Institute Overview

March 14 – 16, 2018

Daniel Webster Secondary School

6850 N. 53rd Street, Milwaukee, WI


What is systems thinking? How can it be applied to produce positive results in work, life, community and beyond? How can the Habits and tools of systems thinking be used to overcome challenges, both big and small, encountered in classrooms, schools, districts, businesses, community organizations and more?

If these are questions you have asked yourself, the Systems Thinking Institute is for you!

Come together with like-minded individuals representing diverse occupations and industries to learn and collaborate, with the goal of improving your knowledge of systems thinking in order to deliver benefits.

The theme of the Institute is, “Better Together: Think Big. Think Bold. Think Systems!” This is because some of the best ideas and successful plans for change are created when we collaborate with others and broaden our perspectives.

For more detailed information, visit the Institute Itinerary page.

Who Should Attend?

  • Educators (PK-12, College and University)
  • District and School Administrators
  • Business Leaders
  • Government Leaders
  • Community Members
  • Youth Program Leaders/Facilitators
  • Students (High School and University)
  • Anyone interested in systems thinking and its role in education, community, and business

What’s on the Agenda?

  • Systems Leaders Spotlight Panel and evening networking event
  • A wide range of two-day workshops appealing to different interests and levels of systems thinking experience
  • Field Trip option to see systems thinking at work with students firsthand
  • Keynote speakers, student speakers, showcase of student work, etc.
  • Much, much, more!

Visit the Institute Itinerary page for more information and a list of workshop options.

I gained a great deal from the Institute that I can apply both personally and professionally! I have started to think more in systems and how I can work to organize life and prioritize goals. I appreciated being able to see how students are utilizing the Habits and tools so effectively. I came away with a better understanding of how I can incorporate systems thinking into lessons I demo, professional development I provide, and units of study I write.
The session I attended enabled me to work with my peers to take a problem and create possible solutions. It brought us closer together as a team and helped us gain knowledge of how we can do this as a school district. – Milwaukee 2017 Systems Thinking Institute Participant


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