Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) was overjoyed to welcome educators from around the region to the 10th annual Lake Superior Summit on the Teaching of Writing & English as a Second Language on Friday, March 3, 2023. The theme of this year’s event was Lessons from the Land: Teaching, Learning, Writing, Living.

“This year was exciting for us as an English department, as we had the honor of hosting the 10th anniversary of the Summit,” shared one of the event’s organizers and FDLTCC Faculty Member, Maglina Lubovich, PhD, “We were thrilled to share our beautiful campus and connect with fellow English instructors from CSS, UWS, UMD, LSC, as well as those from local high schools.”

The event featured a vibrant keynote by Kat Werchouski & Randy Barker titled “Blending Culture and Science: Medicine Wheel and PERMANENT Model for Well-Being Practices for Self and Community Care.”

Katrina “Kat” Werchouski is a proud member of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, with ties to the Leech Lake and Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe tribes as well as the state of Jalisco, Mexico. She currently serves as an Equity and Inclusion Education and Training Specialist for the Minnesota Department of Human Services in the Office for Equity and Inclusion and as Senior Partner and Senior Consultant for Peak Perspectives LLC.

Randy Barker, M.S.Ed., LPC, is the Director of Student Health and Counseling Services and the Founding Director of the Pruitt Center for Mindfulness and Well-Being at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

The Lake Superior Summit was founded with the goal of building connections between writing teachers in the Northland. The event gives participants the opportunity to create professional development opportunities for one another and provide a space for collaborative conversations which honor the deep level of expertise of all conference attendees. The Summit is hosted by a different college in the region each year.

“The Lake Superior Summit creates a space for area educators in both K-12 and higher education settings to connect, discuss current issues in education, and learn from each other,” shared one of the event’s organizers and FDLTCC Faculty Member, Darci Schummer, “It is a day where people gather in a relaxed environment and leave feeling refreshed and ready to reengage with their work.”

For more information on the 10th Annual Lake Superior Summit, please visit: or contact Darci Schummer at dschummer*AT*


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