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Promising Practices in Educational Engagement

Educational engagement speaks to the many opportunities school personnel have to engage with not only with one another but also with business, community, and parents. Engaging with one or more of these entities can create successful education opportunities for all students, as well as opportunities to solve broader community issues. Learn ways in which educators are engaging with each other, their community, and how engagement impacts the classroom.


Service learning w/ Amanda Pratt

Amanda brokers her students’ engagement with a variety of local organizations and projects.  She provides a variety of strategies for building strong and sustainable partnerships supporting academic and community development.


GSAFE w/ Tim Michael

Tim manages GSAFE, an organization that is committed to creating safe school environments for students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning. 


Green Schools Network w/ Victoria Rydberg

The Green Schools Network promotes the environment as a context for learning. Located throughout Wisconsin, the network provides professional development through its “No Teacher Left Inside” institute.


Parent volunteers w/ Sarah Niesen

Sarah invites parents to help students produce a variety of fairy tale plays. Parents volunteer in their children’s arts classes, helping to make decorations, play props, scenery, and costumes.


Mystery Readers w/ Sarah Hennessey

She invites “mystery readers” to visit her class (parents, grandparents, neighbors, etc.), who read, give students clues about their identity, and encourage good reading habits.


Teachers' Writing Group w/ Pam Anderson

Pam organizes a teachers’ writing workshop to help them experience what their students will feel when writing, revising, and sharing.


Greater Madison Writing Project w/ Mark Dziedzic & Beth Torrison

The Greater Madison Writing Project is professional development where teachers are supported to write about teaching and the education profession, as well as about personal interests.


Pre-service Support w/ Ren Schwab

As a teacher educator preparing future teachers, Ren shares strategies for collaborations between pre- and in-service teachers, lesson planning, and creating supports for effective and reflective teaching practices.

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Homeless student support w/ Mindy Trudell

Mindy believes it is important that teachers create inclusive and community-building experiences for all students, regardless of when and why they join a classroom.


Engaging parents w/ Barbara Rubin

Barbara says that "parents and teachers need to work together to help children succeed." She helped start parent groups in the Madison Metropolitan School District to keep them involved and engaged in their children's education.

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