Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference


Building the Heart of Successful Schools

2015 Building the Heart of Successful Schools

December 3 - 4, 2015


Conference brochure available here


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Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells


Opening Keynote Address:
A Racial Equity Lens: Closing the Racial Divide in Education


Joyce James, President and CEO of Joyce James Consulting

Expanding on the Wisconsin Vision of Promoting Excellence for all Children, Joyce James will share her personal journey toward understanding the importance of developing a racial equity lens in well-meaning and well-intentioned systems and leaders. Educators must shape and deepen their understanding regarding the underlying causes of racial inequities that exist for children, youth, and families of color, across multiple systems, and specifically in education.

Joyce James’ goal in every aspect of her work with educators and other systems leaders is to raise their consciousness about racial equities, such that the response is no longer about “fixing broken people” but rather about “turning the mirror inward” and moving towards a critical analysis of ways in which systems contribute, maintain, perpetuate, and sustain the racial divide in education and in all helping systems.

She will highlight principles that must underpin the work of educators at every level, including the willingness to let go of commonly held beliefs, attitudes, and assumptions that contribute to unconscious biases. These biases serve to maintain less than desirable outcomes for African American and other students of color.

Kalahari Special Conference Lodging Rate!
A block of rooms at a special conference rate of $82 is being held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center until Sunday, November 1, 2015. To reserve a room under this block call 1-877-253-5466 and mention the “DPI Building the Heart of Successful Schools Room Block.”

Conference Scholarship Applications
Scholarship applications for the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference, December 3 and 4, are due to DPI by November 9. Applicants will be notified of the final decision on or around November 13.

To view PowerPoint presentations and other handouts from the 2014 Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference, please click the following link:

For questions about this information, contact Elizabeth Pease (608) 267-9240