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CL59: Facing Challenges/Recognizing Wins

Thursday February 8 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The demands of curriculum and pull of old routines work together to sap energy for our loftier ambitions for students.

In the cold of winter, how do we press on?

Season 8/Collab Lab 59

The focus for December was Support for Authentic Work. Even with that support, habit and curriculum goals tempt us to ask less of students and less of ourselves. How do we recharge the passion to do more for students and press on towards the spring we know is coming?

As always, you’ll be joined by peers and collaborators from K-12 higher education, industry, and the nonprofit community. If you work with or know of a student who would like to join the discussion please extend the invitation.


5:30 to 6:00 pm Grab something to eat, meet some interesting, passionate people
6:00 to 6:15 pm Welcome and introductions
6:15 to 8:00 pm Let’s talk through some ideas
8:00 to 8:30 pm Wrap up and next steps

Food and non-alcoholic beverages 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:

PJ Dever — Executive Director for Playworks in Wisconsin

PJ has worked in education for over 13 years with the majority of that work in Milwaukee schools. He has spent time working with students directly, as coach for educators, and a program director. Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. PJ & his team coaches youth, school staff, and out-of-school-time professionals to create great recesses, youth leadership opportunities, and infuse play into their curriculum.

Lana M. Minshew — Assistant Professor, Director of the Human-Centered Design Lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Dr. Minshew also holds a faculty appointment in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the MCW Pharmacy School. She is a learning scientist, design thinker, educator, and researcher whose
work explores the relationships between educational theory, teaching practices, design thinking, and learning and cognition in health professions education.

Nina Johnston — Program Manager of the Human-Centered Design Lab at the Medical College of Wisconsin
Nina is a design thinker, entrepreneur, and educator. She is a University Innovation Fellow through the d.school at Stanford University and received a Curriculum Innovation Grant and Fellowship through the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, where she is a former lecturer. In her free time, Nina loves to read, refinish furniture, garden, and learn new creative skills.


Shannon Smyth — US Soccer Coach Educator, Youth Technical Director

In her role as a Youth Director at North Shore United Soccer Club, you will find Shannon on the field working with both youth and high-performance players ages 3-23 years old. For the past 10 years, she has worked for the US Soccer Federation in the Coaching Education department to help implement methodologies and curriculums created to promote “free play.” Through a holistic approach, coaches are taught to provide a reality-based and experiential learning environment, yielding both wins and losses and how to handle both!


Thursday February 8
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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WE Energies STEM Center at MSOE
1444 North Water Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States
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(414) 277-7238
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