The Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay honored nine new Professional Development Certificate recipients, in a ceremony Monday, May 24 at the Ecumenical Center on the University campus.
The Professional Development Certificate is a self-paced, individualized professional development program for educators, which focuses on student learning as well as the professional growth of the educators.
The state Department of Public Instruction recognizes a Professional Development Certificate for 5-year re-licensure of Wisconsin educators. The Institute for Learning Partnership’s program was the first PDC to be endorsed by the Professional Development Academy of the Wisconsin Education Association.
The nine recipients come from the Pulaski, Sheboygan and Green Bay school districts. They are:
• Glenn Blohowiak, English Teacher, Pulaski High School – His PDC work focused on learning style theory and brain research as it pertains to the upper teens through adults.
• Deborah Burke, Kidship Teacher, James Madison Elementary School, Sheboygan – A special education teacher, her PDC work focused on finding a framework to allow her to teach language arts to multi grades and increase differentiation of instruction.
• Carla DeTerville, Jefferson Elementary School, Green Bay – A second- and third-grade teacher, her PDC work addressed the discrepancy between reading and writing proficiency across grade levels.
• DeAnne Keyser-Rass, Martin Elementary School, Green Bay – Her PDC work focused on how a math workshop approach to teaching multiplication affects learner outcome-using TRIBES strategy and philosophy.
• Carol Klak, Green Bay Area Public School District – An occupational therapist who serves special education students, her PDC work focused on identifying means to enhance the fine motor/writing skills of kindergarteners.
• Susan Laabs, Red Smith and Wequiock Schools, Green Bay – A school counselor, her PDC work focused on providing transition support for elementary students into middle school.
• Sandra Michels, Bay View Alternative School, Green Bay – A veteran teacher who has experience working in regular, special and alternative education, her PDC work focusing improving the academic productivity of her students by teaching them a tool they could use to change the way they think about their academic progress.
• Diane Polachek-DeClerc, Edison Middle School, Green Bay – A language arts and social studies teacher who has taught students with learning disabilities for 16 years, her PDC work focused on improving student writing skills.
• Maiko Katie Thao, Preble High School, Green Bay – A school counselor, her PDC work focused on the impact of student learning and achievement when an after-school club and mentor/tutoring program is combined.
Founded in 1997-98 to focus on educational excellence, the Institute for Learning Partnership brings together the resources of UW-Green Bay, Northeast Wisconsin School Districts, business and community leaders. It includes a wide array of partners from the public and private sectors.
For more information about the Professional Development Certification program or the Institute for Learning Partnership contact: Lisa Salentine, of the Institute for Learning Partnership at UW-Green Bay, at (920) 465-5555.