EE Exchange

University Ballroom

The EE Exchange is designed to provide district, school, and teacher leaders with unique insights and a rich opportunity for planning and growth in their Educator Effectiveness (EE) implementation.

Districts will come together to review reports based on their local Wisconsin Educator Development, Support, and Retention (WEDSR) Survey data. District teams will learn about how to interpret the data from the team of researchers from Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education (SREed) at UW-Milwaukee that developed the survey and reports. District teams will also learn about what factors climate and culture factors influence effective EE implementation and vice versa.

Additionally, teams will be guided by a facilitator in analyzing the data, self-assessing their EE implementation, setting goals for improving based on the data, and developing strategies to meet those goals.

Presenters:  Jacob Hollnagel, Educator Development and Support-Division of Academic Excellence; DPI, Curtis Jones, PhD, Senior Scientist and Director, SREed; and Leon J. Gilman, M.S., Data Analyst, SREed, UW-Milwaukee


Root Cause Analysis: From Student Data to Practices (SOLD OUT)

Madison Ballroom

Designed for school, district or teacher leadership teams, this hands-on session will provide participants with a replicable process to analyze likely root causes for student data problems. Teams will actively participate in and apply a process that connects their student data to possible causal factors in educator practice–often a missing link in informing effective school improvement efforts. During the structured, guided process, teams will collaborate through:

  • Building common understanding of the student data problem statement
  • Effective brainstorming about hypotheses of practices
  • Categorization of practices within an effective system
  • Determining the greatest “influencer” practices for leverage
  • Finalizing priority root cause hypotheses

For the greatest impact, participants should attend as leadership teams and follow effective team protocols. Teams will also need to document their work in online Google templates, which will be provided.

Outcomes from this session include:

  • Replicable step-by-step process
  • Teams’ identification of highest likely root causes for their schools’ student data findings
  • Recommended next steps in the process

Suggested lists or resources to bring:

  • School-wide data findings that demonstrate a critical need for student improvement
  • Technology with access to the internet (power strips and extension cords, as needed)

Presenters:  WISExplore Team Members Mary Ann Hudziak, CESA #6, and Judy Sargent, CESA #7


Practices Inquiry: Looking into a Mirror

Wisconsin Ballroom

Mirror, mirror on the wall…what are the practices that led to our fall? In this active pre-conference session, school, district or teacher leadership teams will learn a process to conduct a practices inquiry into their most critical student achievement needs. Teams will design an investigation into the professional practices of both teachers and leaders using methods such as classroom walk-throughs, surveys, structured interviews and other data collection approaches. Insight from this exploration will guide teams through the steps to shape an investigation of adult behavior to be carried out upon returning to their school. Guided by the activities during this session, participants will be able to answer these questions:

  • How do we clarify the teacher and leadership practices for our focus?
  • How do we examine the research to validate contributing practices?
  • What questions about our practices will steer our investigation?
  • What investigation methods serve to answer our practice questions?
  • How will our practices investigation plan be carried out?
  • How will the results of our practices inquiry inform our school improvement plans?

For the greatest impact, participants should attend as leadership teams and follow effective team protocols. Teams will also need to document their work in online Google templates, which will be provided.

Outcomes from this session include:

  • Identify teacher and leadership practices at the expected level of implementation
  • Identify and discuss research to validate identified professional practices
  • Develop key questions about practices to investigate
  • Begin to design an investigation plan for their school

To prepare, teams should bring:

  • Identified critical student achievement need
  • Laptop computers

Presenters: WISExplore Team Members Lisa Arneson, CESA #3, and Jim Lee, CESA #12