skip to content

Institute for Learning Partnership

Category Archive: Institute for Learning Partnership

Phuture Phoenix trains Silver Lake College in Manitowoc

Click here to read the article!

PDC earns milestone support from DPI leader


GREEN BAY – In what marks another feather in the cap for the Institute for Learning Partnership, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has granted first-time, full approval for educator re-licensure through the Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certificate Program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

In a July 1 letter granting approval to the PDC program, State DPI Superintendent Tony Evers noted that this is the only alternate re-licensure program for educators in the state of Wisconsin. This blessing from the DPI leader means the PDC program could expand beyond Northeastern Wisconsin.

“This approval provides credibility to those holding a PDC certificate as well as those currently seeking re-licensure through our PDC program. We are pleased that DPI has recognized the program as a rigorous and worthy alternative for re-licensure in Wisconsin,” said Kim Desotell, Coordinator, PDC Program UW-Green Bay. “Currently, we have 110 educators pursuing professional development and re-licensure through the PDC.”

The DPI approval is for a five-year timeframe and will immediately reinforce existing partnerships with eight area school districts – Sheboygan, Pulaski, Green Bay, De Pere, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel. It also opens the potential for growth beyond Northeastern Wisconsin.

The PDC is a unique, self-paced, individualized professional development program that is designed to meet a demand from educators and school districts to provide a responsive and practical structure for continuing professional growth and improved student learning.

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.

The PDC Program is coordinated through the offices of the Institute for Learning Partnership, which is a joint venture between UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education, local school districts in CESA 7 and CESA 8, and area businesses.

For more information about the PDC contact Kim Desotell at (920) 465-2992; or

13th Annual Institute for Learning Partnership Fall Conference

The Institute for Learning Partnership’s 13th Annual Fall Conference will be taking place October 20-22, 2011.

Keynote Topic: Elevate Your Professional Practices with 21st Century Skills

“To ensure 21st Century readiness, we must fuse the three Rs (reading, writing and arithmetic) and four Cs (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation.”  – John Kuglin

Technology pioneer and education leader, John Kuglin, and other local experts, offer advice to educators who want to explore, experience, understand, and gain current 21st century skills.

October 20, Thursday evening, UW-Green Bay: Conference keynote and pre-conference workshop

October 21, Friday morning, Green Bay School District administrative offices: Meeting (live and online via Elluminate) with administrators from CESA 7 and 8 schools

October 22, Saturday morning, Green Bay Preble High School: Educator workshops

For more information contact Juliet Cole of the Institute for Learning Partnership at (920) 465-5094 or

National Board workshop schedule announced

Once again the Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is offering a FREE support program to candidates seeking National Board Certification. Monthly workshops, taught by National Board certified teachers, will help candidates prepare for the National Board Certification Examination, (which is administered) by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The workshops will begin on Sept. 16 and be held on Fridays, from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. on the UW-Green Bay campus.

This program is partially funded by a WEAC grant.

What are some of the potential benefits of National Board Certification?

-$2,500 annually for nine years, from the state

-$5,000 stipend for teachers who work in a school with 60 percent or more students receiving free and reduce lunch

-A Wisconsin 10-year Master Educator license

The Institute for Learning Partnership brings together educators from PK-12 area school districts, universities and colleges, businesses and local community leaders, with the intent of improving learning.

You can find a complete schedule of the workshops and registration form on the website here. For more information contact Juliet Cole at (920) 465-5094 or email:

UW Regents honor UW-Green Bay educators


Regent Manydeeds with UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education members

MILWAUKEE – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents on Friday (June 10) honored two professors and one academic program for their outstanding career achievements in teaching, as they bestowed the UW System’s highest recognition for members of its faculty and academic staff.

The 2011 recipients of the Regents Teaching Excellence Awards are:

  • Craig Berg, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, UW-Milwaukee;
  • Regan A.R. Gurung, the Ben J. & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Human Development and Psychology, UW-Green Bay; and
  • The Professional Program in Education, UW-Green Bay.

Regent Betty Womack, who chaired the selection committee, said that this recognition is “a welcome reminder of what a treasure we have in our faculty and academic staff, those who bring that special dedication, creativity, and passion to their craft, and to whom we entrust the education and enlightenment of the citizens of the future.”

