pathways, develop critical skills like collaboration, creativity and critical thinking and learn through real-world problems and projects.

Speakers
avatar for Lisa Snyder

Lisa Snyder

Executive Director, Edvisions
I have enjoyed a wonderful career in public education in both Wisconsin and Minnesota serving as a teacher, principal and superintendent. As superintendent for Lakeville Area Public Schools, I helped to create the Minnesota Center for Advanced Professional Studies (MNCAPS) which... Read More →


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra CD

2:15pm

How to Build an Impressive and Innovative Student Showcase
Showcases are a great way to show community members student projects. For our winter showcases we have one theme that every student has to support through a project. Through showcases we are able to bring our students together for a shared purpose. It also helps us raise some funds for student projects/experiences. Learn from our success and some of our mistakes so that you can create a showcase that will impress guests.

Speakers


Thursday April 19, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 4

3:15pm

Innovation at the Heart: What are you doing that others should know about?
Be prepared to be WOWED. By each other. Bring your best ideas and innovative practices to share during this large, facilitated session. It will be fun. There will be excitement and wonder happening during this time. Seriously. Goosebump-inducing stuff here.

Can't think of anything to share? Ah, come on! You have so many good ideas. To get your juices flowing...
  • What have you done or are doing that you are proud of/that really works/that others should know about?
  • Do you have a feel-good story?
  • Student success story?
  • App that you’ve found that works great?
  • Ways around budgetary issues?
  • Cool ideas to try directly in the classroom?
  • Things you thought would work, but didn’t?
  • Ways in which you have incorporated/included families/community?
  • Ways to gain support (families, schools, districts, community)?
  • Developing project ideas?
  • Innovative ways to assess learning?
  • Creating and sustaining culture?
  • Student centered learning?
  • Empowering students?
  • Personalizing assessment?
  • Suggestions to someone just starting down the innovation path?

Speakers
avatar for Todd Brunclik

Todd Brunclik

Creative Director, Innovative Schools Network
Todd Brunclik is the Creative Director for the ISN. In 2009 Todd helped found Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School, a project-based school in Northwest Wisconsin where he served as an advisor, lead teacher and governance board member. As a ISN founding member and Creative Director... Read More →
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Lead Teacher, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been with the school since the doors opened in 2005. As an experienced project-based learning advisor and member of a teacher-powered school staff she has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning. L... Read More →
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

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


Thursday April 19, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Sandstone Ballroom

4:30pm

Happy Hour
Join the fun at Happy Hour!  Food, drink, and a music jam.  Bring an instrument if you'd like! Play, sing along, or enjoy listening and talking with other incredible innovators! See you there!!!

Thursday April 19, 2018 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Sandstone Ballroom
 
Friday, April 20
 

8:15am

Breakfast
Friday April 20, 2018 8:15am - 9:15am
Sandstone Ballroom

9:15am

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 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 3/6

9:45am

More than a Number
Portfolios, standards, rubrics, oh-my! We summarize performance into a single grade. What's really reflected? Furthermore, what COULD it reflect? After teaching grades 5-12, exploring Montessori, working traditionally, facilitating PBL, and flourishing in the personalized-learning realm, I've crunched a LOT of numbers. Join me for a candid talk for all things evaluation related. You'll walk away with a lot to think about, and hopefully some great resources to use straight away.

Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 1

9:45am

The Art of Memoir
The Art of Memoir is a contemplative, reflective session that will cause you to slow down, think deeply, and remind you of why we do the work we do on a daily basis in education. It will cause you to think back to why you got into education, and force you to think about why you stay, and sometimes why you want to leave. This session is for everyone~whether you want to teach memoir, or pen a short memoir yourself~the process is worth it!

