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Thursday Lunch   Tom Saleska and Sarah Lovern Professors of Biology Concordia University-Wisconsin


"Keep Calm. Lecture On: Strategies that transform regular instruction into dynamic learning."

Despite the poor reputation of lecturing, it remains an effective and efficient method of instruction when done appropriately. In this keynote address, participants will be shown a variety of techniques to make their instruction more dynamic, interactive, and meaningful. These activities will include using prism goggles, interactive webpages, working with cueing and prediction strategies, and practicing word chunking exercises. While the various activities are demonstrated, an explanation of why these techniques are useful in the learning process will be given. Participants will learn about the interaction of both long-term and short-term memory and how this influences the overall comprehension of their content. They will also better understand how each of the following five learning components are used to engage students: attention, prior knowledge, personal relevance, patterning and organization, and retrieval and rehearsal. By the end of this keynote, teachers will be more proficient at developing and executing a more student-centered classroom instruction. An additional opportunity to engage with the material by participating in the activities will be offered immediately following the keynote. Given the importance of reflection to the development of deeper, fuller comprehension, participants will also be given time to review the ideas given in the presentation and discuss implementing these within their future classes during this subsequent session.


Friday Ed Mueller Luncheon   Stan Temple  UW ecologist 

Topic of Stan Temple's talk: 

Aldo Leopold, best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, was a keen observer of the natural world. Throughout his life he kept daily journals recording observations of seasonal events, especially those occurring at his beloved “shack” on the Leopold farm which was the setting for many essays in A Sand County Almanac. Leopold’s meticulous phenological observations have provided us with an unparalleled record of when plants bloomed, birds migrated and other natural events. Comparing his observations of hundreds of natural events to recent records helps us understand how climate change is affecting the ecological community. One lesson of Leopold’s journals is clear: For those who love nature and take time to observe it closely, keeping records enhances the enjoyment and value of our time and effort, both now and in the future.


Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 32 years he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold, and during that time he won every teaching award for which he was eligible. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has received special recognitions for his contributions to ecology and conservation from the Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society, the Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, the American Ornithologists' Union, the Explorer's Club, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He has been President of the Society for Conservation Biology and Chairman of the Board of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.


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Friday Milton Pella Keynote   Brian M. Fidlin, Psy.D.  clinical psychologist 

Brian M. Fidlin, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been serving the needs of children, adolescents, adults, and families in the Midwest for the past 25 years.

Dr. Fidlin has a unique approach in helping individuals and families transition from periods of chaos, uncertainty, and instability into one that is calmer, more productive, and stable.  With extensive experience, he is able to help individuals who are struggling with attention issues, anxiety, depression, self-harm, and thoughts of suicide.  Dr. Fidlin has been recognized for his role in assisting those who have experienced the loss of a loved one due to accident, illness, or suicide and adjusting to life with chronic medical issues.  In addition, he has considerable experience addressing the issues of substance use, abuse, and dependency. Of particular interest to Dr. Fidlin is the difficult transition from adolescence to adulthood. These young people can experience a great deal of pressure, anxiety, and fear regarding their future.

He is a highly recognized national speaker in the areas of child/adolescent development issues, addictive behaviors, and parenting. Outside of the office, Dr. Fidlin is a proud husband, father of 2 and can frequently be found tending to his many beehives.

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