Connect to evolve student learning at Collab Lab

Ward 4 entrepreneur space provides an inspiring setting for our discussion nights

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.

Sponsorship opportunity

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.

Up Next

We’ve wrapped up our 8th season of Collab Labs, but will return for another season on October 10th at MSOE’s STEM Center.  If you’re feeling the need to dream big, collaborate with passionate folks from K12 and beyond, and set your self up for next year, you can find us back at MSOE the week of June 17th for our visioning workshops.

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
Elmbrook Schools
Escuela Verde
Fox Point/Bayside School District
Holy Family
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
Norris Academy
Notre Dame School of Milwaukee
Oak Creek Franklin School District
Pathways High
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. Monica
St. Robert
St. Thomas More
Tenor High School
UCC Acosta Middle School
Union Grove Union High School District
University School of Milwaukee
Veritas High School
Wauwatosa Schools
School District of Whitefish Bay
West Allis-West Milwaukee School District
Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Alverno College
Cardinal Stritch
Gateway Technical College
Marquette University
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
University of Wisconsin – School of Education
Wisconsin Lutheran College

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Artists Working In Education
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Brinn Labs
Black Arts Think Tank
Bray Architects
Brady Corp.
Broad Street
Brookhill Institute of Mathematics
BU Magazine
The Commons
Dance Circus
David Jakes Designs
Design Fugitives
Digital Bridge
Employ Milwaukee
Epiphany Learning
GE Healthcare
Growing Minds
Groundwork Milwaukee
Haldeman Homme
Islands of Brilliance
Johnson Controls
Junior Achievement, Wisconsin
Linden Grove Communities
Mad Genie
City of Milwaukee
Milwaukee 7
Milwaukee Makerspace
Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Milwaukee Succeeds
Northwestern Mutual
Project Foundry
Re-Creation Station
Riveredge Nature Center
Rockwell Automation
SafeNet Consulting
Sharp Literacy
Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
STEM Forward
Sustainable Formations
Teens Grow Greens
Tiny Earth
Translator MKE
Urban Ecology Center
WI Department of Public Instruction
Workshop Architects
Young Enterprising Society
Zoological Society of Milwaukee

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