Summer Breakfast Conversation Series

2014 Summer Breakfast Conversations
Unique Summer Learning Experiences designed by and  for school leaders!

Leveraging Leadership: Leaders Helping
Leaders Do the Heavy Lifting

We welcome you to join us for our 2014 Summer Breakfast Conversations. This summer, give yourself the gift of time to join area school leaders in learning ways to leverage your leadership during four breakfast conversations designed just for you. The 8:00 a.m. to noon format on four summer mornings will provide time for in-depth conversation and focus. Attend on your own or bring your administrative team and spend time together in meaningful conversation and reflection. A Breakfast Buffet will be served at 8:00 a.m.

Here are the dates:

  • Tuesday, June 24:
    Blended Learning: Getting Staff and Students to "Plug In"
    Jessica Berish, Director of Admissions and Marketing, Wisconsin Virtual Learning
    Steven Glaeser, Personalized Blended Learning (PBL) Coordinator, Reagan IB High School
    William Hintz, Specialist and Workshop Provider, Apple, Inc. and Consultant, WI Education Innovations
    Melissa Horn, Director/Principal, Wisconsin Virtual Learning
  • Wednesday, June 25:
    It’s About Time! Time To Teach, Time To Learn, Time To Lead
    Randolph M. Boardman, Ph. D., National Trainer for Time to Teach, and Senior Training Advisor for the Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
  • Wednesday, July 16:
    Five Levers to Improve Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School and District
    James Rickabaugh, Ph.D., Director, the Institute @ CESA 1
  • Thursday, July 17:
    The Power of a Teacher
    Adam Sáenz, Ph. D., Author, Psychologist, and Clinical Director, the Oakwood Collaborative

What you need to know in order to attend:

Time: 8:00 a.m. to noon
Location: Cardinal Stritch University - City Center
Address: 1037 W. McKinley Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53205
Parking: Available in a nearby structure with walking directions to campus. A coupon will be included with your registration.

Cost and optional graduate credit information:

Cost per session: $99 (includes breakfast, parking, and all session materials)
Discounts offered for those attending the entire series and attending with a team:

Cost for individuals attending the entire series: $348 per person
Cost for teams (3 or more members) attending the entire series: $337 per person

Optional 1-2 graduate credit: $160 per credit in addition to registration fees; attendance required at all four sessions plus completion of outside assignments. Registration for credit and payment of tuition will occur on-site at the first session.

Additional Detail for Each Day

Jessica Berish, Steven Glaeser, William Hintz, & Melissa Horn

Berish Glaeser Hintz Horn

Session Description: In today’s educational environment students are coming to school with more knowledge and ability than ever before. They are also coming with very different learning styles. We need to address these learning styles, but how? A blended learning model is one way to find success in personalizing learning and creating a culture of learning and growth among staff. The team of facilitators will be sharing personal school experiences and what has worked for their students, providing data from blended learning environments across the country, spending time in a workshop environment to enable participants to personalize growth and learning as well as providing time for participants to reflect on how to apply ideas learned to their own school/district.

Essential Question: How can a blended learning model be best utilized to personalize learning for your students, foster growth and professional development for your staff, while allowing student stakeholders to efficiently harvest and analyze data to ensure success in your school?

Facilitators: Jessica Berish is the Director of Admissions and Marketing at Wisconsin Virtual Learning, an online charter school of the Northern Ozaukee School District. She is a former teacher and has her Master of Arts in Teaching from Cardinal Stritch. She supports open enrollment and the right of families to have choice in their child's education. She has found that more and more Wisconsin families are seeking an alternate option and are attracted to blended learning so instruction can be personalized to their child. Steven Glaeser is an impassioned student advocate within multiple Milwaukee learning communities, specifically at Reagan IB High School, over the past half-decade. As a former IB Literature and Performance (English) teacher, as well as a certified IB Consultant, Workshop Leader, and Site Surveyor, Steven draws on his experiences daily within his new role as a Personalized Blended Learning (PBL) Coordinator at Reagan. In addition, Steven is a licensed (952) Alternative Education educator, and believes that personalized, blended learning could be the best approach in enabling administrators and teachers to eliminate the achievement gap that so persistently exists within our schools and classrooms today. William Hintz currently works as a specialist and workshop provider for Apple, Inc. He also does some consulting with Wisconsin Education Innovations. He has a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and previously worked for 34 years as a high school Principal, Assistant Principal and Social Studies Teacher. Additionally, he has training in virtual education as a Wisconsin Certified Online Instructor. Melissa Horn is the Director/Principal of Wisconsin Virtual Learning, a part of the Northern Ozaukee School District. Melissa has been in education for 18 years and in this role for the last 5 years. She is an advocate for personalized learning and is consistently looking for opportunities to help her staff and students grow professionally and academically.

Randolph M. Boardman, Ph.D.


Session Description: Research over the years suggests that the majority of teachers who leave teaching in their first 3 to 5 years, leave because “Nobody told me I would have to deal with this foolishness!” Many veteran teachers just get tired and worn down by the same students, with the same challenging behaviors, day after day after day. Your staff can be the exception. Learn practical strategies to manage 80-90 % of low level, disruptive and off-task behaviors. Decrease office referrals by as much as 70%. Increase your Time to Teach!® Create more time to learn. This presentation and discussions will highlight a sampling of skills taught through the One Day Time To Teach!® training, developed by the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. These will include:

  • Beliefs: To help stay focused on what you believe as an educational leader.
  • Self-control: To help educators learn how to stay in control of their behavior.
  • Classroom Design: To understand how environmental factors can influence the learner.
  • Teach-Tos: To learn strategies for teaching to expectations for classroom behavior.
  • Refocus: To teach the student(s) to refocus, reflect and re-engage with the learning.
  • Unconditional Positive Regard: To learn skill sets to promote student-centered, respectful classrooms.

