Celebrating Our Professional Identity:
Shared Knowledge and Advocacy
Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
2301 Oakdale Boulevard, Coralville, IA 52241
Thursday Morning, October 19, 2017
Room 112, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
Pre-Conference Executive Board Meeting
9:00-11:30 AMMeeting and Lunch
Thursday Afternoon, October 19, 2017 Conference Session
Room 116, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
12:30 – 1:00 PMConference Registration
1:00 – 1:15 PMWelcome and Introductions
John Weih, Director, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
Christy Wolfe, President IACTE
Mark McDermott, Associate Prof., STEM Leader, University of Iowa
1:15 – 1:45 PMThe Honorable Kim Reynolds, Governor of the State of Iowa
1:45 – 2:15 PMDr. Ryan Wise, Director of the Iowa Department of Education
2:15 – 2:30 PMBreak
2:30 – 3:15 PMShelly Vroegh, 2017 Teacher of the Year
A 20-year veteran of the classroom, Ms. Vroegh is a fifth-grade teacher and instructional coach at Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk, Iowa.
3:15 – 4:15 PMUsing STE(A)M Outside of the Classroom
BlendED Learning, Jefferson High School, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Jefferson BlendED Academy is a program devoted to the personalized learning of students through the use of interdisciplinary, competency-based learning, project- and technology-based innovation with the ability to accelerate through coursework.
APEX, Waukee High School, Waukee, Iowa
Through a collaboration between education, business, and the community, Waukee Aspiring Professional Experience (APEX) develops highly skilled, adaptable, global innovators and leaders. Waukee APEX draws on the expertise of business partners to bring real-world experience to high schoolers. Through passion-based learning, authentic projects, and experiences, students add value to business partners while exploring career possibilities identified by economic trends within our metro area and state.
4:15 – 4:30 PMAnnouncements and Closing for the Day
5:00 – 6:30 PMPlease join us at the celebration and networking reception
– Cash Bar w/ appetizers provided
Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and Small Plate Bistro
300 E 9th St Coralville, IA
Parking available in the adjoining ramp and nearby street.
Friday Morning, October 20, 2017
116 Commons, Kirkwood Regional Learning Center on the UI Campus
8:00 – 8:40 AMContinental Breakfast
8:15 – 8:45 AMFriday Registration
9:00 – 9:15 AMWelcome and Introductions
Christy Wolfe, President, IACTE
Dean, Dan Clay, College of Education, University of Iowa
9:15 – 10:15 AMBuilding Allies While Educating Allies
Asking for support from colleagues, stakeholders, and policy makers can be hard, especially if you have to explain who and what you are before you can ask for that support. Our panelists this morning have all had to step up and ask for support. ISEA sought the support of members of other state entities when the Iowa Legislators put forth new laws that would dismantle some of the greatest protections Iowa teachers have. Solon Community School District had to convince parents and students that “proficiency” says more about ability than a random letter…while still trying to convince teachers the same. And Buena Vista University faculty and staff had to educate their administrators about what they do as they were asking them for the financial backing to do it well. Each speaker will share with us how they educated others about their work while simultaneously winning them over as allies.
Tammy Wawro and Mary Jane Cobb, ISEA
Matt Townsley, Standards-based grading, Solon Community School District
Roberta Hersom, Buena Vista University
10:15 – 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 – 11:45 AMJob Alike Break-out Sessions
Attendees: Bring your work! We will use this 75 minutes to break out into like groups. Do you teach Human Relations? Bring your best readings, your speaker list, your activities that really work. Teach a course in your reading endorsement sequence? Bring some assessments that have given you rich data. Working on curriculum exhibits or a state accreditation visit? Bring questions for those who have been through the process. Building on our “organic conference” model from last spring, we’ll brainstorm groups that help you network across the state and help you with the continuous improvement we all practice in our teaching and in our programs.
12:00 – 12:45 PMLunch/IACTE Business Meeting/Announcements
1:00 – 1:30 PMTours of the Kirkwood Regional Center
1:30 – 2:15 PMDepartment of Education News: Larry Bice and Carole Richardson
2:15 – 2:45 PMBOEE News: Joanne Tubbs
2:45 – 3:00 PMNext Steps and Closing
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