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Wartzenluft

Elizabeth Wartzenluft

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


Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Tundra CD

9:45am

Creating a Culture of Caring
Innovative schools begin with establishing clear parameters of how we will "be" in the school. This session will give you ideas and tools to establish a culture of caring in your school setting. Participants will describe their ideal school culture and design a plan that connects staff, students, parents, and each other to the school's mission. To create a culture of caring, participants will explore resources that align with the school's mission, including Responsive Classroom, PBIS, and Trauma Sensitive Schools.  Tools to help create the school "identity" will be shared and discussed.

Speakers
avatar for Margie Dorshorst

Margie Dorshorst

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

Tina Miller

Educator Effectiveness Coach and ISN Board Secretary, Howe Elementary Wisconsin Rapids
Tina Miller is an Educator Effectiveness Coach for the Wisconsin Rapids Public School District. A former Charter School Grant Coordinator, educational consultant, second grade teacher and Professional Development Facilitator. Additional experiences include National Board Teacher... Read More →



Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Glacier CD

9:45am

Assessing Students in a Personalized Learning Environment
Assessing students in a Personalized Learning environment can be an overwhelming task. During this session, we will explore how we increased student ownership over their own assessment process and practices. Examples of how our students unwrap standards and create their own learning targets to match their needs will be examined. We will have student work samples to examine and analyze, as well as how our staff maintain records.

Speakers
avatar for Nicole Mashock

Nicole Mashock

Mentor Teacher, Fond du Lac School District
I co-founded STEM Institute (grades 6-8) four years ago. STEM is now growing to include high school grades (one each year until our school is complete). I am a mentor teacher for all subjects and grade levels and also work with our 6th and 7th grade students for ELA. I am a par... Read More →
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Tim Scottberg

Fond du Lac School District



Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Tundra EF

9:45am

Collaborative Innovation in a NYC Public School
What does it take to transform a school? In this session, educational innovators from New York City will share a series of challenges facing them at an “F-rated” district high school with 30% graduation. Participants will brainstorm solutions and the team will share how in four years they raised the graduation rate to over 80% (more than the citywide average, double the rate for SWDs and ELLs) while reducing suspensions by fostering comprehensive social-emotional supports.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Chamberlain

Brent Chamberlain

Assistant Principal, The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Progressive school leader and Teacher-Powered Schools Ambassador empowering students and teachers to transform schools and society
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 t... Read More →
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Jacqueline Incorvaia

The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
avatar for Jeannie Zonneveld

Jeannie Zonneveld

Teacher Lead, The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Jeannie Zonneveld has taught for three years in NYC public schools. She implemented the Learning Cultures model in English and Genre Practice Writing at the Urban Assembly of Green Careers, a school-wide reform that transformed the high school from one of the lowest rated learnin... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Tundra AB

9:45am

Designing Schools for the 21st Century and Beyond!
Kevin will talk about the premise and content of his upcoming book, which advocates and provides the means for designing a completely new model of public schools to replace the factory model used today. He will discuss the reasons this has to occur on a large scale but why it will only occur by starting at the local level. Kevin will also discuss the means by which any community can make this happen.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Miller

Kevin Miller

Founder/School Innovation Consultant, 34th Street Education Innovation
I help schools find ways to meet the unique learning needs of each individual student. I am an advocate for replacing the factory model of schools (which is the model currently in use in virtually all public and private schools and it was designed in 1893), with a new model desi... Read More →



Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Glacier AB

9:45am

Integrating Students Into PBL Assessment
If students are to become truly independent learners, they must learn to not only design their own learning, but also assess their own learning. From unpacking targets and writing success criteria to self-assessment and student-teacher collaboration, we are working to help students be more active in their own assessments. Come hear about our successes, our challenges and our journey toward better assessment.

