How often do you have an opportunity to connect with colleagues in other districts to share innovative practices in education?
Learn Deep brings educators from across Milwaukee together to share what we’re working on to benefit our students. Each gathering includes individuals from organizations in the greater Milwaukee community who have looked at parallel innovation practices from another perspective. Together, we explore the goals educators hope to reach, hurdles which stand in the way, and opportunities to move forward, however small at first.
Collab Labs provide an opportunity to learn what strategies others have used to succeed, and to solicit help and feedback from others who have worked towards similar goals.
We’re practicing what we preach, so Collab Labs are also evolving from season to season. This year, we’ve developed our calendar of topics along the Hero’s Journey concept that we’ve started introducing in our project design work with teachers. Although each individual Collab Lab can be enjoyed as a standalone workshop, teachers making use of one of our 4 Community Engaged PBL Frameworks will find the connection to student project work extra valuable.
Each Collab Lab is focused on a specific topic relevant to Community Engaged Learning. Past topics included ‘Youth Mental Health challenges‘, ‘Maker Spaces‘, ‘Finding Room to Innovate‘ and ‘Engaging Community Partners‘. At each session we bring in featured participants from schools and the broader community who have significant and often unique experience in the subject at hand. Across all of our attendees, you’ll find folks who are willing and open to share what they know to help others in the room, whether that’s an approach to a problem, a strategy to get buy-in, or connections to others that can help.
Participation in our Collab Labs is always free, but space is limited. Our dates and topic focus can be found in the listing to the right on this page.
This is our 8th season of Collab Labs. We’re happy to be meeting each other in person again. We ask our attendees to follow appropriate social distancing and masking guidelines as set by our hosting organization, MSOE. This season we’ll be back in WE Energies STEM Center at MSOE for our Collab Labs.
We invite organizations which are interested in fostering the kind of constructive conversation that leads to greater awareness, empathy and willingness to consider new ideas to inquire about Collab Lab sponsorship options.
To get a conversation started, please use our contact page.
Thursday, October 12th, 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the MSOE’s WE Energies STEM Center
Join us as we kick off our 8th season of Collab Labs with a discussion focused on the value of elevating student voice, and what might unfold when we do so. As always, you’ll be joined by peers and collaborators from K-12 higher education, industry, and the nonprofit community.
The contributions of middle and high school students at our last two Collab Labs of Season 7 added a new dimension to the conversations. In light of that we invite the participation of students in grade 7 and above at each of our sessions this year.
Who will you find at Collab Labs?We pull in a diverse group of educators and others who are are looking for ways to help Milwaukee area schools move forward. Attendees have joined us from the following organizations:
Arrowhead School District
School District of Beloit
Carmen Schools of Science and Technology
Cedarburg School District
Cudahy School District
Fox Point/Bayside School District
Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School
Kettle Moraine School District
School District of Menomonee Falls
Milwaukee Jewish Day School
Milwaukee Montessori School
Milwaukee Public Schools
Muskego School District
New Berlin School District
Nicolet High School
Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
Oak Creek Franklin School District
Pewaukee School District
Oregon School District
Racine Unified High School District
School District of South Milwaukee
Seton Catholic Schools
Shorewood School District
St. Joan Antida High School
St. Thomas More
Tenor High School
UCC Acosta Middle School
Union Grove Union High School District
University School of Milwaukee
Veritas High School
School District of Whitefish Bay
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
Wisconsin Lutheran High School
Gateway Technical College
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – School of Education
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Artists Working In Education
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Black Arts Think Tank
Brookhill Institute of Mathematics
David Jakes Designs
Islands of Brilliance
Junior Achievement, Wisconsin
Linden Grove Communities
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Riveredge Nature Center
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
Teens Grow Greens
Urban Ecology Center
WI Department of Public Instruction
Young Enterprising Society
Zoological Society of Milwaukee