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2024 Summer Learning Symposium

Leading for the Future

Friday and Saturday, July 12-13

Hyatt Regency, Green Bay

Join us in beautiful Green Bay for this two-day symposium to learn about the latest technological best practices, cautions and challenges for our schools.

Friday’s sessions will include topics focused on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and school safety, student progress monitoring, and using podcasts to inform and engage.

Guests will also have the opportunity to register for an optional Friday dinner event with Green Bay Packers legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler.

On Saturday, attendees will hear WASB attorneys and governance consultants discuss the topics most relevant to Wisconsin school boards.

Take advantage of this unique two-day training opportunity to learn from experts, become a more informed school board member and network with colleagues from across the state.

Registration Information

Registration: $275 per member for two days; $175 per member for one day
Friday Dinner: $59

Refund Deadline: Tuesday, July 2

Refunds will be given for cancellations received by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. To cancel, call toll-free 877-705-4422. Casual attire in layers recommended.

The Summer Learning Symposium is sponsored by:

Friday, July 12 Agenda
8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9 a.m.


Sue Todey, WASB Region 3 Director and Sevastopol School Board Member

9:05 a.m.

Keynote: A Personalized Coach in Your Pocket: How AI Tools Can Stimulate Learning

Attendees of this session will see live demonstrations of how artificial intelligence tools can stimulate teaching and learning in classrooms. Learn how AI can serve as a personalized tutor, and examine the challenges that districts must be aware of as the technology becomes more ingrained in education.

Richard Halverson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach and Partnerships and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.
(Select one session)

Beyond the Hype: Practical Impacts of AI on Educational Quality and Access

Board members find themselves at a pivotal moment in the evolution of education, as artificial intelligence’s introduction into schools presents a dual pathway: avoidance or proactive engagement. After all, introducing AI brings a multitude of challenges that span technical, ethical, financial and social dimensions. Addressing these challenges demands comprehensive planning and sustainable investment to enhance learning outcomes without deepening existing inequalities. District leaders must ensure that AI integration not only improves educational quality but also respects the diverse needs and privacy of students, thereby shaping a future where technology and human insight coalesce to foster a future-focused school system.

Curt Mould, Ph.D., Director of Digital Media, Innovation and Strategy, Sun Prairie Area School District

10:15 a.m.

Responding to School Threats Originating from Internet Media

Session attendees will learn to create and enhance effective and consistent processes in response to threats and other concerning behaviors directed at schools that originate from a variety of internet media platforms, such as social media and email accounts. The presentation will include potential tools, resources and strategies for schools to consider when responding to a threat.

Trisha J. Kilpin, Director, Office of School Safety

11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.
(Select one session)

Ransomware Attacks Do Occur: What You Should Do Before, and if, It Happens

Ransomware has become a common cyberattack in recent years, holding individuals and organizations captive from proceeding with normal operations. Although individuals and organizations may think the chances of occurrence are minimal, this session shares that these attacks can, and do, happen at any time. Attendees will hear the adversity the Adams-Friendship Area School District faced after a 2022 ransomware attack. This session is also an opportunity to learn how to prepare to curtail these threats, the steps that school districts should take to mitigate the impact of an attack, the steps to take if one occurs and how this adversely impacts the delivery of a quality education.

Tom Wermuth, Ph.D., District Administrator, Adams-Friendship Area School District
Michelle Johnson, District Administrator, School District of Westfield

11:30 a.m.

The Power of Podcasting: How Oregon School District is Using Podcasts to Engage and Inform

We are in a time of serious message overload. It’s not uncommon for an individual to receive well over 100 emails per day – and that’s just email! This makes it more difficult than ever for our information and stories to break through. At the same time, our school communities want to know more about our schools. One tactic for addressing this challenge is a podcast, which offers in-depth information about topics of interest in our schools in an engaging, relevant and convenient way for our target audience. In this session, you will learn how the Oregon School District designed, planned and launched their podcast: Inside the OSD. Walk away with practical tips and lessons learned.

Leslie Bergstrom, Ph.D., Superintendent, Oregon School District
Erika Mundinger, Director of Communications, Oregon School District

12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.
(Select one session)

Teaching With AI

Are your teachers feeling overwhelmed by artificial intelligence? This session offers practical solutions by delving into how educators can leverage AI tools to their advantage. Explore effective prompting techniques and specific AI education tools that can unlock the power of AI for more efficient educator workflows. But it is not just about the tech – this informative session will also discuss best practices for implementing AI in your district, along with supportive policies and procedures.

Jamie Averbeck, Instructional Technology and Assessment Coordinator, Ashwaubenon School District

1:30 p.m.

What Can You Learn from Your Students? 

You have assessment data. You have demographic data. But you also need student perceptions data. For example, you need to ask students if they feel safe at school, experience barriers that make learning difficult, have concern with transition to middle or high school, are connected to other kids, and have staff members they can reach out to when they need guidance. Hear firsthand how school districts are using results from student perceptions to target areas for school improvement.

Daren Sievers, Project Manager, School Perceptions
Ron Zimmerman, School Board President, Tomahawk School District
Wendell Quesinberry, Superintendent, Tomahawk School District
Sam Russ, Superintendent, Sparta Area School District

2:30 p.m.  Break
2:45 p.m.
(Select one session)

AI and Policy Implications

Educators and students are feeling the day-to-day impacts of artificial intelligence in education. This session will examine the educational benefits and opportunities that AI presents, as well as many of the legal risks for school districts. In addition, this session will review school board policy and other important legal considerations that districts may need to address to ensure they are prepared for AI moving forward.

Scott Mikesh, WASB Staff Counsel

2:45 p.m.

