Volume 4 Issue 5 |March 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


PEP Partners Promote Financial Literacy
Six Concordia PEP school districts partnered with Concordia University Wisconsin in hosting the first annual Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium “Leaders in Training Luncheon.” The luncheon was an opportunity for Concordia and the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium to work with students who were in the “Leaders in Training” program during the summer of 2018. The “Leaders in Training Luncheon” program provides additional responsibilities to students who have been involved in the CAGC African American Male Institute for four years. The students received financial literacy instruction, as well as responsibilities at the summer of 2018 African American Male Institute that took place on the Concordia Mequon campus.

Randee Drew, the Student Engagement Coordinator for the Whitefish Bay Public Schools, coordinated and led the “Leaders in Training Luncheon” program on the Concordia campus on February 26, 2019. Mr. Drew had Alexander Webb of the Associate Bank discuss financial literacy issues with the twelve “Leaders in Training” students. Mr. Webb is the Assistant Vice-President of the Associated Banks. The twelve participating students in the luncheon were from Homestead High School, Shorewood High School, Menominee Falls High School, Brown Deer High School, Wauwatosa East High School and Wauwatosa West High School. The Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Concordia University School of Education, the Brown Deer Education Foundation, and the Closing the Achievement Gap Consortium sponsored this event.
Elliott Moeser, Ph.D.
Director, Graduate Educational Administration
Save the Date: 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!
How to Select Choice Words
Do you want to inspire your students to achieve? Check out this blog by Dr. Steven Witt to see how a small shift in language can create a large shift in results!

Dr. Witt is the Director of Graduate Education programs at Concordia.

Lessons from the Horse Whisperer
What informs our work with kids and those who serve them? Certainly, for school leaders, a lot enters into all of this. In my case, it comes from many places. For this PEP article, it comes from an unlikely person; a legendary horse trainer and equestrian, Buck Brannaman, who reimagined, and then developed a humane approach to training horses rather than “breaking” them.

I first heard of Brannaman’s story from my son, Joe, who was riding with clients in the canyons and arroyos of New Mexico. He told me of a documentary about Brannaman that he thought was worth watching. After viewing “Buck”, it was clear that “school was in session”-- an opportunity to learn and reframe my learning; so much so, that I traveled to New Mexico to learn from the original “horse whisperer”.  The takeaways may have as much to do with leadership and with educating young people, as with learning a more effective way to train a horse.

Brannaman may not consider himself to be a master educator, but his results demonstrate significant effectiveness. This effectiveness occurs in a field often defined by a tradition and culture vastly differently from the way he works with horses and the owners who ride them. Similarly, we are challenged to lead our schools, develop cultures, and achieve results that are different from the way things have been done in the past.

What follows are a few tips and quotes courtesy of Buck Brannaman. Read them and draw your own conclusions about where to go with your own leadership:

·           Every horse has a story.

·          Meet the horse where it’s at right now.

·          A good horse will put up with bad technique because it’s a good horse.

·          A busy mouth indicates trouble inside the horse. It’s the instrument panel. 

·          When you introduce something new, the mouth will get busy. Work with him until the mouth calms down.

·          Horses are real keen on whether they can move your feet, or if you can move theirs.

·          Most of the time the horse is scared.

·          Make your point and shut up.

·          Until you can do what I do, you won't get what I get.

·          Everything I do is about letting a horse know that it can think. When you can do that, you'll be surprised what it can do.”

It would be a mistake to equate training horses and horsemanship with educating children, working with staff and stakeholders, and leading schools. Rather, Brannaman provides us with an opportunity to step back and to ponder the nature of the relationships necessary to be effective with training and leading. This requires one to infer and make connections about what may be considered the wisdom of experience that a master educator in one field shares with those willing to listen, watch, and pay attention. It does take time to achieve mastery in any pursuit, including educational leadership. Part of this is being curious and receptive to ideas and connections from the most unlikely persons, places, and circumstances.

If you have tips on “what works” with your own leadeship please share them with Dr. Mike Dietz, @mikedietz92, michael.dietz@cuw.edu or 262-365-3947. 


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 .


Superintendent License/Special Certificate Program
Concordia University Wisconsin is very proud of the success and popularity of its Superintendent License/Specialist Certificate program.  The 21-graduate credit program is taught by leading educators in the state of Wisconsin and Southeast Wisconsin. The instructors in the program are as follows:

·        Dr. Kieth Kriewaldt – Superintendent of Schools for the Erin School District
·        Dr. Gary Kiltz – Superintendent of Schools for the Greendale School District
·        Dr. Phil Ertl – Superintendent of Schools for the Wauwatosa School District
·        Dr. Michael Uden – Vice-Provost for Concordia University Wisconsin
·        Dr. James Pingel – Dean of School of Education at Concordia University Wisconsin
·        Dr. Steven Witt – Director of Graduate Education at Concordia University Wisconsin
·        Dr. Steven Johnson – Retired Superintendent of Schools
·        Dr. Richard Schnake – Concordia University Wisconsin faculty member

The department of Educational Administration is now in the sixth cohort for the Superintendent License program. Graduates are doing very well in obtaining positions and being selected as position candidates.

The next Superintendent License courses are as follows:

·EDG 788/988 – Professional Ethics in Leadership
   - Dr. Uden, April 29 – June 22, 2019

·EDG 791/991 – Public Relations
  - Dr. Kiltz, April 29 – June 22, 2019

·EDG 789/989 – Organizational and Policy Development
  - Dr. Pingel, July 1 – August 25, 2019

·EDG 792/992 – Facility Planning
 - Dr. Ertl, July 13 – August 24, 2019

Superintendent License courses are primarily conducted online. Feel free to contact Dr. Elliott Moeser if you have any questions at elliott.moeser@cuw.edu
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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