News from the School Reform Initiative

March 29, 2017

Why the Success Analysis is my Favorite Protocol

In this blog post, Kari Thierer, SRI Executive Director, shares why the Success Analysis is one of her favorite protocols, and invites participants to join her to experience the Success Analysis protocol in a virtual webinar.

Click here to read the full blog post and sign up to join Kari on the webinar!


Atlanta Fall Meeting Call for Volunteers – Deadline this Friday

We are very excited to announce the call for volunteers for our next annual conference: SRI Fall Meeting debuts in Atlanta, November 2-4, 2017!

We are seeking volunteers from the SRI community who have the passion and time to help us craft an engaging, inspiring and transformative experience for educators.  The committees  represent the core elements of the SRI Fall Meeting.

If interested, please email Kari Thierer to let her know which planning committee you’d like to join. Interested in more than one? Outstanding! We could really use your help and talent!

Please mail Kari (kari@schoolreforminitiative.org) with your interest and/or questions, by March 31, 2017.

Pre-Conference Selection Committee
Task: Solicit proposals for pre-conference experiences: Committee members will review proposals and select those that best support the learning of our diverse participant base.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month April – May. Announce pre-conferences in June
Volunteers Needed: 2-3 people

Keynote Selection Committee
Task: Identify and select keynote speaker(s): Committee members will identify, review information and interview potential speakers that align with the SRI Mission and Guiding Principles and that will inform, inspire and engage participants in active learning.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month April – May. Announce keynote speaker(s) in June
Volunteers Needed: 2-3 people

Hospitality Committee
Task: Identify and secure donations, sponsorships and exhibitors: Committee members will solicit donations for the silent auction, connect SRI with potential local sponsors, brainstorm and solicit potential exhibitors, help design the Friday evening reception.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month April – October
Volunteers Needed: 2-3 people. For this committee, local planning team members are encouraged to join.

Marketing/Advertising Committee
Task: Identify local and national schools/districts/organizations for specific outreach: Committee members will help design reach-out materials to advertise the Fall Meeting and encourage participation.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month April – October
Volunteers Needed: 2-3 people. For this committee, local planning team members are encouraged to join.

Learning Experiences Committee
Task: Solicit proposals for learning experiences: Committee members will review learning experience proposals and select proposals that align with the SRI Mission and Guiding Principles and that support the learning of our diverse participant base.
Time Commitment: 2 hours/month August – September. Announce learning experiences in October
Volunteers Needed: 2-3 people


Rethinking Schools – Professional Learning Opportunity

Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools
Spring course schedule: April 16-May 30, 2017.
3 graduate credits available from Viterbo University.

Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) has announced an online course taught by Rethinking Schools author and former editor Melissa Bollow Tempel. This class will use the American Library Association’s Stonewall honor award book Rethinking Sexism, Gender, and Sexuality, co-edited by the instructor, as the main text.

Course Description
Creating LGBTQ Inclusive Schools focuses on understanding the LGBTQ youth and families served in public schools with the end goal of creating supportive and welcoming schools for all children. This course challenges educators to examine and evaluate personal views and practices, review issues within schools that impact LGBTQ youth and families, and develop strategies for taking action to make our schools more inclusive.

Melissa Bollow Tempel has been teaching at the elementary and middle school levels in the Milwaukee area since 2000 including 2 years serving Milwaukee Public Schools as Culturally Responsive Teacher Leader. In addition to writing for Rethinking Schools, Melissa is a Welcoming Schools national facilitator and regularly does professional development and conference workshops on LGBTQ issues.

Register Today!


Do you have news to share? Interesting things happening in your area? Please let us know so we can share with our community! Email Chris Jones, chris@schoolreforminitiative.org.

Thank you,
Kari Thierer, Heidi Vosekas, Chris Jones, and Beth I Graham
On behalf of School Reform Initiative

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