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The 2017 Coaches’ Workshop

 was held Friday, September 15, 2017 at

CESA 7, 595 Baeten Road, Green Bay, WI  54304

In addition to networking and allowing new(er) coaches to glean information/insights from veteran coaches, we also enjoyed presentations from four speakers:

Patrick Harel, on life in Africa
Marc von der Ruhr from St. Norbert College with Economics teaching tips
Sam Watson from UW-Green Bay with insights to our African art
Laurie McDiarmid from St. Norbert College regarding our African literature

Three coaches left with GREAT
prize packages of study materials provided by:

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A Coaches’ Workshop is scheduled for a Friday in September each year. 

PrincipalsSolicit a potential coach or staff member who would like to learn more about WIAD and reserve a spot for the workshop. 

Schools are under no obligation to register a team at this time. 

This workshop will provide an excellent overview of the Academic Decathlon program, all a coach needs to know to get started or to improve a program, as presented by experienced coaches. Additionally, information and inspiration for this year’s content (Africa) will be presented by local college/university faculty who are specialists in the noted fields.

New schools and/or schools that have not participated in the program for a minimum of ten years may be eligible for a curriculum supply grant, covering the majority of material costs for the first year. 

Contact the WIAD Office at for a registration form or for more information.

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At the Workshop held on Friday, September 11, 2015

at the CESA 6 Conference Center in Oshkosh

  Sponsored by:  

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Dr. James Frey, from UW-Oshkosh, gave a short presentation covering the following:

1) Hinduism & Caste

2) Hindu-Muslim Issues

3) Colonialism, Poverty, & Post-Colonial Development

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Speaker Dr. James Frey

Panel of Presenters

Randy Ebert, Melrose-Mindoro High School
Chris Kemp, Watertown High School
Don Serkowski, Wilmot Union High School

Three Presenters

In an effort to personalize the workshop and foster small group participation, all sessions were held at one time – for all attendees – as follows:

Session #1 – Review Handbook / Getting Started – Transcript Verification

Session #2 – Recruitment & Retention

Session #3 – Team Building

Session #4 – Practice Schedules & Expectations

Session #5 – Essay & Speech Prep

Session #6 – Fundraising for your Team

Session #7 – Questions & Answers

The General Overview of Written Tests is available to all coaches.

General Overview of the Written Tests

Attendees answered the following question: 

What do you feel was the most important thing you gained from the workshop?

  • I gained a better understanding of the overall process, specifically test scoring and strategies for point accumulation that I was unaware of in my first year.

  • I learned so much from talking and listening to coaches from other schools.

  • Coach presenters giving little tips.

  • Connections made to other coaches — a face to put with names.

  • What subject to spend more time on.

  • Everything!  I knew practically nothing. 

  • I was exposed to the ways other coaches approach the competition, such as building a team and tricks to making it to the regional level.
  • The interaction with the other coaches and their insights into how to study.
  • I gained a better understanding of the overall process, specifically test scoring and strategies for point accumulation that I was unaware of in my first year.

  • The recruiting, categories, class layouts, and preparations for speeches I found to be  the most helpful.  I really liked the panel and their insight to coaching.  I liked the informal discussions and sharing.  It was really nice to just talk as coaches and share stories strategies, and successes.  I am always looking for new ways to engage and recruit students.

  • Information on team bonding and fundraising information.



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Wisconsin Academic Decathlon

 Janelle Bailey,  State Director

  CESA 7 / 595 Baeten Road

  Green Bay, WI   54304

  Phone: (920) 617-5617

  Fax: (920) 492-5965

The Wisconsin Academic Decathlon Program
is an equal opportunity organization.


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