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CL61: What Have We Learned From Students?

If we come away from work with students having learned nothing new ourselves, we can’t hope to do better for them the next time around.

Season 8/Collab Lab 61

We started the season with a challenge to Heed the Call of Students.

Did you heed the call?

If you heard that call, where did it take you?

What did you learn from your students?

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.

Agenda

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

Stay tuned, we’re lining up a great group of Featured Participants you’ll want to have a chance to meet.

CL60: The Monster in the Cave

What do you do when the thing standing between what you might want for students or as a teacher is the system itself?

Season 8/Collab Lab 60

February’s Collab Lab focused on maintaining the energy and passion to sustain engagement of students in authentic work. This month we stare into the face of the monster in the cave– the thing that blocks us from offering all we might want for our students or what we need for ourselves. How do you drive change in a system that seeks stability?

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

Agenda

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

Stay tuned, we’re lining up a great group of Featured Participants you’ll want to have a chance to meet.

CL59: Facing Challenges/Recognizing Wins

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.

Agenda

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!

CL57: Dealing with Uncertainty

When we engage students in open-ended real world challenges there’s always the risk that things will go off the rails or students will take us in directions we don’t feel prepared for.

Then what?

Season 8/Collab Lab 57

October’s focus was Heeding the Call of the Student. This session will focus on the uncertainty that can arise from doing so, what we can gain from accepting that, and how we might structure challenges to keep some guardrails in place.

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.

Agenda

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:

Amber Henzig: Scrum Master & Servant Leader, Johnson Controls

A leader of agile software development projects at JCI, Amber is a passionate advocate for building high performance teams that look like and have roots in the communities they work in. The practices she uses to manage uncertainty, build trust and, and foster courageous conversations are central to her work. As the spouse of a high school teacher and with two children in MPS, she recognizes the value those practices can offer to both educators and students looking to take on real-world challenges.

 

Kelsey Otero: Senior Director of Community Engagement, Marquette University

Kelsey is Marquette’s representative for engagement in the community, tasked to explore and promote community-engaged opportunities for Marquette students, faculty and staff. Previously she served as the Director of Innovation at the 707 Hub at Marquette University. There she ran business bootcamps for students and community entrepreneurs and helped to build a social innovation ecosystem in Wisconsin. She is naturally curious and enjoys connecting the dots between people, ideas and resources! She was recognized as one of Milwaukee Business Journal 40 Under 40 winners in 2019.

 

Sean Campbell: teacher at Pathways High School, Milwaukee

Sean is a former Boat Yard manager turned high school teacher at Pathways High, he teaches Social Studies and English. Last year, he had the unique opportunity to collaborate with Harley Davidson on an electric conversion project for a 1980’s Suzuki motorcycle. Pathways High is a project-based learning charter school with about 175 students, focused on restructuring the traditional educational model. Our diverse student body engages in discussions about equity and participates in IMPACT experiences, integrating real-world learning into the curriculum. Our school emphasizes collaboration with community members to produce artifacts demonstrating student competency. For more information, you can visit their website, Pathwayshigh.org.

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