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Conferences & Workshops

Education Outreach and Partnerships develops professional learning opportunities designed to enhance educators' knowledge and abilities.  Through Conferences & Workshops, participants learn and engage with other educators in order to sharpen and improve pedagogical methods.

Upcoming Opportunities

Outdoor Wonders Teacher Workshop

This 1-day workshop introduces teachers to educational opportunities provided by the Outdoor Wonders Learning Center at Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. Teachers engage in activities facilitated by experienced park educators, demonstrating ways to engage children of all grade levels in field-based learning experiences across the curriculum. 

Our goal is to empower teachers to bring their students to the refuge during the school year. Participating teachers receive classroom resources, 1 CEU, and connect online pre- and post-workshop to share implementation strategies. Learn More

Date: September 21, 2017 8 AM - 4 PM
Location: Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge, Trempealeau, Wisconsin

EOP College-Readiness & Writing Across the Curriculum Symposia Series

This year EOP will is excited to offer a series of symposia across the 2017-2018 academic year to engage educators in dialogue across grade level and institutional boundaries. We welcome members of the K-12 and higher education community to join in panel discussions, breakout sessions, and targeted planning around providing positive outcomes for students as they make their way through our educational system.

Dates
Writing across the Curriculum (October 19, 2017 and April 12, 2018)
College Readiness in Math (November 9, 2017)
College Readiness in Writing (January 31, 2018)
College Readiness in Science (March 14, 2018)

Location: UW Madison Campus

 



Past Opportunities

 

American Democracy Educators Forum

The ADEF is a program of the American Democracy Forum in partnership with the UW-Madison School of Education.  It is funded by generous support from the Jack Miller Center and is provided at no cost to participants. Participants discuss principles and practice of American democracy with leading scholars and faculty from the U​W-Madison and beyond, participate in 4 face-to-face meetings and various online content throughout the school year, incorporate and highlight specific democratic themes into curriculum, and become part of a professional learning community that will inform and enhance current educational practices. Learn More

Dates: August 3-4, 2017, Dec. 2017, April 2018, and online content throughout the year
Location: UW-Madison Campus

Literacy by the Lakes 
Literacy by the Lakes is a new initiative from the faculty in Literacy Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  It is built on the premise that we must direct our attention to supporting children and youth in developing and sustaining literate lives. Ensuring that children of all ages learn the skills and strategies associated with literacy is unquestionably a shared goal of families, teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, and policy makers.  However, limiting the goals of instruction to the technical, testable dimensions of literacy not only reduces the likelihood of student engagement, but also lessens the possibility that children will experience literacy as a tool for building fulfilling lives. Learn More

Date: August 7-9, 2017 and throughout the 2017-18 school year
Location: UW-Madison Campus

Play Make Learn Conference

Calling all Makers, Players, Learners, and Dreamers: Mark your calendar for the inaugural Play Make Learn conference set for August 14th, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Madison. 

Filament Games, Field Day, GEAR, Learning in Making, and Personalization in Practice have joined together to create an innovative conference to promote play and learning research, industry, and practice. The conference will feature panels of experts and designers, an inspiring keynote speaker, as well as opportunities to participate in making and game design. Learn More

Date: August 14, 2017
Location: UW-Madison Campus

National Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Academy

The 6th annual National Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Academy is a professional development opportunity for educators focused on eliminating inequities for all students using the Integrated Comprehensive System for Equity. Participants will affirm their commitment to eliminate inequities across rural, urban, and suburban districts. Teams will engage in a deep ICS Equity Audit analysis of their school, district, region, or state and complete an Equity Action Plan based on the ICS Four Cornerstones for integrated, high achieving schools. Learn More

Academy: June 22-23, 2017 
Location: UW-Madison Campus

Wisconsin Literacy Research Symposium

Typically attended by PreK-12 teachers and administrators, as well as students and professors in summer literacy classes, the symposium provides a powerful professional development opportunity for those involved in the literacy education of Wisconsin’s youth. Always co-sponsored by the Wisconsin State Reading Association (WSRA), the symposium continues the tradition of influencing and improving the work of educators beyond the university classroom. Learn More

Date: June 22-23, 2017
Location: UW-Madison Campus

​Hip Hop in the Heartland Summer Institute

Each summer, Urban Word NYC teams up with the University of Wisconsin’s Office of Multicultural Initiatives (OMAI) to offer this weeklong program for teachers, educators, community leaders and education students to learn the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word pedagogy. Participants will learn proven, hands-on techniques that will help them to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip-hop history, culture and politics.  The night programming consists of an all-star cast of lecturers and performers who will synthesize the day trainings with effective strategies and cutting-edge multicultural educational approaches. Learn More

