Thursday - January 24, 2013
Featured Meals -
WASB Breakfast Program - 7 - 8:30 aM
7–8:30am - Hilton, Crystal Ballroom
Pre-Registration Required, $35
Will Allen, son of a sharecropper, former professional basketball player, ex-corporate sales leader and now farmer, has become recognized as among the preeminent thinkers of our time on agriculture and food policy.

The founder and CEO of Growing Power Inc., a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, Will is widely considered the leading authority in the expanding field of urban agriculture. Using methods he has developed over a lifetime, Will trains community members to become community farmers, assuring them a secure source of good food without regard to political or economic forces.

Will’s accolades include being named a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellow – only the second farmer ever to be so honored. In February 2010, he was invited to the White House to join First Lady Michelle Obama in launching her “Let’s Move!” program. In May 2010, Time magazine named Will to the Time 100 World’s Most Influential People.

WASBO Luncheon - 12 NOON - 1:15 PM
12noon–1:15pm - Hilton, Empire Ballroom
Pre-Registration Required, $35

Join the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials at its annual luncheon.
Hear from the 2013 Wisconsin School Business Official of the Year.

WASDA Luncheon - 12 NOON - 1:15 PM
12noon–1:15pm - Hilton, Crystal Ballroom
Pre-Registration Required, $35

Hosted by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators, featuring the 2013 Superintendent of the Year.

Featured Tours & Excursions -
Education Tour - 8:45 AM - 12 NOON
Shuttle pick up/drop off is at the ground floor doors of the
Delta Center at the corner of 4th and Wells St.
8:45 am - Board the shuttle buses
9 am - depart the Delta CenteR
9:15-10:30 am - tour Growing Power
10:45-11:45 am - tour Vincent High School
12 noon - return to the Delta Center
Urban Agriculture in Milwaukee
Utilizing urban farming strategies developed by Milwaukee’s Will Allen of Growing Power, Inc., students at Milwaukee Vincent High School grow fresh produce, manage fish, keep bees, and more.

This tour will also include a trip to Growing Power, Inc., a nationally recognized urban farming organization that provides fresh food to people and restaurants across Milwaukee.

Attend this special tour and learn about the nationally recognized urban farming movement taking place in Milwaukee.
Spouse Excursion - 9:45 aM - 1 PM
9:45 am – 1 pm.
(Shuttle departs Delta Center at 10 am)
Shuttle pick up/drop off is at the ground floor doors of the
Delta Center at the corner of 4th and Wells St.

The Back Roads Tour
Harley Davidson Museum
Spouses and other registered guests are welcomed to attend a special excursion to the Harley-Davidson Museum. Join Museum staff Thursday, January 24, 9:45am – 1pm for a special guided tour that offers in-depth explanations of Museum exhibits and provides a glimpse into the private areas of the Harley-Davidson Archives.

The tour will be followed by lunch at Motor® Bar & Restaurant.

Shuttle to and from the Delta Center will be provided. Shuttle departs from the Delta center at 10am.
General Session - 3-5pm - Delta Center, Ballroom CD
Keynote Speaker - Chester Elton

Called the “apostle of appreciation,” by the Globe and Mail, Canada’s largest newspaper, and “creative and refreshing” by the New York Times, Chester Elton is co-author of several wildly successful leadership books.

The Carrot Principle was a New York Times and BusinessWeek best seller, and with his co-author Adrian Gostick, Elton has had five New York Times best-sellers in a row. Elton’s latest book, All In: Creating a Culture of Belief to Drive Big Results, shares innovative leadership strategies to create a positive and productive work environment. Elton emphasizes the importance of using employee surveys and interviews to create an open-minded culture. They also encourage leaders to listen to what frustrated employees have to say — perhaps they are voicing displeasure that many employees share but are afraid to step forward. Among other strategies, Elton also talks about the importance of communicating everything with employees, which creates an atmosphere of trust and efficiency.
As a motivation expert, Elton has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Fast Company magazine, and the New York Times, and has been a guest on CNN, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, FOX News, and National Public Radio and has a weekly segment on CBS News Radio as “The Corporate Coach” on how to build a better workplace.

But he is most proud to be the father of four exceptional children.

“When employees know that their strengths and potential will be praised and recognized, they are significantly more likely to produce value.”


