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Transforming Literacy Part II: Best Practices

Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM)

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)

Transforming Literacy Part II:  Best Practices

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Transforming Literacy-Part II
Public Forum. Pre-registration only. Light refreshments and cash bar available from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m.
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January 14, 2016

You are cordially invited to Part II of a public forum hosted by EDGM Co-Chair, Dr. Freda Russell, Dean, College of Education and Leadership for Cardinal Stritch University with literacy education experts from Milwaukee area district, public charter and choice schools.  

In spite of the tremendous challenges that remain surrounding literacy in our community and across the country, there are a number of practices and strategies underway that have significantly improved academic achievement and literacy performance in our local schools.  

Our experts will provide an overview of these practices and allow you to delve deeper into how-to's within several break-out sessions.  Share your experiences and challenges, learn more about professional development as part of the journey across the implementation phase, plus discover tools and best practices for elementary, middle and high schools--what's working and why.  

Please register below.  You may select up to two break-out sessions upon arrival.  

Who Should Attend:  Leaders of Public & Private Schools; Teachers; and Higher Education Institutions; Community & Business Leaders; Public Policy Experts; Education Thought Leaders

Literacy is defined as the ability to use language proficiently impacting reading, writing, speaking and listening ability.  Only approximately 15% of Milwaukee's third grade students demonstrate reading proficiency.  Please join our experts in a stimulating dialogue about what we have learned about this challenging issue--and what we are doing to transform and positively impact literacy curriculum and instruction for our students throughout our schools.  

 3:30 p.m.  Pre-registration check-in; Break-out session room assignments 

 4:00 p.m.  Welcome/Program & Panelist Introductions

  • MPS High School Literacy Team: Teaira McMurty, MA & Jacqueline Spence, MA
  • MPS Elementary School Literacy Team: Deborah Kuether, MS, NBCT, K-12 Director of Literacy 
  • LUMIN Schools: Shaun Luehring, VP, Educational Leadership
  • South Milwaukee School District: Ann Ecker, MS, Administrative Leadership & Curriculum Instruction, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Greenfield School District: Charity Meyer, MS, Licensed Reading Specialist, Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction; and Patrice Ball, MS, Curriculum & Instruction, Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction
  • Archdiocese Schools of Milwaukee: Donna Schmidt, MS, Principal & Supervisor of Elementary Education: Messmer Preparatory Catholic School, Saint Rose & Saint Leo Catholic Schools                                                    

 4:20 p.m.   Break-out session #1 (please select one)

 4:45 p.m.   Break-0ut session #2 (please select one)

     ___Disciplinary Literacy; Creating Instructional Think Tanks (McMurty & Spence)

     ___Evidence-based Coaching for Teachers (Kuether)

     ___Using the Readers/Writer Instructional Framework (Ecker)

     ___The LUMIN Approach: Explicit Phonics; Guided Reading; DRA Assessment;
           Intentional Coaching (Luehring)        

     ___Embedded Professional Learning Through Instructional Coaching (Meyer & Ball)

     ___Inverting the RtI Model: Dynamic Practices for Teachers & Student Success (Schmidt)

 5:15 p.m.   Final Remarks/Next Steps

 5:30 p.m.   Refreshments/Cash Bar 

 6:00 p.m.   Close/Thank you!

Free parking is available in adjacent lot to Bonaventure Hall.  

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Cardinal Stritch University Campus
Bonaventure Hall, Kliebhan Conference Center
6801 N. Yates Road
Milwaukee, WI 53217

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 from 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM (CST)

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Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee (EDGM)

The Education Deans of Greater Milwaukee is comprised of leadership from nine public and private institutions of higher education including Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, Concordia University Wisconsin, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, Marquette University, Mt. Mary University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 

EDGM aims to leverage assets of our institutions to support the continuous improvement of PK-21 education in the region. To accomplish this mission, we engage others who share our common goals, serve as a catalyst for effective educational practices, as a connector to resources and expertise, and improve academic achievement through effective collaborative strategies and public policies.

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