Dr. Boardman’s session will reinforce your essential role as an instructional leader, which we can sometimes struggle to find enough time for. Make your school an emotionally healthier place for learning for each and every student. It is about time…time to teach, time to learn, and time to lead.

Essential Questions: If you could give each of your teachers just 5 -10 more minutes an hour to devote to instruction instead of classroom management, would you be interested? What would they do with that hour each day?

Facilitator: Dr. Randy Boardman is a National Trainer for Time To Teach!® developed by the Center for Teacher Effectiveness. Randy spent 27 years as a teacher and principal in elementary, middle and secondary schools, as well as at a school for students with special needs. He currently also works part-time as a Senior Training Advisor for the Crisis Prevention Institute, and is a former Executive with CPI. Randy is also a Senior Trainer for the Life Space Crisis Intervention Institute, a licensed School Administrator, keynote speaker and author.

James Rickabaugh, Ph.D.


Session Description: Educational leaders face near unrelenting pressure to improve the outcomes produced by today’s schools. Yet, despite a steady parade of reform initiatives and mandates spanning more than six decades, levels of student learning and performance lag behind the expectations of our society and demands of our economy. Fortunately, improvement in learning outcomes can be within our reach if we employ the right levers in the right way and in the right sequence. Tony Frontier and Jim Rickabaugh in their recent book, Five Levers to Improve Learning, provide answers to such vexing questions as, Why do some efforts make a greater difference student learning than others? and How can you tell where to place effort and resources to make the greatest difference? This session will explore five key levers you can employ to do this work and provide a framework for creating maximum leverage advantage when it comes to improving student learning.

Essential Question: How can we identify the highest leverage strategies and deploy them in ways that will result in maximum learning results for students?

Facilitator: Dr. James Rickabaugh currently serves as the Director of the Institute @ CESA 1, Wisconsin’s education innovation lab. The Institute is an organization dedicated to the transformation of public education through personalizing and deepening student learning. He formerly served as Superintendent of the Whitefish Bay Schools in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, a north Milwaukee suburb. Previously, he served as Midwest Regional President for Voyager Expanded Learning of Dallas, Texas. He also served as Superintendent of Schools for the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District in Burnsville, Minnesota, a south suburb of Minneapolis. Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year in 2008 and Minnesota Superintendent of the Year in 1996, Dr. Rickabaugh received the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award in 2005 from the University Council for Educational Administration and a lifetime achievement award from the Master Teacher in 2010. Dr. Rickabaugh also is a co-author of Galileo and The Board and contributing author for The Master Teacher, nationally distributed subscription publications from THE MASTER TEACHER of Manhattan, Kansas. He recently co-authored Five Levers to Improve Student Learning: How to Prioritize for Powerful Results in Your School, published by ASCD.

Adam Sáenz


Session Description: Educators shape the future by changing students’ lives. Given this high calling, self-care and community are essential for an educator intent on a lifetime in the vocation. Licensed psychologist and author Dr. Adam L. Sáenz will present a case study that will encourage you and remind you why you chose to say yes to education. He will then guide participants through practical steps to maintain balance and well-being, and to building authentic community with colleagues.

Essential Question: How will you engage, or re-engage, your calling to education with passion, with purpose, with vision, and with faith?

Facilitator: Dr. Adam Sáenz will tell you that it was the power of a teacher that enabled him to go from juvenile detention to two doctorates with training at Harvard Medical School and Oxford University. Adam Sáenz will tell you: it was the power of a teacher. Dr. Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University. He completed his predoctoral clinical training under a fellowship appointment to Harvard Medical School, and he has a postdoctorate in clinical psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Sáenz also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at Christ Church College of Oxford University. Dr. Sáenz is a featured blogger for the Huffington Post Education Page, and he currently serves as the clinical director of the Oakwood Collaborative, a counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003.

Now Accepting Registrations!

Please note our discounted fee for attendees registering for the entire series and/or with a school district team.

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

1.) CashNet Registration
Register and pay online. Payment via credit card is required complete your online registration. Registration will be limited; to ensure a place, early registration is encouraged. (see registration deadlines below)

2.) US Mail Registration
Download and mail the PDF registration form. The completed form may be sent via US Mail with payment of fees enclosed in the form of check or purchase order (no payment by credit card with US Mail registration). Registration will be limited; to ensure a place, early registration is encouraged. (see registration deadlines below)

A refund minus $25 will be given for registrations cancelled by June 16. Registrations cancelled after June 16 but before June 24 will be refunded at 50% of the fee. No refunds after June 24.

Registration deadline for Entire Series and June 24 sessions: June 16
Registration deadline for June 25 session: June 17
Registration deadline for July 16 session: July 9
Registration deadline for July 17 session: July10

Optional 1-2 graduate credit
$160 per credit in addition to registration fees; attendance required at all four sessions plus completion of outside assignments. Registration for credit, payment of tuition (by credit card or check), and explanation of credit requirements will occur on-site following the first session on June 24.

ADA Policy
Cardinal Stritch University affirms the intent of the Americans with Disability Act. Anyone requiring alternative procedures should identify their needs when registering so that appropriate arrangements can be made.

About the Principals’ Center

The Principals’ Center at Cardinal Stritch University provides professional development programs and services to principals throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. A volunteer Board of Directors, made up of school leaders, designs the Center’s Programs. The Principals’ Center is founded on the belief that school leaders who are purposeful, passionate, and reflective about their work, and who are engaged in sustained exchange of ideas with colleagues, have greater potential to transform schools and ensure student achievement.

Remember that parking is available in a nearby structure with walking directions to campus.