Thursday Keynote Address Sponsored By:


General Session Highlights
Presiding: Patrick Sherman, WASB President, Genoa City J2 School District,
Lake Geneva-Genoa City Union High School Board

The Chequamegon High School Band will open the second general session of the 2013 State Education Convention with the premier of a piece by a Wisconsin composer. The band will be followed up with school board member service awards. We will be honoring school board members who have served on their local school boards for 20, 30 or 40 years.

WASB President Patrick Sherman will share his thoughts on his term as president before passing the gavel onto the next WASB leader.

We are also excited to have best-selling author Chester Elton deliver the keynote address. Elton regularly receives top marks as a keynote speaker and brings valuable insight into school leaders roles and employee management.

Idea Exchanges / Meet the Experts -
8:45 - 9:45 AM
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Strand Title Description Presenter(s) Room # Handouts
Community Engagement Effective Communication that Drives Results Messaging is not a single speech, blog post, or guest column in the newspaper, so what needs to be completed to create a message that is powerful and influential? Hear six steps to drive
results: (1) identify stakeholders; (2) complete a communication infrastructure assessment; (3)
identify message topics; (4) create a message schedule; (5) draft posts, tweets, articles, speeches, videos, etc.; and (6) create and implement evaluation processes. Plans can be developed to meet the unique needs of individual school districts who would like to hardwire communication.
Scott Feldt, Board Member, Janesville School District DC 101CD
Facilities Energy Efficiency For Existing School Buildings The Fort Atkinson School District has made energy efficiency and sustainability an integral
part of their business practices resulting in buildings with some of the lowest energy costs in the state. Learn how the district got to this point starting with a successful referendum in 2005 to replace old HVAC systems with modern geothermal systems to installing solar and wind systems. Hear how these areas are managed, including funding and operation and maintenance as well as navigating the EnergyStar process and establishing GreenTeams in the schools.
Dennis Kuchenmeister, Director of Buildings and Grounds, Fort Atkinson School District
Manus McDevitt, Principal, Sustainable Engineering Group, LLC
DC 201CD  
Facilities Facility Services-Out Source or
In-House Staff?
Looking for budgetary savings might mean looking to contract out some of the services you need for different programs in your district. What does contracting mean for your district and how would you go about it? Dale Zabel, Buildings and Grounds, Kettle Moraine School District
Gary Rosploch, Building and Grounds, Muskego-Norway School District
DC 102DE Handout 1
Human Resources Health Insurance Consortiums and Shared Insurance Purchasing Options to Ease Budget Pains From leveraging greater purchasing power to save money through lower premiums, to spreading risk and creating more predictable renewal rates, to gaining access to more health and wellness programs, learn how shared health insurance purchasing can impact your district's bottom line. Hear success stories from three newly implemented consortiums across the state, as well as how to create a consortium in your region. Jeff Ireland, Account Executive, M3 Insurance
Mary DeYoung, Business Manager, Genoa City J2 School District
Kurt Popp, Market Development Director, WEA Trust
Kathryn Otto, Director of Sales, WEA Trust
DC 202C
Human Resources Working Together to Build Strong, Effective Educators

Together with the Department of Public Instruction, school leaders in southeast Wisconsin are discovering the power of teamwork by means of a consortium dedicated to improving student achievement through highly effective teachers and principals. The SE Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness consortium members are actively developing regional expectations, resources and support structures to ensure strong educational leaders in their classrooms and in their buildings.

Patricia Deklotz, Kettle Moraine School District; Lisa Elliott, Nicolet UHS School District; Dana Monogue, Elmbrook School District; Michelle Schwab, New Berlin School District; Judy Mueller, Director of Human Resources, Franklin School District; Kelly Thompson, District Administrator; Muskego-Norway School District; John Roubik, Director of Human Resources, Hamilton School District; Jan Haven, Department of Public Instruction DC 102C
Innovation Montello School District: Moving to Charter Hear about the trials and tribulations of making "the move" to charter. The Montello School District has a converted elementary school and is in the planning process for conversion of the junior/senior high school. Hear perspectives from the school board, administrators, teachers, parents, and legislators. Jeff Holmes, District Administrator, Montello School District
Jeff Fimreite, Elementary School Principal, Montello School District
Steve Himsel Charter School Coordinator (Montello School District)
Theresa Crawford Teacher (Montello School District)
Theresa Crawford, Home-Based Program Teacher, Montello School District
Steve Himsel, Charter School Coordinator, Montello School District
DC 101A Handout 1
Leadership How to Make Your School Board Election Campaign a Success There are many locally elected positions in our communities, but school board positions are unique. While nothing can eliminate the tense countdown to election day, there are strategies that can be used to alleviate most challenges. The Port Washington-Saukville School Board vice president will present the methods for a positive campaign path that can lead to a successful victory. Michael Weber, District Administrator, Port Washington-Saukville School District
Carey Gremminger, Board Vice President, Port Washington-Saukville School District
DC 102A

