Dr. Jim Rickabaugh currently serves as the Senior Advisor to the Institute. Jim formerly served as our director for six years and before that as a superintendent in several districts. Dr. Rickabaugh is the author of Tapping the Power of Personalized Learning: A Roadmap for School Leaders, focused on helping principals and other educational leaders to engage their staffs in designing and implementing personalized learning ecosystems. Jim is also a co-author of Five Levers To Improve Learning. An engaging speaker, Jim has presented on personalized learning at several national conferences including Visible Learning, ASCD, AESA, and iNACOL, among others.
Christina Sprader serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Personalized Learning. Christina formerly served as an administrator, coach, and teacher for the School District of Waukesha. She has a passion for rethinking education that ensures personalized learning for all learners. In her previous roles, she developed the capacity of those around her to implement this transformational work that supports all learners.
As a coordinator for the Institute, Teresa primarily manages special projects and provides vertical support for the entire team. Currently, she coordinates our "Realizing the Impact of Personalized Learning" project, which is a partnership with the Joyce Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. She also co-facilitates the Youth Advisory Council and Youth Summit. Teresa previously worked in the workforce development field, so she understands the importance of adequately preparing today's learners for tomorrow's careers. With a background in writing and digital storytelling, Teresa is passionate about telling the story of the exciting transformation that is taking place in the region's public schools.
Professional Development Specialist
Diane works with district staff and has expertise in Universal Design for Learning and technology integration. Prior to joining our team, Diane worked for Milwaukee Public Schools in a variety of roles over 34 years. She spent half that time teaching in the classroom before becoming a diagnostic teacher, then a district coordinator for assistive technology, instructional technology and online learning. Diane has presented on a variety of topics at local, state and national conferences.
Professional Development Specialist
As a Professional Development Specialist, Kate works with district staff on designing and implementing personalized learning practices. Kate uses her creativity and enthusiasm to support teachers as they rethink their instructional practices and learning environments to best meet the needs of learners. She spent the last 17 years teaching 4th and 5th grade in the Elmbrook School District, with the last four years team-teaching in a personalized learning environment. Kate has presented at local, state, and national conferences, and has a true passion for keeping the student at the center of learning.
Monica joined the Institute team in Fall 2013. In her role, she coordinates membership logistics and develops service proposals for clients. Monica is also the lead planner for our Annual Convening and coordinates the Field Experience program which enables visitors to see personalized learning in action.
Digital Media Specialist
Laura is responsible for providing brand management and profile recognition for the Institute and manages our social media and other web presence. Laura has experience in graphic design and the production of a variety of print and web-based media. Prior to joining CESA #1 in 2006, Laura spent 17 years in the private sector working for a large automobile financing company in a variety of roles.
Sarah is the most recent addition to the Institute team and provides program support for the team. She organizes the logistics for most of our workshops and events.