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By Lisa Stratton
UW-RF University Communications

NOV. 22, 2005--A model academy might sound like a place where fashionistas meet to learn the secrets of the runway, but the PK-16 Model Academy at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is a meeting of the minds.

The academy, held Nov. 11 and 12, brought together are K-12 teachers and UW-RF educators to discuss and implement new ways to improve curriculum and educational standards.

The Model Academy also seeks to build professional relationships and academic alliances.   Participants will take these ideas for improvement back to their districts and evaluate their effectiveness.   Evaluations are then assembled and disseminated to institutions across the state in order to share knowledge with additional educators.

UW-RF's mathematics department chair, Keith Chavey, as well as two other mathematics faculty, Laurel Langford and Kathy Ernie, participated in the academy.   Mary Manke, associate dean for the College of Education and Professional Studies and Ron Berg of the Somerset school district coordinated the event.

The following teachers participated in this year's PK-16 Model Academy: Kim Serene, Sue Popelka and Tricia Bennett from River Falls; Hudson: Michele Scheel and John Hilding from Hudson; Richard Thompson, Debra Cardell, Lytha Lyons, Trisha Sheridan and Sally Caspersen from Somerset; and Greg Kier, Connie Roetzer, Dawn Carlson and Jarrod Hamdorf from New Richmond.

The Model Academy is made possible through a federally funded Teacher Quality Enhancement Supplemental Grant. The grant initially lead to the creation of the PK-16 Leadership Council, consisting of representatives for the governor, legislators, various Wisconsin higher education systems, including the UW System, as well as other education-related organizations. The council then implemented the idea of the Model Academy.



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