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Educators of Promise

Who is an Educator of Promise?

A Wisconsin Educator of Promise is an early-in-their-career public school educator who shows tremendous potential to be an educational leader, and who are open to challenging themselves as a learner and leader in a collaborative and dynamic learning environment. Educators of Promise leverage their educator voice and leadership skills to positively affect Wisconsin schools and students.

Typically, Educators of Promise are serving in these kinds of roles:

  • K-12 Educator (teachers and pupil services) in their first 2-8 years of their career
  • School counselor in their first 1-2 years in that role (even if they have had years of service as a teacher before transitioning into their school counselor role)
  • Building administrator (principals and assistant/associate principals) in their first 1-2 years in that role (even if they have years of service in another educator role before transitioning into their building administrator role)

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Leadership Opportunity: Educator Leadership Rendezvous

The Wisconsin Army National Guard (WI ARNG), the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), and Wisconsin Association for Middle Level Education (WAMLE) have partnered to offer the annual  Educator Leadership Rendezvous. The Educator Leadership Rendezvous is a three-day leadership retreat that is designed to engage Educators of Promise to build leadership skills and strategies, connect with educators across the state, and learn how to uplift teacher voice and leadership in their roles.

Educators who are identified as Educators of Promise receive an invitation to attend the Wisconsin Educator Leadership Rendezvous, among other opportunities throughout the year to connect, learn, and lead.
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Educators of Promise work in squads led by experienced Wisconsin Army National Guard personnel as Squad Leaders and educator leaders as Assistant Squad Leaders while living on-base at Fort McCoy. Participants will learn through hands-on activities and leadership labs about topics such as:

  • military life, and especially the lives of military families and children in our schools
  • common leadership lessons and scenarios
  • building culture and community
  • applying leadership to problem-solving, to improve student outcomes, schools, and communities
  • the effects on us all of PK-12 academic and career planning, equity and trauma-informed decision-making, and college and career readiness
  • Curricular connections to classrooms, including STEM, Social Studies, and history
  • Professional networking and relationship-building that live on far beyond the event

2020 Educator Leadership Rendezvous

collage of photos from 2019 Educator Leader Rendezvous


Date:   July 21-23, 2020
Location:   Fort McCoy, WI

Up to 100 Educators of Promise from across Wisconsin will be selected to attend the 2020 Wisconsin Educator Leadership Rendezvous. Wisconsin educators are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. If you know of an educator who would benefit from this program, you may also nominate them for consideration. It is not necessary for an educator to be nominated.

* Attendance is at no cost to a selected participant, with the exception of their personal travel to and from the event.
* The application process has closed for this year.
* Selected participants will be notified in March 2020.
For questions about this information, contact Mark Mueller (608) 266-3945