Speakers
avatar for Holly Buell

Holly Buell

Social Studies Specialist and Advisor, Endeavor
Holly Buell is the Social Studies Specialist at Endeavor Charter School. She is also an Advisor and acts as the Community Service Coordinator.
avatar for Scot Meyer

Scot Meyer

Advisor--Math Coordinator, Watertown Unified School District - Endeavor
Scot Meyer is a math teacher with over 20 years of experience. He teaches Pre-Algebra and A.P. Calculus and acts as the Math Department Chair at Watertown High School. He is also an advisor and math teacher at Endeavor Charter School.
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Endeavor High School
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 classroom | before moving to Endeavor.
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Michelle Webster

Watertown Unified School District


Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Sandstone 89

9:45am

Family First-Fostering a Personalized Learning Culture
The qualities that characterize strong families also describe vibrant personalized learning cultures. How do educators create condtions where essential qualities like trust, openness, creativity, forgiveness, support, and confidence become the norm? This team of Sun Prairie 8/9th grade teachers and several younger members of the E House family will share what they have discovered through their two-year collaboration. Hear their story and join a discussion about how to foster a sustainable personalized learning culture in you district.

Speakers
avatar for Bill Anciaux

Bill Anciaux

Teacher, Sun Prairie Area School District
avatar for Joel Block

Joel Block

Science Teacher, Sun Prairie Area School District
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Renea Bogusewski

Sun Prairie Area School District
KM

Kelly Murphy

Sun Prairie Area School District


Friday April 20, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am
Wilderness 4

11:15am

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

Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

11:15am

As We See It: Students' Perspective on Cultivating a Successful PBL Environment
A vital component to project based learning is the culture that supports it. The most direct route to developing this environment is through student voice and input. Join us in an active discussion to investigate how we best develop personalized learning, positive culture, and leadership in our school and education.

Speakers
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Ella DeMay

Valley New School
KS

Keanna Schultz

Valley New School
JS

Julia Soma

Valley New School


Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra AB

11:15am

Best Practices to Move Your School Concept to the Next Level
Speakers
avatar for Paul Tweed

Paul Tweed

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



Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra EF

11:15am

NIC for Innovation
Networked Improvement Community researchers present the process of developing protocols focusing on a problem of practice. Educational leaders are increasingly interested in NICs and research-practice partnerships to reorganize educational research and development. We implemented a NIC around solving challenges to implementing personalized learning in public schools. We present insight into NIC’s as implemented to advancing a collective understanding of how NICs and research-practice partnerships can advance innovative teaching and learning practices and meaningful educational research.

Speakers
avatar for Gerald Dryer

Gerald Dryer

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Researching Personalized Learning as a a tool for Social Justice and Equity
avatar for Julie M. Kallio

Julie M. Kallio

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Julie Kallio is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is also the research director for the Personalization in Practice – Networked Improvement Community, a IES grant-funded position to bring together te... Read More →
avatar for Francis Redmon

Francis Redmon

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Francis Redmon is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education and is concurrently pursuing his District Administrator license. His research interests are in the area of personalized... Read More →



Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Tundra CD

11:15am

Outdoor Classroom Spaces and how to engage in innovation using nature and the world around us
Outdoor Education is one of the most rewarding opportunities to engage your students in the world. In this program, we will walk through the opportunities to engage your students and the challenges of implementing outdoor curriculum. Join Beepods and educators who have implemented innovative outdoor classrooms in this two way conversation to understand why and how to take your class outside to learn and experience the world around us.

Speakers
avatar for Kenneth W. Jacobs III

Kenneth W. Jacobs III

Teacher, Beepods
avatar for Brad James

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 bee... Read More →
avatar for Andi Winkle

Andi Winkle

Environmental Science teacher, Beepods/Nicolet High School
I have been teaching since 1998 and am currently at Nicolet High School. I truly believe that our teenagers are the hope for our future on this planet. My passion for the environment led me to start a semester course on Environmental Science in 2014 and I have recently added a Be... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier AB

11:15am

Teacher-Powered Schools: Student Centered Learning
Teacher-powered schools are places where teams of teachers have the autonomy to design, implement, and make decisions in areas impacting student success. Students are always the center of the decisions made. This workshop will broaden participants thinking on teacher leadership and show how collaborative leadership practices, combined with school autonomy, allows teams to create learning that is equitable and designed so all students can be successful. Join a team of teachers from teacher-powered schools around the area.

