Fall for Education Conference

Due to COVID-19, our physical office is closed. However, all classes will be held online and instructors and staff are working remotely. We recommend email or Canvas to reach instructors and email or phone for departmental business.

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Due to Covid-19, we have unfortunately decided to cancel our 2020 conference.

Don't miss out on our conference next year ~ November 6th & 7th, 2021

Check back in June 2021 for more information on the 2021 conference!

Here are a few presenters for 2019
conference so far:

  • Jeffrey Kotler -
    jeffrey kottler bio       
    Trauma Recovery and Resistance
    (Saturday morning and Sunday closing keynote) 

Welcome Back Jeffrey Kottler!
Jeffrey A. Kottler is one of the foremost authorities and prolific writers in the fields of counseling, psychology, advocacy, and education. Jeffrey has worked as a teacher, counselor, therapist, and consultant in a variety of settings including a preschool, primary and secondary school, university, mental health center, crisis center, medical school, and corporate settings.

He is the best-selling author of more than 100 nonfiction books that address a wide range of subjects including personal development, group leadership, professional development of psychotherapists and teachers, social justice, a variety of contemporary issues related to helping and healing, leadership, creativity, and personal meaning-making.

Jeffrey is Clinical Professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. He is also Professor Emeritus at California State University, Fullerton. He is the Founder of Empower Nepali Girls, an organization that supports and mentors at-risk girls and leads service projects to assist the needs of refugees and other marginalized groups around the world.

Self Care for Educators, Jeffrey Kottler, Keynote

Teachers, educators, and support staff have among the most stressful jobs in the world, especially those who work with children experiencing neglect, abuse, trauma, and family conflicts. In addition, limited resources, reduced budgets, and overwhelming responsibilities, add to the pressures and potential challenges. This talk will explore some of the features of burnout, “rust-out,” stress, vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue that afflict many helping professionals. This includes some of the corrosive influences, as well as the kind of “posttraumatic growth” that can result from adversity. In addition, we will explore some of the ways that educators can not only take better care of themselves—modeling such behavior for others—but also support and nurture colleagues.                          

Other wonderful presenters include:

 

  • Keely Rees - 1. Compassion Fatigue: Putting on Your Own Oxygen Mask First    2. Got Balance? Sleep, Nutrition and Movement
  • Eric Benedict - 1. Interesting Ways to Use G Suite in the Classroom
  • 2. Less Teacher Talk....More Student Voice: Choice Boards
  • Willem Vanroosenbeek - LGBTQ+ Identities in our Schools
  • Garrett Denning - Disability Awareness
  • Bard Meier- Hunger in Schools
  • Cheri Haug - Chair Yoga for you and your students
  • Greg Lovell - Mindfulness for Self-Care & Mindfulness for Educators
  • Ashley Zehner - Questions I'm Afraid to Ask: Candid Conversations on Supporting our Students with Needs
  • Betty DeBoer & Jenna Sether - Developing Regulation Strategies in Students
  • Bill Gillespie & Ann Yehle - Leadership
  • Heather LInville - Linguistically Diverse Students' Success: It Starts with All of Us!
  • Jennifer Kalis - Creating Trauma Sensitive & Supportive Environments for Younger Children
  • Diane Eickmeier - Anti-Bias Education for Young Children
  • Bonnie Roscovius - Intergenerational Trauma

 

Below are the 2019 speaker materials furnished to us. 

Bill Gillespie & Ann Yehle: 

Betty DeBoer & Jenna Sether: 

Jennifer Kalis: Creating Trauma Sensitive & Supportive Environments for Younger Children

Diane Eickmeier: 

Eric Benedict:

Jeffrey Kottler:

Jennifer Kosiak: All Presentation Materials

Heather Linville: Linguistically Diverse Student Success: It Starts with All of Us!

 

Link to registration here

Credit costs: Go to the registration page above and on the right side of the screen you will be able to click on the registration link to see the cost/credit.

