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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.

Education remains a priority for Wisconsin, says Dean Mattison

Dean Sue Joseph Mattison offers observastions on education and the Institute.

In mid-summer, Sue Joseph Mattison, an academic administrator with experience in health and education, assumed her post as UW-Green Bay Dean of the College of Professional Studies. Mattison, who has a distinguished record as a scholar and academic leader, oversees academic offerings and community services in the areas of teacher education, business administration, nursing and social work, majors that account for about one-third of UW-Green Bay’s 6,600 students. Additionally, her position entails leadership in developing community partnerships with professional organizations in those fields. Here’s Mattison’s initial thoughts about education in Northeastern Wisconsin:

Q. What is your impression of education in this region?

Wisconsin is known for its strong support of education at all levels. It’s been a challenging time for educators, and certainly more resources are needed to support education, but I’m overwhelmed by the professionalism of educators in Green Bay and the Northeastern Wisconsin region, and how they work to maintain a quality curriculum for their students.  I believe education is still a top priority for residents of the state.  

 

Q. What are your thoughts about the Institute for Learning Partnership and professional development for educators?

I see how every Institute staff member is extremely focused and committed to serving the needs of students and educators in the northeast Wisconsin region, by supporting educators working to solve challenging issues within their own schools and districts.  Learning about the outstanding projects completed by in-service educators/graduates of the Professional Development Certificate, as well as relevant continuing educational opportunities with the ILP Fall Conference, shows the critical importance of the work done by Institute staff.  In addition, the overwhelming success of the Phuture Phoenix program is resulting in expanded educational attainment for students in Green Bay and surrounding communities.  I had a great time mingling with the Phuture Phoenix fifth graders, and got caught up in the excitement during their field trip day on the UW-Green Bay campus this fall.  In all aspects of their work, I have been extremely impressed by the ILP staff members.

 

Q. Could you share some of your thoughts about preparing future teachers at a time when there are so many challenges confronting the education profession?

I understand the enormous challenges faced by educators, but even so – I can think of no better profession than to be an educator.  My daughter just started college this fall, and is majoring in music education.  She said she wants to be able to instill the love of music in high school kids, just as that love of music was brought into her own life.  That is exactly the kind of educators we want to prepare – those who would do the job for the love of inspiring others.  And yet there is no doubt in my mind that we must hold greater esteem for the importance of those who choose to be educators, and the many challenges they face.  I saw a very illuminating cartoon about the use of standardized testing as a way to measure teacher performance – an elephant, monkey, turtle, and other animals were standing in front of the teacher’s desk, and the teacher said, “Okay, now for our final exam, go climb that tree.”  The sad part is the teacher will face severe consequences when the elephant and turtle can’t climb the tree. 

Q. Do you worry the political and economic climate will discourage some students from becoming educators and drive others from their chosen profession?

I do worry about the effect of the current political and economic climate.  However, the people of Wisconsin have a lot of common sense, and still recognize the importance of their political and economic support of teachers – the economic, social, business, political, public health, and cultural future of our state depends on an educated population.  We will think of new ways to work together and keep moving forward. 

Q. Could you share some of your ideas on how the Institute could better serve the needs of the region?

To address changes in legislation and teacher professional development compensation, the Institute staff is meeting with area school district administrators and educators to develop innovative professional development opportunities.  The population of Green Bay and Northeastern Wisconsin is rapidly becoming more diverse, which brings many interesting educational opportunities. Education faculty, ILP staff, and I have been meeting with community leaders to begin to address the needs of diverse learners through innovative curriculum for pre-service and in-service teachers.  I am very proud of the entire Institute staff, how committed they are to serving the needs of educators and schools in the region, and their creative vision to move the Institute forward in the face of multiple challenges – truly an amazing group of individuals.

 

PDC awards reception, Sept. 27

The Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will award Professional Development Certificates to 15 educators from three area school districts Sept. 27.

