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Thursday, June 16
 

8:00am

Registration and Breakfast
Thursday June 16, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Commons

9:00am

Welcome, Keynote Address, Team Building Activity
We will kick things off with a welcome address from the Innovative Schools Network and the Watertown Unified School District, followed by a great team-building activity with Liz Seubert and Paul Tweed from Wildlands School.

Speakers
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. 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 and service... Read More →
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Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts

Executive Director, Innovative Schools Network
Dr. Heather Terrill Stotts is the Executive Director of the ISN and a longtime proponent of innovative education. A former elementary and middle school teacher, principal, college professor, and educational consultant, Heather brings deep experience working directly with students, parents, teachers, and administrators at the school, district, state, and national level. Overseeing all aspects of ISN operations to enable the Network to achieve... Read More →
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Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook authoring teams, and consulted with school districts and the DPI in the areas of science, constructive and inquiry learning, project based learning, and school... Read More →


Thursday June 16, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Commons

10:00am

Special Session for District and Central Administration and Board of Education Members
To thrive over time, school districts (like all successful systems) need to be engaged in both continual improvement and continual innovation. To be as effective as they can be, today's schools need to look very different. Such innovation occurs when conditions favor it -- districts can encourage schools and their teachers to step outside the traditional boundaries, to try different pedagogical approaches and ways of organizing and managing learning. One of the most important things a district can do is to make this type of behavior accepted and expected. How to do this? Tim McDonald will explain what boards of education can do to set that process of “different” in motion through an Innovation Zone and split screen strategy. 

This session will be led by Tim McDonald, a researcher at Harvard, and a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design, where he is an associate of the project Education|Evolving.  He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and Hamline University. Tim has been awarded a Global Education Policy Fellowship from the Institute for Educational Leadership, and a Dukakis Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School that enabled him to work in the office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Tim is the author of Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable (2010).

Attendees at this special portion of the PBL Institute will enjoy activities that will motivate and rejuvenate them to begin the work of the creation of an innovation zone in their own districts.

Speakers
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Tim McDonald

Center for Policy Design
Tim McDonald is a senior fellow at the Center for Policy Design and an associate of Education|Evolving. He is a researcher at Harvard University where he received a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government in 2014. His research focuses on methods for the design and change of large social systems, with particular application to health and education systems. His 2011 book Unsustainable: A Strategy... Read More →


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Lecture Hall

10:00am

Breakout Session 1: Personalized Learning in a Project-Based Learning Environment
When educators and families come to a site and ask if this is a "Project-Based Learning School," they often say yes. How about for the students who don't fit into the "one-size-fits-all" educational paradigm and need a personalized approach to learning, such as multiple modalities of learning and demonstration of mastery? Join us on our journey as we continue to grow a Proficiency-Based Pathways system for students, with various avenues for exploration and demonstration... transitioning from consumption to CREATION!

Speakers
avatar for Jim Murray

Jim Murray

Principal- Randall & Saratoga Campus, Waukesha STEM
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 learners, especially those of diversity and with high needs. During his six years at a Bilingual School, James continued to work with diverse populations and completed... Read More →


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room S141

10:00am

Breakout Session 1: Unlearning Opportunities for Independence and Ownership
Wildlands is a PBL school with a community, science, adventure, and expeditionary core.  We will work with participants to uncover strategies they can use to help their students move from spoon-fed, controlled, and compliance models of learning to independence and personal ownership of learning. PBL can be student driven if we invest in "Unlearning". 

Speakers
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. 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 and service... Read More →
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Paul Tweed

Director, Wildlands School
Paul Tweed founded Wildlands in 2005 with two colleagues from the Augusta School District. Active in the science teaching community for 20 years before Wildlands he has presented at conferences all over the country. Tweed taught at the secondary and university level, has been on textbook authoring teams, and consulted with school districts and the DPI in the areas of science, constructive and inquiry learning, project based learning, and school... Read More →


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room S151

10:00am

Breakout Session 1: Project Foundry
Learn more about how Project Foundry captures the powerful learning that is happening in K-12 personalized learning, experience best practices in teacher-directed projects, co-created projects, and student-led projects as well as the strategies for project management in each area. 

