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Jan 2018


Wisconsin Center 400 W. Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee , Wisconsin 53203
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WASB Joint State Education Convention - Wisconsin Association Of School Boards






Event Overview:

The Wisconsin State Education Convention is co-sponsored by three organizations that represent public school leadership:

• Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB)

• Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators (WASDA)

• Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO)

Collectively, they represent their member perspectives to state and federal agencies, provide members with information and services, and provide a link to the services and products of many companies.

Marking its 97th year, the Wisconsin State Education Convention gathers public school policy makers in key decision-making positions to:

1. Share ideas about school governance and school programs.

2. Learn about and discuss current topics that affect public schools.

3. Hear about and participate in discussions regarding state and federal legislation.

4. Meet vendors to review products and services available to public schools.

Exhibitor Information:

Join us at the premier education event of the year!

More than 2,000 school board members and administrators will gather in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center with one thing in common: education. They are the decision makers for Wisconsin’s public education system. The State Education Convention is an ideal opportunity for you to reach this target audience with your school-related products and services.

As an exhibitor, your business will be promoted through print and electronic convention materials and on the Convention website. You also have a variety of advertising and sponsorship opportunities available to you at special exhibitor rates to increase your exposure.

About WASB:

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) is dedicated to serving as an advocate for education and students. A non-profit organization, the WASB seeks to advance education through supporting the tradition of local school board control of the state’s public schools. The WASB is a member-driven organization that supports, promotes and advances the interests of public education in Wisconsin.

Keynote Speakers

Ravi Hutheesing

Cultural Entrepreneur

Ravi Hutheesing has built his brand globally as a cultural entrepreneur. As a cultural diplomat, Ravi makes the case that millennials, who are the largest generation and soon to be the most economically influential, must not be ignored. His philosophies and strategies have helped businesses, educators, and over a million people throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia bridge generational and cultural divides. The U.S. State Department engages Ravi as a cultural diplomat to create programs worldwide that foster cultural exchange and mutual understanding.

His worldwide visibility skyrocketed as the guitarist for triple Grammy nominee, Hanson. Their massive fan base of the earliest millennials made them the top-selling band in the world. As a cultural diplomat, Ravi conducted songwriting and cultural entrepreneurship programs earlier this year in Iraq, which included four students from Mosul who had been liberated from ISIS just three days before, and in Lebanon, which included work in Syrian refugee camps.

Ravi also partners with Shanti Bhavan Children’s Project in India, which serves as a home and non-sectarian boarding school providing a holistic upbringing in a high-quality educational setting for the poorest of the poor. Current graduates are employed by American Express, Goldman Sachs, Deloitte, and others, and the school is the subject of the Netflix series, “Daughters of Destiny.”

George Koonce

Vice President of the Office of Advancement

Marian University in Fond du Lac

George will share his story of growing up in a socially and economically deprived area of eastern North Carolina, finding success on the gridiron with legends Brett Favre and Reggie White, and how the importance of education drove him to receive a doctorate and dedicate his second career to higher education. In July, George spoke at the WASB Summer Leadership Institute. Attendees enjoyed his message and we’re excited to have him join us in Milwaukee.

George Koonce played professional football as a linebacker for a decade, the majority of those years with the Green Bay Packers, including as a member of the winning Super Bowl XXXI team in 1997. Following his playing career, George received his Ph.D. from Marquette University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the “Role Transition of National Football League Players: Using the Grounded Theory,” which became the basis of his recently released book, “Is There Life After Football.”

Currently, George serves as Vice President of the Office of Advancement for Marian University in Fond du Lac, where he provides leadership and strategic direction and is responsible for growing awareness and increasing philanthropic support through community and alumni engagement.

Dr. Bill Daggett

Founder and Chairman

International Center for Leadership in Education

Dr. Bill Daggett, founder and chairman of the International Center for Leadership in Education, is recognized worldwide for his proven ability to move preK-12 education systems towards more rigorous and relevant skills and knowledge for all students. He has assisted a number of states and hundreds of school districts with their school improvement initiatives.

Dr. Daggett is the creator of the Application Model and Rigor/Relevance Framework™, a practical planning and instructional tool for determining the relevance of curriculum and assessment to real-world situations. Dr. Daggett’s Rigor/Relevance Framework has become a cornerstone of many school reform efforts throughout the U.S.

Dr. Daggett has spoken to hundreds of thousands of educators and education stakeholders in all 50 states. His enlightening, entertaining, and motivating messages have helped his listeners to look at education differently by challenging their assumptions about the purposes, benefits, and effectiveness of American schools. Dr. Daggett inspires his audiences both to embrace what is best about our education system and to make the changes necessary to meet the needs of students in the 21st century.

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