Learner FIRST


Moving the Needle

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School and District leaders have the opportunity and the responsibility to ensure continuous improvement of student learning. Taking action that leads to the desired outcome can be arduous and fraught with challenges. Danica Lewis and Shelly Daun have years of experience leading change in a number of schools and districts, large and small, urban, suburban, and rural. During this series, Danica and Shelly will share the practices that they have found to be effective at truly moving the needle.

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Shelly Daun

Shelly Daun has over 25 years of professional experience in public education. Currently, she is the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Menasha Joint School District located in Wisconsin. She has been an instructional leader and administrator for most of her career in education focusing on systems change and school-wide reform.  She has worked in large suburban and high poverty school districts in Northeast Wisconsin.


Shelly has led school districts in district level and school improvement utilizing a systems approach to school improvement.  All with a curriculum design that focuses on analyzing student data, developing standards and assessments, implementing research-based instructional pedagogy, honoring student equity, leadership development, and creating sustainability action plans.  She has had success with developing and implementing school reform and improvement plans when schools are identified as needs improvement at the state level. Shelly is well versed in standards, assessment, K-12 literacy and mathematics instruction, equitable multi-level systems of support for students, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requirements, and leadership development.

Danica Lewis has 20 years of experience in schools, serving as an elementary teacher and later as a school and district administrator, including school building leadership, early childhood leadership, special education leadership, and curriculum & assessment leadership in urban and suburban schools. Danica led the development and implementation of culturally responsive teaching and learning practices as both a district-level and building-level administrator. Danica facilitates powerful professional learning around literacy, standards-aligned instruction, rigorous teaching, and culturally responsive school structures and classroom practices.


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Session Details

What Story Does Your Data Tell?

Experienced leaders know that change itself isn’t the goal. Rather, the goal is to improve student learning. Thus, ongoing examination and analysis of data must guide and inform our actions. During this session, we will examine ways that data can be used to identify needs and engage in a continuous improvement cycle.

Session 1

Forging Partnerships - Coaches and Leaders

Instructional Coaches are the key to long term sustainability of instructional improvements. In this session, we will examine how coaching can be launched within your existing budget and how leaders and coaches can be partners in the growth of student learning.

Session 3

Redesigning Outcomes for Students in Literacy

Effectively leading literacy instruction does not require that the leader is a “literacy expert,” but does require engagement in learning and a readiness to be visible in the work. During this session, we will share specific tools that can be used to build leader capacity to lead the improvement of literacy instruction.

Session 5

But, We've Always Done it That Way

New standards have just been released and your student data is telling you that you need to make a change in resources but your adoption cycle does not have that content area up for revision for 3 more years, now what?  Let’s talk about the need to move away from a curriculum adoption cycle and toward a needs based adoption cycle.  What does that look like? How do you create buy-in?  How do you manage the process?  Finally, how do you develop a budget based on needs instead of “it’s your turn”?

Session 2

Staying the Course

With turnover in teachers and administration, how do you ensure that the work continues and that instructional practices and implementation of research based best practices are sustained.  In this session, we will talk about sustainability and plans for continued support and professional development, not just the first year of implementing anything new.

Session 4

Redesigning Outcomes for Students in Mathematics

How do you support your teachers in research based best practices in math instruction?  In this session we will talk about what leaders can do to gain instructional pedagogy in math by being present in the work, how to build teacher capacity and be accountable for student achievement in your school or district.

Session 6