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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


Great Lake grant will boost Phuture Phoenix programs



GREEN BAY — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s Phuture Phoenix program has been awarded a one-year, $177,579 grant to expand and focus efforts to prepare disadvantaged middle and high school students in Northeastern Wisconsin for higher education.

Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation (Great Lakes) announced the award Monday, Feb 20. Through community investments, Great Lakes funds programs that foster workforce development and improve economic competitiveness by increasing the number of disadvantaged students who start and complete a postsecondary degree or certificate.

“This award not only demonstrates support for the mission of Phuture Phoenix, but more importantly it will allow us to increase and improve our efforts on behalf of young people in Northeastern Wisconsin,” said Phuture Phoenix Director Kim Desotell.

The grant will provide funds for a grant coordinator and 10 Phuture Phoenix Phellows, pre-service education majors who oversee more than 275 pre-service education students who tutor and mentor in 10 middle and high schools in the Green Bay area. It includes a significant research component to collect data and measure the program’s effectiveness.
The grant also provides for three ambitious pilot programs:

— Parent Training will provide programing to help parents prepare their child for college. It will focus upon the parents of minority, first-generation and other disadvantaged populations. Research shows that parent support is critical to student success in attaining post-secondary education.

— After School Academic Tutoring will be offered at Green Bay West High School for struggling students to help them maintain passing grades. The desired effect will be to provide “just in time” assistance so students don’t fall behind and into a pattern of hopelessness.

— ACT Preparation for disadvantaged students at Green Bay West High School will include mentoring and academic support to help guide students through test preparation activities. Students who are effectively prepared for college entrance exams perform better on these critical tests and enjoy more opportunity for postsecondary education.

“The Phuture Phoenix program’s focus on academic enrichment plays a crucial role in helping disadvantaged students prepare for — and succeed in — postsecondary education,” said Amy Kerwin, Great Lakes’ Chief Educational Opportunities Officer. “We are pleased to provide funding to support both the expansion of their services and the evaluation of the program’s impact on the students served.”

The Phuture Phoenix program began in 2002, originating from a conversation between Ginny Riopelle, a leader in the Green Bay community, and Cyndie Shepard, the wife of former UW-Green Bay Chancellor Bruce Shepard. Both were struck by the fact that many children from low-income families don’t believe higher education can be in their future. Shepard and Riopelle decided to bring fifth-graders to the campus to offer a first glimpse of college life.

From that beginning the Phuture Phoenix program has evolved steadily. Last year Phuture Phoenix welcomed its 10,000th fifth-grade visitor. A related Education course has been added to the UW-Green Bay curriculum and each student is required to perform 35 hours of tutoring/mentoring in the field. Also, Phuture Phoenix now has been replicated at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. Thanks to community generosity, there are now students attending UW-Green Bay on Phuture Phoenix scholarships.

While the Phuture Phoenix program has grown, so has the need. When Phuture Phoenix was initiated, about 30 percent of Green Bay students were receiving free-or reduced-price lunches. That number has almost doubled in the past decade. At West High School, where the three pilot programs will be implemented, 66 percent of the student body receives free-or reduced-price lunches.

“The success of Phuture Phoenix isn’t determined solely by how many students attend UW-Green Bay, but whether we can help young people growing up in challenging circumstances pursue their own post-secondary options,” Desotell said. “This grant will support our efforts to help students develop the tools and confidence to help themselves and pursue their dreams.”

Phuture Phoenix is a program within the Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. For more information about Phuture Phoenix or the Institute for Learning Partnership, contact us at (920) 465-5555 or

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates helps millions of students pay for college and manage their student loans. Through Community Investments, Great Lakes funds programs that foster workforce development and improve economic competitiveness by increasing the number of disadvantaged students who start and complete a postsecondary degree or certificate. For additional information, visit


Phuture Phoenix participate in FAFSA event

Phuture Phoenix was among representatives who visited Green Bay West High School to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Here’s an article from the Green Bay Press-Gazette about the event

Four PDC graduates among Teachers of Distinction

Congratulations to all those selected as Teachers of Distinction, but especially to PDC graduates Jessica Dresser (Webster Elementary), Nancie Brennan (Edison Middle), Lawrence DeCleene (Doty Elementary), and JoAnna Kloster, Baird Elementary. Here’s a video from Channel 11 about the award, which is the first step towards the Golden Apple Awards.