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Leadership Key Work of School Boards The Key Work of School Boards provides clear guidance for board members looking to develop the leadership skills they need to deal with today's educational and political challenges. Learn how to use this practical framework to make a difference in your district.

Matthew Gibson, Gold Consultant, WASB
Vicki McCormick, consultant, WASB Governance & Leadership Development, WASB

DC 203AB
Leadership Top-Notch Board Performance does not Happen by Accident When school boards are intentional about evaluating their performance, your district wins! Reflecting on your work is a great way for your board to get a sense of where you are on key board actions. In this session, learn how you can use a school board planning tool and data to drive decisions and planning. Finally, you will see how this work can improve your board's performance in service of student achievement, modeling your expectations for the rest of the district. Deb Gurke, Director of Governance & Leadership Development, WASB
Bill Foster, President, School Perceptions
DC 201A
Leadership Using a "360 Leadership Performance Review” Tool Learn about "360 Leadership Performance Review” - an online, practical, efficient, and reliable approach used in evaluating school district superintendents, principals, and directors of learning and pupil services. It systematically collects information about a school leader's performance from a wide circle of contacts including teaching staff, support staff, families, and community members. Feedback from multiple perspectives helps a school leader develop effective growth goals that impact student achievement. Michael Richie, District Administrator, Northland Pines School District
Paula Hillmann, President, Advanced Learning Resources
DC 103AB Handout 1
Student Achievement Wisconsin Opportunity to Learn-Assuring Success for All School districts are challenged to provide education for all our students, regardless of the challenges--poverty, English language learners, declining enrollment, special needs, rural sparsity, and more. Increasing demands are being placed on districts to close achievement gaps and make adequate yearly progress with all their students. What is essential in order to have all our students career or college ready? And how can we fund this in our current economically challenging times? Hear a lively panel address these issues and engage the audience on these central topics. Julie Underwood, Dean, UW Madison School of Education
Ellen Lindgren, Board President, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District
Bruce Quinton, Superintendent, Pepin Area Schools
Jasmine Alinder, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and President, Parents for Public Schools-Milwaukee
Tom Beebe, Wisconsin Project Director, Opportunity to Learn
DC 203DE Handout 1
Legal Responding to Public Records Requests This session will review basic public records law requirements with a focus on responding to personnel records requests. Ben Richter, Staff Counsel, WASB DC 203C Handout 1
School Funding Prioritizing Budget Decisions In this session, participants will explore a method of prioritizing budget needs so that sound decisions are made with limited funds available. Review aspects that are important to weigh when making critical decisions about allocating resources. Using South Milwaukee's model, participants will practice evaluating possible budget scenarios. Blaise Paul, Business Manager, South Milwaukee School District DC 103DE
Student Achievement Flip It Forward - A Bullying Prevention Model Transform school culture with a student leadership program for both environmental change and targeted strategies. Flip It Forward strives to promote a school environment of understanding and acceptance that builds skills for bystanders which has been rapidly embraced by students. Laura Love, Principal, Hudson School District
Dana Krahenbuhl, AODA Coordinator, Hudson School District
DC 102B Handout 1
Student Achievement Relevance Through Implementation - The New RTI Success with RTI can not be achieved without the support and involvement of all key players. Coined by Randall Consolidated School's RTI team, Relevance Through Implementation takes a hard look at the RTI process, planning, involvement, and implementation as a means to high achievement for all students. Come and see how proper utilization of teachers, support staff, specialists, and others can literally bring students to new levels of achievement.
Travis Lawrence, Principal, Randall Consolidated School
Erin Zigler, Learning Support Teacher, Randall Consolidated School
Stacy Smith, Reading Specialist, Randall Consolidated School
Rita Michels, Reading Interventionist, Randall Consolidated School
Lisa Merfeld, Reading/Math Interventionist, Randall Consolidated School
Briel Vanderwerff, Title 1 Math Interventionist, Randall Consolidated School
Karen Reddin, GT Coordinator, Randall Consolidated School
Ashley Morris, School Psychologist, Randall Consolidated School
DC 101B Handout 1
Student Achievement Understanding and improving Wisconsin’s school report cards. Last year’s federal ESEA waiver brought rapid and exciting changes around school accountability and the new School Report Cards. This session will review the core elements of the new School Report Cards and discuss how schools and districts are using the data to inform local processes, as well as how they are sharing them with parents and community members. Additionally, the State Superintendent is interested in your feedback around how to improve the School Report Cards, including technical changes as well as suggestions on which new data elements (such as high school growth) are the most important to incorporate moving forward. Finally, the session will provide information about next steps for the new state accountability system.

