Volume 4 Issue 6 |April 2019
PEP Talk
Graduate Education 2019 Summit--August 8 at CUW

You and your educational team are invited to our Graduate Education 2019 Summit. We are eager to have Dr. Mike Thompson, Deputy State Superintendent join us for this event. Dr. Thompson will be discussing:  What is new at the DPI and in the State of Wisconsin in PK-12 education.

Join us Thursday, August 8 th 10:00 am-noon on Concordia University’s campus

Each attendee should complete the registration link to save your spot at this free event: Summit Registration

SIGN UP NOW!-- Literacy Institute June 13-14, 2019 at CUW
Educators are invited to attend Concordia’s 4th annual Summer Literacy Institute! ! We are excited to announce that Jennifer Yaeger will be this year’s keynote presenter. Jennifer will provide practical guidance for small group instruction.

Register now while space is available. 

For details, please click here.

Mark June 13-14 on your calendar--we'll see you on Concordia Wisconsin's Mequon campus!
Summer Extravaganza in Educational Administration
Concordia University Wisconsin Department of Educational Administration is participating in the summer of 2019 “Summer Extravaganza.” Twelve different Accelerated/Condensed Educational Administrative courses will be offered during the summer of 2019 as part of the Concordia School of Education “uncommon” effort to meet the needs of students. Courses will be taught at both the Mequon campus and the Miller Park Way Center.

These three credit graduate courses are taught over a four or five day period. The first “Extravaganza” courses will be taught June 17 th -21 st , and the last summer “Extravaganza” courses will be taught on July 29 th- August 2 nd . Students are encouraged to take a look at these extremely popular courses as a format of moving through the Educational Administration program. The twelve “Summer Extravaganza” Educational Administration courses are listed on the link here: summerextravaganza .

Special Education Degree Program
We are excited to share a new opportunity with you! As you work with your staff on professional development, we ask that you consider sharing the opportunity for initial licensing in Special Education that will be held in an accelerated format at our CUW Kenosha center September 2019. This program is designed with the working professional in mind, and may be a great fit for a para-professional in your building who holds a bachelor’s degree, but not a teaching license. Please click here for more information, and click here for the schedule.
We are offering a new Academic Community Scholarship to the employees of our Preferred Educational Partners (PEP). Employees will receive $450 discount per eligible graduate course. Please go to   https://www.cuw.edu/uncommon-scholarships for more information.
P lease contact Tanisha Kirkwood, Kenosha Center Site Director for Teacher Certification at tanisha.kirkwood@cuw.edu or 262.243.1813 with any questions.

Two Things
Two things can be true at the same time. School leaders can learn this concept in hard or easy ways. Some tend to think there is just one solution or way to address concerns, interests and needs. Really? More astute leaders recognize that there is complexity and multiple ways of addressing solutions to challenges with leading and taking schools to higher levels of performance. Consider haiku as a both a metaphor and strategy for finding elegant solutions to apparently complex situations. Haiku is both simple and deep.

With teaching and learning there can be basic factual recall and higher level thinking skills and applications. There can be rigor and relevance. With school climate, think safety and civility. We can make decisions that meet the needs of the community and also serve the students themselves. Yet, problems can exist and persist. When it comes to solutions, one should not let perfect get in the way of something that works better than previous practice. A learning organization can take a continuous improvement approach to modify and subtly change systems so that they work more effectively and efficiently over time — seemingly simple and deep.

Pushback on all of this can deal with relativity and false moral equivalence. The experienced leader recognizes the pitfalls connected with buying in too quickly to persuasive stories and excuses -- that truth and lies can exist in the same events or scenarios. We need to be open to the possibility that others may have the ability to achieve solutions that are unavailable to us in the moment. That we may be able and unable at the same time.

Experience and reflection can help one to better understand that daily we face what Lewin identified as driving and restraining forces. We learn from Wheatley and Gleick that when attuned to both chaos and complexity that there can be regularity within an array of irregularities. From this understanding comes the trust in being able to recognize problems and make decisions primed by executing solutions that may not be perfect but, in the moment, work.

With this in mind, one can bring the leadership trinity more clearly into focus. That getting to know your people, talking about performance, and leading for results necessarily requires two way communication. This again illustrates the reality of the ‘two things’ principle.

The wisdom of understanding that two or more things can be true at the same time is a variation on being able to walk and chew gum at the same. That to go fast one may need to go slow. As with haiku, we can lead and operate in ways that are both simple and deep. 

 Dr. Mike Dietz, Dir. Innovation and Global Outreach; 262-365-3947 @mikedietz92 michael.dietz@cuw.edu . Contact Mike to discuss ways that Concordia PEP can work with your school or district to help take your school to a higher of performance that makes a difference.

We Want YOU To Inform Our Professional Practice
Have you implemented a new practice that is working well? Please share your experience with us, so that we can use this newsletter to share information with others.

Please email your success story to amy.hillenbrand@cuw.edu .

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