April 2017 Newsletter



Even though many of us have seen a little snow on the tails of our returning robins, spring is in the air!

The end of the school year gives us a chance to celebrate!

This edition of the e-Newsletter features an overview of the new Recognized Schools Program, an article on the Week of the Young Child, and a self-care resource for meeting end-of-year challenges–without running out of steam!




Answering Your Questions About Our Recognized Schools Program

The Wisconsin RtI Center’s new Recognized Schools Program celebrates schools’ progress in expanding, refining, and sustaining implementation of a culturally responsive multi-level system of support for improved student outcomes.

Schools are recognized at the bronze, silver, gold, or platinum level for offering increasing levels of support in the content areas of reading, mathematics, and behavior. Find answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the new program below: 

How does our school apply for recognition?
For bronze and silver levels of recognition, you don’t need to do anything to apply! To make it easier for schools to be recognized, the center tracks training and assessment to determine which schools qualify for these levels. Based on our assessment and training records, invitations have been sent to schools that are eligible to apply for gold and platinum levels. Schools are working on their applications now.

When do assessments have to be done?
Current year assessments must be completed between May 1, 2016, and April 30, 2017. The prior year is May 1, 2015, to April 30, 2016. You can see the dates and results of your school’s self-assessments by visiting PBISApps (behavior) and Wisconsin RtI Center (reading and mathematics). A login is required to obtain the information. If your school needs assistance with your login, please contact your regional technical assistance coordinator for behavior or reading/mathematics.

How will our school know what recognition level we have received?
In early June, ALL schools that have been awarded at any of the levels will be notified. The center will announce the news on our websites, Facebook, Twitter, and by letters sent to schools.

Looking for more information? Visit our FAQ page!



Celebrate the Week of the Young Child: April 24-28

The Week of the Young Child (WOTYC) is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the world's largest early education association. The purpose of the WOTYC is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families. Click here to find out how your school and community can celebrate.

Starting with the 2016-17 school year, four additional public school districts began offering 4-year-old kindergarten (4K). That means 97.6% of Wisconsin communities provide universal early childhood education! You can read more about early childhood learning, services, and programs at Collaborating Partners, a joint initiative between DPI, the Department of Children and Families, and the Department of Health Services.

Early childhood education is also important within the context of a culturally responsive multi-level system of support. The Wisconsin RtI Center offers several resources specific to this crucial stage of education on our Early Childhood webpage. In addition, the center has developed an Early Childhood Companion to the School-wide Implementation Review (SIR) so early childhood educators can organize their initiatives into this helpful framework.



Manage End-of-Year Stress With Self-Care

The end of the school year is fast approaching. With all the things to be done before summer, it is easy to feel overwhelmed by stress. A recent article on the DPI website introduces educator self-care planning techniques–and an online module–that can help reduce the effects of stress. Follow this link to learn more.