Partners in Education Launches New Speaker Series

Rotary’s Partners in Education (PIE) committee kicked off a new year with a  brand new monthly speaker series designed to inform and inspire Rotarians about issues in education. At each PIE committee meeting, held the first Tuesday of the month at 11:00 am, the committee will be hosting a special speaker.


Dave Baum and JoAnn Weishan, chairs of the Partners in Education Committee

“My commitment as a Partners in Education committee co-chair is not only to encourage Rotarians to volunteer in      our partner schools, but also to educate our committee on the issues and ideas that affect our students and education in the city of Milwaukee and beyond,” says JoAnn Weishan, “The speaker series is a way to bring current information to our members on the factors that affect learning and innovative ideas in education."


In January, PIE members heard from Tim Grove, Chief Clinical Officer for SaintA, a national leader in trauma informed care that advances foster care, education and mental health services. Those present raved about Tim’s presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences – read more in the companion article in the February newsletter.


On February 3rd, PIE will host two guests from Cardinal Stritch to continue the discussion on how to become more effective in their work with students at Rotary’s partner schools, Brown Street Academy and Oliver Wendell Holmes. The group will hear from Jennifer Fontanini, Associate Dean in Cardinal Stritch University's School of Education, and Clavon Byrd, assistant professor and head of the undergraduate teacher education program.


PIE welcomes all Rotarians to join them on February 3rd or at any PIE committee meeting going forward. Feel free to “just show up,” or contact PIE chairs Dave Baum and JoAnn Weishan for more information. PIE would also welcome new volunteers in our partner schools at any time during the school year!