Laura Pinsonneault, Director of the Office of Educational Accountability, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Jeff Pertl, Policy Initiatives Advisor and Federal Funds Trustee, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

DC 201B
Student Achievement 10 Steps to a Safer School The former chief of security for the Milwaukee Public Schools, and current executive director of the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association (WSSCA) presents 10 steps that schools can use to make their educational environment safer for students and staff. All of the steps have been tried and have proven to work. Hear from an experienced school safety expert as they share what they've learned about making school a safer place. Peter Pochowski, Executive Director, Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association Ballroom CD Handout 1
8:45 - 11:15 AM
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School Funding A Tour of Wisconsin’s House of School Finance Develop a basic understanding of state general equalization and categorical aids, the financing of various student learning options, the revenue limit, and the school levy tax credits. Discussion of each component will include an exploration of the issues and concerns that have been raised by school district board members and staff over the years. Peter Ross, District Administrator, Seymour Community School District
Bambi Statz, Emeritus Professor, UW-Whitewater and Executive Director, Association for Equity in Funding
David Carlson, Consultant, WASB
John Kasha, Director of Business Services, Seymour School District
DC 202DE Handout 1
Innovation From Technologies for Educators to Technologies for Learners This talk explores the use of technology in the evolution of accountability systems from supporting educators to supporting learners. Data-driven technology advances have transformed how schools assess and monitor student and school performance. However, schools have not been able to take similar advantage of the kinds of personalized technologies that have fueled a consumer explosion in areas such as video games, social networking and web interactivity. Hear how schools can bridge the gap from educators to learners by adopting tools that give learners more control over their learning process and lead to more personalized learning environments in ways that challenge current performance-based accountability systems. Richard Halverson, fellow, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery; affiliate member, UW-Madison Curriculum & Instruction and Educational Psychology departments DC 103C  
Human Resources Labor, Employment and School Law Update New laws, administrative rulemaking and court decisions create an ever evolving legal landscape in which school boards and administrations must operate. Employee handbooks and policies must be constantly updated to keep pace with changing laws. This session will cover the latest developments in employment and school law, providing up-to-date guidance on the rules governing handbook and board policy development. Barry Forbes, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, WASB
Bob Butler, Associate Executive Director and Staff Counsel, WASB
DC 202AB Handout 1
10:15 - 11:15 aM
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Strand Title Description Presenter(s) Room # Handouts
Community Engagement Effective Communication 101 Presenters will discuss the value of effective communication in building credibility and relationships, enhancing public image, and ultimately improving student achievement - all while giving practical tips attendees can take back to their home districts to begin using immediately. Debbie Brewster, Coordinator of School/Community Relations, DeForest Area School District
Kate Winckler, APR, Communications Coordinator, CESA 6
DC 101CD
Facilities Tight Budget? Modernize your Facilities in Challenging Times How are your facilities holding up? Find out ways to maximize your investment in this session. Presenters will discuss why maintaining your facilities and grounds is important and what some options may be for your district if you need updates. If building new is not an option, presenters will discuss the decision to go to referendum. This session will offer some solutions for your district to get the most out of your budget and your facilities. Shannon Metoxen, Senior Project Manager, J.P. Cullen & Sons, Inc.
Bryan Ruud, Business Manager, Hamilton School District
Scott Kramer, Plunkett Raysich Architects
DC 102B
Human Resources Creative Ways to Reduce Health Care Costs in a Post-Act 10 Environment Shrinking budgets and rising health care expenses are quickly becoming a reality in a post-Act 10 world. Learn about a process that challenges districts to think beyond network access, Rx rebates, and fixed costs, and understand how to: use plan data to drive accurate and objective business strategy; identify and remove plan and vendor inefficiencies, create an integrated approach to reduce plan expenses, improve member health and wellbeing; measure and manage each specific plan vendor and metric; benchmark plan performance, member health and utilization; and achieve sustainable, long-term financial objectives. Attendees will be equipped to implement this process, drive business decisions, and achieve budgeted objectives.
Jeffery Schultz, Vice President, BeneCo of Wisconsin, Inc. DC 103AB Handout 1
