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Phuture Phoenix celebrates success with donors

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will have 15 Phuture Phoenix scholars on campus this fall, more than doubling the number of scholarship holders in the second year of the scholarship program.

Kim Desotell, Jack and Ginny Riopelle, Lois Weyers

Award recipients will include six returning scholars and nine first-year students, Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell announced during a special reception held May 19 for Phuture Phoenix supporters.

Phuture Phoenix, UW-Green Bay’s signature program that bolsters college aspirations for young people, began in 2003 as the result of an extended conversation between Cyndie Shepard — the wife of former chancellor Bruce Shepard — and University Trustee Ginny Riopelle.  The pair discussed establishing a mentoring program that could boost postsecondary awareness for students in at-risk schools and help them establish a vision for attending college. Phuture Phoenix since has served more than 8,000 schoolchildren from elementary schools with significant low-income populations. The program has become a model, and is being replicated at UW-Eau Claire, Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., and Silver Lake College in Manitowoc.
The cornerstone Phuture Phoenix event is an autumn tour of the campus for approximately 1,400 fifth-graders from at-risk schools in the greater Green Bay area. UW-Green Bay student volunteers, many of whom are first-generation college students, offer tours and a snapshot of campus life.

Through the years, the Phuture Phoenix program has grown well beyond a field trip. Each year, UW-Green Bay students visit middle and high schools to serve as positive role models and mentors for at-risk students. It is a connection that begins in fifth grade and extends to graduation.

Scholarships will be made available to qualified Phuture Phoenix students as the numbers grow. The scholarships are renewable each year a qualified student attends UW-Green Bay.

For more information about Phuture Phoenix contact Kim Desotell at (920) 465-5170; or,

Maybe we should be known as 'Education U'

The Professional Program in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been selected to receive the UW System’s top honor for outstanding teaching.

At the June 10 Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee, faculty members in the teacher-preparation program will receive the 2011 Regents Teaching Excellence Award in the category of outstanding academic department. Regent teaching awards will also go to two individuals: Human Development Prof. Regan Gurung of UW-Green Bay and Education Prof. Craig Berg of UW-Milwaukee.

The Professional Program in Education has long been one of UW-Green Bay’s most heavily enrolled programs. More than 500 students are either majors, pre-majors or candidates for teaching certification in elementary education, or are pursuing disciplinary majors and certification in secondary education.

Associate Prof. Timothy Kaufman serves as chairperson. Other full-time faculty members are associate professors Scott Ashmann, James Coates Jr., Mark Kiehn, Pao Lor, Patricia Ragan and Linda Tabers-Kwak; assistant professors  Susan Cooper, Steven Kimball and Karen Lieuallen; and senior lecturers Karen Bircher and Art Lacey.

The UW System announcement of the program’s selection cited several factors:

  • Sponsorship of UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which pairs children as young as fifth grade with University student mentors and promotes the idea that college is possible;
  • A variety of community outreach initiatives, highlighted by in-school research and work with practicing teachers at the graduate level, especially those teaching “at risk” and disadvantaged children;
  • The unit’s emphasis on providing future teachers with diverse experiences including work with various ethnic, cultural, and economic groups and children with exceptional educational needs. In recent years, Education has sought to place its students in classroom settings as early as possible, even as first- and second-year students, to aid and observe practicing teachers and maximize their exposure to the profession.

In addition, the University has won praise for the success of its Center for First Nation Studies, a resource to help current and future educators do a more comprehensive job of teaching youth about the history, culture, sovereignty and contemporary issues of American Indians. The center was founded in 2009 to provide leadership after the state of Wisconsin mandated increased attention to K-12 instruction in this area. Co-directed by Kaufman of  Education and Prof. Lisa Poupart of the University’s First Nations Studies program, the center is notable in that it invites local tribal elders to assist in teacher education and the preparation of K-12 teachers and University faculty to better address native issues.

Also mentioned in announcement of the UW System award was the relatively high placement rate for Education graduates seeking their first teaching positions. Nearly 50 percent of student teachers last spring had secured full-time contracts by fall.

The Education program and its campus/community partnership arm, the Institute for Learning, have strengthened ties to the region’s K-12 educators over the last decade through an annual professional development conference, a continuing education certificate program for working teachers, and the launch and growth of a successful graduate program,  the Master’s of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

This is the 19th consecutive year for the Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. Recipients are selected by a board subcommittee, which this year consisted of Regents  Betty Womack (chair), Jeffrey Bartell, John Drew and Ed Manydeeds. Selection criteria include strong commitment to teaching and learning; use of effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning; and significant impact on students’ intellectual development.

The UW-Green Bay Education unit will share a $5,000 stipend to be used for professional development.

–University Communications

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12 area educators recieve PDC honors

PDC recipients at Award Ceremony

GREEN BAY – Twelve area educators from the Green Bay, Manitowoc and Two Rivers school districts have been awarded Professional Development Certification, by the Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In an address entitled: “To Be Noble in Challenging Times,” Dr. Catherine Cullen of the Licensing Division of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction praised PDC graduates they are demonstrating their own nobility by pursuing professional excellence. Speaking at a special award ceremony held Tuesday (May 3) in the UW-Green Bay University Union, Cullen applauded the recipients for their hard work, perseverance and devotion to education. “You have committed yourself to a program that encourages you to be excellent. Thank you for your commitment to children.”

