Registration fee includes: access to all keynote and breakout sessions, access to online materials, lunch on both days, and unlimited coffee, soda and water

Wisconsin Model Secondary Schools Conference
Pewaukee, WI
(August 13-14, 2019)

Date(s): August 13-14, 2019
Location:Pewaukee High School
510 Lake St
Pewaukee, WI 53072
Time: 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM both days
Cost: $350.00 per person or $325.00 per person for teams of 15 or more until February 1, 2019
$375.00 per person or $325.00 per person for teams of 15 or more registered after February 1, 2019.

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About the Wisconsin Model Secondary Schools Conference.

If you are looking for ways to create better and more meaningful learning experiences for you and your secondary school students, this institute is perfect for you and your team! Come spend two powerful days of learning with our team of educational experts, as well as thought leaders from throughout the state of Wisconsin to help your school and district move forward with thinking different about how we support secondary school education. This conference has been developed based on a regional movement to rethink the traditional secondary school experience through focused and collaborative discussions on topics and issues from assessment literacy to student engagement to progressive approaches that real-world experiences into our schools.  This lineup of international experts will help educators learn, reflect, and grow together as we work to meet the needs of our talented, inquisitive, diverse, and creative student populations. We have also given the opportunity for successful secondary schools from throughout the state of Wisconsin to share their innovative approaches to ensuring high quality learning experiences for their students.  

The presenters and thought leaders for this event have a wide-range of knowledge and experience working with educators around these critical topics in education and this institute will allow you to better understand how all elements systematically flow together to create better and more meaningful learning structures for today’s students in secondary schools. Our team of presenters will also customize your learning experience at this institute by sharing their research, knowledge and implementation strategies around changing the status quote of secondary education. Engage in this process with colleagues on the following questions that must be asked to ensure high levels of learning for all students and a Learning FIRST culture:

  • What does a successful secondary school look like when re-thinking the school experience for today’s students?
  • What type of innovative approaches to secondary education are happening throughout the state of Wisconsin?
  • What type of learning environment and culture do we strive to create in becoming a more meaningful secondary school?
  • How we best develop meaningful and lasting relationships to engage our students in authentic learning experiences in secondary schools?
  • How to we ensure equitable learning opportunities for every student that walks into our buildings?
  • What does leadership look like at all levels to ensure we are creating more meaningful secondary school experiences.
  • What does collaboration look like in a Learning FIRST environment and how do we make it a priority at all levels?
  • What are the most important and critical standards and learning targets our students must learn in our secondary schools?
  • What approaches to innovative learning will keep our students engaged in secondary schools?
  • What types of assessments (both formative and summative) will we use to gather evidence of proficiency against our standards and learning targets?
  • What is our collective response to our students when they are not learning what is essential?
  • What do we collectively do for students that come to us with pre-existing knowledge and already know what we will be teaching?

Through these guiding questions and discussion, you will be afforded the opportunity to learn how to best take these practices and create sustainable learning structures that will lay the foundation for meaningful change in secondary school systems. This institute is loaded with two great keynotes packed with ideas that support student learning in all situations. Participants also have the ability to personalize their own learning experience by picking from nine breakout sessions that best meet their individual learning needs. These sessions are a combination of featured speakers and presenters from Wisconsin that have proven success within their secondary schools.

Participants who attend this institute, will: (not limited to)

  • be exposed to secondary schools from throughout Wisconsin that have experienced high levels of success through their innovative approaches to teaching and learning.
  • understand the role that creating and fostering a culture of learning for ALL has on increasing student achievement in secondary schools.
  • learn about the power of relationships in development and maintaining a Learning FIRST environment in secondary schools.
  • understand what equity means in today’s secondary schools to ensure every student is afforded the right opportunity to learn in way that best supports his/her own life experiences.
  • learn how to best support ALL secondary students through a highly effective and systematic approach through collaborative systems of support.
  • learn what effective leadership in secondary school schools entails, to ensure all students are engaged in meaningful learning experiences.
  • learn how standards and learning targets align to assessments in all grades and content areas.
  • learn how to create strong formative and summative assessments to help gather evidence of learning and guide the instructional process in a secondary school setting.
  • understand the role of feedback in the classroom and how to engage in consistent feedback practices to create a Learning FIRST environment.
  • understand how to effectively turn data and evidence into actionable practices for our secondary students
  • develop an understanding of effective approaches to homework, reassessment, late work, and grading life skills and behaviors in a Learning FIRST environment.
  • gain the necessary knowledge and skills to accurately assess, grade, and report achievement against content standards and learning targets and move away from traditional models of grading.
  • increase student motivation through effective use of data, goal setting, and feedback.
  • understand some of the misconceptions about grading practices, and identify how to make grades meaningful and motivating.
  • understand how to provide extensions tied to the standards and assessment for some of our most gifted learners in our secondary schools.
  • learn what motivates students and keep them excited for their learning experiences in secondary schools.

If you have questions about this institute, please do not hesitate to contact us at (920) 479-6504 or email us at and we would be happy to assist!

Travel Information:
Nearest Airport: Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Distance from West Aurora High School: 37 miles
Alternative Airport: Chicago Midway Airport
Distance from West Aurora High School: 44 miles

Hotel Recommendation:
Hyatt Regency Lisle Near Naperville
1400 Corporetum Dr
Lisle, IL 60532
Distance from West Aurora High School: 17 miles
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