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Summer Culture program at Green Bay Boys & Girls Club

“The UW-Green Bay book club discussion on ‘Courageous Conversations About Race’ last spring and my learning from the disproportionality summit motivated me to design a multicultural program for students at the Green Bay Boys & Girls Club this summer, as part of my summer work experience,” she said. “The students learned about different cultures and were also introduced to African culture through a hands-on African Hand Drumming experience instructed by the UW-Green Bay Nia African Drummers program. The program was very successful and about 50 students participated.”

Drumming Workshop at Boys & Girls Club

Drumming Workshop at Boys & Girls Club

International PDC Candidates Making Steady Progress Toward Completion

Since the first face-to-face seminars last spring at the UW-Green Bay campus, the PDC staff, coaches and the Quality Review Board (QRB) have continued to provide web-based support though online programming and phone contacts and videos, while QAARDAN provides local support through frequent communication and site visits. The candidates are currently working on their Individual Learning Plans (ILP) focused on their school/building goals and also their online Action Research course, which are partial requirements for program completion.  The candidates are finding the PDC program very different from other professional development programs. Its rigor and relevance to improved practice are valued, they say. Here are reflections from two candidates about their journey so far:

Paul Adebanjo

Paul Adebanjo


“I started my PDC journey with an overwhelming enthusiasm and optimism. I was hungry for a fresh challenge and need to grow professionally to become a better teacher and even more so, a better learner. Learning has been completely different from anything I have done before. I feel my understanding has greatly matured over this short period of time. I am much more equipped with the necessary tools to improve learning in my classroom.” Paul Adebanjo, sixth grade English Language teacher, Halifield School, Lagos.


Adeola Tolulope Adebola

Adeola Tolulope Adebola

“Unlike other professional development programs I had experienced, the PDC is rigorous and tasking. It is not a ‘read and answer’ or ‘copy and paste’ program; you must research your focus topic relevant to student learning and analyze and interpret your data. The PDC has challenged me to be a better learner and has provided the structure and the process to begin to change my leadership style as an educator. The program is encouraging and provides assistance and support for my success. I am eagerly researching my topic and look forward to interpreting my data once I begin my Action Research within my school building. As a teacher of teachers, this program provides strong leadership training for my continued professional growth.” Adeola Tolulope Adebola, Deputy Head Teacher, Chrisland Education Organization, Lagos.

The International PDC candidates are currently learning about action research through an on-line eight week program and some of them have already identified their action research topics. Action research allows candidates to focus on a topic relevant to student learning and areas of improvement in their respective schools.


Phuture Phoenix Awards Scholarships

The scholarship provides support and encouragement for the following students attending UW-Green Bay.

New scholarship awardees

  • Pamai Xiong, Richard and Beth Gochnauer Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Stephanie Hermans, Larry and Kayleen Ferguson Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Katrina Pratt, Tony Galt Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Brianna Hammersley, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Dallas Selissen, Tony Galt Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Alexis Saldana, Barb Lemerond Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Napho Xiong, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Jonathan Wilkins Clancy, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Dartania Cooney, Ginny and Jack Riopelle Phuture Phoenix Scholarship         

Renewing scholarships

  • Brittaney Cooney, Larry Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Eva Cruz Martinez, Laatsch Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Riley Garbe, Larry and Kayleen Fergusen Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Zachary Hibbard, Larry and Kayleen Fergusen Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Chuenhua Ho, U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation, Inc. Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Vanessa Jardine, Larry and Kayleen Fergusen Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Lily Johnson, Tim and Maryanne Weyenberg Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Adriana Montejano, Craig A. Mueller Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Thomas Mottl, Larry L. Weyers/WPS Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Jesse Perez, U.S. Venture/Schmidt Family Foundation Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Theresa Rock, Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Jesus Rascon, Billie Kress Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Amanda Sabah, Terry and Kris Fulwiler Phuture Phonix Scholarship
  • Elizabeth Sanchez, Cyndie Shepard Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Adrianna Shuler, Larry and Kayleen Phuture Phoenix Scholaship
  • Shi Yeng Vang, Gary Weidner Phuture Phoenix Scholarship
  • Bianca Williams-Ford, Billie Kress Phuture Phonix Scholarship
  • Peter Her, Edward & Cecelia Plass Farm Scholarship,
  • Paige Cretton-Presnell, Bill and Pat Larsen Scholarship

Nearly $36,000 Awarded in Grants to Improve Teaching and Learning

The recipients and their grant projects are as follows:

  • Bonduel School District, Bonduel Elementary School teacher, Kylee Richter-WeDO Lego Robotics ($4,938.26)
  • Green Bay Area Public School, East High School teacher, Lucinda Roberts-Summer Strings Bootcamp Specialty Violin Incentive ($5,000)
  • Green Bay Area Public School District, Lombardi Middle School teacher, Jenna Matzke-FIRST Program ($2,500)
  • Green Bay Area Public School District, Keller Elementary School teacher Tina Wilk Eaton- S’Cool Moves Summer Camp ($2,743)
  • Manitowoc Public School District, Madison Elementary School teacher Ruth Krause-Transforming Literacy Instruction in an Urban School ($3,131.60)
  • Manitowoc Public School District, Monroe Elementary School teacher, David L. Bourgeois- World Music Drumming for Monroe School ($3,000)
  • Pulaski Community School District, Pulaski Middle School teacher, Eric Schwister-Bringing 21st Century Tech & Career Skills to PCMS ($4,375)
  • Suring School District, Suring Elementary School teachers, Kathy Runge & Nancy Stegeman-Implementing the daily Five Reading Program ($2,692)
  • Unified School District of De Pere, Heritage Elementary School teacher, Luke Herlache-The Ripple Effect: Leadership Academy Initiative ($7,400)

Farm Learning is Master’s Project

Livieri says his vision is to “bring agriculture to our youth through Edgerton School District’s farm-learning initiatives.”

A local family, the Silverwoods, donated a farm making it possible for Livieri and the school district to implement their farm-learning initiatives.

“Farm-learning started in September 2014 with the vision of healthier eating for all Edgerton students,” said Livieri. “With that vision, a team of individuals in the district decided to implement various gardening projects to grow fresh produce for our schools.”

District partners in the project include Michael McCabe, high school alternative education teacher; Rick Reese, agriculture teacher; Phill Klamm, Edgerton Middle School principal; Dr. Mark Coombs, Edgerton High School principal; and Dr. Dennis Pauli, Edgerton School District superintendent.

The farm-learning initiative has made an impact on the students at Edgerton.

“I learned a lot about planting and picking,” said one middle-schooler. “I learned how to use some garden tools and now I feel like I am ready to start my own garden. I wish I could do it again.”

Students were immediately engaged by Livieri’s farm-learning, Klamm said.

“Whenever I went to observe the class, I was amazed at the diversity of kids with boots and gardening tools,” he said.

Edgerton Middle School Farm Project

Edgerton Middle School Farm Project