Carlson Event

2019 WPSF Carlson Event

The annual Carlson Event is an opportunity for community members to see Foundation grants in action and learn about the work of the Foundation. This year’s event was held on Thursday, January 17th 2019 at the Winnetka Community House.

Student operates WPSF-provided drone he coded.

Student operates WPSF-provided drone he coded.

The Carlson Event showcased grants in action with multiple demonstrations that highlighted some of the opportunities that Foundation grants have provided.  The Foundation began in 1995 and has awarded over $4.6 million dollars in grants over the past 23 years. The grants highlighted included drones that are individually coded by students, a virtual reality paint brush which immerses students in 3D art, innovative furniture that optimizes learning and the social and emotional aspects of the classroom, newly integrated software which individualizes physical fitness and sport skills for KW students, and some of the Turkish tile mosaics made by our students with the help of one of the artists in residence.

Students test out WPSF-provided innovative furniture for classrooms.

Students test out WPSF-provided innovative furniture for classrooms.

Megan Panje-Wilson, Trung Le, Kim Ronan & Trish Kocanda

Megan Panje-Wilson, Trung Le, Kim Ronan & Trish Kocanda

The Foundation was thrilled to host Trung Le, a world renowned educational architect, who spoke to the importance of learning space design as the "third teacher". Before and after the presentation, attendees enjoyed conversation, a glass of wine, and delicious hors-d’oeuvres while experiencing some of this year’s Foundation grants and interacting with current students, teachers & district administrators. A great time was had by all!

To find out more about Trung Le, click on the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEb2nZWvtGE

2018 WPSF CARLSON EVENT

On February 1, 2018, District 36 parents, faculty, and administrators gathered at the home of Rose Selker and Carter Ruehrdanz for the annual WPSF Carlson Event, an evening open house held to educate parents and the community about WPSF's history, mission, and current grants. The event began with a welcome by WPSF Co-Chairs, Sarah Graham and Courtney Mathy, during which they shared an overview of the Foundation and it's work to raise funds that enable Winnetka's public schools to go above and beyond what is possible with tax dollars alone. The Foundation began in 1995 and has awarded over $4.6 million dollars in grants over the past 23 years.

District 36 Administrators L-R: Assistant Superintendent Daniel Ryan, Superintendent Trish Kocanda, Skokie Principal Kelly Tess and Chief Financial Officer Brad Goldstein

District 36 Administrators L-R: Assistant Superintendent Daniel Ryan, Superintendent Trish Kocanda, Skokie Principal Kelly Tess and Chief Financial Officer Brad Goldstein

Skokie student, Caden Greco, captured attendees attention with his enthusiasm and passion for video production with the padcaster.

Skokie student, Caden Greco, captured attendees attention with his enthusiasm and passion for video production with the padcaster.

The featured presenters of the event included Kelly Tess, Principal of The Skokie School, and Tim Selgrat, Carleton Washburne’s CoLab Facilitator.  Mrs. Tess shared a glimpse into Skokie’s dynamic maker spaces and highlighted the impact of the padcaster iPad video equipment. This WPSF funded tool enables students to produce and edit their own movies.

Additionally, Mr. Selgrat and his student programmers performed a demonstration of the NAO Robot, another successful WPSF grant which helps teach students coding and robotics. The NAO Robot, a 2017 WPSF grant, serves as a STEAM ambassador across the district as well as at conferences beyond Winnetka.

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Sarah Alshouse, Megan Panje-Wilson & Allison Wiese, along with WPSF Co-Chairs Sarah Graham & Courtney Mathey

Sarah Alshouse, Megan Panje-Wilson & Allison Wiese, along with WPSF Co-Chairs Sarah Graham & Courtney Mathey

The Carlson Event was a great success, providing an opportunity for parents and the community to better understand the work of the Foundation does and it’s impact on innovation in District 36. Many thanks to all who attended and to the Carlson Committee (Sarah Alshouse, Megan Panje-Wilson, and Allison Wiese) for all of their hard work to make the evening a success.