Wisconsin Professional Learning & Assessment Consortium
The Wisconsin Professional Learning and Assessment Consortium is a consortium of school districts that work directly with FIRST Educational Resources, LLC and CESA 6 (Oshkosh) to identify their learning needs through continued collaboration and discussion, and then are given access to the necessary time and support to meet their learning needs with other districts across the state of Wisconsin.
Many school districts throughout the state of Wisconsin are working on the same initiatives and have the same professional learning needs.
By collectively working with FIRST Educational Resources and CESA 6, these districts are now afforded the opportunity to learn from each other through monthly networking opportunities, identify collective needs, and determine ways to save money for each district.
It’s time we start bringing districts together to work through their professional learning needs and the Wisconsin Professional Learning & Assessment Consortium provides this opportunity in a cost effective and powerful way.
How does the Wisconsin Professional Learning Consortium Work?
Once a district decides to be a part of the Wisconsin Professional Learning & Assessment Consortium, they will be contacted by Garth Larson, President of FIRST Educational Resources, LLC to begin strategically planning for the 2017-18 school year.
Once this strategic conversation takes place, the district will be provided with multiple updates/opportunities to engage in professional learning specifically designed to meet that district’s professional needs through monthly meetings of the PLAC and ongoing professional learning opportunities provided by FIRST Educational Resources.
What are the Benefits for a District that is a member of the Wisconsin Professional Learning Consortium?
This is the first time in the state of Wisconsin that all districts have access to a network of professional learning designed to meet their needs. Wisconsin has a lot of great support available through several different organizations, but the Wisconsin Professional Learning & Assessment Consortium is designed specifically to create opportunities for multiple districts with the same professional learning needs to be able to accomplish their professional learning needs together.
The Wisconsin PLAC is made up of school districts throughout the state of Wisconsin that all have a focus on creating better learning opportunities for the students and staff they serve. Below are just a couple of the benefits this consortium has to offer:
- Meetings occur monthly and are organized and facilitated by FIRST Educational Resources and CESA 6 in Oshkosh.
- Lunch is provided by FIRST Educational Resources and CESA 6 at all meetings.
- One representative from each district is allowed at each PLAC meeting (small charge for districts that want to bring a second representative based on that month’s agenda).
- Each PLAC in 2017-18 will be capped at 25 districts to allow for in-depth discussions to occur at all meetings.
- A specific PLAC folder will be created in Google Docs for districts to share their ideas. Meeting notes are also stored within this folder from all previous meetings to allow members to review what was discussed in past meetings.
- A minimum of monthly check-ins from FIRST Educational Resources to ensure the PLAC is meeting each district’s professional learning needs.
- The PLAC guides the professional learning that takes place, the topics of discussion for each meeting and how networking occurs between districts.
- Districts in the PLC receive a $50 discount on ALL registrations for ALL FIRST Events in the 2017-18 school year (this includes FIRST 2018 coming to multiple locations).
- FIRST Educational Resources will help coordinate multi-district professional learning events to help districts save money in meeting their own professional learning needs
Testimonials from School Districts in the Wisconsin PLAC:
“This was honestly the best conference that I have attended over the past 15 years. Incredible speakers, inspiring ideas, perfect format, well-planned and smooth operating. ”
“After attending First 2017 not only did I leave with content that I can transfer to my classroom, but I left feeling enlightened and ready to start the school year.”
“I have been to many conferences throughout my 28 years in education. This was the most well-organized I have been to.”
The keynotes were amazing! This conference is invaluable and super timely-a fantastic way to get energized for another school year. Thank you!
Absolutely fantastic event! So many great speakers and wonderful ideas. It really made love my profession again-and I’ve been questioning it. THANK YOU!
Topics collectively covered within the Wisconsin PLC include:
- Data Coaching and Support
- Assessment (state and local)
- Grading and Reporting
- Cultivating School Culture
- Leadership Practices
- Response to Intervention/MTSS
- Professional Learning Communities
- Teaching with Poverty in Mind
- Educator Effectiveness
- Instructional Coaching
- Instructional Practices
- Classroom Management
- Student Engagement
- Fostering Relationships
- Social/Emotional Health Support
- Lesson Planning
The Wisconsin Professional Learning & Assessment Consortium consists of a one-time yearly fee for the entire district. This is based on the size of the school district.
- 1 to 500 students: $2700/year
- 501 to 1000 students: $3200/year
- 1001 to 2500 students: $3700/year
- 2501 to 5000 students: $4200/year
- 5001 or more students: $4700/year
Once a school district signs up to be a part of this consortium, they will receive a reduced rate for all employees that participate in professional learning being offered by FIRST Educational Resources in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. This reduced rate is $50 off per person for every registration. This includes the FIRST 2018: The Institute for Better Learning. Even if your district qualifies for a team discount, you would still get the reduced rate for their registrations.
Example: FIRST Educational Resources is hosting a one day workshop on Implementing Effective Grading and Reporting Practices in Oshkosh. This workshop was determined based on many districts in the consortium needing professional learning and support pertaining to this topic. If the registration fee is $175.00 per person, anyone from consortium districts can attend for $125.00 per person.