Speakers
avatar for Shane Krukowski

Shane Krukowski

Project Foundry
Shane is the founder of Project Foundry


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Endeavor Charter School

11:30am

Lunch and Networking
Thursday June 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:30pm
Commons

12:30pm

Breakout Session 2: Building a Personalized Learning Teacher
What does a teacher really need in order to be an effective facilitator of personalized, project-based learning?  How can leaders be sure that the professional development in their buildings is hitting the mark?  The Personalized Learning Skill Sets for Educators outline what educators need for success in student-centered learning environments. 

Speakers
avatar for Jean Garrity

Jean Garrity

Associate Director, Institute for Personalized Learning
Jean Garrity is the Associate Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning and also oversees the Proficiency Based Licensure Program, as well as the Personalized Professional Development and Endorsement Program for Educators. Jean has been in the education field since 1987; she has taught in the K-12 system and at several universities, as well working as a consultant. Jean has been involved with numerous local, state and national... Read More →


Thursday June 16, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room S147

12:30pm

Breakout Session 2: Challenge Based Learning (brought to you by Apple)
Thanks to Apple for Education presenters for bringing us this great session!
Challenge Based Learning is a multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages learners to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. Challenge Based Learning is collaborative and hands-on, asking students to work with peers, teachers, and experts in their communities and around the world to ask good questions, develop deep subject area knowledge, identify and solve challenges, take action, and share their experience.

Thursday June 16, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room S141

12:30pm

Breakout Session 2: DPI Reviews-Fostering Innovation in Wisconsin Schools
The Department of Public Instruction will share highlights from its 2016 revision of the Fostering Innovation In Wisconsin Schools - Credit Flexibility document. It will help local educators and policymakers understand the latitude for creating innovation zones within current statute that go beyond credits and seat time and toward innovative practices that lead to college and career readiness.

Speakers
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Audrey Lesondak

Audrey is an Education Consultant for Title III, English Learners, and Bilingual Programs at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
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Rebecca Vail

Rebecca is the Director of the Content and Learning Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.


Thursday June 16, 2016 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Room S151

2:15pm

Breakout Session 3: Collaborating with Local Businesses to Create real World Consulting Projects for High Schoolers
See how high schools and professionals come together to create consulting projects that empower students to address real and relevant business problems for  companies. Specific examples and video interviews with students, project clients and teachers will be used and the creation, management and evaluation processes for projects shared.

Speakers
avatar for Chris Pears

Chris Pears

Founder, Principal, Apriton Educational Advisors
Chris Pears is the founder and Principal of Apriton Educational Advisors. He had 14 years business experience with Credit Suisse and Cargill, before 10 years teaching experience at Minnetonka High School (MHS). He co-founded and was Program Director for the VANTAGE Program at MHS, an immersive career learning program for high schoolers where they continue to study academic courses through the lens of a particular professional field. He holds a MA... Read More →


Thursday June 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Room S147

2:15pm

Breakout Session 3: The PLP Extended Design: Your School Learning Plan!
Students at many innovative schools create personal learning plans. Why?  PLP's provide opportunities to look at aspirations, self-assess strengths and weaknesses, identify learning gaps, chart educational pathways, and document learning accomplishments.  All play important roles in the student's education, so now let's extend them to our school.  At this session you will see one example and a template.  Please bring your device to start a Google site and plan learning at your school.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Landes

Jenny Landes

Advisor, Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School
Jenny Landes is a proud co-founder and advisor of a 7th-12th grade project based learning charter school, the Birchwood Blue Hills Charter School (BBHCS), in northwest Wisconsin. She brings a creative background of many years in music education to this technology-rich educational option. Jenny strives to keep learning and growing through listening to students, reading, the use of technology, video conferencing and by collaborating with other... Read More →



Thursday June 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Room S141

2:15pm

Breakout Session 3: Starting a New PBL Classroom or School: Answering the Questions You Didn't Know You Had
Whether you are an individual starting in a project based classroom or a team starting a new school, starting a PBL environment means taking on new philosophical beliefs and tackling new logistic challenges.  There are many questions to be answered. You may not even know the questions yet. We will use our experience as a PBL charter school teaching team to lead discussion that will help you begin to brainstorm and work through those philosophical and logistic questions.

