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Teacher Education Students - Gain Experience in Arizona

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse teacher education students will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to gain a more diverse understanding of teacher education. The students will leave January 10, 2009 and spend one week working at Fowler Elementary School District (  The Assistant Director of Field Experience, Cindy Duley and Brenda Leahy from Career Services will accompany students on the trip.

In response to demographic changes and a pattern of underachievement and disengagement of large numbers of students, there is a national movement underway to support teachers to critically examine, reflect on, and respond to practices for learners with diverse needs and from diverse backgrounds.

The Arizona Cultural Teaching Experience will provide teacher education students the opportunity to work with ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse students.


  • As a participant in the Arizona Cultural Teaching Experience, students will expand knowledge of various cultural and ethnic groups.
  • As a participant in the Arizona Cultural Teaching Experience, students will reflect on their teaching experience and learning as evidenced by their reflective entries in the group journal.  
  • As a participant in the Arizona Cultural Teaching Experience, students will gain appreciation for the importance of understanding and connecting with the community and families of the students in a school, with practical strategies and activities to tap the rich resources that diverse students and families bring to schools.

Total Cost: $700, with $200 scholarship opportunity. Scholarship Application Form

Informational Meetings:

  • Friday, October 3 – 9:15 a.m. (339 Cartwright Center)
  • Monday, October 6 – 4:00 p.m. (332 Cartwright Center)
  • Tuesday, October 7 – 6:00 p.m. (337 Cartwright Center)

View meeting presentation as a Powerpoint Presentation or as a PDF fille

Application Process:

  •  Submit application and $100 application fee (checks only, payable to UW-La Crosse) to the Office of Field Experience beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 14.
  • Selection of participants will be determined on a first come, first serve basis with preference given to students admitted to the teacher education program, and who have completed at least one clinical or field experience. Program areas will also be considered.
  • Payment of additional installments by November 3rd and December 1st deadlines.

For more information contact: Cindy Duley or Brenda Leahy.

January 10-17, 2009
Phoenix, Arizona
The Arizona Cultural Teaching Experience
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Professor Greg WegnerProfessor Gregory Wegner Receives Richard T. Farrell Teacher of Merit Award

The 2008 Wisconsin Richard T. Farrell Teacher of Merit Award was presented to Department of Educational Studies faculty member Dr. Gregory Paul Wegner.  The award was in recognition of his outstanding dedication to improving the teaching and learning of history in Wisconsin.  Dr. Wegner received the award at the National History Day in Wisconsin State Event on the 3rd of May 2008.  Wegner has served as Western Wisconsin Regional Coordinator for National History Day for the past 15 years. 

School of Education Spring 2008 Newsletter

Teacher Talk, the SOE Newsletter

Take a look at the Spring edition of Teacher Talk, the School of Education Newsletter!

Features include:

  • Motor Development Program
  • Xiong Vang, Recruiter/Advisor for the School of Education
  • Garth Tymeson receives national Professional Recognition Award
  • SOE honors outstanding student teachers
  • Barb Gander receives the 2008-2009 Teacher Educator of the Year Award
  • Wisconsin's First Lady Visits UW-L
  • School Health Education Student designs Community Advocacy Project
  • Learn by Doing at Milwaukee Public Schools
  • SOE Math and SCience Faculty Explore Digital Assessments of Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Dr. Kristi Mally Leads Nike Sponsored Physical Activity Initiative
  • Professional Development Schools
  • Building a Diverse SOE
  • Arizona Cultural Teaching Experience 2009
  • Debbie Reese, Asst. Professor of American Indian Studies

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UW-L Students Wage Advocacy Campaign - Be B.R.A.V.E.

During the week of April 20th, the Capstone in Child Youth Care students executed a well planned advocacy campaign called Be B.R.A.V.E. (Bullying, Respect, and Violence Education) in Holmen Middle School.

The Child Youth Care program is a multidisciplinary program between Community Health Education, Communication Studies, Educational Foundations, Exercise and Sport Science, Health Education and Health Promotion, Political Science/Public Administration, Psychology, Recreation Management, Sociology, Special Education, and Therapeutic Recreation that allows students to obtain either an emphasis or minor in working with at-risk children and youth.

