Transforming Learning


The A+ Education Conference strives to inspire education professionals to transform systems and practice for the success of ALL students by making student assessment relevant and meaningful.

The 2018 A+ Education Conference is focused on Transforming Learning. Learning is at the heart of education. Transforming learning requires students and educators to see themselves as learners and discover new ways to "learn to learn". The 2018 A+ Education Conference seeks to support this effort by offering content, dialogue and resources that will enhance learning across educational settings and functions, and lead to improvements in learning outcomes.

The Conference is an annual opportunity for practitioners, leaders and stakeholders within the state's education community to come together to advance learning and share best practices.


Garth Larson, Ed.D is the part-time Director of Learning for the Winneconne Community School District in Northeast Wisconsin and serves as President of FIRST Educational Resources in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Garth previously sat on the Board of Directors for ASCD Wisconsin, he serves on the K-12 Advisory Council for Education for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and also serves as an adjunct faculty member for educational courses offered through Dominican University of California and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

Garth has previously worked as an elementary principal in two separate Northeast Wisconsin School Districts and started his career in education as a high school speech and English teacher. In 2011, Garth formed Wisconsin Educational Resources (now FIRST) with a focus of improving student achievement across the United States. Since 2011, over 1300 school districts throughout the country have become partnership districts with his company. Garth currently consults to school districts around the country and provides customized professional development around a variety of topics, mainly Professional Learning Communities, Response to Intervention/Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Learning-Centered Assessment and Grading Practices, School Improvement and Culture. Garth is also the author of Collaborative Systems of Support: Learning for ALL with co-authors Tom Hierck and Chris Weber, Target-Based Grading in Collaborative Teams: 13 Steps to Moving Beyond Standards with co-author Tom Hierck, and soon to be released, Grading for Impact: Raising Student Achievement through a Target-Based Assessment and Learning System with co-author Tom Hierck.

Keynote Speaker Garth Larson, Ed.D



2018 Registration Information

2017 A+ Education Conference Pricing

Early Bird (registration open – May 31, 2018)
Regular (June 1 - August 2, 2018)
Onsite (August 9, 2018)


Group discounts for parties of 5 or more that register at the same time will be available through the Early Bird period.


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