Partners Advancing Values in Education




PAVE's has trained hundreds of school leaders, volunteer board members, school staff, parents and community partners on best practices in overcoming organizational challenges facing schools. 

PAVE's trainings have earned a reputation as a "safe space" to discuss the pressing issues facing schools, concerning resource development, strategic and business planning, data-informed decision making, the role of the board in proving academic oversight, among many other topics. 

The relationships built at PAVE trainings continue to inform the work of the leaders of our network schools. They are free of charge for schools in PAVE networks, and all school board members and leaders are encouraged to attend. 

Non-network schools or other non-profit organizations are invited to attend, for a fee. 

For more information or to suggest a training topic, please contact Joan Feiereisen at 414.263.2970.

Check this page often for updates to our training schedule.

2017 Summer trainings 

Mark your calendars for trainings this Spring, led by PAVE’s team, diving into strategic issues facing school leaders and board members. Below is the list of trainings. Check for more information or to register. 

Boot Camp for Board Members 

Presented by Joan Feiereisen, Dave Steele & PAVE Staff


This comprehensive course reviews the responsibilities of Board membership as well as the interaction between the Board and Head of School.  Areas covered include:

  • The School Context
  • Head of School Selection and Evaluation
  • Board Meetings and Committees
  • Strategic Thinking and Planning
  • Financial Oversight
  • Fundraising 
  • Assessment of Board Effectiveness

This course is open to all current school board members who would benefit from an overview of the critical components of effective governance. It is also a pre-requisite for Board Corps members who are being matched with one of PAVE's Partner Schools for board membership.


Friday June 23, 2017

8:30AM - 4:00PM 


Legal and Emotional Issues Related to Students’ Immigration Status - Panel Discussion

The purpose of this panel is to provide an overview of immigration status-related issues for school leadership and board members.  Because this unique stressor affects children and their families, it is important for school leadership to have a firm grasp on the issue so they can make decisions that support students. 

This session will begin with a presentation by Jacki Black, the Associate Director for Hispanic Initiatives at Marquette University, followed by remarks from each panelist regarding his or her experience and knowledge pertaining to immigration status-related legal issues as well as the stress it can cause.  The panel will then address questions and concerns from attendees. 

Date: August 8, 2017

Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Venue: Alumni Memorial Union, room 227, Marquette University, 1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Coffee and pastries will be provided.

Panel Members:

Jacki Black is the Associate Director for Hispanic Initiatives at Marquette University.  In this role, Jacki cultivates relationships with community and professional organizations to develop recruiting and support networks for Latinx students, as well as partnering with various offices and programs on campus to promote the success of Latinx students and contribute to a more inclusive school climate.  Jacki also has experience working with Milwaukee-area schools to help them address stress related to immigration status in students.

Leslie Davis is a clinical psychologist at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic.  She has extensive experience with immigration-related stress in adults, and her clientele is all uninsured and mostly Spanish speaking Latina/os on the South Side.  In her work, Leslie advocates for quality and accessibilitiy of Mental Health Services for Latinos, and she is a member of the Mental Health Action Team, which focuses on a holistic approach to Latino health.

Ed Fallone is an Associate Professor of Law at Marquette University.  In addition to Immigration Law, Ed specializes in Business Organizations, Comparative Constitutional Law, Constitutional Law, Corporate Law, Securities Regulation, and White Collar Crime.  Ed has also been a leader in the founding and growth of Centro Legal por los Derechos Humanos, the Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Assistance program, and the Latino Community Center.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Voces de la Frontera.

Dulce Torres is the Clinical Education Coordinator at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.  Coming from a Mexican-American family, Dulce aims in her work and volunteer activities to use her experience and education to affect positive change in the community.  She is a founder of the Greater Milwaukee Chapter for Nurses under the National Hispanic Nursing Association, and she volunteers with the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation as a professional panelist.  Dulce is also a member of PAVE’s Board Corps program, she is an alumna of a PAVE Partner School, and currently has children attending Partner Schools.



Trainings are offered at
to the following individuals:



Training Fees for 
NON-Partner Schools & Other Organizations


  • Boot Camp is $150 
  • All other classes are $50 






past trainings 

Below are a sampling of the topics explored at PAVE trainings: 

The Art of the Ask - Identifying, Cultivating and Planning Fund Raising Calls 

Data 101 - The Board's Role in Understanding and Using Academic Data 

Boot Camp for Board Members - Required for Board Corps applicants, this session explores the essential roles and responsibilities of board members.

Succession Planning: The Future is NOW

Strengthening School Culture from the Inside Out 

Testing and Accountability: What Changing Times Mean for Your School 


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