Valerie Schmitz

Valerie Schmitz

Learning Design and Technology
Department of Curriculum & Instruction


Dr. Valerie Schmitz is a practicing administrator and coordinator specializing in instructional design and school leadership. She has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher, K-12 administrator, policy consultant, and coordinator. Dr. Schmitz is an alum of HumanNext and the Authentic Leadership Institute – both of these organizations have had a great impact on her professional practice to design and support authentic learning experiences for children and adults. She is co-founder of a non-profit organization called Teach Me Peace and has worked extensively to promote digital wellness through her volunteer experiences with Wired Safety. Dr. Schmitz holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Design and an Ed. D. in Educational Administration.


Ph. D. Instructional Design
Ed. D. Educational Administration
M.Ed. Educational Administration
M.Ed. Technology in Education
B.S. Elementary/Middle Level Education

Select Publications

Mukerhergee, Kahl, Schmitz (March 2015) Design Thinking in Innovative Education. Wisconsin Innovative Schools Conference. Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Schmitz, V., Kahl M. (July, 2014) Educating for the 21st Century. United Nations Mandated University of Peace. San Jose, Costa Rica

Schmitz, V. (November, 2012) Global Perspective in a Blended Learning Environment: Applying the Principles of the United Nations Earth Charter to Inquiry Based Learning, Global Education Summit (International Virtual Conference).

Deklotz, Koper, Mukhergee, Schmitz (October, 2012) Blended Learning Integrating Global Perspective. Presentation to the International Council of Online Learning. New Orleans, Louisiana

Kahl, M. & Schmitz, V. (June, 2012). Guest Lecturers: Innovation and Technology in Education – Themes for 21st Century Education. United Nations Mandated University of Peace. San Jose, Costa Rica


Educator Practice and Data Specialist 2018-Present
CESA 2, Whitewater, Wisconsin

Educator Effectiveness Coordinator/Instructional Designer 2014-2018
CESA 6, Oshkosh, Wisconsin

State of Wisconsin Charter School Program Consultant 2013
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Madison, Wisconsin

High School Founder and Director – KM Global 2010-2013
Charter School for Global Leadership and Innovation
Kettle Moraine School District, Wales, Wisconsin

Program Director – Kettle Moraine Eschool 2010-2013
Kettle Moraine School District, Wales, Wisconsin

Instructional Technology Director – District Level Administrator 2009-2010
Mequon-Thiensville School District, Mequon, Wisconsin

Director of Educational Technology - District Level Administrator 1998-2009
Hortonville Area School District, Hortonville, Wisconsin

Professional Memberships


Courses Taught

EDCI 53100
EDCI 56400
EDCI 56900
EDCI 57200
EDCI 57700