March 4, 2017

Featured Speaker | Youth Grants | Public Affairs Speaker |  Resources | Registration closed

Featured Speaker

Richard Halverson

Reinventing Schools of Education: A Social Capital Strategy for Building the Capacity to Transform Public Education

Richard Halverson is a professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the UW-Madison School of Education. His work aims to bring the research methods and practices of the learning sciences to the world of educational leadership and interactive media. Rich co-directs the Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network and the Comprehensive Assessment of Leadership for Learning project and was a co-founder and co-director of the Games + Learning + Society Research Center. He holds affiliate appointments in the Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction departments and is a fellow at the WIsconsin Institutes for Discovery. He is a former high school teacher and administrator and holds an MA in Philosophy and a PhD in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University. Rich is co-author (with Allan Collins) of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology:  The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America.

Halverson staff page

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Speaker Richard Halverson with board members Kathryn Maloney and Greg Iaccarino

Youth Grants

 Applications for Youth Grant awards are accepted throughout the season. Please see our Youth Grants page for application and deadline information.

Public Affairs Speaker

Sheila Briggs

Assistant State SuperintendentWisconsin Department of Public Instruction  

Sheila Briggs joined the Department of Public Instruction in February 2011, as Assistant State Superintendent of the Division for Academic Excellence. Teams under her direction include Content and Learning, Career and Technical Education, Educator Effectiveness, Literacy and Mathematics Team and Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing. Before coming to DPI, Sheila worked for 20 years in the field of education, with ten as an administrator within the Madison Metropolitan School District. While at MMSD, Sheila was the Director of State and Federal Programs, Elementary Lead Principal, Elementary School Principal, and general education teacher. Sheila received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. At home, she has a supportive husband and two children who attend public school in De Forest.


Thanks to the Madison Public Library for compiling this list of resources for those who would like to read more on this topic.  

Ravitch, Diane. The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice are Undermining Education. New York: Basic Books, 2011. 

Ripley, Amanda. The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013. 

Robinson, Ken and Lou Aronica. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education. New York, New York: Viking, 2015. 

Tough, Paul. How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. 

Waiting for Superman. Dir. Davis Guggenheim. Paramount, 2011. DVD. 

Warren, Mark R. and Karen L. Mapp. A Match on Dry Grass: Community Organizing as a Catalyst for School Reform. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.

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