The Institute for Personalized Learning believes that the voices and input of our learners are critical to the successful implementation of personalized learning. Members of the Institute’s Youth Advisory Council will engage in dialogue and share their own insights and experiences in a personalized learning environment. Our middle and high school ambassadors have planned and will facilitate this session based on their work on the Youth Advisory Council. Join them to hear what they feel are the most important elements of a successful learner-centered environment. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions of these powerful learners.
Kate Sommerville (@kmsfrog)
Christina Sprader (@csprades)
Institute for Personalized Learning
Youth Advisory Council Members
Kate Sommerville serves as a Personalized Learning Professional Development Specialist at the Institute for Personalized Learning. Kate spent the last 17 years teaching 4th and 5th grade in the Elmbrook School District, with the last four years team-teaching in a personalized learning environment. The teaming model developed by Kate scaled to multiple learning environments within her school, and has influenced educators across Wisconsin and the Midwest. Kate received her undergraduate degrees in elementary and special education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 2000. In 2007, she received her Master’s Degree in Education in Professional Development from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. As a speaker, instructional coach, and consultant, Kate uses her creativity and enthusiasm to support teachers as they rethink their instructional practices and learning environments to best meet the needs of learners.
Christina Sprader serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning. Christina formerly served as an administrator, coach, and teacher for the School District of Waukesha. She has a passion for rethinking education that ensures personalized learning for all learners. In her previous roles, she developed the capacity of those around her to implement this transformational work that supports all learners.