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Thursday, October 13 • 8:30am - 11:30am
PreCon 3: Maximizing Potential via Structures and Strategies

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Come hear how Baraboo has transformed its middle-level English language arts program through a combination of implementing a total school-wide clustering model combined with subject-level acceleration opportunities.  Additionally, we will showcase-- through rapid-fire book talks-- the depth and breadth of contemporary, multicultural young adult literature that we use in our literature circles that we attribute to helping us close the achievement gap and raise the roof on learning for all.  

Outcomes. Participants will...

  • Walk away with resources that will help them create structures in their own schools that remove barriers to learning

  • See how clustering can be implemented in middle level ELA classrooms

  • Have the tools necessary to facilitate the implementation of subject-level acceleration

  • Be provided an overview (and a list) of at least 20 contemporary multicultural young adult titles

  • Recognize the need to ensure all students have an opportunity to see themselves (and others) represented in the literature we teach

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Rita Ehlert

Grade 8 English, Baraboo School District
This is my 18th year teaching in Baraboo, and I still love my job. I am an avid reader and love putting the right books into the hands of my students. In an effort to differentiate instruction in the classroom and to inspire a love of reading amongst our students, we utilize literature... Read More →
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Jane McMahon

Instructional Coach and Gifted and Talented Coordinator, Baraboo School District
I am currently serving as a K-12 instructional coach. I was an English teacher in Baraboo for 25 years and recently served as Wisconsin's 2014 Wisconsin Teacher of the Year. I am an avid photographer, fly-fisherwoman, and baseball fan.
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Maggie Schumacher

Literacy Coach, Baraboo School District
I am a middle school literacy coach in my twelfth year in education. Prior to literacy coaching, I worked as a middle school teacher of students with learning disabilities. I love adolescent literature and getting struggling readers hooked on books! I enjoy traveling and exploring... Read More →

Thursday October 13, 2016 8:30am - 11:30am CDT
Tundra A-B

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