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Community needs to encourage higher education

To read Kim Desotell’s column in the Green Bay Press-Gazette go here: http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110823/GPG0706/108230473/1270/GPG0602/Guest-column-Encourage-all-kids-go-college

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.

Phuture Phoenix trains Silver Lake College in Manitowoc

Click here to read the article! http://blog.uwgb.edu/inside/index.php/log-news/news/07/21/phuture-phoenix-silver-lake/

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.

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 colej@uwgb.edu

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