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.


Each Breakfast Conversation is a two-hour oasis for busy school leaders. 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.

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.”

Pre-registration is required for all sessions. The early registration fee is $30 per session if paid by October 1, 2014. Regular registration after October 1, 2014 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 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 9.
 


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

2014-2015 Breakfast Conversations

Register online by clicking on the links below. To register for the entire series, click here.

Download a copy of the registration brochure

“Students at the Center of the Wheel to Drive Teaching and Learning for Leaders”

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 9, 2014: “Personalized Learning Plans: Building a 21st Century Bridge to the Wisconsin's Academic and Career Plan (ACP)”

Facilitator: Steve Glaeser, Personalized Blended Learning Coordinator at Reagan IB High School, MPS

As school leaders continue on their journey to personalize learning for all students within each of their individual and collective departments and classrooms, new approaches to identifying, harvesting and utilizing the most relevant data are essential. This idea, when coupled with Wisconsin's new expectations for Academic and Career Plan(s) (ACP), breaks the ice for our conversation as we understand that our work to personalize learning, in essence, must be personalized, and therefore specific to each school and/or district.

Essential Question: How can school leaders best design and deliver uniform personalized learning plans that are both aligned to school, district and state standards/expectations, while effectively harvesting and providing the most relevant and engaging student learning data for immediate teacher instructional use?

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November 13, 2014: “Bringing Student Learning to the Center of the Classroom Through Collaborative Coaching Conversations”

Facilitators: Mike Cady, Chief Academic Officer; David Zindler Learning Coach (Literacy); Melinda Larson, Learning Coach (EdTech); Cheryl Panka, Learning Coach (Educator Effectiveness); Pewaukee School District

In this session, participants will interact with coaches who support teachers to use student learning to drive effective practice. Whether or not participants are familiar with Student Learning Objects (SLOs), everyone will leave with ideas on how to structure conversations around student learning to enhance educator effectiveness. 

Essential Question: How can peer coaching effectively support and build the capacity of staff to achieve success through the lens of student learning?

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December 11, 2014: “Leading with Kids in Mind”

Facilitators: Tony Frontier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Doctoral Leadership, Cardinal Stritch University and co-author, Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School (ASCD)

This session will provoke thoughtful conversation and provide relevant, practical resources to ensure our efforts to improve schools result in improved experiences for students.

Essential Question: How can we frame and prioritize efforts for meaningful change in an era of so many new expectations for teachers and mandates for schools?

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February 12, 2015: “Data Walls and Other Progress Monitoring Systems to Aid in Goal Setting”

Facilitator: April Nelson, Principal; Amy Ashburn, Teacher; Michelle Garner, Teacher; Stocker Elementary School, Kenosha

In this session, participants will see a variety of ways to monitor child specific data as well as involving the students in monitoring their own progress and setting goals to ensure continuous improvement.  You will see a principal’s perspective as well as a teacher’s perspective on how sifting ownership and motivation to students increases academic and behavioral growth.

Essential Questions: Are you teaching students to understand, own and drive their learning?  

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March 12, 2015: "Students as Knowledge Curators"

Facilitators: Linda D’Acquisto, Consultant, Kid Curators, LLC and author: Learning on Display (ASCD)

Acquisition of knowledge is no longer enough—students must also know how to use and communicate knowledge creatively. "Kid Curators" is an apt metaphor for one of today's most important learning skills—the ability to construct meaning amidst an abundance of information. In school museum projects personalized learning occurs in a social context as students work in teams to ask and investigate questions, find and manage information, analyze and synthesize ideas, create valuable products, solve problems, collaborate, and communicate effectively in writing, orally, and visually. The Kid Curators school museum process is an organizing framework that puts students in the drivers seat as they explore "big ideas" through research, writing, and design.  

Essential Question: How might the metaphor of students as knowledge curators put students at the center their own learning today, while building their life-long learning skills for tomorrow?

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April 16, 2015: “Leading PreK-3 Learning Communities-Competencies for Effective Principal Practices

Facilitator: Mike Budisch, NAESP P-3 Education Committee Member, Primary Principal, Merton Elementary School & Mark White, NAESP President & P-3 Education Committee Chair, Principal, Hintgen Elementary School, LaCrosse, WI

The NAESP has developed a user friendly handbook based on the latest research and with exemplars of practice that demonstrate the most effective ways to lead a community of young learners. The session will provide you with unique insights into using the handbook effectively and efficiently in this time of increased accountability and need for quality leadership.

Essential Question: How critical is the leadership of PreK-3 learning communities during the period of increased accountability, stretched budgets, and high expectations for children and staff?  What does your leadership look like, sound like, and provide for the success of your children and staff?

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Breakfast Conversations are:

  • 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.
  • Facilitated by school leaders who will guide participants in reflection and conversation using discussion protocols to increase focus, facilitate deeper conversations, and insure input from all.

All sessions will be held from 7:30-9:30 a.m. at the Best Western Midway Hotel, 1005 South Moorland Road, Brookfield

Participants may register to attend individual sessions (by clicking the links above) or the entire series, here.

Registration fee: $30.00 per session if paid prior to October 1, 2014; $35.00 per session if paid after October 1, 2014.  Fee includes cost of full buffet breakfast and session materials.

Optional 1-2 graduate credit: $160 per credit in addition to registration fees; attendance required at all six sessions plus completion of outside assignments. Registration for credit, payment of tuition (check, credit card, or PO), and explanation of credit requirements will occur on-site after the first session on October 9. A certificate or letter of participation can be provided upon request to administrators wishing documentation of participation for a PDP.

Registration

Advance registration is required for all sessions in the Breakfast Conversation series in one of these ways:

Early Registration prior to October 1, 2014, via U.S. Mail with payment of fees enclosed (see link to  “Early Registration Form”). Early registrants will pay a discounted fee of $30.00 per session.

Email Registration by emailing the registrant’s name, school, district, email address, and the session(s) to be attended, at least three days prior to date of Conversation, to: stritchprincipalscenter@gmail.com

Email registrants will pay a fee of $35.00 per session on-site at each session attended (cash, check, or purchase order only or by credit cards on-site).

Online Registration and payment by credit card (see links above)

Questions regarding the Breakfast Conversation series should be referred to stritchprincipalscenter@gmail.com 

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