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Conference Format

The One Conference is organized in a format that encourages exposure to new ideas while offering time, support, and resources to explore those new ideas.

Learn from colleagues that are already finding success using these practices with students.

There is no need to spend all of your day in sessions alone! Visit the other areas and stages that support learning.  Connect with colleagues to network, collaborate, and create. The One Conference is meant to support your professional learning and growth in a format that you find most useful.

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Keynote Speaker: 
Tony Vincent


Tony Vincent, a former fifth grade in Nebraska, is a pioneer in digital learning. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2005 he started one of the first podcasts from an elementary school. Tony experienced how empowering it was for students to be equipped with tools to help them be productive and creative. Later he became his school’s technology coach and helped his colleagues integrate technology. Tony believes that students learn best when they are engaged in authentic tasks—tasks that matter to them. He has many examples to show, advice to give, and technology to demonstrate. Tony will engage, entertain, and offer practical ideas in his presentation Reset the Preset.

Get to know Tony and start learning more from him today on his amazing website: Learning in Hand.















Conference Theme: 
Step Outside the Box


Are you having a hard time moving beyond the traditional "norms" that have defined education.

Are you stuck in the "the box" of our educational system?

"The box" may be the four walls of your classroom. It may be the silo of the content or subject(s) you teach. It may be the limitations of bell schedules or a time-regulated school day and calendar. Maybe "the box" is your inability to meet and collaborate with professionals outside of your department, grade level, or school building.

Teachers and students in our district have access to the most powerful tools ever available to learners and educators. These tools can help us step beyond the limitations of time, space, location and ability level. If we learn to leverage technology meaningfully, the tools will allow us to entirely eliminate these barriers and offer new opportunities to both students and staff.

The question for educators: "How will you use the tools available to 'Step Outside the Box'?"





What Else Will You Find?

Level Up! Sessions

At 60 minutes each, the “LevelUp!” sessions are aimed at providing attendees examples of how district educators have changed their teaching to LevelUp! an instructional practice and/or tool(s) that are being used. Presentations will be ~45 min with time for questions and exploration at the end. These sessions aim to answer questions such as:

  • “What did you and your students do?”, "How is this different than what you have done in the past?"

  • “What tools are you and they using?”, "What has this added to the task process?"

  • "How is the task being redesigned?", “How do kids respond?”

  • “What successes have you had?", "What challenges arose?”

  • “How do you know they are learning as a result of doing this?”


Hands on Learning Space

Ever wondered about MakerSpaces and Design Thinking? Maybe your students have been
talking about coding? Now is your chance to check out some of the cool things happening in Waukesha. From Green Screen photos and videos, Osmos systems, Virtual Reality, robotics and other programmables, these are just a few things to check out first hand! What ideas can you bring back to your school?


Rock Star Teacher Stage

With an emphasis on celebrating the success of staff members and sharing that success to inspire other staff members, the Rock Star Teacher Stage is the One Conference’s version of a TED Talk.  Teachers nominated by their colleagues will be scheduled throughout the day to share their stories, ideas, and aha moments regarding amazing instructional practices, experiences, and technological tools.  Audience members will be invited to hear the account of those experiences first hand, directly from the practitioner.



One Learning Area  - Exhibitors

Every day educators have access to and interact with a wide variety of digital tools within our district.  Here is a chance to interact with some of the business partners who make these tools. Business partners are asked to aim at educating end users, building stronger relationships with staff members, and developing a trusting, open relationship that makes these tools more valuable to our teaching and learning.  Stop in and ask the questions you need to ask to put these tools to more meaningful use in your classroom.


"Next Steps"

At its very core, the One Conference is about transferring professional learning into professional practices with students.  Before leaving the conference, every attendee will be asked to commit in writing to utilizing one strategy, one tool, or one idea gained from the conference with students before the year ends to "level up" their practice.  These commitments will be communicated back to the building leaders to encourage follow through in making these commitments to our students.