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2016 Annual Educational Conference Video Presentations


Voucher Program Expansion and the Impact on your District

How will an expanded voucher program affect your district?  This session will focus on the impacts of the expanded voucher program and will help attendees better understand how to analyze the long-term impact on their district. 

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Speakers: Debby Schufletowski & Mike Clark, Baird

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Understanding and Communicating Key Budget Variables

Wisconsin will experience a higher volume of school revenue limit referenda in 2016. This comes as a result of four regular election dates and the limited additional Revenue limit authority offered to local school districts in state budgets since Act 10. Residents are now, more than ever, aware of school finance. Revenue limits, equalization aid, the tax levy and other budget variables can be difficult to understand. We help to break down these concepts in ways that are clear, informative, and user-friendly. Explore how these critical variables interrelate and discover strategies to communicate these items to a variety of district stakeholders.

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Speakers: Dennis Birr, New Lisbon Public Schools & Debby Schufletowski, Baird

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Five Reasons People Flourish

  • Overcome adversity
  • Focus on what you can control
  • Deal with fear of failure
  • Surround yourself with good people
  • Work hard

Speaker: Mike Max

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Veterans Panel

There are among us people who have thrived in the role of a superintendent.  Professionals we can hold as exemplars for serving a purposeful career as stewards for students, families, staff and the communities they influence.  This panel will be an opportunity to learn from reflections of role models who have thrived. 

Speakers: Ron Walsh, Elk Mound Public Schools; Kathleen Cooke, Hamilton School District; & Dean Sanders, Lake Mills Public Schools

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Communicating With Integrity During Challenging Times

For school leaders, the ability to effectively communicate during a challenging time is more critical now than ever—whether the situation at hand is merely embarrassing or truly tragic in nature.  In this session, communications expert Joe Donovan from the Donovan Group outlines the many types of challenges superintendents face, and how you can address them through strong communications strategies. Participants will learn how to be proactive in their communications and how to protect themselves, their students and staff, and their districts—while maintaining their integrity.  The session covers the following important issues:

  • Assessing the need to communicate
  • Navigating the thinking process during a crisis
  • Communicating key information quickly
  • Engaging staff, board members, parents and other stakeholders
  • Protecting victims and handling sensitive situations
  • Managing the emotional dynamics of a crisis
  • Improving a district’s crisis communications over time

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Speaker: Joe Donovan, Donovan Group

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The Valley of Vision

There has never been a more difficult time to be an educational leader.  Concurrently, there has never been a better opportunity to serve in this crucial capacity.  Drawing on resiliency insights from historical figures, sacred writings, and personal experiences, this message will offer practical strategies that will renew your resolve and fortify your capacity to not just survive - but to thrive.

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Speaker: Damian LaCroix, Howard-Suamico School District

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Topical Panel - Women & Leadership

There has never been a more difficult time to be an educational leader.  Concurrently, there has never been a better opportunity to serve in this crucial capacity.  Drawing on resiliency insights from historical figures, sacred writings, and personal experiences, this message will offer practical strategies that will renew your resolve and fortify your capacity to not just survive - but to thrive.

Speaker: Darienne Driver, Milwaukee Public Schools; Claire Martin, Chilton Public Schools; & Kathleen Williams, Wausau School District

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Topical Panel - Dynamics of Size

Complexity of systems thinking defines the superintendent’s role regardless of the size of the district.  Still, variance in enrollment can demand differences in daily procedure, focus of time and energy, and even skill sets.  A panel of superintendents from districts of vastly different context will explore some of the unique fundamentals of their job based on the context and how they approach this effectively.

Speaker: Sue Savaglio-Jarvis, Kenosha School District; Don Johnson, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District; & Cari Guden, Edgar Public Schools

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