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Collab Lab 13: Problem Finding

Thursday October 19, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Getting your students involved in problem solving is a lot more useful when you’ve found a good problem to solve.

We’re kicking off our second season of Collab Labs with a hands-on session. Together, we’ll walk through simple process to identify a problem or two worth solving at your school and send you home with the tools to try out the process with some of your students.  Wondering what a problem worth solving looks like?

Brian King pointed us to this wonderful example:

Join us for a chance to connect and share ideas with your colleagues at public, private, and charter schools from across greater Milwaukee who want to engage their students in authentic learning experiences.


5:30 – 6:00 Grab something to eat and drink, say hello.

6:00 – 8:30 Let’s find some interesting problems to work on.

Food and beverage will be provided. There is no charge for participation but space is limited!


Featured Participants

Among others, you’ll have a chance to talk with:

Brian King

Brain King

Educator/Maker/Skill Acquirer
Former Head of School and Director of Innovation at Milwaukee Jewish Day School

A lawyer, educator and maker, Brian recently spearheaded the educational transformation at Milwaukee Jewish Day School from a traditional school to one focused on student-owned learning, learning through inquiry and making. The transformation included building a new Innovation Hub to complement the school’s approach to teaching and learning.


Cynthia Short

Cynthia ShortCynthia is an experience researcher, strategist and designer. Evolving from her background in User Experience, and her work in and across a variety of industries, in recent years Cindi has worked to push the evolution of Experience Design and its application and practice not only in the business sector, but into unsuspecting processes and areas, including entrepreneurship, social system design education and community development.

Dale Truding

Dale Truding

A designer, a collaborator and an initiator, Dr. Dale Truding is a future-focused leader who has worked in eight different states and designed two schools that have been recognized nationally. She has worked in collaboration with educational scholars throughout the world who support student-owned learning and help to create educational models that support students finding problems, seeking solutions and taking action to improve the quality of life both locally and globally.

Dr. Truding has her doctoral degree in gaming and second language acquisition. She has spent forty-eight years of her career mentoring teachers and school leaders to become lead learners and model the skills, habits and attitudes needed for all students to be prepared for the world of today and tomorrow.


Paula Kaiser
Paula Kaiser

Founder and Director of Coaching at Activate Pathways
Director of Development at Norris Academy
Director of Coaching at Epiphany Learning

Paula has taught in classrooms, led schools through the implementation of personalized learning as an Instructional Coach, and witnessed district-wide change as a Personalized Learning Coordinator. Paula’s first hand experience of the power of student-centric learning allows her to guide schools and districts through successful implementation and mindset change. At Norris Academy, she is responsible for the strategic development of the Academy utilizing design theory to research, prototype, implement and evaluate innovative approaches to learning.


We’re sorry he can’t be there for the session, but thanks go out to David Howell (MSOE/Epiphany Consulting) who, with Brian, helped us pull together the process we’ll run through.

The Collab Lab will be held in the innovation space at Ward 4, 333 North Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee, WI.  Space provided courtesy of The Commons.



Thursday October 19, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Ward 4
313 Plankinton Ave
Milwaukee, WI United States
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