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2015 ISN Conference on Innovation (WED/THURS/FRI)

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This 3-day Spring Conference includes:

PRE-CONFERENCE WEDNESDAY Choose between two option for the day.

1) Tim McDonald - Unsustainable 

Tim McDonald is a researcher at Harvard, and a senior fellow at the Center for Policy design, where he is an associate of the project Education|Evolving.He is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School and Hamline University. He has been awarded a Global Education Policy Fellowship from the Institute for Educational Leadership, and a Dukakis Fellowship from the Harvard Kennedy School that enabled him to work in the office of Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Tim is the author of Unsustainable: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable (2010), published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Attendees at this pre-conference session will enjoy activities that will motivate and rejuvenate participants.

    • - Keynote with Tim McDonald regarding the work in Unsustainable
    • - Follow-through discussion with the ISN regarding how to put the work of Unsustainable into action
    • - Q and A with Tim McDonald and the ISN
    • - Round table discussions with participants
    • - Panel of invited policy makers/legislators, etc., who will listen to the discussion, work to assist us in taking action
2) Building High Quality Student Culture through Outdoor Adventure / Team Learning. 
Participation will be limited to the first 30 to sign up based on the availability of equipment.  
Facilitators: Wildlands School Staff; Paul Tweed, Liz Seubert
Location: Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center
Come along with the staff of  Wildlands School as we explore the topics of “Adventure Learning” and “Team-building” to create a respectful, supportive student learning culture.  Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, take a canoe / kayak trip on the Wisconsin River, and explore some of the Blackhawk Island State Natural area.  While on this journey we will explore, demonstrate, and discuss the many strategies, procedures, planning, and resources we use to get our students “out” of the building and learning in the community and natural world.  The importance of building quality supportive, respectful relationships in school culture will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to work collaboratively to build their own vision for their school.  

Be ready for a day outside rain or shine and come with questions, goals, and ideas to share with the group as we all work together to provide new adventures for all our students. Participants will need appropriate clothing for a day outdoors, rain gear, comfortable hiking shoes, change of clothes/shoes (just in case), water bottle, small pack for gear, something to write or collect notes.  Box lunch and water will be provided.


Learning on the River Goals/Objectives:

  1. Introduce teachers to Adventure based learning opportunities.

  2. Describe and demonstrate how Wildlands uses team-building, challenge by choice, and group activities to build a respectful supportive learning community for students.

  3. Involve participants in examples and adventures they can take back to their schools.

  4. Provide teachers and schools with ideas, insights, protocols used to “get the students out of the building” and learning in the community and natural environment.

  5. Have a great day at Upham Woods Outdoor Learning Center, the Wisconsin River, and Blackhawk Island.

  6. Take home ideas you can implement in your school.




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Keynote - Rosalind Wiseman 

Keynote Speaker for the Third Annual ISN Conference
Teacher, author, and thought leader Rosalind Wiseman is in constant dialogue with educators, parents, children, and teens and will share her stories and ideas, and encourage you to share yours, too. 
Wiseman is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabesthe groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls. 
Her latest book is Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World. 
As an educator, what's your role—and responsibility—in a social media "bully" culture filled with rudeness and crudeness? 
Don't miss one of ISN's most memorable and moving conversation. 
CLICK HERE for full session listing! 
Reminder new sessions are being announced every day so be sure to check back frequently. 
Here is a quick breakdown of just a few of the session topics:
  • Student Portfolios and Productivity
  • Teacher Tech: Blogs and Video Conferencing
  • Student-Driven Culture and Advisory
  • Uncommon Core Standards
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Responsive Classroom
  • STEAM and Content Integration
  • Applying Educational Research and Data


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This event is exempt from purchase through ISN Bank Funds.
Start Date:04-29-15, 9:00 am
End Date:05-01-15, 3:00 pm
Registration Deadline:05-01-15
Earlybird Cutoff:03-01-15
Location:Glacier Canyon Conference Center
Address:45 Hillman Rd
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965
Intended Audience:elementary, middle, high, teachers, administrators, board, governance,
Meals provided:Coffee/morning snacks, Lunch,
Hotel Recommendations:Attendees should call 1-800-867-WILD (9453), and reference Reservation #436057 at The Glacier Canyon Lodge with the ISN 2015 Spring Conference. Rates are as follows: Single rate $70, Double rate $99, Triple rate $99, Quad rate $99.  Rates are available till March 30, 2015