Navigating Cyber Insurance Without Getting Schooled

This presentation will begin with the nascent history of the cyber insurance industry, followed by an examination of the necessary coverages in a quality policy. The presenters will conclude by sharing current trends, the essential security controls for mitigating cyber risk and how districts can position themselves for the best coverage possible in an ever-evolving cyber threat environment.

Matt Thomson, Director of Cyber Liability, M3 Insurance
Keith Kruse, Partner-Vice President, Tricor Insurance

3:45 p.m. 
(Optional session)

Ask an AI Expert

Do you have further questions about artificial intelligence? Keynote speaker Richard Halverson will be available to discuss specific AI resources or respond to questions that attendees may have about AI. Join this session for an interactive opportunity to ask questions and learn about your specific AI interests and challenges.

Richard Halverson, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Innovation, Outreach and Partnerships and Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Optional Dinner: An Evening with Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler
Friday, July 12
6 p.m. Dinner
7-7:45 p.m.

An Evening with Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler

In this optional Friday dinner presentation, former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler shares stories of his playing career while detailing the role education played on his path to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This event is sponsored by:

Saturday, July 13 Agenda
8:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m. Welcome
9 a.m.
(Select one session)

Cyber Risk Exercise: Strengthening Your School’s Preparedness

Join this interactive, immersive session designed to enhance your preparedness in responding to cyberattacks. In this workshop, attendees will engage in a realistic scenario-based exercise that simulates a cyber incident. Put your experience to the test and engage in dynamic discussions with your peers as you decide how to respond effectively and efficiently as the fictional cyberattack develops.

Dottie Schindlinger, Executive Director of the Diligent Institute, Diligent

9 a.m.

Engage to Empower: Proactive Communication Strategies for Education Stakeholders

Effective communication by school districts, whether delivering positive or negative news, is crucial for fostering trust, transparency and accountability within the community. Join us in identifying the key components to a strong communication plan. The panelists will explore practical solutions that help districts determine how and when to communicate, ensuring stakeholders are informed in a timely manner while considering legal limitations regarding what can be shared.

Kelly Thompson, Ph.D. and George Steffen, Ed.D., WASB Governance Consultants
Lori Blakeslee, Director of Communications, Green Bay Area School District
Leslie Bergstrom, Ph.D., Superintendent, Oregon School District
Dean Leisgang, Director of Communications, CESA 8
Dean Hess, Ed.D., Superintendent, Oconto Falls Public School District

10 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m.
(Select one session)

Attendance Matters: Empowering Educational Governance to Ensure Student Success – Part 1

Join us as we delve into the pivotal role attendance plays in student achievement, especially in our post-pandemic landscape. Explore the legal framework of compulsory attendance and truancy while hearing real-life accounts from a school that’s successfully addressed attendance challenges.

Patti Vickman and Cheryl Stinski, WASB Governance Consultants
Scott Mikesh, WASB Staff Counsel
Stephanie Marta, Social Worker, Appleton Area School District
Scott Kornish, Manager Youth and Family Services, Outagamie County Health & Human Services

10:15 a.m.

Charting Tomorrow: Navigating Strategic Vision and Leadership in Education

Is your district ready for tomorrow? How are you addressing the current and future challenges of attracting and retaining high-quality employees within revenue limit constraints? If you have success stories to share or are interested in hearing about innovative ways to creatively manage human capital now and into the future, join us for this session of sharing and discussion.

Roger Price, Cheryl Gullicksrud and Pat Mans, WASB Governance Consultants

11:15 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.
(Select one session)

Attendance Matters: Empowering Educational Governance to Ensure Student Success – Part 2

In part two, engage in a networking session to brainstorm solutions and craft actionable steps for your district’s success in empowering educational governance and improving student outcomes.

Patti Vickman and Cheryl Stinski, WASB Governance Consultants
Stephanie Marta, Social Worker, Appleton Area School District
Scott Kornish, Manager Youth and Family Services, Outagamie County Health & Human Services

11:30 a.m.

Legal Issues: Social Media and Electronic Communication in Schools

The use of social media, online communications and email raises legal issues for individual board members, and school boards as a whole. This seminar addresses the legal implications of such use in regard to the First Amendment, Wisconsin’s open meetings law, public records, pupil records laws and other related legal issues that arise out of such social media use. The presentation will also briefly cover the implications of social media use for teachers.

Jenn Diaz, WASB Staff Counsel

12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m.

School Finance Demystified: What Every Board Member Needs To Know in the Referendum Era

Join us for an engaging discussion that demystifies the key components of school finance. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the key factors driving their districts’ financial situation; what is behind the record number of referendums across the state; how the past state budget affects their districts; and what it all means for the next state budget in 2025-27.

Anne Chapman, Research Director, Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials

Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Green Bay
333 Main Street
Green Bay, WI 54301

Hotel Rate: Double $154 / King $189

Reservations: 920-432-1234

Online Reservations

Attendees must mention the “Wisconsin Association of School Boards” rate when making their reservation.

Cut-off Date for Hotel Rooms: Friday, June 21

Cancellations: To be eligible for a refund, cancellations must be made more than 48 hours prior to arrival. There will be no refunds for cancellations less than 48 hours prior to arrival.

Things to Do in Green Bay

Discover Green Bay

Make a trip out of this learning opportunity. Whether traveling solo, with peers or with the whole family, Green Bay has a lot to offer. Visit Lambeau Field and Titletown, explore the Green Bay Botanical Garden, play at The Children’s Museum of Green Bay and more.

Visit Discover Green Bay for a comprehensive list of local things to do, or pull up the events calendar to see what’s happening on the days you’ll be in town.

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