Human Resources The Strategic Planning Process with an Eye to Health Care Reform This session will provide an overview of the major risks and opportunities of health care reform and discuss how to develop a long-term strategic benefit plan to respond to those risks/opportunities. We will outline a five-step process that many school districts have used to develop the long-term strategic plan including specific tactics used to achieve the outcomes desired. We will finish with two case studies of district success stories with this process. Mardi Burns, Benefits Consultant, Associated Financial Group DC 202C Handout 1
Innovation Transforming the Classroom with Collaborative Technologies To achieve a 21st century standard of learning, in a time when many educational institutions are facing difficult challenges with fewer resources and increasing demands, the implementation of technology has never been as important. The ability to provide all students with equal educational opportunities is a common goal. Technology implementations that support learning goals can help achieve this common educational goal. Matt Grose, District Administrator, Deer River School District, Deer River, MN
Laura Mathieson, Manager, Itasca Area School Collaborative, Itasca, IL
Joe Silko, District Administrator, Grand Rapids School District, Grand Rapids, MN
DC 102C
Leadership Become a More Powerful Board by Creating a Strong Link between Strategic Planning, Board Goal Setting, and Board of Education Learning Sessions Is your strategic plan as vibrant as it could be? Learn how to create a laser-like focus on what matters by employing strategic planning and linking strategic initiatives to board of education goals and learning sessions. The Pewaukee School District has successfully implemented a strategic plan since 1992 and has developed unique systems to embed the strategic plan into the life and work of the board, thereby increasing student achievement, accountability, and positive stakeholder perception. JoAnn Sternke, District Administrator, Pewaukee School District DC 201A
Leadership Board Policy Work: First Readings Can be Fruitful Instead of Frenzied Using samples of actual school board policy topics and the general approach to policy development advocated by the WASB Policy Resource Guide, this practical session will enhance your ability to meaningfully evaluate proposed school board policies. Attendees will learn some of the hallmarks of good (and not so good) policy drafting. The session will also demonstrate the value of presenting school officials with topic-specific resources to accompany policy drafts, and provide some ideas on how to locate those resources. Dan Mallin, Staff Counsel, WASB DC 203C Handout 1
Leadership Listening and Asking Questions Learn how to identify obstacles to effective listening and improve your listening skills. You will also learn how to use questions to focus your conversations and understand how to communicate constructively to create productive relationships and building strong schools. Deb Gurke, Director of Governance & Leadership Development, WASB
Karen Dorn, GoLD Consultant, WASB
DC 203AB Handout 1
Leadership Restructuring for Success: Career Pathways for Educators Learn how one district is restructuring to build career pathways for educators while establishing teams of educators with a sharp focus on ensuring high reliability and integrity of the implementation of district initiatives, high accountability for educator practice and high-quality professional development and support for educators. By reducing the number of direct reports and establishing teams of educators, Kettle Moraine is providing teachers with rigorous and relevant support to improve student achievement while creating career pathways. Patricia Deklotz, District Administrator, Kettle Moraine School District
Gary Vose, Board Member, Kettle Moraine School District
Jeff Walters, High School Principal, Kettle Moraine School District
Mike Comiskey, Director of Learning 6-12 Math, Kettle Moraine School District
DC 102A
Leadership Superintendent Search One of the most important responsibilities entrusted to a school board is the selection of a superintendent. The steps necessary to conduct a successful search will be outlined in this session and an explanation will be given to how a search firm can assist school board members wade through the technical and legal aspects of a quality search.
Louis Birchbauer, Consultant, WASB
Dennis Richards, Consultant, WASB
Roger Foegen, Consultant, WASB
Mary DeYoung, Consultant, WASB
DC 103DE Handout 1
School Funding How to Develop an Objective Budget Reduction Process Come and learn about a budget reduction process that is objective, quantifiable and easily understood. By utilizing a financial forecast model and related concepts developed by Dr. Tom Joynt (UW-Milwaukee professor), a sequential budget reduction process that is collaborative, prioritized and transparent to the public will be shared. Participants will receive handouts and an Excel spreadsheet that have been developed to facilitate the process. Using these documents, participants will be able to replicate these processes in their own districts. Claire Martin, District Administrator, Chilton School District
Lisa Lau, Business Manager, Chilton School District
DC 101A Handout 1
School Funding What to Do When a Referendum Fails How many referenda have you been through? How many have failed? Don't be discouraged. Representatives from the Watertown School District and the School District of Elmbrook as well as Eppstein Uhen Architects will share their experiences and tips to help you recover quickly and make the necessary changes to pass the next one. Dale Zabel, Buildings and Grounds, Kettle Moraine School District
Abie Khatchadourian, Eppstein Uhen Architects
Douglas Linse, Business Manager, Watertown School District
Matt Gibson, Consultant, WASB
DC 201B
Student Achievement

