Advisory Council


  • Hired an Assistant Professor of Elementary Literacy, Courtney Lopas (Ph.D., University of Central Florida, 2021)
  • Dr. Greg Cramer will be submitting his portfolio for tenure in Fall 2021
  • Art Education license was approved and our first students in this program began Fall 2021
  • BSTAR Bilingual license for the STAR program (collaboration with RUSD) launched in Summer 2021 with five teachers seeking licensure in Bilingual-Bicultural Education 
  • EDU 101, Introduction to Disability, and EDU 235, Immigration and Schools, were approved as university General Education courses 
  • PACC (Parkside Access to College Credit) teacher education program with KUSD began January 2021 with three-credit Foundations of Education course; five students completed this course in Spring 2021, and twelve are enrolled in Fall 2021. Program will expand to offer EDU 211, Child and Adolescent Development, in Spring 2022
  • K-9 license approved by DPI in April 2021 and launched this fall; Elementary Education majors can now choose to pursue the new Elementary and Middle School license to teach Kindergarten-Grade 9 
  • In the 2020-2021 academic year, our overall Foundations of Reading Test pass rate was 71%, exceeding the state overall pass rate of 59%
  • In the 2020-2021 academic year, we admitted 51 students into the EPP and graduated 39 student teachers; we are anticipating over 40 student teachers in the 2021-2022 academic year!

The Institute of Professional Educator Development (IPED) Advisory Council reviews evidence of the impact of Educator Preparation and Advanced Professional Development programs on stakeholder learning outcomes. The council makes recommendations for changes in the design, delivery, and structure of programs in IPED to the department. All recommendations are based on evidence of achievement in relation to program performance benchmarks established by the department in consultation with the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies. The advisory purview of the council will focus on shaping the content and delivery of the Educator Preparation and Professional Development initiatives and the design of resources relevant to the transformation of curriculum and sustainability initiatives in higher education. The Advisory Council may be requested to provide feedback on topics such as educational offerings, initiatives, partnerships and other activities related to the success of the program. 

The Advisory Council works collaboratively with the faculty and staff of UW-Parkside’s Institute of Professional Educator Development to recommend performance expectations for all aspects of IPED, including advanced professional development and teacher education. Evidence for achieving these expectations is collected and collated through the institute assessment system, and reported regularly to the Advisor Council. Members of the council will review and analyze evidence, and work with IPED to make recommendations for programmatic change and development. Decisions of the Advisory Council will be made during scheduled meetings, in accordance with the laws of the State of Wisconsin and the policies of the University of Wisconsin System and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 

The Mission of the Institute of Professional Educator Development is to respond to the changing demands of our profession, of our learners, and of our region, by providing innovative, career-long educator development. In the Educator Preparation Program, we believe, that through collaboration with community partners, we prepare knowledgeable, responsive educators who commit to the education of all learners in a diverse and dynamic world. 
In Advanced Professional Development, we believe in drawing on current research and collaborative partnerships to support educators’ personal and professional growth and to promote effective teaching and learning within the PK-12 classroom. 

The work of the Advisory Council reflects the shared values first recognized and affirmed by the 21st Century Coordinating Council as essential to our work.

A Value for Learning.  Learning is developmental; it occurs over the life of the individual.  A regional system of educator development must develop educators who are able to design learning that meets important goals for individuals as well as for the region.  Educators themselves must engage in a continuous process of professional learning and development over the course of their practice.

A Value for Quality.  Educator development must lead to quality learning outcomes for learners. These quality learning outcomes, in turn, must lead to an impact on the ability of the region to become more cohesive as a community and to work collaboratively towards the development of a 21st Century networked economy.

A Value for Responsiveness.  Educator development must be responsive to rapidly changing regional needs.  This includes response to changing demographics, changing knowledge and skill development needs, changing life paths, and changing economies. 

A Value for Partnership and Collaboration.  Educator development is the responsibility of multiple institutions and groups within the community.  To be responsive, UW-Parkside’s pathways for educator development must be based on shared values and principles relating to learning and the development of educators, designed in collaboration with our community, and involve strong formal and informal partnerships.

A Value for Evidence-Based Accountability.  We are accountable to the children, families, and communities we serve.  The regional system of educator development is accountable for gathering data on the impact of educator development on achieving desired learning outcomes and using the data to inform decisions about policies and practices that bring us closer to achieving the desired impacts on the region’s quality of life and economic development. We are accountable for demonstrating our effectiveness – to our communities, to the state, and to the national organizations that review and accredit our work.