Date: J​uly 10-14, 2017
Location: UW-Madison Campus

National Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Institute

The 6th annual National Integrated Comprehensive Systems for Equity Institute is a professional development opportunity for educators focused on eliminating inequities for all students using the Integrated Comprehensive System for Equity. Participants will affirm their commitment to eliminate inequities across rural, urban, and suburban districts. Teams will engage in a deep ICS Equity Audit analysis of their school, district, region, or state and complete an Equity Action Plan based on the ICS Four Cornerstones for integrated, high achieving schools. Learn More

Institute: July 24-26, 2017  
Location: UW-Madison Campus

2017 Teacher Research Symposium

Need some inspiration? Looking for strategies to engage your students? Wanting to connect with other passionate educators? Then join us for a morning of interactive presentations by teachers from across WI who have been conducting action research throughout this past school year. Come talk with teachers from across all grade levels who have engaged in deep classroom research on topics ranging from personalized learning to mathematics to writing to service learning to going gradeless and more.

Date: June 16, 2017
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

Advanced Placement Summer Institute

Hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this Advanced Placement (AP) Summer Institute offers a unique learning experience for teachers interested in expanding their knowledge of AP course content, structure, and methodology. Learn from experienced AP consultants and UW-Madison faculty members who are dedicated to improving student achievement by providing teachers with valuable tools and strategies for their classrooms. Learn More

Date: June 19-23, 2017
Location: UW-Madison Campus

Early Career Educator Writing Academy

This week long academy is specifically geared towards teachers in the first five years of their teaching careers. Experienced GMWP Fellows from across the grade levels and content areas will lead a week of collaborative exploration into writing and the teaching of writing. You will have the opportunity to participate in daily interactive workshops on topics ranging from crafting meaningful writing activities to assessment and feedback that moves writers forward. The focus will be on how to teach rather than just assign writing. Learn More

Date: 
June ​19-23, 2017
Location: ​UW-Madison Campus

Hip Hop in the Heartland Spring Seminar

This one day s​eminar joins together local and national educators in a daylong event aimed at centering hip-hop education in the classroom. Attendees will participate in workshops that engage top practitioners, both academic and from the classroom, as they share best practices and dynamic strategies for cultivating hip-hop education. Learn More

Date: April 10, 2017
Location: ​Pyle Center, UW-Madison Campus

GMWP | Saturday Seminar Series: ​Beloit​

Engaging in Writing Dialogue
This symposium is intended to give high school English teachers and college writing teachers a chance to discuss concerns, common practices, and shared goals. Panelists from area high schools, college writing programs, and writing centers will kick off conversations regarding planning, practice, and assessments. We will delve into the questions that we have as educators and share ideas about teaching and learning. Learn More

Date: March ​4th, 2017
Location: Beloit, WI

​GMWP | Saturday Seminar Series: Milton

Engaging in Writing Dialogue
This symposium is intended to give high school English teachers and college writing teachers a chance to discuss concerns, common practices, and shared goals. Panelists from area high schools, college writing programs, and writing centers will kick off conversations regarding planning, practice, and assessments. We will delve into the questions that we have as educators and share ideas about teaching and learning. Learn More

Date: February ​4th, 2017
Location: Milton, WI

College Ready: Writing Symposium

Engaging in Writing Dialogue
This symposium is intended to give high school English teachers and college writing teachers a chance to discuss concerns, common practices, and shared goals. Panelists from area high schools, college writing programs, and writing centers will kick off conversations regarding planning, practice, and assessments. We will delve into the questions that we have as educators and share ideas about teaching and learning. Learn More

Date: January 27th, 2017
Location: Wisconsin Idea Room
UW-Madison Education Building​

GMWP | ​Saturday Seminar Series: Stoughton

This is the first of three WI Weekend Seminar workshops! This will be held in Stoughton on January 7th. The second and third workshops will be in Milton, WI on February 4th and Beloit, WI on March 4th. In this workshop we will: 
• Learn from experienced classroom teachers who have implemented successful writing practices in their classrooms.
• Acquire research-based and classroom applicable strategies and practices. Workshops explore, "how to" questions as well as "why?"
• Connect and collaborate with other area educators also invested in creating writing rich classroom environments. Learn More

Date: January 7th, 2017
Location:
 Stoughton, WI

College Ready: 2016 Mathematics Symposium

This symposium is intended to give high school and college mathematics educators and administrators a chance to discuss concerns, common practices, and shared goals. Panel discussions will include high school teacher representatives, professors who use or teach math, and those who support students in the transition from high school to college. Learn More

