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
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
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.”
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 (coming soon!)
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
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.
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?
November 13, 2014: “Bringing
Student Learning to the Center of the Classroom Through Collaborative Coaching
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
Essential Question: How can peer coaching
effectively support and build the capacity of staff to achieve success through
the lens of student learning?
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
Question: How can we frame and prioritize efforts for meaningful
change in an era of so many new expectations for teachers and mandates for
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?
March 12, 2015: "Students as Knowledge Curators"
Facilitators: Linda D’Acquisto,
Consultant, Kid Curators, LLC and author:
Learning on Display (ASCD)
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
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
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
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
- 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
register to attend individual sessions or the entire series.
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 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,
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 link above)
regarding the Breakfast Conversation series should be referred to email@example.com
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