Course Title22nd Annual Fall for Education Conference, Institute for Professional Studies in Education                                        

Objectives (participants will know and be able to do):

  • Participants will take away a deep understanding of self-care for educators.
  • Participants will learn regulation strategies for students. 
  • Participants will develop leadership skills at the PK-12 level and at the district level.
  • Conference participants will develop an understanding of the challenges of hunger poverty, cultural and racial differences, gender issues, disability awareness, and other differences as they relate to the classroom environment.
  • Conference participants will learn specific methods of mindfulness for self-care, for educators and PK-12 students.
  • Conference participants will engage in structured activities and structured discussions around these key conference themes: best practice pedagogy, compassionate schools, culturally responsive teaching, curriculum development and assessment, and leadership.  
  • Conference participants will learn about happiness, health and wellness through the lifespan.
  • Conference participants will be able to determine appropriate technology modes and uses to address students’ individual differences in the classroom.
  • Conference participants will develop a network of colleagues with whom to share ongoing teaching and engagement strategies to support all learners, PK-12.

 Outline of Course Content:
Course content will include study sessions on the following key issues:

  • Self Care for Educators
  • Developing Regulation Strategies in Students
  • Google
  • LGBTQ
  • Leadership
  • Mindfulness for Self Care
  • Disability Awareness
  • Mindfulness for Educators
  • Best Practices for Working with Students with Behavioral Issues and Mental Health
  • Happiness
  • Compassion Fatigue: Putting on Your Own Oxygen Mask First
  • Hunger in Schools
  • Making Classrooms and Schools More Accepting of Linguistic Diversity
  • Got Balance?  Sleep, Nutrition and Movement
  • Chair Yoga

Course Requirements – 1-credit

  • Participants will attend and actively participate in fifteen clock hours of instruction and activities in keynote presentations, poster board sessions, and designated themes (best practice pedagogy, compassionate schools, culturally responsive teaching, curriculum development and assessment, and leadership) in PK-12 over the two-day conference.
  • Participants will create an action plan for transferring new learning into sustained classroom practice.
  • Participants will complete an evaluative rubric on conference outcomes.

Course Requirements – 2-credits

  • Participants will attend and actively participate in fifteen clock hours of instruction and activities in keynote presentations, poster board sessions, and designated themes (best practice pedagogy, compassionate schools, culturally responsive teaching, curriculum development and assessment, and leadership) in PK-12 over the two-day conference.
  • Participants will create an action plan for transferring new learning into sustained classroom practice.
  • Participants will complete an evaluative rubric on conference outcomes.
  • Participants will write a 2-3-page reflection of conference presentations.

 Instructional Methods:
Instructional methods shall include:

  • Lectures
  • Interactive presentations
  • Guided discussions
  • Structured activities
  • Journaling
  • Small group discussion
  • Problem-solving sessions
  • Technology-based instruction
  • Instructional scenarios and models
  • Panel discussions. 

 Assessment procedures (include rubric when possible):

  • Both participant and program assessment shall be achieved through evaluative rubrics on conference outcomes, an individual action plan for transferring new learning into sustained classroom practice, and a conference assessment.

Does the course content explicitly address any of the following issues at the classroom, district, community or global level:  racial, ethnic, cultural or gender identity, socio-economic status, disability or sexual orientation, or diversity of thought or expression?  If so, please specify how:

  • This conference course will explicitly address: best practice pedagogy, compassionate schools, culturally responsive teaching, curriculum development and assessment, and leadership in PK-12 practices at the classroom, district, community and global level through presentation, small group interactions, discussions, technology, activities, and textual learning.

Course Logistics

·  Partner Organization if Applicable: WASCD

·  Instructor of Record:   Dr. Patricia Markos, Director, Institute for Professional Studies in Education, School of Education, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse                                                      
Location: University of Wisconsin – La Crosse

Course dates & times (specify how all 15, 30 or 45 hours will be spent):

Weekend course, 7 am – 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday, November 2-3, 2019

·   End date of course (date by which all student work will be evaluated):  November 12, 2019

·   Grading Deadline (within 7 days of end date stated above):  November 21, 2019

 

Indicate Standards Addressed in Course by its letter or number designation only:
WI Teacher Standards (1-10):   ALL 10 WI Teacher Standards shall be addressed.  
Model Academic Standards: IPSE Learning Community Academic Standards shall be addressed.

WI Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS):    

     Pupil Services (#1-7): 

     Administrative (#1-7):   

     Common Core (Math):   

     Common Core (Language Arts):

     Next Generation Science Standards: