About

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.

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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.

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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.

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Aaron Murray - 3rd year high school teacher. Aaron is a multiple sport coach and student council advisor. He enjoys challenging the norms and generating healthy debates. MNSHAPE Health Teacher of the Year 2016.

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Jen Green - High School Language Arts & Mathematics teacher for 21 years. Jen has always held a student-first focus and has become very involved in Tiered Interventions for struggling learners. 2011 RAMSP Teacher of the Year.

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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.

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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.

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Kirsten Ausman - Middle School Language Arts Instructor with 4 years experience. Kirsten works to create engaging, authentic learning experiences for all her students and leads by example for her colleagues.


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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.

Certificate Objectives

  • 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!


Innovative Instructional Leadership Flyer

Fostering Innovation Flyer.pdf