T.B Scott Library to host ‘Ins & Outs of Education’ program
On Monday, April 29, beginning at 6 p.m. T.B Scott Library will host “Ins & Outs of Education: The Options and Policy.”
Many know something about how our children are educated and how our schools are funded. T.B. Scott Free Library’s program will endeavor to broaden your understanding and knowledge of education today. A panel of both local educators and state professionals will present statistics and the how and why policy has changed. In preparation for the evening’s program, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has been contacted about the School Choice Program as it relates to funding by the state, of public and private schools. General state facts and figures that cover state policy, and the timeline related to Parental Choice legislation will be available.
Panelist, Dr. John Sample was selected as Superintendent of Merrill Area Public Schools in June 2016, after serving for 8 years as their Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. Sample will present history and figures for MAPS. From his long teaching career, he will present our local perspective. Dr. Sample is particularly pleased with the community passing the referendum that
established a competitive salary structure for teachers, the ability to address some facility needs and the construction of the Fab Lab. Dr. Sample’s motto is “Professionalism: Its not the job you do, its how you do the job.”
Panelist, Kathy Yahr, has been Trinity Lutheran School Administrator and Pre-school teacher since 2003 and holds a Master of Arts in Education. She was named an American Teacher
Honoree for Innovation and Creativity in Teaching while teaching Kindergarten thru 8th grade in Twin Hills, Alaska.
Panelist, Julie Underwood, is the former Dean of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin. She was the first woman to become the Dean of the School of Education in 2005 and served in that position until 2015. Previously, she served in many other notable positions at the University Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to her time with the University, she held prominent positions with the National School Board Association and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She has authored many articles and has had numerous media mentions.
Panelist, Dan Rossmiller, has been Wisconsin Association of School Board Government Relations Director since 2006. Prior to joining the WASB, Dan served as Public Affairs Director for the State Bar of Wisconsin, following a 20-plus year career as a legislative committee clerk and chief of staff. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School and received his undergraduate degree (with honors) in social psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Panelist, Jim Bender has been President of School Choice Wisconsin since 2011. He is the main contact on education reform policy for elected officials and the media. He regularly testifies in front of the state legislature on education policy, in particular the Parental Choice Programs. He was a member of the design team for the Wisconsin statewide school report card and is a member of the Equity Council under ESSA.
Each panelist will provide their unique perspective on the educational policies in place for the state of Wisconsin. There will be a question and answer period following the panelist presentations, which will be moderated by Ryan Schwartzman, former alderman and Lincoln County Board Supervisor.
Refreshments will be served with coffee courtesy of First Street Coffee Station. For additional information check the website www.tbscottlibrary.org or call 715-536-7191