First Nations Studies is earning well-deserved attention


Tribal Elder Shirley Barber talks with students

 UW-Green Bay is helping current and future educators learn more about the history, culture, sovereignty and contemporary issues of American Indians, helping them learn so they can also teach.

Recently, the First Nations Studies program has earned the UW-System’s top award for diversity education, and some well-deserved attention from local media. Here are links to a recent story and video about First Nations Studies by the Green Bay Press-Gazette. And here’s something more from University Communications.

Some background: A Wisconsin law,  “Act 31” requires that K-12 students learn about federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands in Wisconsin. To help schools meet these requirements, the Center for First Nations Studies, under the direction of the Education program, was created. Additionally, UW-Green Bay offers students the opportunity to major or minor in First Nations Studies.

Its commitment to First Nations Studies was one of the reasons cited in naming UW-Green Bay’s Education program the top undergraduate program in the state by the UW System Board of Regents.

“We’re the only school in the UW System that requires pre-service teachers to complete a three-credit course in First Nations Studies,” said Prof. Lisa Poupart, who chairs the First Nations program, and co-chairs the First Nations Center with Prof. Tim Kaufman, Education program chair.

Poupart said this may be the only program in the nation that has four tribal Elders, from different regional tribes, who are part of the teaching staff. Each Elder is a scholar with considerable experience, and teaches in the tradition of First Nations oral teaching and learning. Students and practicing teachers gain a deeper knowledge of American Indian history and culture, and in turn are better prepared to teach students.

“It’s integral to the way we prepare successful educators,” said Kaufman. “It gives our pre-service teachers an advantage in more fully understanding this culture and the impact it has on teaching and learning.”

The First Nations Studies program is of interest to both American Indian and non-Indian students who wish to learn more about the traditional cultures and knowledge of indigenous people as well as the changes experienced by American Indian nations as a result of Euro-American contact.

The program offers a major and a minor. The minor strengthens numerous degrees including those in business, history, social work, etc.,  The degrees prepare students to live and work in an increasingly diverse community and also equip students with skills to work cooperatively and effectively with tribal governments and businesses.

Through the Center for First Nations Studies, UW-Green Bay Education students and faculty offer consultation and services to teachers and school districts regarding curriculum, materials and instructional methodology in American Indian studies.

For example, a recent day found Poupart in Madison, participating in an in-service program for middle school teachers. A few days’ earlier students from UW-Manitowoc visited UW-Green Bay to learn from Elder Shirley Barber.

The Center for First Nations Studies not only serves as an Act 31 resource center for professional and pre-service educators, it also has the mission of helping UW-Green Bay retain American Indian students, said Poupart.

While tribes and bands have their own history and traditions, there is a core set of values that extend across each —  respect, reciprocity, responsibility and relationships.

“It seems to me that more people are starting to appreciate the unique approach in using Elders and teaching,” Kaufman said. “The bottom line is these Elders are the highest authority and teachers in regards to knowledge about Native American culture. It’s encouraging that we’re seeing a buy-in to the (First Nations) programs from students to staff to faculty.”

Spending an afternoon with an Elder introduces students to forms of teaching different from a typical lecture hall that may hold 200 students. In fact, non-Indian students are sometimes uneasy in their first encounter with a tribal Elder, Poupart said. They worry they may inadvertently say something politically incorrect. But soon the apprehension evaporates and they can engage in honest education about Wisconsin’s First Nations.

Neither Poupart nor Kaufman is satisfied with the number of  University students with American Indian heritage (120), trailing UW-Madison (178) and UW-Milwaukee (141).  “We should have a number that reflects the proximity to the American Indian population. Sixty percent of Wisconsin’s American Indian population lies within 100 miles of Green Bay,” Poupart says. Kaufman sees an opportunity for growth.

“I think the work we’re doing through the center will have an impact on increasing the enrollment of Native American students in the University and Education program,” he said.

For more information call 920-465-2185 or visit

First Nations Studies wins Regents Diversity Award

Congratulations to our colleagues in First Nations Studies for winning the Regents Diversity Award. Click here to read a story about the Regents Award.