May 2017 RtI E-Newsletter

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As the school year draws to a close, we'd like to thank you for partnering with us to implement culturally responsive multi-level systems of support across the state. Your hard work and commitment benefit students, communities, and society as a whole.

In this last newsletter of the school year, you'll learn what research reveals about how to sustain implementation of a culturally responsive multi-level system of support - and examples from Wisconsin schools. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and our second article provides information on how PBIS systems support student mental wellness. Finally, we leave you with information on a few of the professional development opportunities that you'll want to start planning for soon!

Have a great summer!

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NEW! Key Factors for Sustaining Implementation

Driven by the desire to meet the needs of each and every student, Wisconsin schools and districts often attend training to learn how to implement a culturally responsive multi-level system of support. School teams leave training enthusiastically committed to completing their action items. But after taking initial steps, some wonder how to best sustain implementation.

To help answer this question, staff from the Wisconsin RtI Center conducted an extensive review of national research. The result of this analysis identified five key factors that facilitate sustained implementation of a culturally responsive multi-level system of support.

We’re excited to present a new evaluation brief which succinctly describes each key factor and contains practical examples of action taken by real Wisconsin schools and districts. Increase your likelihood of maintaining a strong and thriving multi-level system of support after training. Read the brief here

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Student Mental Health and PBIS

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Much of the media attention surrounding this issue is focused on adult mental health; however, children and teens are also vulnerable. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, 20% of kids between 13 and 18 have a mental health condition. In addition, half of all lifetime cases of mental illness start by age 14. 

In schools implementing PBIS, social-emotional skills are the cornerstone of instruction. If teachers or staff members notice sudden or drastic changes in behavior, mental wellness may be a factor.

In our state, the Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework serves as a guide for educators. In addition, the mental health policies, practices, and procedures featured in the state’s framework embed seamlessly within a PBIS framework. 

Recently, Stephanie Skolasinski from the Wisconsin RtI Center paired up with Elizabeth Cook from DPI to provide a one-hour webinar showing how these initiatives go hand in hand. View the introductory video and learn how to align these crucial initiatives. Watch the video here
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Expand Your Knowledge: 2017-2018 Professional Development Opportunities!

Whether your team is interested in a booster session to refresh your implementation or a full training series to expand your system, the Wisconsin RtI Center has 2017-2018 professional development opportunities available starting in August.

2017 PBIS Leadership Preconference Sessions
Day-long sessions are offered before the 2017 PBIS Leadership Conference. While the conference may be full, teams can still register for these opportunities. Visit the preconference web page for more information. 

Wisconsin RtI Framework: A School-Wide Approach to Implementation
During this two-day training, your school team will learn how to establish or improve your culturally responsive multi-level system of support. Check out this flyer for more information. 

Reviewing Universal Reading Instruction
Learn how to refine your school-wide implementation of strong universal reading instruction. Understand the need for a strong systemic reading foundation built upon organizational trust and common foundational beliefs. More information, including dates and how to register, are found here

Reviewing Universal Mathematics Instruction
Your school teams will learn how to refine your school-wide implementation of strong universal mathematics instruction. Recognize the importance of system-wide practices in instruction, collaboration, and assessment at the universal level. For location information and additional details, click here.

Leadership and Coaching for Systems Change
Learn and practice strategies for leading and coaching both teams and individuals for change in a RtI framework, and supporting the implementation of RtI for academics and behavior. More information can be found here