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Leading for Learning Series

The Working on the Work (WOW) professional development series will change name starting in the 2019-20 school year. It will provide the same great, free professional development throughout the year from national speakers.

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Partnership and Cohesive Professional Development

In partnership between the Department of Public Instruction and the WI Association of School District Administrators (WASDA), Association of Wisconsin School Administrators (AWSA), and the cooperative educational service agencies (CESAs), the newly developed Leading for Learning Series will provide a coherent plan of comprehensive and effective, learning opportunities, which will include a statewide Leading for Learning: Achieving Educational Equity Summit. For more information on the Summit, see the Leading for Learning Summit website.

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WOW is Now the Leading for Learning Series

The Leading for Learning Series (formerly WOW) will use a combination of site-based, virtual, and online activities to deliver simultaneous professional development to educator teams at 12 CESA sites statewide. School-based teams of teacher leaders and building/district administrators work side by side to improve academic outcomes for all students.

2019-2020 Leading for Learning Series

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Mike Mattos Introduces the Three-Year Vision for the Leading for Learning Series

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The second speaker has changed since this video was filmed. See the detailed speaker info below.

The 2019-2020 Leading for Learning Series will begin a three-year, deep-dive into equity through the four critical questions that drive the collaboration of a professional learning community (PLC):

  1. What do we expect students to learn?
  2. How do we know they are learning it?
  3. How do we respond when they do not learn?
  4. How do we respond when they have already learned?

Educator teams will gain powerful tools and practical examples as they build expertise and sustain improvement over the course of the school year to:

  • Develop a Healthy School Culture
  • Ensure a Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum
  • Build Rigorous Learning Expectations
  • Utilize Team-Created Assessment Strategies
  • Design Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Provide Coaching Support for PLC Teams

REGISTER NOW! Contact your local CESA for details.


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Luis Cruz

Building Your Guiding Coalition

Summer Video Option

Luis F. Cruz, PhD, is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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Chris Jakicic

Too Much to Teach: Getting Clear on Essential Standards

August 22 or 23, 2019

Dr. Jakicic will be back with us in WI! She has wonderful expertise in the power of formative assessments to increase learning for all students. She often provides specific, practical strategies for teams who want to make the best use of limited common planning time, create rigorous, assessments, and use assessment data to effectively provide students with exactly what they need next.

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Angela Freese

Measuring What Matters Most: Gathering Evidence on the Essentials

October 15 or 16, 2019

Angela Freese is an author and speaker with expertise in assessment, leadership, system improvement, and strategic planning. Most recently, Angela served as a director of research, assessment, and accountability, as well as a director of learning analytics and systems improvements for school districts in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area.

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Anthony Muhammad

All Means All: Creating a Healthy School Culture

January 16 or 17, 2020

Dr. Muhammad is recognized as one of the field’s leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal.

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Mike Mattos

Where the Rubber Hits the Road: Answering Critical Questions

April 16 or 17, 2020

Mike Mattos will join us in WI for the THIRD time! He is an internationally recognized author, presenter, and practitioner who specializes in uniting teachers, administrators, and support staff to transform schools by implementing response to intervention and professional learning communities. We are extremely grateful for Mike's continued support of the learning-centered approach of the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System and his continued collaboration.