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GREEN BAY – Sixteen area educators from three school districts have been awarded Professional Development Certificates, by the Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
At an award ceremony held Sept. 27 in the University Union, Pulaski Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Mel Lightner, congratulated recipients and told them and their guests that through their achievement they are “shining examples” of the innovative steps educators are taking to address educational challenges.
Lightner pointed to PDC recipients as educators who are expanding their own professional knowledge for the benefit of their students. He encouraged recipients to share what they have learned with fellow educators, and their respective communities. “Ladies and gentlemen, you are those shining lights in education. Thank you.”
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 Department of Public Instruction recognizes the PDC for 5 year re-licensure of educators in Wisconsin.
The 16 educators recognized for PDC completion are:
- Elizabeth Armstrong, third grade bilingual teacher, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
-Margaret Boldig-Fisher, sixth grade teacher, Red Smith School, Green Bay Area Public School District.
- Jennifer Brooks, counselor, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District–Jennifer Coombe, second grade teacher, Nicolet 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, guidance counselor, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public School District
-Tanya Shillcox, first grade teacher, Koenig Elementary School, Two Rivers Public School District
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 northeast 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.
With the completion of this newest class of PDC recipients, there are now about 250 Accomplished Educators in these eight districts.
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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.
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.
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.