Speakers
avatar for Brent Chamberlain

Brent Chamberlain

Assistant Principal, The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Progressive school leader and Teacher-Powered Schools Ambassador empowering students and teachers to transform schools and society
avatar for Liz Seubert

Liz Seubert

Lead Teacher, Wildlands School
Liz Seubert is a founding member of Wildlands staff and has been with the school since the doors opened in 2005. As an experienced project-based learning advisor and member of a teacher-powered school staff she has been an innovator in the field of student centered learning. L... Read More →
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Alex Vitrella

Education Evolving
Alex Vitrella has spent her career working with youth and focusing on education issues. She spent five years teaching in Minneapolis as well as in Costa Rica and Italy. Today, Alex handles outreach and engagement for Education Evolving in Minnesota—through which she gets to spe... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Glacier CD

11:15am

Integrating Drama in the Classroom: Oh Yes You Can!
Speakers
avatar for Stuart Stotts

Stuart Stotts

Singer, Author, Educator, ISN
Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller and author from Madison,Wisconsin. He’s worked as a full-time performer since 1986, and he gives over 200 shows a year for kids, families and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. He’s a frequent presenter at conferences... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Sandstone 89

11:15am

Let's Get It Started
The most productive days begin with a good start. This session will cover the active start and advisory programs at DC Everest Idea School. Developed from brain research, the advisors at Idea have designed a morning program that gets their students active and involved from the moment they step in the door with the goal being to increase the overall productivity. If you want some ideas to improve your students engagement and productivity, this session will offer many options.

Speakers
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Luke Stachovak

D.C. Everest Idea School
avatar for Jacques du Vair

Jacques du Vair

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


Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 1

11:15am

Ecology for Young Audiences - ELA and Science Collaborative Unit
Étude Middle School students wrote ecology children’s books for Étude Elementary School. Middle School students observed living and nonliving factors interacting in an ecosystem in our local area. They wrote short scientific claims and reasonings around their experiences. Students chose writing strategies to engage their audience and communicate information. Jacqueline Houtman believes that "sciencey fiction" is a connection between current, accurate science and creative products that allows all student to access the content.

Speakers
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Alexandria Jasen

Étude Middle School ELA Teacher, Etude Group
I am a second year ELA teacher in a project-based, arts-based charter school. I will be presenting on a unit I co-taught with our middle school science teacher. Together, we worked to combine creative and informational writing, to enhance the science learning and communication... Read More →
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Rachel Meyer

Teacher/Board Member, Etude Group



Friday April 20, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm
Wilderness 4

12:00pm

Lunch and Giveaways
Friday April 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Sandstone Ballroom

1:00pm

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

Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

1:00pm

Charter Schools: Technical Assistance
This session will discuss the multiple steps involved in starting a charter school from application to an authorizer, to the day the charter school opens. Discussions about innovative models and approaches to assuring success.

Speakers
avatar for Barry Golden

Barry Golden

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


Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra EF

1:00pm

Conscious Discipline Works!
Conscious Discipline is a brain research based program created by Dr. Becky Bailey. Park Community Charter School in Kaukauna has been using the program school wide since 2012. During that time the state testing scores of our free and reduced students have risen every year. On the most recent Forward testing, these students as a group performed at or above their peers in math and reading. They receive the same curriculum as their peers but they are also part of a school family through Conscious Discipline which provides a safe, caring environment to learn. Staff and students learn about their brains and how their emotions impact their behavior and learning. Together they practice strategies to manage their emotions and to problem solve situations for themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Kortens

Ken Kortens

Principal, Park Community Charter School
Conscious Discipline, Place Based Education, Community Partnerships



Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 1

1:00pm

Creating Mulitpotentialites One Project at a Time
In a world where dispositions, competencies, and frameworks are integral to one's future success, opportunities for K-12 learners to extend beyond the scope of the rinse, rather, and repeat systems are limited. Come learn about how Waukesha STEM Academy provides opportunities for learners to become multipotentialites.