Literacy by the Lakes 

Literacy by the Lakes is a new initiative from the faculty in Literacy Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  It is built on the premise that we must direct our attention to supporting children and youth in developing and sustaining literate lives. Ensuring that children of all ages learn the skills and strategies associated with literacy is unquestionably a shared goal of families, teachers, school administrators, teacher educators, and policy makers.  However, limiting the goals of instruction to the technical, testable dimensions of literacy not only reduces the likelihood of student engagement, but also lessens the possibility that children will experience literacy as a tool for building fulfilling lives. Learn More

Date: August 17-19, 2016 and throughout the 2016-17 school year
Location: UW-Madison Campus

Teaching About the 2016 Elections

Teaching about elections is one of the best opportunities educators have to prepare young people for political engagement. Yet, we know that teachers are often unsure about how to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging, respectful to all points of view, and draws upon the best and most current information. Learn More

The Teaching About the 2016 Elections Conference is an exciting opportunity for K-12 teachers: 

  • to learn about important election related issues
  • to receive training in effective learning strategies
  • to be introduced to national civic education programs and their curricula

Date: September 24, 2016
Location: UW-Madison Campus

American Democracy Educators' Forum

Participants in the American Democracy Educator’s Forum (ADEF) gather in person and online to discuss primary text readings, hear from scholarly experts, and plan new curriculum on key themes in American political thought, American government and American history. In 2016-2017, the ADEF will explore the Bill of Rights as a way to think about the place of individual liberties in the American political experience.  Learn More

Date: August 8-9, Dec. 5, 2016, April 17, 2017 and online throughout the year
Location: UW-Madison Campus

Hip Hop in the Heartland Summer Institute 

Each summer, Urban Word NYC teams up with the University of Wisconsin’s Office of Multicultural Initiatives (OMAI) to offer this weeklong program for teachers, educators, community leaders and education students to learn the best practices in hip-hop and spoken word pedagogy. Participants will learn proven, hands-on techniques that will help them to develop lesson plans and strengthen their course study, as well as create a platform from which they will understand the scope of hip-hop history, culture and politics.  The night programming consists of an all-star cast of lecturers and performers who will synthesize the day trainings with effective strategies and cutting-edge multicultural educational approaches. Learn More

Date: ​​July 11-15, 2016
Location: UW-Madison Campus

From High School to College: Engaging in Writing Dialogue
This symposium is intended to give high school English teachers and first-year college writing teachers a chance to discuss concerns, common practices, and shared goals. Panelists from area high schools, first-year college writing programs, and writing centers will kick off conversations regarding planning, practice and assessments. We will delve into the questions that we have as educators and share ideas about teaching and learning. Learn More

Date: January ​29th, 2016
Location: Wisconsin Idea Room (Room 159), Education Building​

EEC Key Initiative:  Supporting Young Dual Language Learners' School Readiness Institute Series about the WIDA Early English Language Development Standards Framework

Multiple Dates and Locations: The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), in partnership with WIDA Early Years, is sponsoring a series of institutes for Early Education and Care Partners who support young dual language learners (DLLs), age 2.5-5.5 years. You are invited to attend the institutes which are free of charge and funded by the Massachusetts Race to the Top-Early Learning Challenge grant.

International Baccalaureate Orientation Seminar

October 15, 2015 Madison, WI

The Wisconsin Association of IB World Schools (WAIBWS) is offering the IB Orientation Seminar, the newest level of training of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO).  The seminar is designed for schools or districts that are exploring whether the selected IB programme is a good match for their students. This seminar is designed for schools and districts that are looking for an innovative program to enhance the learning experience for 21st Century Learners. The Orientation Seminar also provides an excellent overview of IB for new staff in authorized schools. More information on IBO can be found on their website.

Earth Partnership Institutes

Various Dates and Locations

Earth Partnership is a project and place-based education program developed at the UW-Madison Arboretum that involves students in native habitat restoration on school grounds and nearby natural areas as a context for STEM learning across age, ecosystem, discipline, learning style and culture. Teachers, students, and citizen volunteers participating in Earth Partnership Institutes learn how to restore habitat and promote community stewardship focusing on water quality, ecological restoration, climate change, pollution prevention, multi-cultural perspectives and ecological literacy. The Earth Partnership Curriculum weaves environmental knowledge and skills into core curriculum and assessment and is keyed to Common Core Standards and Next Generation Science standards in a 10-step process for building rain gardens and restoring native habitats. The 2015 Earth Partnership courses offer themes focused on Water Stewardship, Latino Earth Partnership and Indigenous Arts and Sciences.