Lisa Caya began coordination of the program a few years ago and, starting last year, revamped the Capstone course to include an advocacy component.  This year the students chose to educate on bullying - a huge problem in our schools today.  Activities for the week included:

April 22:
12:30-2:00 at Holmen Middle School. The students put on three different assemblies (there are over 700 middle school students in Holmen!) and shared their Be B.R.A.V.E. (Bullying, Respect, and Violence Education) campaign.

Also, during the following two weeks in Holmen Middle School they will be working with the students on counter-bullying strategies.  The CYC students created Brave Bucks that the teachers and staff will be handing out when they witness the middle school students exhibiting positive interactions with their peers.  The students created a contest between the homerooms and whomever wins with the most Brave Bucks gets a sub party.  There are also contests throughout the week, such as a poster contest, trivia games, etc. that can earn the students Brave Bucks or even a special raffle prize.  The CYC students were able to get prizes donated from the following companies/organizations: Papa Murphy's, Applebee's, Fayze's, The Pearl, La Crosse Loggers, Children's Museum, La Crosse Speedway, La Crosse Community Theater, Holmen Aquatic Center and Mary Kay Inc.

April 24:
7:00 p.m. at the La Crosse YMCA - The students hosted a panel discussion to educate the public on bullying.  Panel guests included: Dr. Casey Tobin (UWL Psychology faculty member) speaking from a counseling perspective, Lisa Hesch (at-risk coordinator for Holmen High School), a new teacher that has been subbing in different schools since graduating), and Karl (Leah’s father) and Leah Matz (Leah is a student from St. Peter, MN that has experienced extreme bullying).  The panel flyer can be found here.

Lisa Caya states, "I am very proud and honored to work with the dedicated, intelligent, and absolutely amazing Child Youth Care students in the Capstone course.  They have outdone themselves.  I am also very excited to say that our student, Kayla Breckheimer, was able to arrange Channel 8 to film both the assemblies and the panel discussion! After speaking with Adam from Channel 8, he said that Lisa Klein is doing a week long segment in May on cyber-bulling and would like to interview us for her news piece!"

"I would also like to say thank you to all the campus community that has supported the Child Youth Care program.  I feel very fortunate to coordinate the program and work with the incredible students that I do.  We couldn’t do it without the campus-wide support and we appreciate it."

The brief WKBT newscast about this event can be found here.

The audio clip of the radio announcement for this event can be found here.

Lisa Caya can be contacted at or at 608-785-6895.

UW-L's Found-Object Heron

Erin Woida and Nichol Schoen One of 35 Herons of La Crosse presented to the city in awareness and celebration of the Arts, the Found Object Heron was sponsored by the UW-L Foundation.

Members of the UW-L Art Student Association - Carly Dilworth, Beth Crook, Patty Bindley, Erin Woida and Nichol Schoen and Meagan Rhodes from the School of Education - created this heron, inspired by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.  He is known for his trencadis structures throughout Spain. Trencadis is a type of mosaic made from broken tiles. Gaudi used this technique to cover irregular, curved surfaces with tiles.  He is most famous for projects in Barcelona's Park Guell. 

The "found objects" were mostly broken ceramic plates purchased from Goodwill that the students spray painted.  Their spray technique involved different layers of harmonious colors. First the plates were painted whole and then broken with a hammer. The pieces were next mortared to the heron. Finally they grouted their mosaic pieces using white unsanded grout. They did not want to cover the entire heron in a mosaic; as a result, they completed the heron using vivid acrylic paint.

The heron can be found at the corner of 16th & State Streets, adjacent to Morris Hall, from April to October 2008.

Spring 2008 Reading Room Newsletter Available

Clock with Flowery BackgroundThe Spring 2008 edition of the Reading Room newsletter from the Graduate Reading program in the School of Education is now available. Past Reading Room newsletters are also available.

Learn more about the Graduate Reading Program by visiting their website.

Workshop: International Resources for PK-Middle Schools

Thanks to sponsorship by the UW-L School of Education and the Murphy Library Endowment Fund, the Alice Hagar Curriculum Resources Center is able to host annual programs on children’s literature and its integration into the PK-middle school curriculum.

The purpose of these events is to introduce the curriculum resources of Murphy Library and highlight its children’s book collection to education students as well as teachers and librarians from school districts in the Coulee Region. Two separate presentations are given for pre-service and in-service teachers. Speakers are local and regional experts in the field.

The 2008 program is titled Books - New Immigrants: Embedding Hmong Culture and Literature in Schools. The program takes place on Wednesday, April 23 at the Alice Hagar Curriculum Center. The program for students runs from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. and the program for educators goes from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Please reply to Michele Strange ( by April 11th.

The 2007 program was titled Books - A Child's Window to the World: International Children's Literature in the Schools. Speakers were Ginny Moore Kruse, Emeritus Director of the Cooperative Children's Book Center in Madison and Catherine Beyers, Learning Materials Center Director, Southern Bluffs School in La Crosse. Over 50 participants attended the panel presentations, which included a session where each participant selected a book from the displays and shared their observations.

See the full event flyer here.

STEM Teacher Resource Day

Monday, April 21
8:30-11:30 a.m. or 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Alice Hagar Curriculum Center, Murphy Library

See the event website and event flyer for more information.

Participants learn about the newest award-winning grade-level books and DVDs in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and, starting this year, social studies. They will be able to browse the books, preview the DVDs and learn about UW-L's STEM Web site and other related resources that are applicable to their curricula and educational environments. To register, contact Tim Gerber at 785-6977 or

Act 31/Widening the Circle Teacher Education Symposium

Helping teachers to teach about Wisconsin Native American and Hmong history, culture, cultural relevancy and critical pedagogy, authenticate materials, and infuse curriculum.

The Symposium will give participants the opportunity to meet with Native and Hmong leaders, educators and elders to learn, build relationships and gather solid resources for their class.

Keynote speakers include:
Bill Bigelow - Editor of Rethinking Schools
Patty Loew - Noted scholar and author of Wisconsin Indians

See the event flyer.

For more information visit or contact Matt Stewart or Guy Wolf at 608-785-8838 or 784-1617 or

The Symposium is hosted by the UW-L Native American Student Association, the School of Education, KDP and the Native American Hmong Initiative. It is open to PK-12 educators, LMC directors, administrator, teacher candidates, higher education faculty, students in all areas of study and any interested parties.

La Crosse Tribune Hosts Article on Onlaska PDS Program

Please visit the La Crosse Tribune website for the full article, or click here to see the article in PDF format.

Master of Education-Professional Development (MEPD) Program Newsletters

MEPD StudentsThe Spring 2008 issue of the MEPD On-campus Newsletter is now available, as is the Spring 2008 MEPD Learning Community Newsletter.

For more information on the MEPD program, please visit their website as well as the MEPD Learning Community website.

Message from Rhonda Rabbitt, ME-PD Interim Director:

As the Interim Director of the ME-PD program, I believe that communication is a key to success and in developing relationships. Therefore, at the start of each fall and spring semester, I will communicate directly with our ME-PD students via a student newsletter. One newsletter will be specifically targeted to our on-campus ME-PD students with information directly pertinent to their programs of study. Another newsletter will be specifically written for our off-campus ME-PD learning community students to address their needs.

I will also share the newsletters with UW-L faculty and facilitators to include them in the circle of communication. Please feel free to see what is happening with our ME-PD programs by reading the bi-annual newsletters.

Rhonda M. Rabbitt, ME-PD Interim Director

School of Education Faculty & Staff Handbook

The purpose of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse School of Education Handbook is to provide faculty and staff with a guide to the School of Education in one location. The handbook provides an overview of current School of Education policies, programs and resources that support the Professional Education Programs.

The handbook can be found here.

2008 Western Wisconsin Education Conference

Open to teachers, pre-service teachers, paraprofessionals, school board members, parents, administrators & anyone interested in education. The conference will take place Friday, February 15, 2008 from 7:30am to 2:45pm at the La Crosse Center, 300 Harborview Plaza, Downtown La Crosse.

See the conference flyer for full details.

Keynote Address:
Relationship: The first “R”
Hedda Sharapan, Family Communications, Inc.

Hedda Sharapan has been with Family Communications, Inc., the small nonprofit company that Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood founded, since it began.

Having worked with viewers over the years, she’s well aware of the wide age range of people—including teachers and teens— who found powerful messages in Mister Rogers’ approach. Carrying on his legacy, Hedda’s work includes writing for articles and books as well as developing websites and training materials. As “ambassador on the road” for the Neighborhood, she is a highly sought-after speaker who brings warmth, and humanness to her presentations.

WWE ConferenceFeatured Speakers:
■ Fred Kusch: “The Power of Personal Relationships”
■ Tom Thibodeau: “Good Friends, Good Work, Good Health”
■ LuAnn Fowler: “Have you filled your bucket today?”

Featured Paraprofessional Speaker:
Marilyn Likins, National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals
■ Part of a Grand Tradition: Paraprofessionals—Yesterday & Today
■ The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly of Adolescence Behavior
■ Strengthening Paraeducator & Teacher Teams

Closing Keynote:
Winning at Retail
Dave Skogen, Chairman, Festival Foods

Top off a great day of educational inspiration with a presentation from La Crosse businessman Dave Skogen. Dave
will speak about the true meaning of Servant Leadership; the core of the Festival Food’s culture. Learn that winning the people quality race, embracing change, executing and holding people accountable are all part of the winning formula.

A few of this year’s topics:
■ Building Camaraderie with your Students
■ Teaching with Love & Logic
■ Cool Web Tools for Educators
■ Storytelling, a Teacher’s Most Effective Tool
■ It Takes a Village: Community-based Instruction
■ Grossology—the “Impolite” Science of the Human Body
■ A Deeper Understanding of Algebra and Math
■ Moving to Learn—Learning to Move
■ Work Effectively with Children with Autism and their Families
■ Mentors helping Mentees: Dotting the “i’s” and Crossing the “t’s”
■ Podcasting: Supporting Engaged Learning

For a complete listing, visit our Web site:
or after January 2, ask to review your school secretary’s copy of
the convention booklet.

WiCC Sholarships Available

WiCC will provide 10 free scholarships to the WiCC/DPI Service-Learning Institute – “Educating the 21st Century Citizen” to be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Brookfield, WI, on Wednesday, February 20.  The scholarships will be presented on a first-come, first-serve basis to students enrolled in a teacher preparation program

To learn more about the conference visit the WiCC website at

To apply for a scholarship contact Pamela Proulx-Curry at or 262-595-2048

The Dark Side of the Internet: Sexual Predators of Children

Do You Know Who Your Kids Are “Talking” To Online? You Might Be Surprised!

While the Internet offers a world of educational and entertainment options for young people, it also has a dark and dangerous side we must be aware of. This presentation on the online exploitation of childrenincludes real-life examples and practical advice for anyone interested in the safety and well-being of our children. An eye-opening live demonstration of chat rooms is included.

Please Note: Due to the nature of the subject, this presentation is appropriate for adults only.

Thursday, February 7th
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Franklin Elementary School LMC
1611 Kane Street, La Crosse

About the Speaker:
Eric Szatkowski has been a Special Agent with the Wisconsin Department of Justice/ Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) since 1991. He’s currently assigned to the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Milwaukee. Since 1999, Eric has become of the nation’s leading undercover officers in apprehending sexual predators of children who use the Internet to seduce or exploit children. He has been responsible for the arrest of between 100 and 150 men from Wisconsin and around the nation, most of whom traveled various distances to have sex with what they believed to be an underage boy or girl. Eric’s arrests also include those who sexually assault children, distribute, possess, and/or manufacture child pornography, and expose children to harmful materials. 

See the event flyer.

For More Information Call: 789-8460

Presented By: Wisconsin Department of Justice Special Agent Eric Szatkowski

Sponsored By: Franklin Elementary School & 21st Century Community Learning Centers

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Website Announced

The UW-La Crosse STEM Alliance website is now available at:

The goal of the STEM alliance is to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and related fields by coordinating existing programs and by creating new ones that positively impact STEM teaching and learning.  Positive impact requires collaboration and innovation at all levels - from PK-12  through college and into professional development. This collaborative is a campus-wide initiative supported by the School of Education.  Faculty members, researchers, and administrators from across the UW-L campus formed this alliance to support and enrich STEM teaching and learning in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.

In the future, links to the STEM website may be found under both the Student and Faculty & Staff Resource sections of the SOE website.

Spring 2008 Student Teaching Orientation on January 11, 2008

Student Teaching in ECE Science

Materials For the Required Orientation Meeting
January 11, 2008

Student Teaching Orientation: January 11, 2008 at 8:30am in Port O'Call and Valhalla, Cartwright Center. Attendance is required for Spring 2008 student teachers and interns.

All Spring 2008 student teachers/interns must turn in their TB test verification, Hepatitis B immunization records and letter(s) to cooperating teacher(s) to the Office of Field Experience, 220 Morris Hall by December 21, 2007.

All student teachers/interns must also complete their criminal background check online by December 21, 2007.

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