Speakers
avatar for Rebecca Anderson

Rebecca Anderson

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

Bryn Grosskopf

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


Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glacier AB

1:00pm

Game on: Increasing Engagement by Gamifying your Classroom
Gamification has become a buzzword and has simultaneously intrigued, repelled, delighted and frightened educators of all levels. From badges to map exploration to head-to-head competition... students of all levels and types can be motivated by game play. Gamification can be personalized to you, your environment and your students... and it's easier than you think. Come and check it out - Game on!

Speakers
avatar for Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson

Direrctor of Learning 9-12 Mathematics, Kettle Moraine School District
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 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Glacier CD

1:00pm

Teacher Empowered PD
In this session, we will discuss the importance of utilizing peers as resources and creating strong, in-house foundations for professional development in order to open up classrooms, and teachers, to a variety of perspectives and problem-solving protocols around professional development. Echoing the individualized tailoring of curriculum for students, you will discover how the Urban Assembly School for Green Careers meets teachers where they're at professionally, and how they support teachers towards Highly Effective practices to enrich learning experiences for everyone!

Speakers
avatar for Naina Abowd

Naina Abowd

Senior Manager of Curriculum and Teaching, American Museum of Natural History
In her role at the American Museum of Natural History, Naina is responsible for leading the organization, development and writing of course curricula across all middle and high school programs, serving as leader and supervisor to full-time and part-time informal science educators... Read More →
avatar for Jeannie Zonneveld

Jeannie Zonneveld

Teacher Lead, The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
Jeannie Zonneveld has taught for three years in NYC public schools. She implemented the Learning Cultures model in English and Genre Practice Writing at the Urban Assembly of Green Careers, a school-wide reform that transformed the high school from one of the lowest rated learnin... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra AB

1:00pm

This Changes Everything - Understanding the Value and Impact of Your School's Climate and Culture
Preparing students for the future means more than academic success. Employers want soft-skills that go beyond communication, collaboration, and creativity. Emphasis is moving toward social-emotional skills like perseverance, grit, empathy, and respect. Meanwhile, studies show a school climate focused on social and emotional development produces positive results in student behavior, academic performance, and attendance. Participants in this session will: -Recognize SEL skills are learned, and therefore need to be taught, practiced, and reinforced. -Identify techniques to enhance character development and promote a positive school climate. -Learn how school climate and character education are the "plate" on which all other initiatives must rest. -Explore ways to begin or enhance schoolwide character and culture programs. -Gain access to valuable resources on topics such as community building, restorative practices, mindfulness, and trauma.

Speakers
JB

Julie Borgealt

Alverno College
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Amy Karsten

LACCS Outreach Coordinator/Program Director, Alverno College



Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sandstone 89

1:00pm

Unlocking the new Hope Survey: Creating and Measuring Social Emotional Growth and School Culture
Join us as we discuss how to create your ideal school culture and practical tools to assess and promote social emotional growth. We will provide a brief overview of the Hope Survey for students and introduce the Hope Survey for adults. We will then demonstrate how to easily tap into data and reports that help you personalize interventions that will take your school to the next level.

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Steven Rippe

EdVisions


Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wilderness 4

1:00pm

Links
Sausage? Chain? Golf? Actually, Ed-Tech web links to enhance learning + collaborative activities that create connecting links between people! Please bring your device to this session because you’ll have the opportunity to explore numerous web tools. You will also experience some activities that build relationships. We’re all very busy, so this session will give you time to discover fantastic resources and ideas that teachers and students can immediately put to good use!

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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. Eight years in the world of coaching students to earn things like academic credit, communication and... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Tundra CD
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2:15pm

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

Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 3/6

2:15pm

Assessing Personalized Learning in Your School
How personalized are your practices?  Which practices are at the core? What are the next steps on the continuum?  Join Researchers from UW-Madison and the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research for this interactive and informational session.  Self-assess your own personalized learning practices and take part in the design process for formative rubrics.