4th Annual National Leadership for Social Justice Institute and Academy

July 27-July 31, 2015 Madison, WI 

This annual professional development opportunity supports state, regional, district, and school teams to move from a deficit-based system to one that is based on proactive, Integrated, and Comprehensive Services (ICS)™. Participants will affirm their commitment to learning to lead for equity and social justice across rural, urban, and suburban districts. Teams will engage in a deep equity analysis of their school, district, region, or state and complete an action plan and next steps to increase achievement of all students regardless of race, ability, language, income, sexual identity, gender, and their intersections. Schools and districts who have completed the Institute in previous years and whom are deeply engaged in the work will help facilitate content and share their achievements and challenges.

Summer Counts

July 25, 2015  Madison WI
The Summer Counts conference provides an opportunity for 4K teachers in Wisconsin to connect and collaborate with colleagues to learn more about teaching math in culturally and developmentally responsive ways. 4K teachers will share things they learned when they studied their classrooms and will offer ideas to bring back to your classroom. You will also hear from academics who study teaching and learning mathematics in early childhood.

WIDA International Summer Academy

July 13-16, 2015  Madison, WI
Participants will analyze the language demands of college and career ready standards, including theCommon Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS). In school teams, participants will work in integrating content and language (WIDA ELD) standards to develop a unit plan for the instruction and assessment of ELLs. Teams will create materials for implementation of the standards back in their school sites.

University Summer Forum: Chemistry and Society

June 16-July 9, 2015 Chemistry Building, Madison, WI
Professor Shakhashiri, known for his leadership in national science policy, promoting excellence in science education at all levels, and for his development and use of demonstrations in the teaching of chemistry, will be leading the Chemistry and Society Summer Forum. This forum will explore the role of chemistry in our daily lives and  the impact of chemistry on advancing the human condition and assuring the quality of life locally and globally. Selected topics in the fundamentals of chemistry will be introduced through engaging chemistry demonstrations and hands-on activities.  Speakers from selected areas of specialization will be invited to provide their rich perspectives on topics such as water quality, atmospheric chemistry, and general energy concepts and principles. 

Teaching as Inquiry: Celebrating 25 Years of Classroom Action Research

May 30, 2015 Madison, WI
Madison Metropolitan School District and UW-Madison School of Education have come together to celebrate Classroom Action Research. There will be a lecture, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking to honor the history and celebrate the future of this locally developed, nationally-recognized program. 

Exploring South Asia through Children's and YA Literature

February 23-March 30, 2015
This course examines recently published books that reflect stories, characters, and cultures from South Asia for grades pre K through high school. Due to the growing number of books published on this unique region; and the growing number of patrons in our libraries and schools seeking materials that reflect their heritage, this course will offer tools to plan specialized programing and collection development to fulfill this need. The course will be highlighting the South Asia Book Award books and highly commended titles published since 2011.

Can Do Descriptors Event 

November 12-14, 2014 Chicago Area
World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) is offering a Can Do Event for ESL and general education teachers to support the design and implementation of differentiated lessons and progress monitoring for English Language Learner students.

IB Middle Years Seminar 

October 23, 2014 Madison, WI 
IB Middle Years Programme presents a special Orientation Seminar for school leaders and decision makers, including central office administrators, principals, and school board members. This seminar is appropriate for those who have IB programmes as well as those who are considering the continuum, have looked at MYP before but not moved forward, have a 3 year programme but not 5, or those who may have no IB Programmes, but are interested in options for their students aged 11-16.

International Colloquium on Black Males in Education

October 1-4, 2014 Atlanta, GA
The Wisconsin Equity & Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) is sponsoring the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education. The colloquium is an opportunity to discuss international perspectives in light of realities for black males in education, provoking intellectual thought, discussion and ideas that can be implemented to serve and improve the experiences of black males throughout the world. 

Games, Learning, Society Conference

June, 2014 Madison, WI
The GLS Conference is the premier event in the field of videogames and learning. Now in its seventh year, this grass roots “indie” event is evolving to include innovative content formats and new programming. And after waiting lists for registration in past years, we’re now finally expanding our registration to reach an even larger and more diverse audience. The GLS conference is one of the few destinations where the people who create high-quality digital learning media can gather for a serious think about what is happening in the field and how the field can serve the public interest. Visit the webpage for more information.

WisCouncil 2014: Mindfulness Meditation and Tai Chi for You AND Your Clients

April 25, 2014 Madison, WI
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Occupational Therapy Program is proud to offer an experiential workshop presented by Kristi Reitz (OTR/L, RYT, CTI) and Tricia Medow (COTA/CTI). Participants will learn beginning steps toward building a personal and professional mindfulness practice. See the WisCouncil 2014 webpage for more information. 

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