In the news: UW-Green Bay hosts Nigerian educators

The Institute for Learning Partnership and Professional Program in Education were happily busy all last week, hosting nine Nigerian educators for a week of learning and cultural exchange. The visitors participated in a variety of sessions and programs here at UW-Green Bay and elsewhere in the community, including in the K-12 schools. We’ll have more on their time here soon, but for now, check out a great photo and article that appeared in Saturday’s (May 4) Green Bay Press-Gazette.

UW-Green Bay Education alumna Sara (Boyer) Rohde is AP coach of the year

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

UW-Green Bay Education Outreach announces Summer 2013 Offerings for Educators

UW-Green Bay Education Outreach will present an array of new and returning favorite classes beginning in June as part of its Summer 2013 Offerings for Educators lineup.

The courses run throughout the summer, offering a wide variety of face-to-face, blended and online learning formats with various credit and noncredit enrollment options. Courses will continue to be added as school district requests dictate, so interested educators are encouraged to visit the Education Outreach website ( for the most current class information.

The research-based Offerings for Educators courses provide teachers, administrators and other professionals the practical education they need to apply theory and best practice to the classroom and school environment. Returning favorites for summer include “Communicating and Collaborating with Google Tools,” a highly popular course offering four different enrollment options to best suit the needs of any local educator. Education Outreach also will offer the returning “Integrating iPads into the Curriculum,” a high-interest course that helps educators effectively integrate use of the iPad to support instruction on both a conceptual and practical level.

The Summer 2013 Offerings for Educators also feature several new course options, including “Introduction to the Next Generation Science Standards for K-8 Teachers,” offered in partnership with The Einstein Project and taught by UW-Green Bay Associate Professor of Education Scott Ashmann. Educators also can take the new course, “What Makes You an Effective Teacher?” which will help educators articulate and demonstrate what they know and employ the educational practices that foster students’ intellectual, social and emotional growth.

Detailed course information, including syllabi and cost and registration details, is available online at UW-Green Bay courses for educators align with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure. Contact the Education Outreach Office with questions or for more information, at (800) 621-2313, (920) 465-2480 or


Golden Apple grads: UW-Green Bay alumni take share of honors

UW-Green Bay alumni once again were recognized as top teachers Monday (March 4), as two were named Golden Apple Award winners in the annual Brown County contest. Green Bay Washington Middle School teacher Kevin Van Ess is a 1984 Communication and the Arts grad who also received his teacher certification in Instrumental and General Music from UW-Green Bay. Kevin Olm ’99, Biology, is part of the West De Pere High School science team that earned the award as a group. Both will be honored, along with their fellow awardees, during a live televised banquet April 17 on WLUK Fox 11. They will also be featured on WLUK and in the Green Bay Press-Gazette, both of which ran stories (below) on Monday’s surprise announcement. Congratulations, grads!
Green Bay Press-Gazette / WLUK Fox 11

CATL announces selection of Spring 2013 Online Teaching Fellows

Congratulations to the newest class of Online Teaching Fellows! The hybrid, four-week workshop is designed to foster lively, interdisciplinary dialogues regarding the best practices in online teaching. Chosen by the selection committee and announced by CATL (the campus Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning):

   •  Pao Lor — Associate Professor, Education
   •  Jenell Holstead — Assistant Professor, Human Development
   •  Doreen Higgins – Assistant Professor, Social Work
   •  Illene Cupit – Professor, Human Development
   •  Dennis Lorenz – Associate Professor, Human Development
   •  Amanda Nelson – Associate Professor, Human Biology
   •  Alma Rodriguez-Estrada – Assistant Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
   •  Uwe Pott – Associate Professor, Human Biology
   •  Dallas Blaney – Assistant Professor, Public and Environmental Affairs
   •  Tonmoy Islam – Assistant Professor, Urban and Regional Studies

The committee reports being very impressed with this group’s dedication to teaching and commitment to online learning.

Visiting actress to talk ‘Arts/Advocacy in American Indian Education’

Cherokee actress DeLanna Studi will cap her residency with a free program from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 8, in the Rose Hall 250 auditorium. Titled “Arts and Advocacy in American Indian Education,” the session featuring Studi will share stories of her upbringing and education in rural Oklahoma, her experiences as a professional performer in film and theatre, and how these experiences have led her to become an advocate for Native issues. First Nations Studies and Humanistic Studies are partnering with the Professional Program in Education, and the Institute for Learning Partnership on this particular program. All are welcome.

Alumna Miller is Wisconsin’s nominee for National Teacher of the Year

We’ve got more great news to report on alumna JoAnn Miller, the Oconto Falls science teacher who in September was chosen as state High School Teacher of the Year. Earlier this week, the state Department of Public Instruction announced that Miller, also an Institute for Learning Partnership instructor, will be Wisconsin’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year Program. The honor carries a $6,000 prize from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation. “JoAnn is an educator who leads by example,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “… Her passion for helping young people learn is equaled by her commitment to being an influence on teacher quality. It is an honor to nominate her to be Wisconsin’s representative to the National Teacher of the Year Competition.” For more information, visit See our earlier feature story on Miller.

Impact of poverty is Institute for Learning’s Fall Conference topic on Oct. 4-5

UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership is gearing up for its 14th annual Fall Conference, to be held Thursday, Oct. 4 and Friday, Oct. 5 in the University Union. Educators, administrators, business professionals and the general public are welcome to attend all or part of the no-cost event, “Poverty, Prosperity and Education — The Shaping of a Community,” featuring education expert and author Regenia Rawlinson. Rawlinson will deliver her keynote address, “Creating a Climate and Culture for Learning,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, one of several events designed to explore the complex topic of poverty and learning. Full details.

Obituary: Jim Busch, former education faculty member, passes away at 86

We’re sorry today to report the passing of a former UW-Green Bay faculty member and education chair. James (Jim) Busch, 86, died Sept. 7 after a battle with lung and heart disease, according to an obituary in Monday’s (Sept. 10) Green Bay Press-Gazette. He taught secondary math and science before working for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in Madison and then the Ford Foundation in Beirut, Lebanon. Busch ended his career here, retiring as an associate professor of Education in June 1990, and then continuing as an adjunct instructor intermittently in the early-to mid-’90s. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday (Sept. 11), with the funeral to follow at Graceway Fellowship, 1750 Dousman St. Full obituary.

Alumna is finalist for nation’s highest math, science teaching honor

Sheila Kohl
Sheila Kohl
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.