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Gerald Dryer

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Researching Personalized Learning as a a tool for Social Justice and Equity
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Julie M. Kallio

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Julie Kallio is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is also the research director for the Personalization in Practice – Networked Improvement Community, a IES grant-funded position to bring together te... Read More →
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Francis Redmon

Graduate Student, UW-Madison
Francis Redmon is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education and is concurrently pursuing his District Administrator license. His research interests are in the area of personalized... Read More →



Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra CD

2:15pm

Bees in Schools!? A Centerpiece for Innovative Outdoor Learning
Learn how one educator has changed the culture and path for learning at his school by implementing a Beepods Beekeeping System and engaging his students in real world learning and problem solving. Leave this presentation with a clear plan to transform your school and teach any topic by taking your students outside and interacting with live bees. Handouts and discussion of the challenges and how to handle them will be discussed. Potentially, meet the bees!

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Kenneth W. Jacobs III

Teacher, Beepods
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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 bee... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra AB

2:15pm

Bringing University Research and Resources into the Classroom
This seminar will discuss the implementation of programmatic initiatives by the University of Wisconsin – Extension in several schools to enhance innovative STEM education. Areas of need were identified through surveys and round-table discussions of programming gaps in rural and urban classrooms. Program effectiveness will be described through data compiled from surveys and case studies of participants. Discussion will also focus on how other school districts can replicate the programs.

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Joanna Skluzacek

University of Wisconsin - Extension


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Glacier CD

2:15pm

Teacher Ownership and Democratic Governance
We will discuss a model where the employees "own" and are responsible for specific services such as the learning program, administration, professional development, evaluation and daily facilities maintenance. We will look how this inspires students and stakeholders to engage in the school community.

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Krissy Wright

Director of Professional Development, Edvisions


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 1

2:15pm

The Innovators' Journey to Breakthrough
What we keep trying isn’t working. We need fresh ways to solve problems, overcome obstacles, clarify objectives, remove complexity, align systems, optimize effectiveness, build passion, and deepen engagement. In short, we need a breakthrough. This session peeks inside the mind of natural born innovators for tools that can help us in our lives & organizations.

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Steve Fredlund

Director, NBI Insights
I am presenting "The Innovators Journey to Breakthrough". My passion is helping people & organizations achieve breakthroughs. Specifically, discovering fresh ways to solve problems, overcome obstacles, clarify objectives, remove complexity, align systems, optimize effectiveness... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Sandstone 89

2:15pm

Your Role as Charter School Board Member
Are you interested in becoming a charter school board member? Do you already serve on a board? This session will provide specifics around roles and responsibilities of being a charter school board member and learn practices to have a highly functional board.


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Tundra EF

2:15pm

Current Thinking About Arts and the Brain for Young Children.
Over the last 30 years technological advances have taught us a tremendous amount about how young children’s brains develop. In this workshop we will explore connections between how children learn and specific arts approaches that support that learning.

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Stuart Stotts

Singer, Author, Educator, ISN
Stuart Stotts is a songwriter, storyteller and author from Madison,Wisconsin. He’s worked as a full-time performer since 1986, and he gives over 200 shows a year for kids, families and adults around the Midwest, and sometimes farther. He’s a frequent presenter at conferences... Read More →


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Wilderness 4

2:15pm

Understanding Learning Disabilities From the Inside out
After being diagnosed with a learning disability at age 22, Colleen has spent the past 20 years developing an intimate understanding of how to unlock her potential.  As an Accessibility Advisor at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary, Canada, Colleen supports student in understanding what they need to be successful in the post-secondary environment.  In this session, Colleen will share her insights on her experience with a learning disability, and how to support struggling learners.

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Colleen Smereka

SAIT Polytechnic


Friday April 20, 2018 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Glacier AB