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Middle school students reminded about college aspirations

Green Bay students visit UWGB

About 50 students from Edison, Franklin and Washington Middle Schools, Green Bay, visited campus Friday, May 2. For many, it was a return trip, having visited during Phuture Phoenix Tour Days as fifth-graders. Director of the visit, Juliet Cole, the associate director of the Institute for Learning Partnership, said the day reflected a continuing outreach by the institute to remind students that college is a viable option. Cole worked with community member Clara Simpson, a mentor from the local African American community to plan the day’s events as most of the students are of African American heritage. The students were reminded to use Phuture Phoenix mentors in the schools as resources, and they had the opportunity to learn about various pre-college programs, listen to compelling personal stories of 10 professionals of color, and mingle with members of UWGB’s Black Student Union.

Power of partnership: UW-Green Bay welcomes educators from Nigeria

learning partnership-international collaborationThe Institute for Learning Partnership is showcasing the power of international collaboration this week, welcoming 16 Nigerian educators who are part of its newest professional development cohort.

The educators come from the preschool, elementary, middle and high school levels, and are classroom teachers, school leaders and owners, and counselors from private, parochial and government schools. They are beginning the Accomplished Educator Professional Development Certificate (PDC) program, which has been developed as a joint partnership between UW-Green Bay and the Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency of Nigeria (QAARDAN).

Pictured above, from left to right, are UW-Green Bay representative Kimberly Desotell, Coordinator, Professional Development Certificate Program; Juliet Cole, Associate Director, Institute for Learning Partnership; and Theresa Okafor, Director of QAARDAN, the partner organization from Nigeria.

The educators have a packed itinerary during the week, when they will engage in numerous sessions and on- and off-campus events scheduled to cover and address a variety of subjects. They will learn about and discuss topics including online research, professional development best practices, identifying issues at school, developing individual learning plans and more. Splitting time between UW-Green Bay and various area K-12 schools, the educators will be able to observe firsthand many of the issues and topics that make up their sessions and related discussions.

UW-Green Bay also welcomed a group of Nigerian educators in 2013, when nine individuals spent a week engaged in learning and cultural exchange. Individuals from both UW-Green Bay and QAARDAN lauded the program and its mutual benefits.

UWGB welcomes educators from Nigeria

More information about the Professional Development Certificate partnership with QAARDAN is available online. Visit the Institute for Learning Partnership homepage to learn more about the institute and its initiatives.

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UW-Green Bay to welcome record number of students for National History Day

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, April 5, marking the 12th consecutive year the event has been held on campus.

The competition will welcome nearly 440 students, a new all-time record, representing 24 schools from throughout the region with a total of 259 projects. In keeping with this year’s theme of “Rights and Responsibilities in History, “ project topics include civil rights, labor, women’s suffrage, Earth Day, gay rights, Jim Crow and many others. Students hail from public and private schools, as well as homeschools, in an eight-county area. Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Door, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette and Manitowoc counties will be represented during the National History Day event.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host to the largest regional competition in the state,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides a variety of rich experiences and opportunities for students to learn about a historical topic of their choice. Many of our participating teachers view it as the best way to teach social studies and reinforce critical thinking and analysis skills.

“One of the National History Day students summed it up best with this reflection: ‘This was the most fun I have ever had in school. … And I learned history rocks.’ ”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

The 2014 National History Day competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m. Winners from the regional competition will move on to the May 3 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. In the past 20 years, more than 5 million students have participated in National History Day competitions throughout the U.S.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 120 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said. Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway and the Historic Allouez Society.

For more information on the regional National History Day competition.

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Nigerian educators among those visiting campus

Here’s a story showcasing the power of international collaboration in education. UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership and Professional Program in Education will be welcoming a sizeable contingent of visiting educators from Nigeria next week (Monday, March 31 through Friday, April 4). About 20 teachers and administrators will be here for five days of learning and cultural exchange. Their visit will be focused on professional development, with numerous sessions and on-and off-campus events scheduled to cover and address a variety of subjects. We’ll have updates and coverage in a future issue.

It will be a busy week for international visitors to UW-Green Bay.

Mohamed Abla, a contemporary artist and activist from Egypt, will be on campus, sponsored by the International Visiting Scholars Program. You can view a portion of his itinerary here.

In addition,  major novelist César Gutiérrez of Arequipa, Peru, whose debut novel 80M84RD3R0 is a work hailed by critics, will be visiting classes and making several public presentations. Assistant Prof. Hernan Fernandez-Meardi of the Spanish program is finalizing details of the visit.

Applications for UW-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix Scholarships due April 14

Area high school seniors have until noon Monday, April 14 to apply for a $1,350 University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Phuture Phoenix Scholarship.

Scholarships are made available to qualified students who plan to attend UW-Green Bay in the fall of 2014. The $1,350 scholarships are renewable for each year a student attends UW-Green Bay.

“College access is more critical today than ever, because our world and our workplaces are changing so rapidly, so dynamically,” said Phuture Phoenix Director Kimberly Desotell. “Through the Phuture Phoenix program, we are saying that we will help students reach for their dreams. We are thrilled to be entering our fifth year of awarding scholarships to Phuture Phoenix participants.”

Scholarship awards will be based upon the applicants’ prior involvement in the Phuture Phoenix program through mentoring, tutoring or participation in the annual October Tour Day as a fifth-grader. The scholarship also will be based on financial need and proof of admission to UW-Green Bay.

