Two years ago, UW-Green Bay experimented with an on-site master’s program in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning at the Plymouth School District. Two years later more than 15 educators from Plymouth were eligible to receive their degrees in the May 2015 ceremony, which featured a record number of master’s grads (72) at least in part because of the large number of education master’s. The Applied Leadership program celebrated its largest-ever graduating class this year — 32 educators. (A group of Plymouth educators posed pre-ceremony in the student staging room, above.) The Plymouth district is committing to a second cohort beginning soon.
Among those receiving master’s degrees at UW-Green Bay spring commencement Saturday was Robert Emmitt Davis. In a previous life he was better known as No. 60, long snapper and special teams star “Rob” Davis, who played 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers including Super Bowl XXXII and retired in 2008. Davis earned a bachelor’s in criminal justice from Shippensburg (Pa.) University in 1992. He studied Education at UW-Green Bay and on Saturday received his master’s in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning. The topic of his thesis was “At Risk? A Program for Learners at the Middle and Secondary Levels.” Davis joined the Packers front office after his playing career ended, and today works in the football operations division under General Manager Ted Thompson, holding the title of director of player development. In that role, Davis oversees the Packers’ wide range of programs designed to meet the needs of players and their families. He also works to get players prepared for life after football, mentoring and helping them to seek educational and vocational opportunities.
The Professional Program in Education honored some of its finest last week during the annual Celebration of Achievement, held at the Weidner Center. The event included the presentation of 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards, given to seven UW-Green Bay graduates in a variety of categories. Special guest speaker for the evening was Rob Davis, a 2013 Master’s in Education graduate and director of player personnel for the Green Bay Packers. You can check out a list of honorees and some great photos, here.
Green Bay Notre Dame girls basketball coach Sara Rohde, who led the Tritons to the WIAA Division 2 state championship last weekend, has been named The Associated Press state coach of the year. As Sara Boyer, she graduated in 2003 from UW-Green Bay’s Professional Program in Education, and was a standout player for the nationally ranked Phoenix women’s basketball team. A fourth-grade bilingual teacher at Green Bay’s Eisenhower Elementary School, she is currently finishing her UW-Green Bay master’s in education in the Applied Leadership Program. See Press-Gazette coverage at www.greenbaypressgazette.com/section/gpg02.
A two-time UW-Green Bay alumna is among five finalists for a prestigious national teaching award, the state Department of Public Instruction announced Tuesday (July 10). Sheila Kohl, a sixth-grade teacher at West De Pere Middle School, is among those vying for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers.
Kohl earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from UW-Green Bay in 1996, and also is a 2005 Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning master’s graduate. In 2010, she earned the Herb Kohl Education Foundation Award, given to teachers who demonstrate consistent academic excellence, leadership and motivation.
Winners of the math and science awards receive $10,000, a citation signed by the president and an invitation to attend related events in Washington, D.C., according to the DPI. A committee organized by the National Science Foundation will judge the contest, and can select one teacher in math and one in science from each state to receive the accolade.
“Congratulations to these five educators for their dedication to teaching children and improving their profession,” state Superintendent Tony Evers said in a statement. “As finalists for this national award, they represent the outstanding teachers who serve in our classrooms each school day.”
For more on the awards, click here.
A new popular book by Roger Dier, a 2007 graduate of the UW-Green Bay master’s program in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, is getting notice on Amazon.com as one of the winter’s more interesting reads. Scarlet Ice, published by Minnesota’s Two Harbors Press, is out barely a month and already in its second printing. The book tells the true story of the Mankato West H.S. hockey team, rocked by the death of one of its players and a citywide meningitis outbreak, and its drive for the 1995 Minnesota state championship. Dier, at the time a working journalist in Mankato, weaves together observations on character, tragedy, and the place hockey holds in his city’s culture. Some of you will recall Dier from his efforts, at UW-Green and beyond, in promoting public health; he went on to accept a position as senior outreach specialist at the Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. You can see an article in the Mankato Free Press about Scarlet Ice.
The professional challenge for first grade teacher and 2011 UW-Green Bay master’s degree graduate Alison Schultz isn’t unique. In fact, a growing number of educators work each day to improve learning by being culturally responsive to the needs of their students and families. Continue reading