December 5-6, 2019

Madison-Ridgeland Academy

First Round of 2019 Workshops Announced!

We've started accepting workshop proposals for Innovation in Action - check out the first round below, and check back often for more workshops!

Christmas in England
Gingerbread Play Creates a Sweet Day
The Right Start!
Literacy Through Art
Santa's Workshop
Baking Up Centers
We Will Rock You with Math and Science!
A Spoonful of Knowledge
Problem Solvers for Life
The Theme of Your Dreams
Sizzle, Fizzle, & Pop: Student Experiments that will Blow Your Mind!
Now You See It! Teaching Abstract Concepts Through Visual Medium
Avenging the Gap for Creative Collaboration

Read with Your Eyes: Using Visual Media to Teach Inference and Analysis
Lights! Camera! Action!
Acadians of Louisiana: Life on the Bayou
Arctic Adventure
Literacy Through Art
Go Green...Screen!
Filling Your Teacher Toolbox
Implementing Design Thinking and Problem-Based Learning in the Science or STEM Classroom
Connecting Christianity, Culture, and the Classroom
Fur, Feathers, and Fins
Building Write Foundations
Let's Play in an Engaging Way

Reeling in the Blues: Collaborating with the Arts across Curriculums
Don’t use the GPS! Create a Roadmap to Navigate your School’s Instructional Goals
Hip Hip Hooray!! Celebrate your kids today!!
Let's Get Moving!
Teaching STEAM Through Thematic Units
We've Got the Write Stuff
Lecture Less, Learn More: Teaching Historical Thinking through Primary Sources
Building a School Culture of Mindfulness
The Amazing Race: Mixing It up across Curriculums
Leveraging Relationship-Building to Create Better Students and Classrooms
Meditation Motivation

There's Still Time to Propose YOUR Workshop!

Workshop proposals are due 9/30 - submit yours today!

Questions about workshops, registration, or the conference? Contact Lausanne Learning Director Amber Colvin at acolvin@lausannelearing.com or 901-860-1946 (call or text)!

Why Should You Come to Innovation in Action?

"I thought it was amazing! The conferences, the school, the people and students. It was welcoming, fun and it was one of the best conferences I have ever taken part in."

"Fishbowl is an amazing concept. Actually seeing teachers and students in action... All the difference in the world."

"Every session I attended was super! I only wish I could have attended every session you offered. We had a share time after we returned to school, and we will continue sharing with our colleagues. It was the best conference I have ever attended!"

"The keynote was the best I’ve ever heard in 37 years!"

"I was very impressed and would continue to seek Lausanne Learning conferences. As a small independent school seeking good PD for our teachers without much travel, this is a great solution. I hope that Lausanne Learning MS events continue."

"In my opinion, the opportunity to have a conference of this quality was unprecedented in the MAIS. I am grateful to MRA for their leadership role in making this happen."

"I am new to Lausanne Learning. I was a teacher for 30 years in the public school system, and, though I have been to numerous continuing education sessions and learning conferences, this was the best I've attended so far. I liked the variety of sessions - it was easy to identify some that could be helpful to me in my classroom. Also, it seemed to be very well organized."

"I loved this experience. It made me want to go into classrooms within my own school. I want to see how other teachers teach and strategies they use."

"I just want to say Thank You for such a wonderful array of topics - and all so well done!"

"Each session I attended was wonderful. I brought many ideas back with me. Thank you - best conference ever!"

"Finally, inservice that I can and will use in my discipline!"

"Amazingly well-organized & immensely helpful!"

"Being able to interact with other teachers in a relaxed setting made it easy to ask questions and share ideas. I feel like I came away with so many wonderful ideas to use with my students! It was fun and exciting."

"Having a Lausanne Learning conference in MS, makes traveling costs for small school much more affordable. I like the partnership between Lausanne Learning and MRA being in central MS. As a small independent school wanting good PD for teachers Lausanne Learning is a great means."