The “Accomplished Educators” will be certified during a special recognition ceremony at 6:30 p.m. in the 1965 Room of the University Union at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. Pulaski Community School District Superintendent Mel Lightner will be the keynote speaker, and Associate Prof. Steve Kimball of the UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Education will provide closing remarks.

“One of the highlights of the PDC presentation ceremony occurs when the graduates share their thoughts about this significant milestone in their PDC journey and how the process has improve their effectiveness as an educator,” said PDC Coordinator Kim Desotell. “Inevitably it is a personal and professional accomplishment and their reflections often inspire the entire audience.”

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

The 15 educators recognized for PDC completion are:
- Elizabeth Armstrong, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Jennifer Brooks, counselor, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Shannon Goerke, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Kari Morrow, school psychologist, Lombardi Middle School, Kennedy and Annie Jackson elementary schools, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Rachael Poppe, special education teacher, East High School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Lindsay Seiler, fourth grade bilingual one-way teacher, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Katherine Schiller, fourth grade teacher, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
-Vikki Van Egeren, English as a Second Language teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Melissa Swan Van Straten, bilingual instructional coach, Fort Howard Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
- Sharon Ellner, special education teacher, Lannoye Elementary School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Nicole Gerth, counselor, Pulaski Community Middle School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Kristine Kuhn, counselor, Pulaski Community Middle School, Pulaski Community Schools
- Jolene McMahon, Title 1/Literacy Support, LB Clarke Middle School, Two Rivers Public School District
- James Milske, Two Rivers, guidance counselor, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public School District
- Tanya Shillcox, first grade teacher, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public Schools

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, Green Bay Area Public School District and Northeastern Wisconsin’s school districts, businesses and community leadership. Its PDC program was the first to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association.

Eight Northeastern Wisconsin school districts currently offer recognition and compensation for the PDC. These districts are Green Bay, De Pere, Sheboygan, Pulaski, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel. With the completion of this newest class of PDC recipients, there are now more than 230 Accomplished Educators in these eight districts.

For more information about the Professional Development Certification program contact the Institute for Learning Partnership at (920) 465-5555; or learnpart@uwgb.edu.

2011 Fall Conference Schedule

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Thursday, October 20, 4:30 pm-5:45 pm at UW-Green Bay

John Kuglin: Moving to the Next Generation of Teaching

Retooling ourselves is the only way we will be able to reach today’s learners which, more and more, are becoming connoisseurs from a buffet of delicious technology treats.  Our students are enticed with a plethora of Web 2.0 snacks from “The Cloud.” Creating motivating 21st Century learning environments for our digital “media snackers” is a formidable task. This presentation will take you deeper into the 10-point technology-based learning plan.  Discover tools, distribution techniques and innovative ways to present information.  John Kuglin serves as a guide for this intriguing exploration of these tools and their intersection with the classroom. Develop a better understanding for the role educators and technology plays as you face the increasing demands on education and the challenging economic times ahead. 

Tammy Stephens: Supporting Digital and Global Citizenship

Modern technology allows for communication and collaboration to happen more frequently as compared to the past. With communication tools such as email, instant messaging and video conferencing, people from around the world are easily accessible with a few clicks on a computer. This ease of accessibility presents new challenges for educators. In this session, we will explore strategies that can be applied to any curriculum to use technology to promote unity and diversity, making connections, reflecting on human values, taking responsibility, and character development.

Jeremy Wildenberg: From Observation to Participation: Using Social Media and Web 2.0 in Your Classroom

Have you ever been frustrated that students seem more interested in Facebook and texting than they are in learning? In this workshop, we will introduce Web 2.0 tools and discuss ways you can use Web 2.0 to create a connected classroom environment and electrify your instruction. However, social networking, social bookmarking, blogs, wikis and other digital media are powerful tools for more than just content delivery. They will also help transform the relationships you and your students have with one another. The objective of the course is to give both beginners and experts alike access to new tools and insights about how they can be used effectively in the classroom. Attendees will also be given access to resources that will help them with continued support for technology use after the workshop.

