Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning

April 17, 2018  |  8:30 am – 3:30 pm  |   $300 for Non-Members

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Our professional development is designed to be rich, customized and challenging in order to best assist educators, thus strengthening the potential of our region.

To create a culture focused on increasing rigor, relevance and relationships, all stakeholders must be engaged and have a clear vision for their unique school’s DNA. This interactive, one-day course will engage leaders in the key elements of organizational leadership needed to create a culture focused on the needs of students. Key elements include creating a culture focused on high expectations, establishing a clear vision, and building leadership capacity through an empowerment model. Effective leadership is about being adaptive, focusing on the process of learning, and monitoring progress toward a clear vision. Focus will be on the Rigor and Relevance Framework.

Equity Problem of Practice:


What is the impact on student engagement and underachievement when the system denies students of color access to rigorous tasks and coursework?

Equity-based Solution:


Creating a Culture for Rigorous Learning for ALL Students with Lissa Pijanowski

Facilitator: Lissa Pijanowski


Lissa Pijanowski supports teachers and leaders in creating compelling learning environments that reflect high expectations, promote student engagement, and produce results. Lissa’s work with schools across the United States integrates her years of school improvement experience and curriculum leadership in standards-based education. A former superintendent, Lissa is currently the founder and chief learning officer of Innovate to Educate, and she also serves as a senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education.

WMEP Professional Learning Center

4825 Olson Memorial Highway, Suite 100
Golden Valley MN 55422

WMEP Member Registration

Participants must have district approval to register for the yearlong leadership series. Please email your district’s Future-Forward Leadership contact below if you’re interested in attending. This individual will verify your eligibility for participation in the 2017-2018 Future-Forward Leadership Series: