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ME-PD Alumna, Sarah Compton, Earns Milken Educator Award !

Compton’s student stock market project teaches critical thinking and economic concepts as students invest an imaginary nest egg and manage individual portfolios.  

Compton’s innovative work in the classroom hasn’t gone unnoticed. The 2011 graduate of UWL’s Master of Education-Professional Development program was presented the Milken Educator Award Friday, Feb. 22, during a surprise assembly at her school.  As the 2018-19 recipient of the national award, she received $25,000. She is the only Milken Educator Award winner from Wisconsin and is among the 33 honorees for 2018-19.

Compton says she frequently uses the strategies, resources, and best practices she learned about in her UWL Master of Education-Professional Development cohort in her fifth grade class.

“One thing that still resonates with me is how to incorporate student choice, which improves behavior, motivation and retention,” she says. “I use layered curriculum in reading, which empowers my students to choose their method of learning, their pacing, their collaborative partnerships, and their end product for assessment. Layered curriculum allows me to take on the role of a facilitator, while still making sure my students are working within our content standards.”

Professional Studies in Education Receives
2019 Most Affordable Online College Award

UWL - Institute for Professional Studies in Education is ranked by SR Education Group in the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Educational Leadership for the Master of Education - Professional Development Educational Leadership Emphasis program.

These rankings represent online schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students. UWL's Professional Studies in Education made the rankings at 22nd for Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership! Great program at an affordable price.

UWL ME-PD Student Making a Difference in Her Spanish Class

One of our ME-PD students, Katie Beyer, Logan High School Spanish teacher, created for her students a full Spanish language immersion experience instead of just a trip to a foreign country. “It gives them opportunity to see the real world, real-lifeMake a difference.png application of their language use and how it's not just doing or learning something for test and checking it off the list,” said Beyer.  See more here. Video

UWL - ME-PD Alumni Named
Top Notch Teacher for January 2019!

Merranda Boardman loves teaching and likes to have her room student led. "If I am doing the most talking, who is really doing the most learning?" says Boardman.  She encourages the kids to do the talking and communicate with each other for that is how they learn.  Congrats Merranda on being chosen Top Notch Teacher for January 2019!  Video

UWL Educational Leadership Student Awarded Grant 

The Onalaska Education Foundation (OEF) announced UWL Educational Leadership student, Larry Swiggum of Northern Hills Elementary, as a recipient of one of the Claude Deck Innovative Grants for 2018.

The OEF looks for projects that are innovative and inspire students and teachers to achieve educational excellence; impact a variety of students and/or schools; are collaborative in nature; and meet educational objectives. Great job Larry!

Professional Studies in Education Receives
2019 Most Affordable Online College Award

UWL - Institute for Professional Studies in Education is ranked in the 2019 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Educational Leadership for the Master of Education - Professional Development Educational Leadership Emphasis program by SR Education Group!

These rankings represent online schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Professional Studies in Education made the rankings at 22nd for Master's Degrees in Educational Leadership! Great programs at affordable prices.

2018 Fall For Education - La Crosse Tribune Article

Michele Borba - Empathy 
Michele Borba will be at our2018 Fall for Education Conference presenting on UnSelfie - Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

UWL ME-PD Graduate Named March 2018 Top Notch Teacher

Congratulations to our ME-PD graduate, Larry Noll, for being named La Crosse area "Top Notch Teacher" for March.  Larry is a long time physical education teacher at Sparta High School and understands the importance of student relationship building, a key building block of our ME-PD program.   Keep up the wonderful work with your students Larry!  Read more

Christopher Gleason - ME-PD Alumni 2002

Gleason

Congratulations to our ME-PD graduate, Christopher Gleason, for receiving the Burth and Norma Altman Teacher Education Award!Instrumental Music Teacher, Patrick Marsh Middle School, Sun Prairie, since 2004. La Crosse Logan Middle School, 1999-2004; East Troy Middle School 1997-1999.

  • Founder, Kalahari Band Festival.
  • Semi-finalist for the 2017 Grammy Music Education Award; Wisconsin representative for National Teacher of the Year Award; Michael G. George Distinguished Service Award; Kohl Teacher Fellowship; Melvin F. Pontious Sparks in Music Education Award.
  • Masters of Education in Professional Development from UWL, May 2002

2017 Fall for Education Conference - WKBT News Article

The 20th annual "Fall for Education Conference" brings those working with children from preschool through 12th grade to La Crosse from across the state. The different breakout sessions are helping the attendees better understand, address and prevent the problems that many young people face. 

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Michelle Powell - Making a Difference - 2012 ME-PD Alumni

Congratulations UW-La Crosse ME-PD graduate, Michelle Powell, on being named July Top Notch Teacher!  In Powell's bustling classroom, the lesson of the day is one in community.   Read more about Michelle.... Top Notch Teacher

Jean Ruprecht - 2011 ME-PD Alumni

  • University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, College of Liberal Studies 2012 Excellence Award Recipient!
Jean Ruprecht

Jean is currently teaching 5th grade at State Road Elementary School in La Crosse, WI.  She has taught in La Crosse since 1996 and in Chicago for three years prior to that.  In 2008 she received a Top Notch Teacher Award and in 2011 she graduated with a Master of Professional Education Degree from UW-La Crosse.  The title of her Action Research Work is “Differentiating Instruction in 5th Grade Mathematics.”  For the past two years, Jean has combined the challenges of graduate school, a full time teaching job, and parenting sons Robert and Charles.  Billie Finco says that Jeanie’s passion for learning is rooted in a desire to see her own students achieve at the highest levels. 

Weston Glasbrenner - 2002 ME-PD Alumni

  • Recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching!

Weston Glasbrenner

Katy Smith - 2003 ME-PD Alumni 

  • Minnesota Teacher of the Year 2011!

Katy Smith

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Bradley Markhardt - 2001 ME-PD Alumni

Bradley Markhardt

Markhardt meets with President Obama
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2010 ME-PD Learning Community Conference - WKBT News

Pat Markos

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