Principals’ Center announces 2013 -14 series schedule

Thursday, October 24, 2013 3:30:00 PM

The 2013 -14 Breakfast Conversations series, “The Vital Few: You Can’t Do It All – Six Sessions to Focus Your Energy,” provides school leaders and administrators the opportunity to collaborate in discussions of relevant education issues.

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

Oct. 8: “How Do You Do It All?”
Dr. James Rickabaugh, executive director of CESA 1, will present an overview of a variety of current educational initiatives such as Educator Effectiveness, Smarter Balanced Assessment, and Accountability Report Card with implementation tips and advice for administrators on how to prioritize and balance the tasks at hand.

Nov. 12: “There’s an App for That! Practical Apps for Principals”
This interactive session, presented by Ann Eckert and Tammy Lind of the South Milwaukee School District, will highlight some of the best current technology resources available to make your professional life easier, more efficient and fun.

Dec. 12: “Planning Successful Professional Development Experiences”
This session, presented by Michele Trawicki, Katie Little, and John Roubik, will focus on engaging leaders to facilitate professional development opportunities that are relevant, connected to site and district objectives, and have actionable results.

Feb. 11: “Working with Challenging Kids (and Their Parents)”
In this session, Dr. Ray Kinney of Cornerstone Counseling Services will establish that a positive connection with challenging students (and their parents) is essential if educators are to nurture the best in the child. In contrast, a negative connection guarantees a year of stressful interactions. This session will focus on increasing the probability of that "positive connection."

March 11: “Providing Leadership to Enable One-to-One (iPad) Initiative”
Angela Little and Amanda Orth will discuss how 1:1 learning environments have quickly become a trend in education. In the end, it's not about the device, it's about the learning. This session will focus on successful implementation of a 1:1 initiative and providing effective leadership to transform the learning environment.

April 8: “Building Positive Relationships”
This session will be led by Karen Ritt, director of elementary education for Seeds of Health Elementary, 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.

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

To receive an early registration brochure for the 2013-14 series, send an email with “Breakfast Conversations” in the subject line to Jill Anderson at

1 -2 graduate credits are 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 Oct. 8.

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

Visit the Principals' Center online for additional information.