Dena Budrecki and Carrie Dassow: Redesigning for the Global Classroom

This session demonstrates how classrooms can become environments where students and teachers engage in a learning process that is collaborative and student centered.  It will include modeling of how technology integration can be a tool to facilitate and enhance the key features of a global  classroom.  Web 2.0 interactive tools will be used as well as demonstrations on different strategies such as one-to-one computing, the use of Smartboards, cell phones and other devices that can facilitate the collaborative learning process.  This session will demonstrate how these tools can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom so that they are not the focal point of learning; instead they facilitate and enhance the learning.

 

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

 Thursday, October 20, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm at UW-Green Bay

 

John Kuglin: 21st Century Skills to Build Blended Learning Experiences

“Shocking” is the word used today to describe the developments that have taken place in education in the past 12 months. This word could be used to describe the unprecedented budget cuts facing education today. However, in this case, “shocking” is the word used by educators when they begin to discover the new and affordable resources found on the internet in a concept called “Cloud Computing.” These web-based assets are game changers and available to all educators to learn how to maximize their potential for using cloud resources in their districts and/or teaching practices. Today’s educator needs to be proactive in setting up blended learning environments, focusing on 21st century skills, while using both district and personal resources. John Kuglin will navigate you through key cloud-based concepts and applications and challenge you with a new 10-point technology-based learning plan that can help guide your district into creating the blended learning environments needed to meet the demands of the 21st century.

 

JOHN KUGLIN’S PRESENTATION

 

Saturday, October 22, 8:30 am-9:30 am at Preble High School, Green Bay

 John Kuglin: Using the Cloud to Build Blended Learning Experiences

Even though we have advanced exponentially in the development of technology, we still need to address how technology is applied to teaching and learning. National surveys and educational research tell us that effective learning focuses on learning experiences that transcend classroom walls and involve high levels of collaboration. These and other 21st century components can be brought to the classroom through cloud-based technologies available to educators today. Learn how these new technologies can have a positive impact on student achievement for little or no cost! Experience how educators today can build blended environments focusing on 21st century skills while using both district and personal resources. John Kuglin will navigate you through key-based concepts and applications and challenge you with a new 10-point personal technology plan. This plan will help guide you into creating blended learning environments needed to meet the demands of a 21st century world.

 

BREAKOUT SESSIONS

 

Saturday, October 22, 9:45 am-10:45 am AND REPEATED at 11:00 am-12:00 noon at Preble High School, Green Bay

John Kuglin: Next Generation Computing: Using the Cloud to Build 21st Century Learning Communities (A follow-up to the morning presentation)

A dynamic cloud is enhancing education today! This revolutionary development is called “Cloud Computing.” Cloud-based computing or applications do not run on a single computer; instead they are spread over a distributed environment using storage space and computing resources from other computers. This environment provides for innovative yet cost-effective learning systems to be developed during these economic times. The emergence of large-scale data farms is bringing huge quantities of processing power and storage capacity within reach of individuals. All of these web-based services are accessible from more powerful yet lesser expensive mobile devices. Couple this with the changing environment for wide-spread wireless connectivity, and you have a new model for educational computing. Educators need to understand and take advantage of this new model in computing as it directly addresses 21st century skills in critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity and innovation. Join John Kuglin as he navigates through numerous cloud-based applications from Adobe, Google, SlideRocket, MindMeister and others that use the “cloud” as a platform. Learn the pros and cons for district implementation. Learn to work more efficiently and effectively as a professional. This is a great workshop for teachers, IT staff, administrators and others looking for better ways to collaborate and communicate on a budget.  (Format: hands-on experience and exercise in a computer lab. Participants can bring their own laptops but would need internet access for all. Max: 25 participants)

Kurt Lietz: Why Use Technology?

