Making Ripples in Education #WIREDConference


Bright banner. Wausau, DC Everest, and Mosinee School Districts Present: #WIREDConference 2023
In central Wisconsin, a group of dedicated educators gathered for an event that promised to impact the future of education with new and innovative ideas. It was August 16 & 17, 2023, and North-central Technical College was the setting for the fifth annual Wisconsin River Educator Conference, known affectionately as the #WIREDConference.

Behind this event is a group of individuals who are passionate about making a difference - the #WIREDConference Board. Their commitment to enriching education in Wisconsin with the generous support of sponsors, Connexus Credit Union and Diamond Assets, together they have made the impossible happen: a conference entirely free for educators, by educators.

This year's conference featured a keynote speaker who inspired everyone in the room. Myron Dueck, a respected figure in education, delivered a keynote titled "Ch-C-Ch-Changes, Turn and Face the Strange." His words resonated deeply, shedding light on the ever-evolving landscape of education. Myron touched upon accessibility, innovation, AI, ownership of learning, reflection, and personalized/blended learning strategies.

The conference was not just about passive learning; it was a platform for educators to exchange ideas and gain practical knowledge. From "30 Tips and Tricks for Teachers” to “Augmented Reality” to “Immersive Learning with AI,” the sessions were diverse, enriching, and filled with valuable insights.

What truly distinguished the #WIREDConference was its commitment to creating an environment where educators felt valued and appreciated. Participants were greeted at the welcome station with swag bags, a small but thoughtful gesture that set the tone for a warm and inclusive event. The first day concluded with a sunset social, providing an opportunity for educators to collaborate, enjoy food and beverages, and share their learning experiences. This extra effort fostered a sense of community, making this conference a unique and welcoming space for professional development.

The support of sponsors Connexus Credit Union and Diamond Assets played a vital role in the conference's success. Their belief in the power of education and their dedication to the growth of Wisconsin's educators made this event possible.

The #WIREDConference Board's dedication and the generous support of sponsors have created an unparalleled opportunity for educators to grow, learn, and connect. The impact of this conference will undoubtedly extend to countless students and impact teaching and learning in central Wisconsin.

Looking ahead, the #WIREDConference Board eagerly anticipates future collaborations and the continued growth of this event. The board remains committed to its mission of making a meaningful impact on education, one conference at a time. With gratitude for the past and excitement for the future, we eagerly await the next #WIREDConference, where educators will once again come together to shape the educational landscape in Wisconsin.

Arranged in line six #WIREDConference Board members surrounding Keynote speaker.
This picture is approved by the 2023 #WIREDConference Board. Pictured from left to right: Melissa Piette @AppyTeacher, Kirsten Rock, Reginald Smith, Myron Dueck, Jeremy Jaeger, Felecity Treptow @felecity, and Tammy Trzebiatowski @ttrzebiatowski

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Posted on September 20, 2023

Thanks so much for this inspiring conference story Tammy! What struck me was the focus on creating a conference environment where your teachers felt appreciated. Your small touches and conference choices guaranteed that. Congrats to all of you for the innovative work you are doing to support teachers, their students and innovative educational initiatives!

Posted on January 21, 2024

Yes! I noticed that as well, Cheryl! Tammy, this model has great potential to help others educators in other states do something similar. How did you all get started? What are some tips and tricks?

Posted on September 23, 2023

The story of this conference is very inspiring. A couple of Irish ADE's are thinking about putting something together. We are still at the very early stages and would be very grateful if we could find some way to connect and learn from your experiece. I see that Felicity is on your board - I will reach out to her and hopefully we can set something up!

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