Speakers
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Emmie Carpenter

Watertown Unified School District
Emmie Carpenter is a science teacher with 12 years of experience. She has designed and taught courses in immunology, microbiology, honors biology, anatomy and physiology, integrated chemistry, chemistry and genetics. She is also the PLTW – Biomed instructor at Watertown High School, teaching both PBS and HBS. She is the science content expert at Endeavor Charter School.
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Holly Howell

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

Advisor--Math Coordinator, Watertown Unified School District
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.
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Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
Judy Mueller is a language arts, public speaking and reading teacher with 17 years of teaching experience. She is an advisor and the lead teacher at Endeavor Charter School, a project based school that opened in 2014.


Thursday June 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Endeavor Charter School

3:45pm

Closing
Thursday June 16, 2016 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Lecture Hall

5:00pm

Social
Thursday June 16, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
On the Rock 1601 East Gate Drive, Watertown, WI 53094
 
Friday, June 17
 

8:30am

Breakfast, Networking, Overview of the Day
Friday June 17, 2016 8:30am - 9:00am
Commons

9:15am

How to Get Started in PBL

The title says it all.  We are all learners, and when we start something new, we start small. We limit our focus to help us master the bigger thing step by step. Through mastery of manageable goals, you can be well on your way to becoming an advanced PBL practitioner.  This session will focus on some of the key considerations, tips, and strategies for ensuring that your students’ (and your) PBL launch gets off the pad!


Speakers
avatar for Bob Logan

Bob Logan

Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Watertown Unified School District
I am passionate about personalized learning and education reform that is meaningful and profound. I don't believe in making a broken system look better when it is possible to build a new system. We need to give great teachers and students a fighting chance. It is more a system problem than it is a people problem.
avatar for Judy Mueller

Judy Mueller

Lead Teacher, Watertown Unified School District
Judy Mueller is a language arts, public speaking and reading teacher with 17 years of teaching experience. She is an advisor and the lead teacher at Endeavor Charter School, a project based school that opened in 2014.


Friday June 17, 2016 9:15am - 11:45am
Endeavor Charter School

9:15am

Project Creation Grades 6-12

Participants will actively learn how to get started designing, managing and assessing standards-focused projects.  Although Project-Based Learning has many variations in both teacher-led and student driven settings, the process is universal.   Discover how and why to emphasize process over product, support students through projects, and set high expectations for work.  Learn ways to increase students’ writing skills, develop real revision practices, help them conduct and cite authentic research, and create opportunities for community connections and public presentation of their efforts.  Best of all, discover the power of an assessment process that fosters true self-reflection and measurable personal and academic growth. PBL ignites passion for learning in all of us!


Speakers
avatar for Nicole Luedtke

Nicole Luedtke

Advisor, Valley New School
Tweet:@valleynewschoolAdvisor at Valley New School (Appleton, WI) Regional Coordinator-Wisconsin Innovative Schools Network. B.S. in Education, Minor in English, Northern Illinois University. Ms. Luedtke, along with three colleagues, founded Valley New School, a new innovative, project-based, student centered, technology-rich charter school for the Appleton Area School District ten years ago. | | VNS continues to be a leading school and model... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 9:15am - 11:45am
Lecture Hall

9:15am

Project Creation Grades K-5

It is easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour of projects. As important as it is to create those tangibles, it's arguably the process of learning, through the experience, that has the greater impact on the learner. This session intends to engage participants in understanding and welcoming the complexities that come along with PBL practices. Together, we’ll explore strategies to provoke thinking and guide learners as they begin the process of discovery. Join this session to learn more about how to get started with your students on creating projects in the K-5 environment. You'll learn the concepts of starting small, planning ahead, and the difference between projects and Project Based Learning. Participants will walk away with the tools needed to start the project process in their own learning environments.


Speakers
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Becky Anderson

Waukesha STEM
Becky Anderson is a 4th and 5th grade multiage teacher at Waukesha STEM Academy, Randall 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 relationships with fellow educators and is passionate about affecting change.
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Keleen Kaye

Sun Prairie School District
Keleen is a 5th grade teacher in the Sun Prairie Area School District. After accomplishing an undergraduate degree from UW Madison and a Master’s degree from Carroll University, Keleen has spent her teaching career pushing for innovation in the world of education. She sees herself as a change agent who questions everything, and is constantly seeking to put into practice strategies that engage learners to the core. An addicted learner... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 9:15am - 11:45am
Media Center

11:45am

Lunch and Networking
Friday June 17, 2016 11:45am - 12:30pm
Commons

12:45pm

Breakout Session 4: TAGOS Layered Projects
TAGOS 2.0:  TAGOS will begin their 10th year of student-led PBL in the Fall of 2016.   TAGOS is a school of continual change and growth to meet their students' needs.  Come and learn about the change from a step-by-step project process to layered projects (30 minutes), updates to TAGOS math (15 minutes), and Raised Responsibility Rubrics (15 minutes). 

Speakers
avatar for Nic Manogue

Nic Manogue

Dean of Students, TAGOS
Nic began working at TAGOS Leadership Academy in 2008 after 8 years as a technology integrator and computers teacher in traditional middle schools. He has a strong desire to learn and a passion to share that love of learning with his students. He looks forward to his ninth year at TAGOS, building relationships, and making a difference in the lives of the students he serves on a daily basis through providing them choice and voice in their... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Media Center

12:45pm

Breakout Session 4: Bad Mistakes...I've Made a Few
One size does not fit all.  We should know, we've tried them all!  We will walk you through our student-centered PBL in school, but more importantly, we will tell you how and why we got here.  We will focus on understanding your school's needs and adapting great ideas to your needs.

Speakers
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Chris LaMaster

Advisor, Roy Chapman Andrews Academy
Chris LaMaster, advisor at Roy Chapman Andrews Academy, is finishing his 8th year of PBL. Six of those years have been at RCAA, with a two year break to teach Project Lead the Way. Chris’ PBL background has been with student centered, teacher led, and everything in-between.
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Sarah Palumbo

Advisor, Roy Chapman Andrews Academy
I'm an advisor at Roy Chapman Andrews Academy (our AMAZING project-based charter school) in Beloit, Wisconsin. We are about to celebrate our tenth year! Any discussion revolving around personalized, student-centered and/or creative learning will launch me on a soapbox. I have a soft spot for middle school students and adore seeing young people develop and pursue their own passions.


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room S141

12:45pm

Breakout Session 4: 3 Essential Elements of Elementary STEM Programs
During this session, we will present three essential elements for a successful elementary STEM program.  First is the need for rigorous curriculum and teacher resources.  The second essential element is building community partnerships. Finally, schools must build a culture of 21st Century skills.

Speakers
avatar for Angie Andersson

Angie Andersson

Principal, KTEC
Dr. Angela Andersson graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts and in 1995 with a Ph.D in political science. She taught political science at Loyola University Chicago before starting to teach in Kenosha Unified in 2000. In January 2006, she began planning a school with Sarah McMillian that eventually became the Kenosha School of Technology Enhanced Curriculum and opened in September 2007. Dr. Andersson has been... Read More →


Friday June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room S147

12:45pm

Breakout Session 4: A Sample Real-World Project: Creating a Sister City Program
When the village administrator of Weston, WI challenged the DC Everest Idea School to create a sister city program, the students were excited. Join us to learn how students took a real-world problem and ran with it, creating something great along the way.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Dercks

Andy Dercks

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

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 June 17, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Room S151

2:00pm

Closing and Next Steps
Friday June 17, 2016 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lecture Hall