January 2014

2012-13 Evaluation Report

The 2012-13 Evaluation Report is now available online. As with previous years, this evaluation report provides data that measures not only the goals of the center but the work of schools within Wisconsin.  

Strategic Plan

In 2012–13, the center entered into the initial phases of creating a strategic plan designed to guide future work and decision making. Having a strategic plan allows the center to focus its time, energy, and resources on achieving common goals, which ultimately results in student success. The center realigned its vision, mission, and values to more fully correspond with the actual work that is being done and to ensure that the center itself follows the tenets that it is teaching to others. Not only were the vision, mission, and values reconstructed, a series of goals were put forth that will give guidance on identifying specific tasks to be undertaken to achieve the center’s aims. Grant activities will be aligned with these strategic goals. Specific attention was paid to integrating RtI for academics and behavior (PBIS) within a culturally responsive multi-level system of support to ensure better outcomes for schools. 

More on our strategic planning process, and our updated vision, mission, and values can be found in the 2012-13 Evaluation Report, starting on page 41. They are also available on the website in the About Us section

New on the Website

The Wisconsin RtI Center and Wisconsin PBIS Network websites have new resources posted. Click on the links below to access the resources.

The events calendar page now features a one-page guide to Wisconsin RtI Center trainings and supports. This abbreviated version of the longer Training and Supports document was designed for easy printing and as a convenient reference.

This fall, the Wisconsin RtI Center asked administrators of Wisconsin public schools what Data Tracking Tools they use in their RtI frameworks for academics and/or behavior. That information is included in this summary.

The recently updated Continuum of Supports page now includes a Classroom Strategies and Practices Bank.

Classroom Management for Academic Engagement online module has been updated with culturally responsive practices material to reflect the center’s commitment to engaging all students with culturally responsive teaching.

2014 Wisconsin PBIS Network Film Festival

The Wisconsin PBIS Network will be hosting the second annual film festival at the Wisconsin PBIS Network 2014 Leadership Conference.

Do you have video cool tools that teach social, behavioral, or academic expectations? The Wisconsin PBIS Network is looking for elementary, middle, and high school videos that can be used to teach students how to display suitable academic and social behaviors. Video cool tools must be linked to your school-wide and classroom expectations and focus on behaviors critical to school success. Selected videos will be shown at the Wisconsin PBIS Network 2014 Leadership Conference, held August 19-20 in Wisconsin Dells. Winners will be determined via live voting by audience. Examples can be found at www.pbisvideos.com, and past winners can be seen here. More information will be forthcoming on how to submit your videos. The deadline for submission will be May 1, 2014.

Recognized Schools: Application Coming Soon 

Applications for 2013-14 Recognized Schools will be accepted between March 3 and May 2. Watch for more information on how to apply in the next couple of months.

Introduction of New Staff 

Kate Higley 
Program Assistant 
Kate has 10 years of experience in training and logistics management. Her most recent position was logistics manager for a large seminar company.

Upcoming Events 

Professional learning of educators operating within a multi-level system of support is critical to the system’s success. The Wisconsin RtI Center has partnered with agencies and professional organizations across the state, such as Wisconsin CESAs, to offer workshops and training to assist educators in implementing academic and behavioral processes. 

Space is available at several trainings this winter and spring. More information is available on the Wisconsin RtI Center website’s events calendar.

  • Reviewing K-12 Universal Mathematics Instruction, February 10, 11, 26 in Pewaukee
  • Reviewing K-5 Universal Reading Instruction, February 12, 13, 24 in Wisconsin Dells 
  • Screening & Progress Monitoring, February 24, 25 in Eau Claire
  • Universal Design for Learning, April 9 in Green Bay.

Two trainings focusing on the School-wide Information System (SWIS) are being offered in February. Information and registration links for those can be found on the Wisconsin PBIS Network website’s events calendar.

  • SWIS Facilitator Training, February 25, 26, 27 in Wisconsin Dells 
  • ISIS-SWIS Facilitator Training, February 28 in Wisconsin Dells

 

Success Stories 

Crandon School District

With district’s administration support, Crandon School District’s behavior and academic teams have combined their efforts for the benefit of all students. According to Kellie Wagoner, a district RtI coach, combining their systems was an easy sell for staff as they were looking at essentially the same data; however, combining the teams was harder than anticipated due to separate academic and behavior RtI trainings and understanding of each system. Through collaboration, separate teams have combined to form RtI teams that examine implementation data in addition to academic and behavioral student data. Kellie adds that the teams have reached a point to where they are playing nicely together in the sand box, while last year teams were engaging in parallel play. 

To embark on this journey, Crandon started by coming to a consensus on their language and combining teams so that they can address multiple types of student data. Each building has a list of teams, their members, their functions, along with how often those teams meet. There are teams that analyze data for the RtI system at the district, building, universal, selected/intensive, and individual student level. Each building (elementary and middle/high school) has a data room, where student data is reported on large pocket charts and all students in that building are grouped into minimal, basic, proficient, and advanced levels based on screening data in reading, mathematics, and behavior. Screening data include benchmark assessments, WKCE, PALS, SRI/SMI, grades, attendance, special education status, tier participation, gifted/additional challenge participation, and transfer students.

So far, the results are promising! Their acknowledgement system has expanded to recognize attendance and students who read or are read to nightly. In just over two years, their screening results indicated the number of students who were proficient or advanced in reading at the elementary school has increased from 129 to 189. As a district, Crandon is focusing on several items including use of Flex time and progress monitoring tools at the middle and high school level as well as strengthening their instruction and interventions in the area of mathematics.