The awards are made possible through the generosity of local donors supporting the Phuture Phoenix program. Applications are available online at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix/scholarships/application.asp.

The award-winning Phuture Phoenix program is a university/community enterprise that began in 2002 from an extended conversation between Cyndie Shepard, the wife of former chancellor Bruce Shepard, and University Trustee Ginny Riopelle about establishing a mentoring program that could help students in high-needs schools stay on course for college.

It has since served almost 13,000 school children from elementary schools with significant low-income populations. And Phuture Phoenix has been replicated at Silver Lake College, UW-Eau Claire and Western Washington University.

The cornerstone event of Phuture Phoenix is an autumn tour of the campus for nearly 1,400 fifth-graders attending high-needs schools in the area. Hundreds of UW-Green Bay student volunteers host the tours.

Since its inception, the Phuture Phoenix program has grown to be much more than a field trip. Each year several hundred UW-Green Bay students visit local middle and high schools, serving as positive role models and mentors for more than 1,000 students from high-needs schools. More information about the program is available at www.uwgb.edu/phuturephoenix.

The Phuture Phoenix program at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay aims to increase the odds that disadvantaged students will graduate from high school and also pursue higher education. Phuture Phoenix involves bringing area fifth-graders from Title I elementary schools from throughout Northeastern Wisconsin to spend a day on campus as a means to envision themselves as future college students. Phuture Phoenix mentors—UW-Green Bay student volunteers—continue contact with many of these students in Phase II of the program. The mentors work closely with students in grades 6-12, tutoring and mentoring them. Since its inception in 2002, Phuture Phoenix has connected with nearly 13,000 students, encouraging them to do well in school and dream of a future they may not have considered by moving on to higher education. The program was designed because Northeastern Wisconsin has a lower percentage of students in the state graduating high school and going on to higher education.

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Cole to be guest on ‘Good Day Wisconsin’ segment for Saturday’s MLK event

UW-Green Bay’s Juliet Cole will be among the guests on tomorrow morning’s (Thursday, Jan. 16) “Good Day Wisconsin” program, appearing to speak about Saturday’s (Jan. 18) Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Celebration. Cole, as we’ve told you before, is one of several UW-Green Bay members of the event’s planning committee, for which the University is a major sponsor. She’ll be on bright (actually, still dark) and early at 5:45 a.m., on the first of four segments about Saturday’s 19th annual celebration. The other segments will air at 6:45, 7:15 and 8:15 a.m., respectively. Catch them live or after the fact at www.wluk.com. And don’t forget to join in the celebration, from 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday in the Student Center at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Check out our news release for more info.
 

Area educators earn Professional Development Certificates

Our own Institute for Learning Partnership presented 26 area educators with Professional Development Certificates during a recognition ceremony Oct. 1, acknowledging their completion of this unique, self-paced and individualized professional development program. Green Bay School District Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld addressed the program grads, the majority of whom are teachers in the Green Bay District. Others completing the program work in the Pulaski and Manitowoc School Districts. For more information on the PDC program and a complete list of its most recent grads, check out our news release.

Area educators earn Professional Development Certificates

The Institute for Learning Partnership at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay has awarded Professional Development Certificates to 26 educators from three area school districts.

The “Accomplished Educators” were certified during a special recognition ceremony Oct. 1 at the UW-Green Bay University Union. Michelle Langenfeld, superintendent of the Green Bay Area Public School District, gave the keynote address to the graduates and discussed how important it is for teachers to continue to learn and to be passionate about what they do in the classroom every day.

“These accomplished educators have demonstrated improved teaching quality and are contributing leadership in their respective schools,” said PDC Coordinator Kim Desotell. “The most important outcome for these educators is they are better prepared to improve student achievement in their classrooms as result of their PDC research and reflection.  We are proud of these educators and their work.”

The PDC is a unique, self-paced and individualized professional development program. The focus of the experience is based on student learning as well as professional growth for educators. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recognizes the PDC for 5-year re-licensure of educators in Wisconsin.

The 26 educators recognized for PDC completion are:
Melissa Hanmann, Sunnyside Elementary, Pulaski
Sandra Krupski, Sullivan Elementary, Green Bay Area Public School District
Erin Noble, Pulaski Middle School, Pulaski
Deanna Kehler, Doty Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Amanda Boerst, Doty Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Lindsay Ferry, John Dewey Academy of Learning, Green Bay Area Public School District
Teri Williams, Franklin Elementary School, Manitowoc
Janet Peterson, Doty Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Sue Wieland, Lincoln Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Jeremy Anderson, Preble High School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Amy Barta, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Kristin Anderson-Vorpahl, Sullivan Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Ashley Braun, Nicolet Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Pam Super, Red Smith School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Jennifer Good, Martin Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Mary Ann Hitch, Franklin Middle School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Tyson Tatro, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Crystal Trejo, Eisenhower Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Michelle La Plante, Doty Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Carla Nguyen, Martin Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Michelle Cayemberg, Webster Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Alyssa Brown, Doty Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Joan Huntoon, Kennedy Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Stacy Brodjeski, Red Smith Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Anne Priyadarshane, Danz Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District
Tammy Van Ess, Fort Howard Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District

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Reflections from October’s Institute for Learning fall conference

The Institute for Learning Partnership’s 15th Annual Fall Conference had a theme that resonated with all who attended — “We are more alike than different.” More than 200 educators, school administrators, pre-service teachers and UW-Green Bay community members and students attended the two-day conference at the University Union, Oct. 17-18. Diversity in the classroom was a primary topic. See photos and more.