Al Bitter

Moving the MDP from the Graveyard of Good Intentions to a Classroom Reality

Al Bitter - This workshop-based session will allow time to collaborate and to create or refine a plan that will move the MDP from a good intention to a classroom reality.
Shawna Mehlberg

Partnering with Parents in Early Childhood Programs: A Comprehensive Approach

Shawna Mehlberg - Essential ingredients to an effective home/school collaborative program that ultimately has the greatest impact on the growth and development of our young children.

Current Events in SPED Impacting WELS Schools

Kelli Green & Dr. Mark Murphy - An update on Special Education initiatives in WELS schools with a large and small group format. Participants will be surveyed prior to the session to focus discussion topics to meet your specific ministry needs.
Jeremy Bakken

New Paradigms for the LES/Church Musician

Panel - The particular focus of this preconference track is to help teacher-musicians to understand each resource and how to maximize their potential value and impact.
Eric Jensen

Eric Jensen

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Dr. Eric Jensen is a former teacher and educational leader. For over two decades he has synthesized brain research and developed practical applications for educators. Jensen has authored over 29 books including 3 bestsellers. Jensen is a difference-maker, named one of the top 30 global gurus in education.
Erin Dooley

All are precious in His sight!

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Erin Dooley - We will discuss the importance of cultural representation along with how to create a responsive environment within your early childhood classroom.
Eric Jensen

Tools for Engagement

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Dr. Eric Jensen - This powerful program that teaches you how to consistently engage nearly every student, every day.
Dr. Ashley Schoof

Essential Steps for Providing Successful Learning Environments

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Dr. Ashley Schoof - Early and proper intervention can prevent mental health issues from escalating and impacting behavior in the classroom and at home.

Working with Parents of Students with Special Challenges

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Paul and Jane Mose - learn crucial information and practical ideas to help them work effectively with parents of students with disabilities and other special needs, including behavioral and emotional needs.
Greg Schmill

Building a Foundation for Leadership—Spiritual, Emotional, and Physical Health and Resiliency

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Greg Schmill - Discover how much personal resiliency benefits the leader and impacts others.
Jeff Lemke

Reach New Families with a Sustainable School

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Dr. Jeff Lemke - A sustainable Christ-centered educational program can be an exceptional asset for reaching new families with the Lord’s Word.
Ben Clemons

High Expectations Teaching in Diverse Classrooms

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Ben Clemons - explore how our expectations influence our teaching by reflecting on our underlying assumptions about the goals of Christian education and the roles of teachers and students.
Dr. Phil Huebner

Encouraging Spiritual Growth in the Home

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Dr. Phil Huebner - Advice and recommendations on how to model and encourage spiritual growth in the home.
Maria Gines

Connecting ECE Families to Jesus and the Congregation

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Maria Gines & Caleb Free - Learn strategies to use to connect children and parents to Jesus and the church.

Bridging the Opportunity Gap: Special Education in WELS Schools

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Kelli Green & Dr. Mark Murphy - A practical discussion on how to organize and start a special education program at your school or group of schools. This sectional is intended to support educators and administrators to serve students with disabilities.
Kayte Gut

Social and Emotional Learning in Our Classrooms

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Kayte Gut - Learn about what social and emotional competencies are along with the benefits that come from intentionally them in your classroom.
Shawn Herkstroeter

What is your School’s HQ?

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Shawn Herkstroeter- Examine six key hospitality traits for a school ministry setting.
Paul Steinberg

Shepherding Shepherds for Educational Outreach

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Rev. Paul Steinberg - Partnership between school staff and congregational staff is key for outreach and mission efficiency.
Al Bitter

Practice What you Preach: MDP in Action

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Al Bitter- A helpful session for educators developing MDPs or leaders assisting others in this process.

Screens: Success or Sabotage for Schools? A Discussion of Children, Screens, and Learning

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Dr. Dipesh Navsaria - Developmental principles and research around screen usage and the basis for recommendations for families as they navigate this topic.
Rachel Youngblom

Supporting the Social and Emotional Needs of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Rachel Youngblom - Insight to the diverse learning profiles of children with ASD and strategies for supporting the social and emotional needs of these students.
Ray Schumacher

Cultivating Compassion

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Jeremy Bakken & Rev. Ray Schumacher - Christian love urges us also to increase our awareness and develop our understanding of the complexities of human emotion and mental function.
Laura Reinke

School-Based Counseling: Leveraging All Available Resources to Meet Students’ Needs

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Laura Reinke - Learn more about current and emerging student concerns and how school-based counseling can help schools serve the “whole child.”
Andy Van Weele

Creating Unforgettable Lessons in Your Classroom

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Andy Van Weele - Through a variety of resources, research, and first hand experience, learn how to bring your lessons to life in the classroom.
Becky Lindenberg

Early Learning Standards and Learn by Play

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Becky Lindenberg & Janine Thies - Connect the value of play based learning to content area grade-level expectations required by their school, state, or national standards.