Institute for Learning Partnership’s Fall Conference upcoming

GREEN BAY — “Closing the Achievement Gap through Culturally Responsive Teaching,” is the topic of discussion at the Institute for Learning Partnership’s 10th annual Fall Conference.

The event includes a keynote address by recognized author and educator, Patricia Bode, and workshops by local experts to help educators and attendees refine their skills through culturally responsive teaching.
The conference is Thursday and Friday, Oct. 9-10, in the University Union on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Bode, a renowned educator, author and researcher in the area of curriculum reform, multicultural education and culturally responsive teaching, will give the keynote at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.

Her topic is “Expect Achievement: Culture, Identity and Learning.” She will overview the theories of culturally responsive pedagogy (the strategies, techniques and approaches teachers use to facilitate learning) and showcase several hands-on curriculum examples with case studies and visual examples, including video comments from students.

Some educators will display their classroom research before and after Bode’s presentation on Thursday.

On Friday, Bode will open a workshop for educators and others with a presentation called “Teaching for Achievement: The Role of Culture and Identity.”

Bode’s keynote and Friday workshop will focus on transforming classroom practices, by helping teachers to become more aware of their socio-cultural perspectives and their students’ socio-cultural perspectives (all students of all backgrounds and learning needs). She plans to demonstrate effective classroom practices that engage and include more students and ultimately lead to higher achievement.

The conference is free and will be held in the University Union’s Phoenix Room.

For more information, contact Juliet Cole at (920) 465-5094 or via e-mail at

Local Educators Take the Lead in Friday Fall Conference Workshop
Local experts on diversity and culturally responsive teaching lead Friday’s Fall Conference workshops. Breakout sessions are from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. and are repeated from noon to 12:45 p.m.

Names of presenters, and their presentations are:

American Indians/Native Americans 101
Bill Gollnick, chief of staff, Oneida Tribe of Indians

Hmong Culture: What Do You Want to Know?
Prof. Pao Lor, assistant professor of education, UW-Green Bay

Connections that Count
Tammy VanDyke, principal, Nicolet Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School

The Foundation for Reduction of the Achievement Gap
Brian Marchant, ELL instructor, Green Bay Area Public Schools

Students Beliefs About Their Intelligence and Achievement
Helen Schaal, 30-year educator

Advancing the Equity Agenda Using Innovation Configuration Maps
Margaret Christensen, director of professional learning, Green Bay Area Public Schools

The Flavors of US: A Taste of the Best Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults

Pete Angilello, elementary media specialist, Green Bay Area Public Schools; and Lee Bock, librarian, Glenbrook Elementary School, Pulaski

Latino/Hispanic Students in the Classroom
Gema Garcia, Multicultural Center Coordinator, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College

Culturally Relevant Strategies 101 for African American Students
Prof. Bola Delano-Oriaran, assistant professor of education, St. Norbert College

Graduate Credit available at Fall Conference
There is a one-credit graduate credit option available to educators attending the Fall Conference. For more information go to, select Fall 2008 courses and click on “Culturally Responsive Teaching. Further questions can be directed to the UW-Green Bay Outreach Office at (920) 465-2480, toll free at (800) 892-2118, or via e-mail at