Collab Lab 51: Student Driven Issues

Collab Lab 51: Student Driven Issues

What if we let students drive the issues that are the focus of their work?

Any issue of significance provides a rich opportunity for interdisciplinary exploration.  If the issues students care about are the focus of student work, how might they use their passion to help them see connections across domains and develop the knowledge, skills, and practices to make a difference?

How do we navigate our own fears about where this might lead to create the possibility?

Join us on December 8th to talk through ideas and opportunities with K-12 colleagues (some of who are Learn Deep Fellows) and community partners from industry, higher-ed and area nonprofits.


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

6:00 – 6:20 Introductions

6:20 –8:00 Let’s talk through some ideas

8:00 – 8:30 Wrap up

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:

Leslie Fee – Talent Manager – Development, J.W. Speaker

Leslie is a Learning and Development professional with a passion for helping find ways to address opportunities for individuals, teams and organizations. Her work began overseas while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Albania and Morocco and has continued since her return. Her role as the Talent Manager – Development at J.W. Speaker is focused on building talent; both current and future. This focus has had her heavily connected to local schools where she works to ensure there are real world applications for students to apply the concepts they learn in class. Leslie completed her Master’s degree in Adult Education, Organizational Development and Instructional Design from Alverno College.


Clintel Hasan – Strategic Initiatives Manager, Milwaukee Succeeds, GMF
Maria Hamidu – High School Success Project Coordinator, Milwaukee Succeeds, GMF

In 2020, Milwaukee Succeeds established a high school success initiative called Youth Forward MKE. Youth Forward MKE is a diverse local coalition focused on improving the success trajectory of Black male youth. We aim to build authentic relationships, create space for lived experiences, and shift power to young people in Milwaukee in order to achieve more equitable outcomes.


Adam Hengel – Coordinator of Instructional Services, West Allis/West Milwaukee School District
The West Allis/West Milwaukee School District has been focused on Deeper Learning and creating opportunities for project based learning across all grade levels. The district recognizes that when students are in schools where they are valued and know they belong, and they are empowered to learn things that interest them, they work harder. Adam plays a key role in helping the District’s teaching staff engage students in purposeful, authentic learning experiences in an environment that is equitable for all.


Chad Johnson – CEO and Founder of Tip-a-Script, Milwaukee

professional photo of Chad Johnson, CEO of Tip a ScRxiptChad Johnson, a native of Milwaukee, is the Founder and CEO of Tip a ScRxipt, a WI-based startup that is creating a payment and controlled debit card issuing platform designed to help people cover out-of-pocket (OOP) prescription medication, medical and other wellness expenses. Since leaving his corporate career in 2009 to pursue entrepreneurship, Chad has exited one company (Telecommunications and Digital Media), co-founded a social impact coffee brand (MKEing Coffee, in collaboration with Stone Creek Coffee), and launched an independent training consultancy (Chad Johnson, LLC) securing enterprise clients such as Johnson Controls, Molson Coors and FISERV. Chad has navigated the early stages of Tip a ScRxipt through participation in The Blueprint Accelerator and the inaugural Northwestern Mutual Black Founder Accelerator powered by Gener8tor, and being the first investment of Gateway Capital in Milwaukee, WI who led a $500K seed round in 2021.

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