Learn More

Stay Informed!

Schedule a presentation:




Find us on Facebook:

Follow us on Twitter:



Thank you for your interest in this year's Next Generation Schools symposium (March 15-16, 2017).  Unfortunately, we did not have the registrations needed in order to run the symposium and will need to cancel this event.

Symposium Banner

2017 Next Generation Schools Symposium

Re-Engaging Learners

March 15-16, 2017

Stayer Center

Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI

Districts throughout the region have joined together to form a network of Next Generation Schools implementers. Here, educators share and collaborate initiatives leading towards the Next Generation Schools framework. By collaborating and sharing on first iterations, districts are able to learn from and with each other as engineers of the future of public education in CESA 6.

Symposium Workshop and Keynote


PreConference Workshop:

Diving Into Inquiry

Trevor MacKenzie

Teacher, Blogger, Author



What do you truly love to do?
That single question put educator Trevor MacKenzie and a struggling student on an unintended and life-changing journey of inquiry, discovery, and meaningful learning. It was a journey that completely reshaped the way MacKenzie leads his classroom.

With the belief that all students deserve a chance to dig into their passions and curiosities, MacKenzie has created a scaffolded approach to personalized learning by identifying the Types of Student Inquiry: Structured, Controlled, Guided, and Free Inquiry. Each type requires students take progressively more control over their own learning. This inquiry-based learning model equips students to become lifelong learners.

Want to make learning more meaningful in your classroom? Looking to better prepare your students for the world of tomorrow? Keen to help learners create authentic connections to the world around them? The pre-conference workshop, Dive Into Inquiry, beautifully helps educators marry the voice and choice of inquiry with the structure and support required to optimise learning for students and get the results educators desire. Through this workshop, you’ll gain an understanding of how to best support your learners as they shift from a traditional learning model into the inquiry classroom where student agency is fostered and celebrated each and every day.

trevor-mackenzieWho is Trevor MacKenzie?

Trevor MacKenzie is an author and award winning English teacher who believes that it is a magical time to be an educator. By increasing student agency over learning, weaving in strong pedagogy, transformative tech use, and sharing learning to a public audience, Trevor’s learners are ready to take on important roles in the 21st century.

Trevor uses technology to enhance his teaching as he experiments with the flipped classroom, self-directed and inquiry-based learning, iPad Ed, and exploring student blogging as a means to reflect on their learning. He strives to make learning public and meaningful and support innovation and connectedness amongst educators.

Trevor is the author of Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice. We will have copies of his book available at the symposium for sale and for a book signing.


Trevor MacKenzie Blog

Don’t miss the book signing with Trevor MacKenzie! We are pleased to present this symposium as an opportunity for educators to gain practical skills to immediately implement in the classroom. The symposium is a great opportunity to learn from your colleagues, and share your experiences, ideas and success stories.


Comments from previous Symposium attendees.....


Overall this was very valuable, and it provided a sense of direction to move my school towards. It is clear that we need to move beyond the traditions of education and transform education into the modern age. This conference was a great opportunity to begin this change.


"The breakout sessions were very well organized. The presenters have a wealth of knowledge in various areas relevant to creating the 21st century classroom. I walked away with many great resources to implement in my classroom and new connections to others with great ideas.


Very informative session. I walked away with a lot of ideas to implement in my classroom.

I really like the idea of this symposium.  We are well into the 21st century and really need to move education forward and this conference takes steps in this direction.


What a great conference to collaborate and interact with educators that push our profession into the future.

My head is swimming with all of the new strategies I want to implement with my class!!!! I am inspired to give my students more voice and choice!! THANK YOU!!!

I found the conference to be extremely helpful and inspirational! I went back to school on Friday and started talking to my students about bringing change into my classroom!  

Download Flyer