WSU Innovative Instructional Leadership Cohort
Jen Hegna - Director of Information and Learning Technology for Byron Public Schools for 21 years. Jen is the designer and adjunct professor for Winona State University’s Innovative Instructional Leadership graduate certificate program. She's a dreamer, collaborator, and lover of challenging the status quo of school. MN 2015 Technology Leader of the Year.
Kory Graham - K-6 teacher for 25+ plus years. Kory has experience in both rural and suburban settings and multi-age classroom environments. 2nd year as Byron’s Elementary Innovations Teacher. She teaches all class grades 1-5, incorporates technology, coding, and innovating thinking in her class. Creator of #KoryTellers.
Andy Pethan - Engineer and designer by training, math and robotics teacher by experience. Andy focuses his energy on course redesign and creating effective, open-ended learning in his classroom. Recent projects include a project-based Statistics course at mrpethan.com and a new electronics engineering class, Grand Challenge Design.
Katie Donlin - STEM teacher at Byron Middle School, grades 6-8. Katie has been teaching for three years. Other classes she teaches includes: Adv. Robotics, 3D Design, and Genius Hour. In addition to teaching, she also coaches the middle school robotics club and junior high track and field.
Michael Mangan - Instrumental Music Director at Byron Middle School. Michael has 13 years of teaching experience in high school, middle school, and elementary instrumental/general music including directing concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands, drum ensembles, musicals, and others. Believes that engagement is the key to success.
Winona State - Innovative Instructional Leadership
To meet the needs of individual students and adequately prepare them for the future requires innovative instructional leaders who find ways to improve traditional classroom and school paradigms. This certificate will provide educators with opportunities to learn, apply, and assess various student-centered instructional approaches utilizing existing and emerging digital technologies. Participants will also develop change leadership skills to support local and global communities. The courses of this certificate qualify as electives in the Education Leadership Master’s Degree.
- Develop, deliver, and assess online learning experiences (assessments, projects, and activities) focused on standards-based learning goals to accommodate the diverse academic needs of students any time, anywhere, and at any pace.
- Explore digital age communication and collaboration tools to develop and expand educator’s personal learning networks and provide global learning experiences for their learners while fostering digital citizenship.
- Examine strategies and techniques to motivate and foster a growth mindset culture and empower self-directed learners.
- Evaluate student centered pedagogies, design applied real world learning experiences, and provide opportunities for learners to present their work to an authentic audience.
- Engage as leaders in local and global communities to collaboratively create and share solutions to real world problems facing classrooms and schools today.
Interested in learning more? Contact Dr. Robert Howman today!