Current students are digital natives, so they instantly connect to technology. This helps them relate to the content of the message since they already connect to the medium of the message. 

Jeff Gibson: Interactive White Board - a Great Tool for the 20th Century…. What’s Next?

Despite being a wildly popular technology tool in classrooms, an interactive white board’s physical limitations challenge teachers to promote a collaborative learning environment as well as include all children in instructional activities. Come hear about a better way to achieve the promise for improved learning that interactive whiteboards promised.

Scott Christy: A Tour Of Web Tools That You Don’t Even Know you Need!

Don’t know your Prezi from a Pretzel? Do words like Wordle, Squidoo, Doodle, Google, and Moodle all make you suddenly hungry for pasta? Then this session is for YOU. In this fast-paced workshop you’ll explore dozens of web tools that can be used to engage kids, make you more efficient, and add “life” to your classroom. Participants will have an opportunity to try out a variety of tools during the workshop and explore how they can be used in educational settings.

Stacy Cihlar: Quit Searching – Bring Information to You!

Ever find it tiring when you are looking for information to sift through the thousands of websites Google brings up? Learn how to use technology to bring information to you using things like RSS feeds and other web resources and learn how to have the information you are interested in brought right to you in one place. See how this technology makes life so much easier!

Gwen Fiecko: 21st Century Skills

“21st Century Skills”… is it simply a buzz phrase or is there something to it? Like it or not, we are moving into a world that has no boundaries. The Internet brought down barriers, and social media connected individuals across the world. To many of us, this happened overnight. We are living in a world with technology that is changing exponentially and, to succeed and grow, we need 21st century skills. These skills are believed to be necessary to compete in this global society. They include the ability to problem-solve, think critically, communicate, collaborate, be creative and innovative. And this begs the question: “What do these skills look like?”

Jessica Swemke & Justin Gerlach: 21st Century Skills & World Languages:  Building Connections & Collaboration

Many people think technology when they hear the words “21st Century Skills.”  Many people think grammar-translation when they hear the words foreign language.  While technology and grammar are components of both phrases, let’s focus our perspective.  Think collaboration.  Think critical thinking.  Think self-reflection and meaningful connections.  Such skills are not new ideas, but they are the core of 21st century skills and world languages.    As educators, these are the skills that are to be developed in students for all content areas.  Come see how world languages provide a unique and valuable partnership to lay the foundation of a global perspective so that all students will be able to collaborate and communicate in our 21st century world.

Jim Golembeski: The Once and Future Workforce

Changes in skills required for success in the American workforce over the last 15 years and the implications for educating our young people for the future.

Kim Noe: Creating a Paperless Classroom

Come learn how a current teacher saves time, stays organized, and engages students in a paperless course. Experience the technology used on a daily basis and see how it transforms learning! A variety of technologies will be shared: Moodle, Skyward Online Quizzes, netbooks, online discussions, Audacity, Google docs, and more!

Kaye Lietz: Online Teaching and Learning

To teach a class solely online in Wisconsin requires 30 hours of approved instruction. Through an ARRA grant, CESAs have been able to offer training to teachers in each of their regions. Join in this session to find out more about opportunities for teaching and learning in the online environment.

Mike Nickerson: Teach Me How to Prezi

How would you like to add a new presentation tool to your repertoire? Or better yet, get your students excited about using a new format to bring their presentations to life? You get all of that and more from using a “Prezi.” In this session you will be introduced to the “Prezi” presentation tool, create your own account, and get started on your own “Prezi.” You will also see student creations, as well as presentations that have been created by others that may fit your needs. All you need to bring is your own creativity.

Sandy Bader: 21st Century Skills for Elementary Students

How do younger students start to gain the 21st century skills they will need to succeed?  This session will explore approaches that can be used with elementary students to start developing those skills.  We will discuss uses of technology, questioning and research ideas, and unit planning strategies that will help students become active and engaged learners.  We will also discuss effective assessment of 21st century skills and how to make assessment an integral part of teaching and learning.

