8:00–4:00 Pre-Con Sessions

101. Wisconsin Future Ready Collaborative Leadership Summit
This session can be taken as a pre-con for SLATE or can be taken as a stand alone event. 

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is excited to host our second Wisconsin Future Ready Collaborative Summit. This Wisconsin summit will allow district teams to jump start their planning efforts and vision for student learning in the digital world to align with the State Superintendent’s vision that  “Every Child a Graduate, College and Career Ready.” Tom Murray from the Alliance for Excellent Education will be leveraging resources from theFuture Ready SchoolsⓇ, his new book provided to all attendees as well as our Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan (c.2017). Panels of Wisconsin early adopter districts will be sharing their expertise on implementation strategies and use of the Future Ready materials

Focus Areas:

  1. Identifying your vision for personalizing student learning in the digital age (aligned to the refreshed Wisconsin Academic Information and Literacy standards (c.2017) and the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan student goals for learning (c.2016)
  2. Integrated planning and budgeting with collaborative leadership teams (Future Ready and DPI Tools) to support your district Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation
  3. Measuring the digital learning Return on Instruction (RoI) as featured in Tom Murray’s book

Pre-work for district collaborative leadership teams:

  1. Read Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan
  2. Form your collaborative leadership team to attend the event
  3. Teams are highly encouraged to complete the Future Ready District Leadership Self-Assessment to understand the key elements and data components available for planning

The eight keys for school leaders in their transforming of teaching and learning:

  1. Leadership and school culture lay the foundation;
  2. The learning experience must be redesigned and made personal;
  3. Decisions must be grounded in evidence and driven by a Return on Instruction (ROI);
  4. Learning spaces must become learner-centered;
  5. Professional learning must be relevant, engaging, ongoing, and made personal;
  6. Technology must be leveraged and used as an accelerant for student learning;
  7. Community collaboration and engagement must be woven into the fabric of a school’s culture;
  8. and Schools that transform learning are built to last as financial, political, and pedagogical sustainability ensures long-term success.

Speakers: Tom Murray, Janice Mertes, Chad Kliefoth

A special thank you to the Department of Public Instruction for its ongoing collaboration with SLATE.

2:00–4:00 Pre-Con Sessions

102. Educators as Game Designer: Improving Student Engagement/Learning Through Educational Games

Drawing from research on his forthcoming book (Educators as Game Designers), Dr. Bernard Bull will take participants through ten different types of educational games and how teachers are using each of these to increase student engagement and enhance student learning. For each of the ten types, participants will hear (or see) real world stories about how these are used, discover how to learn more, and collect tips on how to get started using or designing these games in the classroom.

Speaker: Bernard Bull and Michael Leach

103. Connecting Coding to the Curriculum

Apple Distinguished Educators

Discover how coding can enhance learning and teaching across the curriculum while giving students opportunities to innovate, create, and problem solve. See how Apple Distinguished Educators use Swift Playgrounds and other coding resources to create and deliver engaging learning experiences that connect with core curriculum.

Speakers: Apple Distinguished Educators

104. The Chromebook Classroom

Going 1:1 with Chromebooks can be an exciting and horizon-expanding opportunity, that might just have teachers a bit perplexed or uncertain. This workshop is designed to eradicate the worries and confusion and focus the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘how’, and ‘when’ of getting the important parts right. Classroom management, digital assessments, growth mindset, policy, lesson delivery, universal design, and awesome apps are just some of the topic will will discuss and explore. Attendees will walk away with new ideas, materials, and outlooks on how they can transform their classroom and their student’s learning.

Speaker: Joe Du Fore

105. Modeling and Assessing Social Media Behavior in an Educational Setting

Social media can be incorporated into digital activities to not only motivate learners, but promote and assess learning and meet course objectives. This active learning implies guiding learners to increase their levels of responsibility for their own learning and appropriate communications; while keeping in mind learner privacy related to the appropriate amount and nature of learner to learner interactions. Join us as we share some best practices implemented by educators in the Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative (WDLC).

Speaker: Jon Oestreich and Annette Walaszek

106. Google Tips and Tricks to Know Before Your Students Do

Where does one start with Google? Apps., extensions, add ons and more. We will share some of our favorite must haves. Come to this energetic presentation and leave with a lots of things you can begin immediately implementing.   Throughout the workshop we will encourage you to download and try some of these many ideas and collaborate with your colleagues. In addition, we will share how these tips, techniques and tools have helped transform our classrooms and have engaged students.

Speaker: Rita Mortenson and Kurt Knueve

107. INTERACT with Personalized Learning

Join Dr. Ryan Krohn, Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning, for an interactive dive into the Honeycomb Model of personalized learning! Explore the why, what and how behind the honeycomb elements, and learn about how schools and districts across the state are using this model to implement personalized learning for their students. Leave the session with practical strategies for getting started in your own classroom or moving your implementation to the next level.   Participants will: Understand a transformational Change Strategy Explore the ‘Interactive Honeycomb’ Discuss entry points and current examples Draft a route towards personalized learning.

Speaker: Apple Distinguished Educators

108. Using Inquiry to Transform Learning

Student participation in their learning starts with instilling a sense of wonder and curiosity for their own learning. This does not always come easily as students progress through formal schooling. Privileging student voice in the process of their own learning is critical.  Questions we will investigate include: How can you successfully transition to a more inquiry based approach? What school systems and structures support this type of approach, which ones do not?  What results from this approach? Join me in a discussion of the overall strategy and a specific conversation about how to systemically support teachers in this work. School and district based examples will be plentiful.

Speaker: Diana Laufenberg

109. Data Privacy

As citizens, students, educators, parents, employees, and consumers, we all have concerns about maintaining the privacy of our personal data. For school districts, data privacy is a multi-stakeholder priority, and it touches every aspect of operations — from student transportation to instruction, assessment to athletics, and counseling to community initiatives. With the increasing concerns about security among families, districts, and legislators, and with increased teacher and student reliance on internet accessibility, school cybersecurity is subject to more scrutiny than ever. Alarmingly, many districts are not being sufficiently aggressive in getting ahead of cybersecurity problems. Today and going forward, student data privacy policies and their implementation are hard-wired to governance, discipline, purchasing, and communications practices. Five critical guidelines for ensuring data privacy in school district’s use of technology will be discussed along with examples of small, medium and large district solutions. In addition, the top 5 reason to make cybersecurity a priority will be shared along with examples of ways cybersecurity is being addressed.

Speaker: Janice Mertes, Wisconsin Education Technology Leaders and DPI