"I have been teaching for fifteen years and been to many, many conferences and this has to be one of the best I've ever been to."

"Can't wait for 2019!"

Lausanne Learning: Mississippi Keynote Speaker - George Couros

George Couros is a leading educator in the area of innovative leadership, teaching, and learning. He has worked with all levels of school, from K-12 as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator, and is the author of the book, The Innovator’s Mindset; Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity. He is a sought after speaker on the topic of innovative student learning and engagement and has worked with schools and organizations around the globe.

George is a leader in the area of innovation, yet his focus is always on the development of leadership and people and what is best for learners. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modeled in his writing and speaking. You can connect with George on his blog, The Principal of Change or through Twitter at @gcouros.

Special Guests

Ashley Read

Assistant Director of Technology and Modern Learning

The Oakridge School

Ashley Read has been in education at The Oakridge School in Arlington, Texas, for the past eleven years having served as a 4th Grade Teacher, a Learn21 Specialist, and currently serving as the Assistant Director of Technology and Modern Learning. Ashley is passionate about adding innovation, creativity, critical thinking and joy to all levels of learning. In her role as the Assistant Director of Technology and Modern Learning, Ashley partners with educators who teach students in grades preschool through twelfth grade in hopes to share best practices via professional developments. She has presented at numerous conferences nationwide on topics ranging from innovation to teaching students math and everything in between.

Melissa Triebwasser

Integrated Media Coordinator/Yearbook Advisor

The Oakridge School

Melissa Triebwasser took a circuitous route to the classroom, spending time in college athletics, sales, and more, before landing as the Integrated Media Coordinator and Yearbook Sponsor at The Oakridge School in Arlington, TX. Melissa's students created a marketing and PR firm, Pioneer Media Group, which works with businesses across the DFW in marketing, design, videography, social media, and more to help everything from start-ups to worldwide companies grown their clientele. She has a passion for helping students find their strengths through creative outlets, while also putting emphasis on public speaking, presentation skills, and interpersonal communication. Melissa has presented at multiple conferences nationwide on topics including innovation in the classroom and student-centered learning, as well as one of her other passions - coaching basketball. A graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Melissa enjoys photographing sporting events at her alma mater and covering the Horned Frogs as a reporter for SB Nation in her free time.


Lausanne Learning: Mississippi - Innovation in Action is a two-day professional development conference designed for teachers to share their practical classroom skills with other teachers in Mississippi and beyond. Featuring fishbowl classrooms, active learning sessions, and collaborative events, THIS is the new generation of authentic, effective teacher training. All workshops are led by educators who actively use these tools and strategies in the classroom and who will share their resources and ideas with you in a collaborative learning environment!


Subject to change - download the Lausanne Learning app for the most up-to-date schedule!

Thursday, December 5:

8:00 - Registration & Breakfast

12:00 - Lunch

4:00 - Closing

Friday, December 6:

8:00 - Breakfast

12:00 - Lunch

4:00 - Closing


Hotel details:

Hilton Garden Inn Jackson/Madison



Courtyard Jackson Madison



Lausanne Learning: Mississippi - Innovation in Action will take place at Madison-Ridgeland Academy - see map below!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost for registration?

Cost for registration is $385 per teacher, and the group rate for 5 or more teachers is $310 per teacher. For groups of 15 or more, contact us to discuss further discounts!

Can I pay for registration with a PO or check?

Absolutely! When registering, select "check." If you need an invoice, email us to request one!

Can I receive continuing ed credit for attending a Lausanne Learning conference?

Yes! We don't offer accreditation, but we do provide a certificate for CEUs that you can take to your accrediting agency. We'll be happy to help with any additional documentation needed as well!


What if I have special dietary or accessibility needs?

We can absolutely accommodate most dietary and accessibility needs. Contact us with any needs or questions!

Who should I contact with questions?

Contact Lausanne Learning Director Amber Colvin any time at acolvin@lausannelearning.com or 901-860-1946!


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