Lunch & Lead Conversations

Join us for Lunch & Lead Conversations - a series of monthly virtual conversations with literacy leaders from around the country and Wisconsin. If you are interested in learning more about analyzing your district’s systems, structures, and use of evidenced based practices, this series is for you!

According to the National Association of Educational Progress, Wisconsin’s students are 34% BELOW basic in their reading skills. This means that one in three students will have sub-literacy skills with weak fluency and word recognition. Our mission is to connect you with leadership experts that have demonstrated systems changes in their schools or districts, to begin productive conversations about literacy in Wisconsin.

Lunch & Lead conversations are hosted on Zoom the 4th Friday of each month from 1:00-1:45 PM CST. Attendees must register in advance. Click here to register today! Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining. Recordings will be sent to registrants via email following each meeting. Attend and view as you are able.

*Additional information about Lunch & Lead Conversation guests will be added in the future.

Lunch & Lead Conversations
Spring 2022 Schedule

Jan. 28, 2022 - Donna Hetmanek & Nancy Dressel, President and President-Elect of LTFW | LTFW Board of Directors


Feb. 25, 2022 - Brent Conway, Assistant Superintendent of Pentucket Schools, MA | Pentucket Regional School District |Podcast : District Literacy Improvement for Administrators


*Special Session - March 4, 2022 - Robert Mitchell, former Superintendent of the Cumberland School District, RI | Video: What is Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD?


March 25, 2022 - Dawn Brookhart, Associate Director for AIM Institute for Learning and Research

AIM Leadership & Staff


April 22, 2022 - Brenda Warren, Former School Board President of Green Bay Schools, WI | Green Bay Area Public School District


May 27, 2022 - Angie Hanlin, Superintendent, School District of Thorp, WI | School District of Thorp | Podcast: Interview w/ Sam Duncan and Angie Hanlin | Podcast: Turning It Around: New Madrid, MO Administrators Share Their Recipe for Literacy Success


June 24, 2022 - To be announced soon!

In the inaugural Lunch & Lead, Donna & Nancy:

  • Introduce LTFW

  • 2022 State Education Convention Highlights - including Professional Development Raffle Winners

  • Upcoming Lunch & Lead Conversations

  • Opportunities to Keep the Conversations Going

  • Ways to Extend your Literacy Leadership Learning

Brent describes literacy leadership with a model he developed - The Simple View of Implementing a Tiered System for Teaching Literacy. Don't miss the driving beliefs, results, and how they work to overcome what Brent describes as the balanced literacy hangover.

Learn about SSRD and a $11.3 Million Federal Grant (includes costs and stipends) for WI schools who implement SRSD (1.57 effect size - teachers report implementation reduces burnout).

Keep the Conversation Going

Podcasts for Literacy Leaders