Best Kept Secrets and Missed Opportunities (Understanding the Skills Gap, and What You Can Do for Your Students)

Employers are currently struggling to find qualified candidates and future demographics will exacerbate this problem. Will there be enough talented and technically educated individuals available for these high paying jobs? Join us for a discussion about how the job market has changed. You will hear compelling information about how advanced manufacturing has gone high tech, high skill and high pay. Learn how tightly connected technical colleges and technical universities are to the job market and how they have changed people's lives and how your students' lives could be impacted. Dan Conroy, VP of Human Resources/Talent Management, Nexen Group, Inc.
Mark Tyler, President, OEM Fabricators, Inc.
DC 201CD
Student Achievement Exemplary 21st Century Learning - What Does it Take? Education leaders from the Green Lake and Fond du Lac school districts share their implementation stories, and showcase community and business partnerships, and educational support systems that foster 21st century skills such as creativity, innovation, and global awareness. The session will discuss what it takes to be exemplary, and what school boards must do in their commitment to prepare students for college, career, and life readiness. Kenneth Bates, District Administrator, Green Lake School District
John Whitsett, Retired Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction, Fond du Lac School District
Helen Soule, Dir. of State Partnerships/Interim Exec. Dir., Partnership for 21st Century Skills
DC 101B

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Student Achievement Value-Added Data from Assessments Value-added methods are used to determine the contributions made by various educational entities (districts, schools, classrooms, and teachers) toward growth in student achievement using standardized tests and other outcome measures. Under Wisconsin's educator evaluation system, value-added data based on state tests (and perhaps district assessments as well) will comprise one portion of summative ratings, along with measures of practice and other outcome data. This presentation will provide a brief, non-technical overview of value-added methods, along with a discussion of important issues and considerations for their use in educator evaluation systems. Bradley Carl, Researcher, Value Added Research Center DC 102DE
Student Achievement Messaging the School Report Card Dig into the data of the school report card to develop a consistent message for your district about what the data tells you. Participants will go through the report card step by step, learning what each of the priority areas of Student Achievement, Student Growth, Closing Gaps and On-Track/Post-Secondary Readiness mean and how to interpret the data for school improvement. Participants will then learn easy ways to message their data for both internal and external constituency groups. Eric Larsen CESA 8 DC 203DE

