Message from the Board. . .

Welcome to the Midwest Instructional Leadership Council!

We are a group of professionals from Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin that came together in early 2007 with the visionary goal of changing the educational world. We invite you to join us in our quest.

The Midwest Instructional Leadership Council (miLc) is committed to building and sustaining capacity for improving the achievement of ALL children.  We offer services to schools and districts including ongoing professional learning and support to assist schools and districts in their mission of improving results for all children.

We are here to serve and build a bridge between research and practice. It is our goal to serve as a conduit through which professional dialogue and discourse surrounding the issues of teaching, learning, and instruction can occur. We do not profess to have all the answers as context matters, but we can assist your school, district, or organization in finding the questions and focusing on what to think about.

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Organizational Structure . . .

The Midwest Instructional Leadership Council (miLc), Inc. is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our advisory board is made up of educators, teachers, school psychologists, administrators and community personnel whose volunteerism supports decision making, committee work and the vision and mission of the organization.  Read more about the board:

A Brief History of

Midwest Instructional Leadership Council. . .

At times, it pays to reflect upon how an organization starts and how an organization grows.  The Midwest Instructional Leadership Council, at its inception, was a group of committed professionals coming together in an effort to change the world. Such efforts often have inauspicious beginnings. Such is the case of the Midwest Instructional Leadership Council.

In November 2006, several people were attending a professional development conference in Savannah, Georgia. At that professional development conference, a seed of an idea germinated in the mind of one of the conference participants. That idea was shared with colleagues during the conference’s social time and the idea of a practitioner based professional conference was sketched on napkins.

On a frigid Saturday morning in January 2006 a small group of people from Minnesota and Wisconsin met in St. Paul, MN to determine if the conceptual idea germinated in Savannah could bear fruit. This group of people believed in this idea and planning for the Midwest Leadership Summit began in earnest. The planning and commitment of these individuals led to the inaugural Midwest Leadership Summit in September 2007 in Rochester, MN. This practitioner-led Summit was successful beyond our wildest dreams with 750 professionals participating.

The success of the first Summit generated even more enthusiasm among the planning committee and it was quickly decided to plan another Midwest Leadership Summit in September 2008. The second Midwest Leadership Summit was held once again in
Rochester, Minnesota with over 850 professionals in attendance.

Changing the World is Hard Work

Between the first and second Midwest Leadership Summits members of the planning committee began thinking of ways of expanding the scope of our work beyond a one time per year professional development conference. In December 2008 at its monthly meeting, the planning committee was led through a visioning process and, as a result of this process, the Midwest Instructional Leadership Council was born.

About the Midwest Instructional Leadership Council Logo

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The miLc logo reflects our commitment to excellence in evidence-based educational practice.

TTiny Trianglehe triangle is the mathematical symbol for change. It also reflects miLc’s history, grounded in the three RtI Summits. Because of miLc 2,400 educators are better at delivering data-driven instruction, and the triangular logo has become a brand of the Summits.

The double, blue wavy line is the mathematical symbol for “everywhere.” It is incorporated in the miLc logo to remind us of how important it is to meld vision, research, and practice, that each element without the other two is inconsequential.

In the acronym, only the “L” is capitalized, giving emphasis to the importance of leadership in all levels of educational practice.

The reflection of the type in the logo is a nod to the importance of reflection in thoughtful educational practice.

The colors: the orange triangle of change emerges from the blackness of sameness. Green and blue indicate growth and vitality.