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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: colej@uwgb.edu.

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, www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix.

Maybe we should be known as 'Education U'

The Professional Program in Education at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has been selected to receive the UW System’s top honor for outstanding teaching.

At the June 10 Board of Regents meeting in Milwaukee, faculty members in the teacher-preparation program will receive the 2011 Regents Teaching Excellence Award in the category of outstanding academic department. Regent teaching awards will also go to two individuals: Human Development Prof. Regan Gurung of UW-Green Bay and Education Prof. Craig Berg of UW-Milwaukee.

The Professional Program in Education has long been one of UW-Green Bay’s most heavily enrolled programs. More than 500 students are either majors, pre-majors or candidates for teaching certification in elementary education, or are pursuing disciplinary majors and certification in secondary education.

Associate Prof. Timothy Kaufman serves as chairperson. Other full-time faculty members are associate professors Scott Ashmann, James Coates Jr., Mark Kiehn, Pao Lor, Patricia Ragan and Linda Tabers-Kwak; assistant professors  Susan Cooper, Steven Kimball and Karen Lieuallen; and senior lecturers Karen Bircher and Art Lacey.

The UW System announcement of the program’s selection cited several factors:

  • Sponsorship of UW-Green Bay’s award-winning Phuture Phoenix program, which pairs children as young as fifth grade with University student mentors and promotes the idea that college is possible;
  • A variety of community outreach initiatives, highlighted by in-school research and work with practicing teachers at the graduate level, especially those teaching “at risk” and disadvantaged children;
  • The unit’s emphasis on providing future teachers with diverse experiences including work with various ethnic, cultural, and economic groups and children with exceptional educational needs. In recent years, Education has sought to place its students in classroom settings as early as possible, even as first- and second-year students, to aid and observe practicing teachers and maximize their exposure to the profession.

In addition, the University has won praise for the success of its Center for First Nation Studies, a resource to help current and future educators do a more comprehensive job of teaching youth about the history, culture, sovereignty and contemporary issues of American Indians. The center was founded in 2009 to provide leadership after the state of Wisconsin mandated increased attention to K-12 instruction in this area. Co-directed by Kaufman of  Education and Prof. Lisa Poupart of the University’s First Nations Studies program, the center is notable in that it invites local tribal elders to assist in teacher education and the preparation of K-12 teachers and University faculty to better address native issues.

Also mentioned in announcement of the UW System award was the relatively high placement rate for Education graduates seeking their first teaching positions. Nearly 50 percent of student teachers last spring had secured full-time contracts by fall.

The Education program and its campus/community partnership arm, the Institute for Learning, have strengthened ties to the region’s K-12 educators over the last decade through an annual professional development conference, a continuing education certificate program for working teachers, and the launch and growth of a successful graduate program,  the Master’s of Science in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning.

This is the 19th consecutive year for the Regents Teaching Excellence Awards. Recipients are selected by a board subcommittee, which this year consisted of Regents  Betty Womack (chair), Jeffrey Bartell, John Drew and Ed Manydeeds. Selection criteria include strong commitment to teaching and learning; use of effective teaching strategies to enhance student learning; and significant impact on students’ intellectual development.

The UW-Green Bay Education unit will share a $5,000 stipend to be used for professional development.

–University Communications