Regent Jeff Bartell introduced the first award recipient, Dr. Regan Gurung, a professor of psychology at UW-Green Bay. Dr. Gurung’s self-described goal as a teacher is to “make students realize that they can do better than what they think is their best,” Bartell said. In 2009, Gurung was named the Wisconsin Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Bartell noted that Gurung has built a reputation not just as an outstanding teacher, but as an outstanding scholar, and he is nationally known for his research and publications on teaching and pedagogy.

“I am proud to be a teacher, and I am very proud to be a part of the UW System,” said Garung. “We’re here for the students. We’re here because we believe that education improves life. I believe that, and that gives me energy.”

Gurung recognized those in the room for the work they do to support teaching, saying,“I am very buoyed by what the Office of Professional and Instructional Development, OPID, does. I salute what they do for faculty to make sure we keep educating, and I thank all of you for the work you do. That helps me know that I can focus on the classroom, and that’s what gives me strength.”

Regent John Drew introduced Dr. Craig Berg, who has been on the faculty in the School of Education at UW-Milwaukee for more than 20 years, where he has focused on building a top-notch science teacher preparation program.  Drew also noted that Berg has been an “ardent advocate for improving the lives of urban children and increasing their chances for success,” and has personally invested thousands of hours into fulfilling that mission in the Milwaukee area.

“Although you know we’re expected at this university to be highly productive in terms of scholarship, writing grants, publications, and service, teaching is still the central core of what I want to do, and what I’m expected to do,” Berg said. “It’s the most important part of me being a faculty member at UW-Milwaukee.”

Finally, professor and department chair Timothy Kaufman accepted the program Teaching Excellence Award on behalf of the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education.

“This is a program that is firmly grounded in UW-Green Bay’s campus-wide commitment to connecting learning to life,” said Regent Edmund Manydeeds, in presenting the award.  He noted that students in the program are provided with rich and varied opportunities to put the theories of education into practice, working with children and families from different ethnic, cultural, and economic groups, as well as children with exceptional educational needs.  One of the department’s most recognized initiatives is the “Phuture Phoenix” mentoring program, which encourages at-risk youngsters to pursue a college education.

Kaufman said, ““This is truly a group effort. Our vision and commitment is to produce the teachers of tomorrow, really the greatest profession in the world. Professionals that are not only well prepared, but highly desired by schools and districts. Practitioners who are comfortable and nimble in diverse settings and who are able to adapt and successfully serve the needs of young learners, especially those who are at risk or underserved.”

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,

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.

Sign-up for free PDC workshop

Green Bay principal Claudia Orr receives national and local awards

Claudia Orr, principal at Eisenhower Elementary School in Green Bay, has recently received well-earned honors nationally and locally.

In November, Orr was the Wisconsin recipient of a $25,000 Milken Family Foundation Educator Award. And in January she was honored by the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce as a young professional who is improving the community’s quality of life.

In announcing Orr’s award the Milken Foundation noted: “Her strong leadership has led to extraordinary gains … Her school made Annual Yearly Progress (AYP), with 90 percent of third- and fourth-graders and 97 percent of fifth-graders performing at adequate levels across all subject areas.”

A former bilingual education teacher in her fourth year as principal at Eisenhower Elementary School, Orr said she knew she would face a challenge leading a school in which most students are growing up in day to day poverty, but she was undaunted.

“I take pride in these achievements, but mostly I feel pride for our students and staff,” she said. “For many of our students there aren’t enough role models. So we need to inspire them. We need to demonstrate that we care and that we know they can succeed.”

Orr is the fourth Green Bay district educator to capture the prestigious award. Previous local winners included Green Bay East Principal Terry Fondow (1999), Doty elementary teacher Marcy Levine (2000), and Nicolet Elementary Principal Tammy Van Dyke (2002).

Unlike many awards, there is no formal application or nomination process for the Milken Educators. Rather, each state’s department of education appoints a blue ribbon committee that recommends candidates based up strict criteria. The Milken Family Foundation makes the final selection.

Orr is also a member of the inaugural class of the Future 15, by Current, the young professional network of the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. The Future 15 are young professionals who excel in their respective field and are having a positive impact on the community’s growth, prosperity and quality of life.

“I believe in ‘no excuses’ leadership,” she says. “We don’t raise performance by lowering the bar we raise performance by building trust and finding a way to motivate their drive to succeed.”