 

John Knickerbocker: NEW North 21st Century Skills Benchmarking Project

Employers say 21st Century Skills are important. But how do we get schools to help teach them? The NEW North Task Force II has an answer to that question. Come find out how K-16 educators can systematically approach assessing the teaching of these skills in their districts and work to assure tomorrow’s workforce is ready to go.

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 desotelk@uwgb.edu.

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: www.uwgb.edu/learnpart/. We can also be reached at (920) 465-5555

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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.”

PDC Cohort X includes members from seven school districts

GREEN BAY, Feb. 7 – The Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay welcomed 12 educators taking the initial steps toward Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certification.

Orientation activities were held Friday, Feb. 4 at Mary Ann Cofrin Hall for the 12 members of Cohort X, who represent seven school districts in Northeastern Wisconsin. PDC Coordinator Kim Desotell and PDC Program Assistant Patti Leary led the orientation program.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, they returned for their first PDC seminar, which included an Introduction to Propositions and Standards from Sandy Bader, a PDC graduate who serves as a PDC facilitator, helping to guide and mentor candidates. Cohort X members also received a presentation by Reference and Instructional Services Library Renee Ettinger, and were teamed with COG facilitators.

Cohort X includes three educators from Kiel High School, the first participants from that school district.

The PDC is a unique, self-paced, and individualized professional development program. The focus of the experience is based on student learning as well as professional growth for educators. It provides a responsive and practical structure for continuing professional growth and improved student learning.

Candidates work in collegial opportunity groups to develop and master their own individual learning plans, action research projects, and portfolio submissions. The PDC program is guided by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. The Department of Public Instruction recognizes the PDC for 5 year re-licensure of educators in Wisconsin.

The 12 educators in Cohort X and their schools are:

Jodi Bergner, Westwood Elementary, West De Pere School District

Penny Smits, De Pere Middle School, Unified School District of De Pere

Georgianne Bravick, De Pere Middle School, Unified School District of De Pere

Kathryn Grawien, De Pere Middle School, Unified School District of De Pere

Jennifer Beringer, Kiel High School, Kiel School District

Erin Menhennick, Kiel High School, Kiel School District

Gretchen Mineau, Kiel High School, Kiel School District

Dana Bongle, Lincoln High School, Manitowoc School District

Jamie Glandt, L.B. Clarke Middle School, Two Rivers School District

Brett Meulbroek, S.A.I.L. Program, Sheboygan Area School District

Katrina Miller-Riesterer, Edison Middle School, Green Bay Area School District

Mark Dupuy, Chance for Change, Boys & Girls Club East, Green Bay

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 PDC to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association.

Eight northeastern Wisconsin school districts currently offer recognition and compensation for the PDC. These districts are De Pere, Sheboygan, Pulaski, Green Bay, Manitowoc, Two Rivers, West De Pere and Kiel. There are more than 230 PDC graduates in these eight districts.

For more information about Cohort X, the PDC program, or the Institute for Learning Partnership, call 920 465-5555; or www.uwgb.edu/learnpart/.

PDC News Items for January

PDC Spring Cohort has 12 members from a wide range of partner districts:  De Pere Unified, West De Pere, Manitowoc, Green Bay, Kiel, Two Rivers and Sheboygan. We welcome our first Kiel educators to the PDC. Three teachers from Kiel High School will participate in this cohort. Welcome Kiel School District!

PDC Cohort V will be completing seminar 5 this Saturday (Jan. 22). This is the final PDC seminar for this last group.

PDC submissions must now be turned in to our new office in Suite 750 of the Cofrin Library. We are open daily from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Candidates my park in the 15 minute parking at the entrance circle outside Cofrin Library. Visitor passes are also available at the information booth near the main entrance.