Principals' Center Breakfast Conversations

The Breakfast Conversations are designed by and for school leaders to provide time for you to experience meaningful conversation and reflection with other administrators from around the greater Milwaukee area.


From a recent participant: “I really feel the best part of these sessions is hearing what the presenters have to say and having the time in a distraction free environment to talk with other leaders facing the same situations. Many times, I leave with a greater understanding, a greater appreciation, or a wonderful idea to try before the next session.”

If you have never attended a Breakfast Conversation sponsored by the Principals’ Center at Cardinal Stritch University, we hope you will join us this year. If you’ve participated in the past, we hope you will join us again. We would be happy if you would share this information with interested colleagues and perhaps attend with your administrative team.

See dates below. All sessions will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Best Western Midway Hotel, 1005 S. Moorland Rd., Brookfield, WI 53005.

The early registration fee is $30 per session if paid by October 1, 2013. Regular registration after October 1, 2013 is $35 per session, paid on-site at each session. Fee includes cost of full buffet breakfast and session materials.

A 1 or 2 graduate credit option ($160 per credit) is available to participants. Attendance at all six sessions plus completion of outside assignments is required. Registration for credit, payment of tuition, and explanation of credit requirements will occur on-site after the first session on October 8.

For administrators wishing to have documentation of participation for a PDP, a certificate or letter of participation can be provided upon request.

To receive an Early Registration brochure for the 2013-2014 Breakfast Conversation series send an email with “Breakfast Conversations” in the subject line to: jkanderson@stritch.edu.

2013-2014 Breakfast Conversations

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“The Vital Few: You can’t do it all – 6 sessions to focus your energy”

Designed by and for school leaders, this six-session series of Breakfast Conversations will provide you with the opportunity to refresh and recharge as you join area colleagues in focusing on a few of the many initiatives, mandates, and issues facing school administrators today. School leaders will facilitate each session, leading participants in reflection and conversation, and often using discussion protocols to increase focus, facilitate deeper conversations, and insure input from all.

Participants may register to attend individual sessions or the entire series. 

October 8, 2013: “How Do You Do It All?”

Facilitator: James Rickabaugh, Ph.D., Executive Director, CESA 1

This session will present an overview of a variety of current educational initiatives such as Educator Effectiveness, Smarter Balanced Assessment, Accountability Report Card, etc. with implementation tips and advice for administrators on how to prioritize and balance the tasks at hand.

Essential Question: How can you make a leadership impact in an environment of often disconnected and competing expectations and initiatives?

November 12, 2013: “There’s an App for That! Practical Apps for Principals”

Facilitators: Ann Ecker, Literacy, Math, and Professional Development Coordinator & Tammy Lind, Technology Integration Coach; School District of South Milwaukee

Principals are some of the busiest people in the school.  This hands-on, interactive session will highlight some of the best current technology resources available to make your professional life easier, more efficient and fun.

Essential Question: How can the use of technology enhance professional practice?

December 10, 2013: “Planning Successful Professional Development Experiences”

Facilitators: Michele Trawicki, Principal; Katie Little, Supervisor of Instructional Services; & John Roubik, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development; Hamilton School District

This session will work on how to engage leaders in facilitating professional development opportunities that are relevant, connected to site and district objectives, and have actionable results.

Essential Question: How do you engage and empower teacher leaders in order to leverage ownership of professional development?

February 11, 2014 “Working with Difficult Kids…& Their Parents”

Facilitator: Ray Kinney, LCSW. Cornerstone Counseling

Establishing a positive connection with challenging students (and their parents) is essential if we are to nurture the best in the child. In contrast, a negative connection guarantees a year of stressful interactions. We will share how to increase the probability of that "positive connection".

Essential Questions: Am I aware of my vulnerabilities in working with challenging students and their parent/s? What pushes my buttons?  

March 11, 2014: Providing Leadership to Enable a One-to-One (iPad) Initiative”

Facilitators: Angela Little, Principal; Holy Family Parish School

1:1 learning environments have quickly become the trend in education. In the end, it's not about the device, it's about the learning.  Join us to learn how to successfully implement a 1:1 initiative and provide effective leadership to transform the learning environment.  

Essential Question: How do you provide effective leadership to transform learning in a 1:1 environment?

April 8, 2014: “Building Positive Relationships”

Facilitator: Karen Rutt, Director of Elementary Education; Seeds of Health, Inc.

Seeds of Health Elementary is a UWM charter school that works with over 400 students, most of whom are economically disadvantaged. Teachers and staff have built a successful relationship based program through a variety of traditional and nontraditional approaches.

Essential Question: What is the essence of building good relationships between staff and students, parents and community members?

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