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Pre-Convention Workshops


Tuesday, January 18

1:30 – 5 pm, Wisconsin Center (Registration Required, $80)

(Registration begins at 11 am on Tuesday, Jan. 18 on the third floor of the Wisconsin Center.)

Navigating Discussions When the Stakes are High

202 D/E, WI Center

School boards frequently face high-stakes issues that require substantial discussions in the face of opposing views and strong emotions. Many of these discussions play important roles in shaping board member expectations, the relationships board members need to accomplish the important work of the board and, ultimately, the outcomes the board achieves. Navigating these kinds of discussions effectively takes certain skills, including self-control, courage, finding common ground, active listening, creating safe spaces, de-escalating conflict, asking neutral questions, self-assessment and humility. Learn the skills that will help you set the stage for effective dialogue.

Cheryl Stinski, Consultant, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Patti Vickman, Consultant, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Cheryl Stinski photoPatti Vickman Photo


School Finance Puzzle

202 C, WI Center

Gain a conceptual understanding of the major components of the Wisconsin school finance system using a hands-on, interactive approach from members of the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials and the School Finance Team for the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Attendees will become acquainted with the basics of the budget cycle, revenue limits, equalization aid, property taxes and referendums — how these components interrelate and how they impact board decision-making. Leave the workshop with increased confidence in discussing school finance concepts and using this knowledge to help foster an environment of trust in your community for the benefit of students.

DPI School Finance Team and Practicing School Business Officials

Canceled: Inclusive School Board Leadership


Inclusive School Board Leadership engages school board members to consider their role in creating equitable and inclusive learning environments. Ensuring a district-wide sense of value and belonging requires that all school board members have the tools to provide inclusive recommendations, make inclusive decisions and achieve equitable success in academic outcomes. Join the partners of Kinect Education Group for an immersive and engaging session with tangible takeaways and tools for success as an inclusive school board member.

Inclusive School Board Leadership for K12 School Board Leaders explores the role of the 21st century school board member, challenging equality and deficit-minded board leadership styles, and the negative impact each has on achievement for students from communities that have historically been marginalized. This workshop will help board members prepare to engage key constituents from the balcony to the playing field to ensure their commitment to inclusion is widely shared and openly communicated. Additionally, participants will learn how to develop an inclusive vision for the board.

Kelly Meier, Senior Partner, Kinect Education Group

Briana Williamson, Senior Partner, Kinect Education Group

Canceled: Successfully Govern Your District Together


Board members are continually challenged to address the ever-changing educational landscape. In this workshop, participants will learn about best practice ideas for district governance based on the board and superintendent having a collaborative mindset, a moral imperative in their commitment to stakeholders, and a shared purpose based on sound principles and practices. Learn how purposeful board actions can lead to a positive organizational culture that ensures high levels of learning for all, keeps students and staff safe, and is fiscally responsible to the taxpayers. This session content is based on the book, “The Governance Core,” by Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan.

Dan Nerad, Consultant, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Fran Finco, Consultant, Wisconsin Association of School Boards

Nerad Photo Fran Finco Photo

Wisconsin State Education Convention
122 W. Washington Ave., Suite 400 · Madison, WI 53703
toll-free 877-705-4422 ph 608-257-2622 · fax 608-257-8386


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