Collective Equity Book Study and Planning Day


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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 6/15/2022 12:01 AM
Last Date to Cancel: 3/14/2022 12:01 AM
Agency: CESA 2
Agency Contact: Mary Jo Ziegler
Agency Assistant: Kayla Barr 262-473-1473
Location: Zoom Link
Facility: Web Link
3/17/2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
4/21/2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
5/5/2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
6/2/2022 09:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Price: $100.00


Complete Your Equity-Focused Needs Assessment and Next Step Planning

Presenters: Valerie Schmitz & Mary Jo Ziegler

Cost: $100 for the series includes the book

Description: Equity is a term we hear constantly in education, and yet, do we really know what it looks like and sounds like? How do we know if we've reached it? What are the components? How do we get there? Together, we will dig into the book, Collective Equity: A Movement for Creating Communities Where We Can All Breathe by Dr. Nicole Law and Dr. Sonja Hollins-Alexander.

We will explore the necessary considerations in moving our schools and districts toward more equitable outcomes for all of our students.

All registrants will meet via Zoom for 90 minutes for the first 4 sessions. The final June 16 session is a separate cost and will be face to face at CESA 2 all day, with lunch provided. Register by April 5th to receive your book in time.


About the Presenters:

Mary Jo Ziegler has worked in diverse educational settings for over 30 years. The first 15 years of her career were spent in classrooms teaching grades 2-8. After earning an M.S. in Reading, she moved into an instructional coaching and intervention role at Sherman Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin. A second Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership led to roles as district instructional resource teacher, a literacy coordinator, PK-12 director of instruction, and DPI consultant. Across the years, MJ has worked to support educators as they design engaging and effective learning opportunities that motivate achievement by building routines and scaffolds to guide students through successful learning experiences.




Valerie Schmitz, PhD is the Senior Director of Continuous Improvement for CESA 2. In this position, Valerie leads the regional work for educator development and district implementation of the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness System, as well as data analysis and school improvement. Valerie has deep expertise in this work, serving as the Educator Effectiveness Coordinator at CESA 6 for the past four years. She has assisted districts with implementation of both Educator Effectiveness and the Effectiveness Project. She also has deep expertise in data analysis, systems analysis, and school improvement. Valerie has earned a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Instructional Design for Online Learning as well as an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. She also holds a M.Ed. in Technology Education as well as an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership.




Dr. Sonja Hollins-Alexander is the Director of Professional Learning for Corwin Publishing. She has been in the field of education for 24 years with 18 of those being in educational leadership at the school, district and higher education levels. During this time, she has served as a school social worker, teacher, assistant principal, principal, coordinator, assistant director and director of professional learning, and chief of staff in two Metro Atlanta, GA school districts. She has served on numerous United Way non-profit boards in the community and most recently served as the affiliate board president for Learning Forward, GA. She currently serves on the National Affiliate Leadership Council for Learning Forward.




Dr. Nicole Law is a passionate educator who provides professional learning to schools and districts across the country. As a Corwin Professional Learning Consultant, Nicole presents content on Culturally Fortifying Practices, dimensions around equity and creating equitable teaching spaces, teacher clarity, Visible Learning, professional learning communities, organizational analysis, literacy instruction, leadership improvement practices and structures, data analysis models, school improvement practices, metacognitive teaching and learning, strategies for success in cognitively rigorous instruction and effective teaching methods for English Learners. She also partners with school and district leaders by providing executive coaching focused on measuring and monitoring school improvement structures.




Cancellation Policy: Registered participants will receive a refund if they cancel prior to 3 working days before an event, minus any material costs that have already been incurred. Cancellations must either be made on MyQuickReg or by emailing Because of our commitment to the presenter and the food vendor, participants who cancel less than 3 working days prior to the event or who do not attend the event, will be billed the full fee. CESA 2 reserves the right to cancel any event. Registered participants will be notified via phone and email if a cancellation occurs and will receive a full refund. 

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