1:45 - 2:45 PM
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Strand Title Description Presenter(s) Room # Handouts
Community Engagement How to Deal with Negative People Learn how to deal with negativism and increase your own positive approach toward other people in everyday challenges. Improve the overall atmosphere of your work and home environment and increase the positive energy in any organization. Michael Weber, District Administrator, Port Washington-Saukville School District
Carey Gremminger, Board Vice President, Port Washington-Saukville School District
DC 101CD Handout 1
Facilities How Communities Benefit from Quality Educational Facilities Facility improvements and expansions impact the community with more than just bricks and mortar. Modern school facilities increase property values, attract new families and businesses. Learn how VJS Construction Services and the West Bend Joint School District developed community engagement during the construction of the new Badger Middle School by hiring local workers, using local businesses and local material suppliers. School projects have a direct economic impact on their communities - learn how to engage your community to make your next project a success. Ted Neitzke, District Administrator, West Bend School District
Maddy Tarbox, Vice President of Marketing, VJS Construction Services
William Pennoyer, Senior Project Manager, VJS Construction Services
DC 102A
Facilities Project-Based Learning Meets Small Neighborhood School This session will examine the journey to develop Madison's Badger Rock Middle School within the new Resilience Research Center-- a facility designed to accommodate office, retail, research, corporate, recreation, and education needs. Hear about the ambitious vision that started the process, the challenges encountered and resolved during design, and the collaboration and forward thinking that led to the development of this new educational model notable for its flexible, adaptable, multi-use learning spaces. James Lewicki, School Coach, Lewicki Consulting, LLC
Robert Koehler, Educational Facilty Designer, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc
Catherine Cruickshank, Senior Project Designer, Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc
DC 101A
Human Resources Pay for Performance The Cedarburg School District implemented a pay-for-performance plan for teachers based on their performance in the 2011-2012 school year. The district created the Effective Educator Initiative, which is locally designed to triangulate data collected from the teacher evaluation process, ensuring performance assessment is consistent, fair, and accurate. Based on the aforementioned processes, differentiated pay is distributed based on four performance levels. Daryl Herrick, District Administrator, Cedarburg School District DC 203C Handout 1
Human Resources Raising Healthcare Standards While Bringing Your Cost Down The lethal combination of an unhealthy workforce, an inefficient healthcare system and escalating costs of treatment keep pushing insurance costs to unsustainable levels. Be a part of the solution. Learn about the revolutionary, yet simple approach that can not only lower your healthcare costs, but actually reverse the rising trend. Find out about how an onsite or near-site wellness center that is focused solely and completely on cost control is the solution where everybody wins: employee, employer and taxpayer. Simon Abbott, Vice President, NIS Clinics, LLC DC 103AB
Human Resources Superintendent Evaluation Continuous improvement requires an assessment of progress in a school district. Leadership assessment is an integral part of any progress assessment. Evaluation of the district administrator/superintendent will set the tone for staff evaluation. Thus, leadership assessment/evaluation should be undertaken in a planned and deliberate manner. This session will provide valuable insight into performance assessment, meaningful tips for school board members trying to evaluate school leadership, and areas where compensation enhancement can be added to the evaluation system. David Carlson, Consultant, WASB
Dennis Richards, Consultant, WASB
Louis Birchbauer, Consultant, WASB
Roger Foegen, Consultant, WASB
Mary DeYoung, Consultant, WASB
DC 102B

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Human Resources Contingency Planning for Health Care Reform Non-discrimination Requirements

Non-discrimination requirements for Medical Insurance appear to seriously impact employees and retirees. Districts need to create contingency plans to change insurance benefits that are found to be discriminatory.  Find out about a testing effort offered in cooperation with Employee Benefits Corporation to see if your district is in compliance.

