Southern Lakes Advanced Learners NETWORK​(formerly the Whitewater Talented and Gifted Network)


This leadership conference provides activities to develop leadership talents and strengths for middle school students.  Ardan James combines magic-type illusion with mime movement and uses contemporary music, ventriloquism, and audience participation to thoroughly entertain the children while they learn.  Ardan has a degree in the medial arts and education.  He has been studying the art of mime and performing since his teen years.  Performance includes professionally mixed soundtrack, audience participation, comedy, magic illusions, and ventriloquism.The conference is held in the Young Auditorium at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater on Thursday, October 15, from 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The cost is $80 per school.  Schools may bring a team of four students.  Please contact program coordinator Karen Reddin if you have any questions.

Middle School Leadership Brochure and Sign-Up Form

The High School Leadership Conference is a one day event for a team of high school students who will participate in a variety of workshops and large group activities to develop leadership skills.  A team usually consists of six students from one high school, but a member may ask to bring a larger team and adjust the fee accordingly.  Each district is asked to bring a differentgroup of students as the workshops may repeat each year.  Content focuses on topics concerning leadership such as ethics, cooperation, and teamwork.  Students will interact with students from other high schools and sometimes develop a project to develop further once they return to school. The fee includes all supplies for the day and lunch for the six students and one chaperone.  The conference will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the University Center at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  A parking sticker will be mailed to participants who indicate they would like one to park in the lot.  Districts who have not registered by paying the fee are contacted prior to the conference.  There is no snow day for this event.  If you need help selecting students to attend, please see the "Student Application" below. Contact program coordinator Amy Phelps with questions.

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