2013 Spring Conference

The 2013 Spring Workshop, “Community Engagement” was held at the UW-Whitewater Innovation Center on Friday, March 8, 2013.

The lineup included:

Community Engagement/Public Participation

Keynote Speaker: Mary Hamel, Trainer for the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2)

What IS true public participation? Is it really valuable to decision-making? Learn key concepts about relevant stakeholders and the critical role they play in public processes.

The Value of Community Engagement in Real Dollars

Speaker: Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

Community Engagement Success Stories: Tips, Tactics, and Strategies from Districts That Have Really Done it!


  • Deb Kerr, Superintendent and Barb Fleming, Community Relations Coordinator (retired), School District of Brown Deer
  • Bill Hughes, Retired Superintendent, Greendale School District
  • Bill Foster, President of School Perceptions LLC

They will share practical tips to add to participants’ working knowledge of community engagement tools.

Community Engagement Case Study: Listening to the Voice of the Community to Make Difficult Decisions

Speaker: Dan Olson, District Administrator, Campbellsport School District

Discussion and Conclusion

There is just so much to fit into one day! In this final segment join in the community discussion: What is the next step for your District with community engagement?


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