The work of the Advisory Council is guided by the following principles:

  • Our work will be scholarly, based on the best that is known through research and practice about the core competencies of 21st century educators.
  • Our work will be strongly collaborative, involving UW-Parkside faculty and staff working with every agency and constituency that is personally and professionally responsible for learning in the community.
  • Our work will be continuously responsive to the needs of the region, with an initial focus on PK-12 learning to support lifelong development.
  • Our decisions will be driven by data, facilitated by the best learning and data management technologies.
  • Our work will result in a new system of lifelong educator development.  It will involve working with individuals from the moment that they say “I want to be an educator” and continue through all phases of their development and practice as education professionals.

The Advisory Council is comprised of IPED faculty and professional staff, the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies, a faculty representative from each of the colleges within UW-Parkside, a member of the IPED Executive Committee, professional staff in key offices on campus, community members with a stake in educator preparation, higher education representation outside of UW-Parkside, business community members, K-12 education leaders to include Superintendents, Curriculum and Instruction, human capital, principals, current teachers, and a current UW-Parkside student.  

Membership will represent the communities that UW-Parkside serves including Kenosha, Racine, Walworth, and Milwaukee Counties.

All members of the Advisory Council are committed to working collaboratively with members of the regional community to design a career-long system of educator preparation and development. They are leaders within their own departments and professional organizations, able to motivate and work with others to make necessary changes happen.  They are also willing to suspend and challenge their own assumptions and learn from the work of others who are also engaged in the transformation of education for the Innovation Age. As a whole, affiliates of IPED represent the diversity of people of UW-Parkside, all of whom are stakeholders in this endeavor.

It is expected as IPED continues to grow their will be a need to create sub-committees from the larger Advisory Council. Sub-committees may allow membership from subject experts from outside of the Advisory Council to facilitate the scope of work within the committee. 

The Advisory Council will meet twice a year. Members will be expected to attend each meeting and contribute the necessary time to address the continued development and strategic positioning of educator preparation and professional development programs and initiatives.  

Sub-committees may meet outside of the regularly scheduled Advisory Council meetings.  

Members of the Advisory Council and/or Sub-committee receive no remuneration for their services. 

The Advisory Council will meet once each academic semester, on the third Thursday in October and third Thursday in April. Meetings will be held from 4:00pm-6:00pm at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 

The meeting agenda and materials will be provided to the council membership two weeks prior to the meeting for review. 

  • University overview 
  • IPED overview will be sent 2 weeks prior to the regularly scheduled meetings
  • Roundtable discussions 

Term limits for Advisory Council members are up to three years (normally terms will be for 3 years; however, initially some terms will be one or two years to create the staggering of terms) and members may be reappointed for a second term (not to exceed 6 years). The Leadership Team in coordination with the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies reserves the right to remove an Advisory Council member from the position without cause. The ending date of the term will be established in the appointment letter. 

Peggy James |  Dean of CSSPS

Mary Henderson |  PA 

Sandra Moats |  Chair 

Greg Cramer |  Assistant Professor 

Maria Franshaw |  Assistant Professor

Shannon Prince |  Assistant Professor

Sarah Wilkinson | Assistant Professor

Melissa Andreoli | Clinical Coordinator

Dana Ryan | Director Advanced Professional Development Certification Officer, DPI Liaison

Courtney Lopas | Assistant Professor

Pa Houa Yang | Teacher Education Advisor 

Denise Olstinske |  Director of PACC Programs

Dana Oswald |  Executive Member

Donna Hewitt | Assistant Professor 

Mary Olson | Former Coordinating Council

Patricia Hoffman | Former Coordinating Council

Marybeth Zuhlke | Racine Peace and Justice Coalition

Lynn Debilzen | Building Our Future

Jessica Sigman (Glowicki) | Current student

Julie Housaman | Kenosha Area School District, Curriculum and Instruction

Terry Simmons | Dean of School of Protective and Human Services, Gateway Technical College

Soren Gajewski | RUSD Chief Academic Officer

Juan Torres | KUSD, Coordinator of Student and Family Engagement

Kathy Kindsvater | KUSD Teacher 8th Grade Mahone Middle School

Andrew Baumgart |  KUSD Principal, Bullen Middle School

Jodi Zarling | RUSD Teacher 2nd Grade Teacher Jerstad

Richard Wytonick | RUSD Principal Knapp Elementary School

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