Kevin Clougherty, Account Executive, M3 Insurance DC 103DE
Innovation Beyond Dissolution: Reinventing Rural Education The School District of Wausaukee was the second of two school districts within three years to pass a resolution to dissolve. In the end, both the Florence and Wausaukee school districts were able to pass referenda to keep their doors open. After serving as the leader of each of these schools during their time of fiscal crisis, Superintendent Jan Dooley learned that, within the challenges faced, there were opportunities yet to be discovered. In 2009, the school districts of Wausaukee, Pembine, and Crivitz formed a collaborative partnership with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to reinvent rural technical education opportunities for their youth. Learn how such an initiative is a win-win for all involved. Misty Betts, School Counselor, Wausaukee School District
Vicky Oldham, Regional Coordinator, Northeast WI Technical College
Lori Suddick, Vice President of Learning, Northeast WI Technical College
Robert Berndt, District Administrator, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine School District
Dave Kipp, Board President, Wausaukee School District
Jan Dooley, District Administrator, Wausaukee School District
Patrick Mans, District Administrator, Crivitz School District
Sandy Wojcik, School Board Member, Wausaukee School District
Jennifer Klimek, Wausaukee Science Teacher
DC 201B
Innovation Digital Learning and Data Systems Moving Forward Statewide Hear about the statewide student information system (WISEdash data warehouse), which will serve as a learning management system and a content repository for all teachers. Also hear about a statewide videoconferencing system, which will provide a base level of instructional technology upon which all schools can base improving instruction using digital resources. Hear how diverse organizations are coming together to make this a reality with specific examples on how this basic infrastructure will facilitate the implementation of Common Core State Standards, the move in 2014-15 to online state assessments, individual learning plans, and other upcoming projects. Kurt Kiefer, Assistant State Supt., DPI DC 103C
Leadership Honoring Diversity and Equity in Our Leadership Roles Wisconsin leaders have a strong passion for serving the diverse needs of students. As the students and families we serve change continuously, Wisconsin leaders must also change. In this session, participants will engage in a world cafe conversation to begin a dialogue about communicating issues of diversity and equity. Come prepared to participate actively around essential questions. Michele Hancock, District Administrator, Kenosha School District
Susan Borden, District Administrator, Germantown School District
Deb Kerr, District Administrator, Brown Deer School District
DC 201A
Leadership Improving your District Using a PLC Philosophy Learn how following a Professional Learning Community (PLC) culture change the School District of Onalaska from one that focused on adults and teaching to one that focused on students and learning. Learn how the district's schools changed how they operated to better meet the needs of students. Board members will present how they function as a PLC, share their strategic planning and goal setting process. Administration will present how teacher and administrative teams function to increase student achievement. Francis Finco, District Administrator, Onalaska School District
Lauren Chafoulias, Board Member, Onalaska School District
Ann Garrity, Board Member, Onalaska School District
Roger Fruit, Director of Instructional Services, Onalaska School District
Laurie Enos, Director of Pupil Services, Onalaska School District
DC 202C
Leadership New Board Members Roundtables Serving in your first-term of office and have questions? Attend this session for a roundtable discussion of the most pressing issues facing new school board members. Deb Gurke, Director of Governance & Leadership Development, WASB DC 203AB
Leadership Take Charge of Your District's Future: Strategic Planning A strong vision, mission, core values, and clear strategic initiatives can help your district navigate today's "rapids" and take charge of your future. The WASB has developed and implemented a comprehensive strategic planning process, which will be described in this session, as well as success stories from the districts that have implemented it. Paul Hardt, Consultant, WASB Governance and Leadership Development, WASB
Jody Jacobson, Consultant, WASB Governance and Leadership Development, WASB
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School Funding Why are My Taxes Always Going Up? This session will look at several Wisconsin School case studies. All Districts have had tax levy increases for different reasons. Some districts have seen large fluctuations in their tax levy over several years. Learn why tax levies can increase and a few simple ways to manage fluctuations. Lisa Voisin, Director, Baird Public Finance
John Stellmacher, Business Manager, Hartford J1 School District
Debby Schufletowski, Baird Public Finance
DC 102C
Student Achievement Wisconsin's Model for Response to intervention: A Framework for Improved Student Learning This presentation will introduce participants to Wisconsin's model for Response to Intervention (RtI), a framework for improved student learning that can be applied to behavior, reading or math. The essential elements of an RtI framework will be discussed, followed by the process and strategies used by schools and districts across Wisconsin to implement RtI. Finally, staff from the Wisconsin RtI Center will share data from Wisconsin schools that illustrate the impact of RtI on student achievement in reading and math, as well as on student behavior and discipline. Heidi Laabs, Coaching Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
Kathy Myles, Regional Technical Assistance Coordinator, Wisconsin RtI Center
Kathy Ryder, Director, Wisconsin RtI Center
DC 201CD
Student Achievement Pipeline to Employment – Fostering Partnerships in Education This fast-paced session is for participants interested in developing business partnerships that provide students with onsite training and meaningful experiences that lead to future employment. Learn the key characteristics of effective business partnerships, a process for determining local business needs, how to arrange partnerships with area businesses, potential grant opportunities, and a plan for sustaining partnerships. Hear how the Edgerton School District developed partnerships with local businesses that have led to students serving in paid internships, on-the-job training, college scholarships, manufacturing and selling real products, and full-time employment. Dennis Pauli, District Administrator, Edgerton School District
Mark Coombs, High School Principal, Edgerton School District
DC 101B

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Student Achievement Open Session on School Law Issues Participants create the topics for this session. This is your opportunity to ask presenting attorneys any questions you may have related to school law or policy issues. Feel free to come with your own questions in mind, or simply to listen to the discussion. Kyle Gulya, Attorney, von Briesen & Roper, S.C.
Dan Mallin, Staff Counsel, WASB
DC 202DE

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