Professional Development Opportunities

Welcome to the UW System Institute for Urban Education first annual Professional Development Conference (IUE-PDC). The UW System IUE program is designed to help preservice teachers follow their desire to become urban educators as well as provide professional development opportunities for currently practicing teachers. We are dedicated to helping urban schools continue to grow the promise of urban youth and to assisting urban teachers as they develop both as teachers and learners.

Professional Development Conference


UW System Institute for Urban Education Presents:
The First Annual Professional Development Conference

Culturally Responsive Teaching:
Classroom Practices for Student-Centered Learning
August 13 & 14, 2014

Conference Location
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: School of Continuing Education
161 W. Wisconsin Ave., Suite #7000, Milwaukee, WI 53201

Conference Registration

There is no registration fee. Please register to let us know who you are and your meal preference.

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Earn Course Credit

For conference attendees, undergraduate or graduate credit can be earned through UWM for:

• Supervision of Student Teaching (CURRINS 593-103) - (see "Becoming a Cooperating Teacher" below)
• Change and Change Strategies ( CURRINS 629-101)

We are pleased to offer the following Special Pricing Options:

• 1 Undergraduate credit - $168.57
• 1 Graduate credit - $324.59

For more information, email educout@uwm.edu.

To enroll, contact Robin Pagan at rpagan@uwm.edu or 414-229-5255.

“Becoming” a Cooperating Teacher: Educating Tomorrow’s Teachers

By taking on the responsibility of becoming a cooperating teacher and welcoming a teacher candidate into your classroom, you have advanced yourself into a teacher leader role. What do you think you will need to do to prepare your classroom, students and colleagues to welcome your teacher candidate?

As part of this conference, UWM’s Office of Clinical Experiences will be hosting a Cooperating Teacher Verification Workshop. The verification workshop has two components, one online (pre-conference) and one face to face (during IUE conference). Online you will be asked to think back on your own student teaching experience. You will be asked to reflect about the typical challenges facing teacher candidates, the stages and characteristics and profile of a successful teacher candidate, and to integrate your thoughts with Wisconsin Teaching Standards and the UWM Guiding Principles and Teaching Standards. The face-to-face meeting will focus on the discussion of quality feedback, conferencing and mentoring strategies, and allow time for practicing those skills. After completing the workshop, a certificate will be sent to you and your principal stating your verification for placement opportunities.

Indicate on the IUE registration form your interest in joining the Office of Clinical Experiences for this exciting opportunity.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carl A. Grant

Dr. Carl A. Grant is Hoefs-Bascom Professor of teacher education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin—Madison. His work for more than thirty years has been with teachers and administrators who commit to improve students’ achievement, enrich their knowledge and skill set in multicultural social justice, culturally responsive curriculum development, and teaching. He has written thirty-five books and many articles for teachers that address student achievement, curriculum development, teaching strategies, and parent-teacher engagement.


Thursday, August 14, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Keynote Speakers: Shawon LeFlore-Turnch & LaKendra D. Brown

Shawon LeFlore-Turnch is a native of Milwaukee and has been an elementary educator for the past 17 years. She has spent all seventeen years dedicated to Milwaukee Public Schools. Shawon received her Bachelor of Science- Elementary Education degree in 1997, from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts from Cardinal Stritch University in 2000. She has always taught third, fourth and fifth grade. Shawon has a passion for teaching reading and writing, believing literacy opens doors for youth.

Working as a master instructor in the C.L.I.F.F.T.O.P.S. Program at Cardinal Stitch’s Urban Literacy Centers, she provides intense intervention and one-on-one support for children with reading difficulties. While teaching, Shawon has received the Milwaukee Metropolitan Alliance for Black School Educators Teacher of the Year Award in 2013 and 2009. She was also nominated and received a Black Excellence Award from The Milwaukee Times Newspaper for Excellence in Education in 2014. Most importantly, Shawon believes a quality, public education is a civil right.

LaKendra D. Brown is an educator who has worked in Milwaukee Public Schools for fourteen years. Currently, she is the Resource Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Neeskara Elementary School. Prior to becoming a resource teacher, she taught second grade for eleven years in Milwaukee Public Schools and worked as a paraprofessional while completing her studies at UWM.

LaKendra is certified in Elementary Education, Social Sciences, Deaf Education, and Cross Categorical Special Education. She also has a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University. LaKendra has served in different leadership capacities within the school setting, and has facilitated various professional development presentations. LaKendra is now focusing on how to integrate culturally responsive teaching for all learners.

Conference Accommodations


We are pleased to offer the following accommodations for your convenience:

Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee Downtown
176 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
1-414-271-4656
Conference Room Rates: $145.00 per night **
Group code: SOE

** You must register for the Hampton Inn by July 14, 2014 to receive conference rate. All rates available one day before and after conference.


Kenilworth Square Guest Housing (1.2 miles from the UWM campus)
1915 E. Kenilworth Place
Milwaukee, WI 53202
414- 229-6588 or guest-housing@uwm.edu

Conference Room Rates: $80 for single and $120 for a suite with common area, kitchen and 2 rooms.

Group code: Indicate that you are with the Institute for Urban Education

UW-Milwaukee Guest Housing has reserved a small block of rooms for those attending this event. Complimentary shuttle available.

Click here to make your reservation at Kenilworth.