The Iowa 1:1 Institute exists to:
  • Help the Midwest’s 1:1 districts learn from each other about innovative teaching, learning, and administrative practices that are occurring in their districts;
  • Build excitement and ‘buzz’ around 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in the Midwest; and
  • Help others who are interested in 1:1 computing learn more about how to get started and be successful.
The institute is open to anyone interested in 1:1 laptop computing initiatives in P-12 schools, whether they currently are working in such a program or just want to learn more.  
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Terese Jurgensen

Howard Winneshiek Community School District
Director of Special Education & Student Services PK-12
Cresco, Iowa 52136
My name is Terese Jurgensen, and the presentation for the 1:1 Conference is a compilation of years of experience in working with challenging students in our communities and school systems who are from various ages, grades, races, classrooms, schools and cultures. These students’ struggles range from violent-disruptive behaviors to learning disabilities, executive functioning deficits, social-communication challenges, mental health issues, and/or a lack of stamina or motivation. As schools across the nation struggle to educate all students at high levels, the question is, do these students’ struggles arise from brain-based/cognitive deficits that lack the cognitive SKILLS to be successful? Or do the struggles arise because they did not have the WILL (Social/Emotional Needs - Matters of the Heart) to be successful? Or could it be both? Kelly Sorenson and I invite you to our presentation that will outline brain-based cognitive information, how our society and culture is affecting our students' brains and our experiences in using 1:1 technology resources purposefully and wisely to support students.