Summer Learning Series 2019

August 13, 2019

Summer Learning Series 2019

200 Burnsville Parkway, Burnsville, MN 55337

This summer on August 13, EdVisions will be offering three high quality all-day workshops on school culture, project-based learning, and expeditionary learning. Learn from our skilled coaches who are education experts and actual teachers from high performing innovative schools. The workshops will be results oriented and will strengthen your skills and give you applicable tools to apply in your schools this fall.

All sessions occur on the same day so participants must register for only one session topic.

CEU certificates available at the close of the workshop.

Workshop fee covers all materials, coffee, breakfast, and lunch.

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1. Improving a Toxic Culture

with EdVisions’ Dr. Steven Rippe, Dr. Mark Larson, and Dr. Julie Beddow-Schubert

This workshop explores the importance of school culture.  Participants will learn about the difference between culture and climate as they create initiatives to identify and create their ideal school culture. Tools and research-based strategies will be shared and practiced to better understand and address conflict and elevate all in the organization.


  • Dr. Steven J. Rippe has over 20 years of experience working with educators and school leaders designing and implementing innovative schools and programs throughout the United States. A successful teacher, principal and University administrator, Steven has worked with passionate educators to create nationally recognized schools and works with struggling schools to reinvent themselves into high performing, dynamic learning organizations.
  • Mark Larson, PhD has spent his professional career in education as an English teacher, principal, executive director of teaching and leaning, and most recently as a superintendent. His PhD dissertation was about the social and emotional impact on students whose school districts combined or consolidated.
  • Dr. Julie Beddow-Schubert has served as an Elementary and Secondary Teacher, Technology Integrationist, Principal, Director of Instructional Technology, Director of Teaching and Learning and Professor in rural, suburban and urban environments. Throughout her career she has supported teams of educators in data analysis, curriculum design and instructional practice aimed at meeting individual student needs.

2. Student Driven PBL & Service Learning

with Julene Oxton (EdVisions), Paul Jaeger (MNCS), and Gretchen Sage-Martinson (Avalon)

Project-based learning (PBL) is fast becoming the gold standard of learner-centered education because it is relevant to real world learning, meets the standards in a dynamic way and students love it! Learn how to involve students as designers in the creation of meaningful projects including those that matter to your community.


  • Before joining EdVisions, Julene Oxton was the Innovation Coordinator for the Lakeville Area Public Schools in MN where she worked with teachers to transform educational systems. Julene serves as an ambassador for Teacher Powered Schools, works closely with Education Evolving staff and is a member of the MN Community of Practice with the Bush Foundation.
  • Paul Jaeger has been an advisor at New Country School the last six years. He believes in creating space for students to write their own script and seeks to construct lasting experiences with and for students. Along with his work as an advisor, he serves on the MNCS School Board and Ney Nature Center Board.
  • Before joining the founding team at Avalon School, Gretchen Sage-Martinson worked as an English teacher in the Caribbean through the Peace Corps, and then in the Anoka-Hennepin school district.  Once completing her master’s degree in Experiential Learning, she knew that she wanted to move to a student-centered/teacher-led school so made the transition to Avalon.  She’s been there for 18 years, serving in many different roles from board member to enrollment and testing coordinators, but leading her high school advisory is what keeps her there.

3. Environmental PBL (Expeditionary Learning)

with Peter Wieczorek (NWPHS)

Take PBL outside! Your local community, region, and beyond can provide your students with exciting opportunities and build critical skills in collaboration, critical thinking, data collection and more! Your students will learn to tackle environmental challenges and engage with experts to make their world a better place.


  • Peter Wieczorek is entering his 16th year with Northwest Passage High. During that time he has served as Biology Teacher, Advisor, Expedition Coordinator and School Board Chair, before taking his current position as school Director in 2012.  Peter has an extensive background in experiential education and project based learning. Through his work at NWPHS he has led students on overnight expeditions to the BWCA, Canyon Lands, Yellowstone NP, Washington D.C., Alaska, Costa Rica, and China.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? There is plenty of available free parking at the Diamondhead Education Center. Look for Door 1 for direct access to the workshop rooms and look for signage.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Email with any questions you may have.

What’s the refund policy? Refunds can be made up until 7 days prior to the event.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No ticket needed – we will have registration lists and name badges available onsite.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable? If your plans change and you would like another person from your school to attend, please email us at to change your registration.

Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn’t match the person who attends? Please notify us if you intend to have another person from your school attend the workshop.