 The PDC is a unique, self-paced, individualized professional development program. The focus of the experience is based on student learning as well as professional growth for educators. The Department of Public Instruction recognizes the PDC for 5 year re-licensure of educators in Wisconsin.

 The educators recognized for PDC completion were:

 Lynn Carney, Green Bay, Physical Education Department Head, Edison Middle School is a veteran teacher of more than 20 years, her PDC work focused on providing students with the knowledge and skills to achieve a healthy lifestyle, not only in the school setting, but into adulthood.

 Jessica Dresser, Green Bay, Special Education Teacher, Webster Elementary School, began her professional career in 2006. Her PDC work focused on inclusion in the least restrictive environment and behavior improvement through relationships.

 Janice Hutterer, Manitowoc, Early Childhood Kindergarten Teacher at Riverview Elementary School teaches kindergarten special education and children age three to five. Her PDC work focused on developing four-year-old kindergarten students’ handwriting using the HTW (Handwriting Without Tears) program.

 Natalie Killion, Green Bay, School Counselor, Preble High School, a professional educator since 1998, has worked with students at Seymour and Green Bay Southwest High School, before her present assignment at Preble High School. Her PDC work focused on investigating and implementing strategies to improve transition of freshmen to high school, with the goal of reducing the number of failing grades.

 Lisa Koch, Two Rivers, Two Rivers High School science teacher, began teaching Physics and Chemistry in 1993 at Mishicot High School, and has been a science teacher at Two Rivers since 1994. Her PDC work focused on significantly improving students’ success rates by learning different avenues of teaching and providing multiple options for her students to learn and practice new material.

 Nikki Logan, Green Bay, bilingual special education teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, began her professional career in 2007 in the Milwaukee Public School District and has been teaching at Eisenhower Elementary since 2008. Her PDC work focused on students in grade K-2, using the math workshop approach. She created math centers, an option board, math take-home bags, and documented on-task behaviors among various other activities.

 Amy Quinn, Green Bay, first grade teacher Wilder Elementary School, began her professional career as an LD Special Education teacher in Seymour. Her PDC work focuses on literacy, specifically ways to improve the quality of her writer’s workshop and more effectively meet the needs of her struggling readers.

 Brian Schley, Two Rivers, school counselor at L.B. Clarke Middle School, is in his fourth year as a school counselor. He is also the middle school Athletic Director and fifth grade Learning is for Everyone (LIFE) teacher. His PDC work focused on creating a cross-age peer tutoring program to increase standardized test score in math and reading of at-risk students.

 Tiffani Schley, Manitowoc, elementary school counselor at Jefferson Elementary School, is in her third year of school counseling. Her PDC work focused on determining the effects a structured school-wide bullying program could have on school climate.

 Kathaleen Stilp, Green Bay, special education teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, began teaching students with special needs in 1996. She has worked at Jefferson school for 15 years. Her PDC work focused on scientific research which has not only reaffirmed the importance of explicit phonic instructions, but has brought to light the essential role of phonological awareness in learning to read.

 Katherine Thibaudeau, Green Bay, Reading Recovery and Title I Reading Teacher at Eisenhower Elementary School, has previously taught in De Pere and Wrightstown. Her PDC work focused on vocabulary development after realizing that her students had little knowledge of what words mean, which results in a breakdown of reading comprehension.

 Tammy Vann, Green Bay, Elementary ESL Program Support Teacher/English Language Learner Curriculum Coordinator, began working for the Green Bay School District in 2007. She has taught ESL at Baird Elementary and Aldo Leopold Community Schools. Her PDC work focused on researching and implementing strategies to help English Language Learners succeed in the classroom.

 The Institute for Learning Partnership was founded in 1997-98 to focus on educational excellence with special attention to the PK-16 learner. The Institute brings together the resources of the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay and northeast Wisconsin’s school districts, businesses, and community leadership.

 It was the first professional development program to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. There are now more than 240 PDC graduates in the eight partner districts.

 Eight northeast Wisconsin school districts currently offer recognition and compensation for the PDC – De Pere, Sheboygan, Pulaski, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel.

 For more information about the PDC or the Institute visit our Facebook page or our website: We can also be reached at (920) 465-5555

Bergeron receives Whitney Radder award

Nicholas Bergeron, a sophomore from Fall Creek who is studying Math Education, was presented with the Whitney Radder Phuture Phoenix Phenomenal Role Model Award, Wednesday (May 4) in a special ceremony held on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus.

 Whitney Radder was a Phuture Phoenix tutor, pursing a degree in education, when she was killed in a tragic car accident as she returned from a Phuture Phoenix visit to Franklin Middle School on April 20, 2010. Wanting her strong spirit to carry on and serve as inspiration to others, her peers established this honor in her memory. This award is presented each semester to a Phuture Phoenix Role Model for exemplifying, upholding and exceeding the expectations of the Phuture Phoenix program, while providing phenomenal community service in Phuture Phoenix partner schools.

Phuture Phoenix began in 2003 from an extended conversation between Cyndie Shepard, the wife of former chancellor Bruce Shepard and University Trustee Ginny Riopelle about establishing a mentoring program that could help students in at-risk schools stay on course for college. It has since served almost 10,000 school children from elementary schools with significant low-income populations. And it’s being replicated at UW-Eau Claire, Western Washington University and Silver Lake College.

Attending the ceremony, which was held in the final semester’s class for ED 295, the Phuture Phoenix class was Keith Bowe, Whitney Radder’s cousin.

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