by rsullivan | Aug 13, 2018 | Stand Up for Public Education Blog
The Tomah Journal: Lemonweir Elementary School received visitors from the Orient on Monday.
Thirty-six teachers from China observed classes and asked and answered questions about the education systems in the United States and China when they visited Lemonweir as part of the Kingstar Nanjing Foreign Language School Program and XuZhou Kindergarten Teachers College, which partners with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Nicki Pope, Lemonweir principal said the purpose of the trip is to learn best practices for education and how classes are conducted in the United States.
The educators from China visited Lemonweir because of its 45-15 school year. They were curious about everything from how classrooms are set up and designed, how teacher contracts are structured and the daily schedule, Pope said.
“It’s interesting,” she said. “It’s fun to watch the students excited to see and ask them questions. So it’s been a good experience.”
Read the complete article.
by rsullivan | Jul 16, 2018 | Stand Up for Public Education Blog
WXOW.com: For the past five years, the La Crosse Adapted Sports League (ASL) provides student athletes with disabilities the chance to represent their schools through sports. Now they have an opportunity to work on their athleticism throughout the summer for the very first time.
On Thursday, students from four area high schools practiced their field hockey skills at the league’s first Summer Developmental Skills Program.
The league is comprised of High School Students at Logan, Central, Onalaska, and Holmen that otherwise would not be able to participate.
Athletes travel to other schools, earn varsity letters and compete just like other high school teams.
For 15-year-old Central High School athlete Jackson Larson, ASL’s skills camp helps prepare him for a full year of competition.
“It’s pretty exciting learning all the skills and stuff,” Larson says.
Though Larson says he loves a lot about competing one aspect is his favorite, “Goals, goals, getting goals man,” Larson describes.
Although, with athletes playing against other schools they can’t score every game. When they lose it only motivates them to prepare for their next match-up, “Using better strategy to actually win, our coaches really help us with the strategy,” Larson explains.
With coaches like Matt Meyers helping athletes see past the losses.
“They understand that there’s a bigger life picture, ASL Coach Matt Meyers elaborates, “sometimes in life you’re going to win and sometimes in life you’re going to lose, but always keeping perspective and having a good head on your shoulder in that regard,” Meyers finishes.
Read more about the La Crosse’s Adapted Sports League.
by rsullivan | Jun 25, 2018 | Stand Up for Public Education Blog
La Crosse Tribune: America is experiencing an empathy deficit. At a time when teens are 40 percent less empathetic than they were 30 years ago, cultivating empathy should be a high priority for parents and teachers, says Michele Borba, an educational psychologist and author.
At UW-La Crosse’s Fall for Education Conference Nov. 3-4, Borba will share how to teach students the nine essential habits of empathy — lessons from her latest book, “UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World.”
Borba, an expert in childhood development, has been featured on “Today,” “Dateline,” “The View,” “Dr. Phil,” “Dr. Oz” and “The Early Show.”
UW-L’s Fall for Education conference is a professional development opportunity for area pre-kindergarten-grade 12 teachers and administrators, as well as UW-L’s Master of Education-Professional Development graduate program students.
It is sponsored by the university’s Institute for Professional Studies in Education program.
“Education is changing so much,” says Patricia Markos, director of UW-L’s IPSE program. “We are finding out so much more. If we [educators] can be the ones to make a difference in a child’s life while in school, we should be the ones making that difference.
“A teacher might be the only person in child’s life who ever gives them a compliment or smiles at them,” Markos said.
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by rsullivan | May 21, 2018 | Stand Up for Public Education Blog
Oshkosh Northwestern: Oshkosh Area School District students recently excelled at the state-level National History Day Contest.
Three students from Webster Stanley Middle School earned a trip to the national competition, which will be June 10-14 at the University of Maryland. To make the trip to nationals a reality for these students, a GoFundMe account has been created. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.gofundme.com/nationals-oasd-team.
National History Day is a yearlong program that turns students into historians as they explore local, state, national and world history. This year’s theme was “Conflict & Compromise in History.”
The program culminates in three levels of competitions — regional, state and national — in which students showcase their rich knowledge of history and present their work to a panel of judges.
Read then complete article on Webster Stanley Middle School’s team.
by rsullivan | May 10, 2018 | Stand Up for Public Education Blog
News8000.com: A new home is built in the city of La Crosse by area high school students.
Students in the School District of La Crosse’s Architecture Construction Engineering Academy finished their first complete home construction project.
They showcased their work at an open house Wednesday.
Last year’s senior class framed the building, while this year’s group of seniors built the garage, put on the exterior siding and finished the interior work.
For city leaders, partnerships like this are big for the community.
“It’s incredible. I mean, we’re so proud of them and the workmanship and the skills that they’ll take through their whole life now, whether it be for actual careers or for their own homes,” said Jason Gilman, City of La Crosse’s Director of Planning and Development.
The home is part of the district’s partnership with the City of La Crosse’s Replacement Housing Program.
View the complete coverage on New8000.com.