September 2012

Meet our new staff members

Andreal Davis, culturally responsive practices coordinator

I have been working to form family-school relationships since I began teaching in 1986, at Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Madison. Before teaching I was co-director, along with my husband Arlington, of the African American Ethnic Academy, an academic and cultural enrichment program that convened on Saturday mornings and during the summer. All three of my sons participated in the Academy. In the past, I have served as a Title I reading instructor, literacy coach, race and equity team leader, and parent involvement coordinator. I served as assistant director of equity and family involvement and recently held the position of director of African American student achievement with the Madison Metropolitan School District. I’m very excited to be joining the Wisconsin RtI Center as culturally responsive practices coordinator.

Lynn Johnson, regional technical assistance coordinator

My educational career has provided me with many rich and diverse teaching opportunities, including experience working in urban and rural school settings. I have been a classroom teacher, Title I reading and mathematics learning strategist, and most recently a reading specialist in the Stoughton Area School District. In Stoughton, our staff provided a multi-level system of support focusing on 21st Century Skills, high quality instruction, balanced assessment, and culturally responsive practices. I have worked collaboratively with staff to support them with making instructional decisions based on data. In addition, I have provided on-going staff development in the areas of literacy, differentiation, balanced assessment, and RtI frameworks. I have had the privilege of serving on statewide RtI committees and participating in a national RtI research study through the University of Texas at Austin. I look forward to supporting your school and district to promote success for all students.

Dana McConnell, students with disabilities coordinator

I come to the Wisconsin RtI Center from the Eau Claire Area School District where I have served a number of roles over the past nine years. These roles have included: school psychologist, SWIS coordinator, PBIS external coach, and department chair. Through my various roles, I was responsible for managing various aspects of the behavioral data system for the district, analyzing and interpreting data, facilitating data-based decision making discussions, data-entry and management of the academic student data system, providing staff development in reference to ensuring the identification process for special education evaluations were followed, consultation regarding best practices in identifying and meeting the needs of students with disabilities in both general education and special education settings, facilitating IEP meetings, and consulting with special education staff around IEP’s and instructional practices. Additionally, I have taught classes at both UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stout and have been a link to post-secondary institutions around collaboration, research, and changing practices. 

Kathy Myles, regional technical assistance coordinator

I bring 25-plus years of experience in education, most recently as director of teaching, learning, and assessment for the Menomonee Falls and Fox Point-Bayside School Districts. My responsibilities included planning, delivering, and monitoring academic programs using a standards-based approach, overseeing district RtI applications, maintaining and improving implementation of federally funded programs, facilitating the strategic planning process, and remaining current in the understanding and delivery of educational best practices such as student learning outcomes, differentiation, and data-driven instruction. I currently serve as a board member to the Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Wisconsin Education Innovations in order to remain an active advocate for best practices in teaching, learning, and leadership. I look forward to supporting your school.

Sara Summ, regional technical assistance coordinator

I have been a district math coordinator, building administrator, and classroom teacher for the School District of Greenfield and Milwaukee Public Schools. Throughout my 13 years in education, I have focused on balanced assessment, RtI, differentiated instruction, and best practices in mathematics education. I look forward to supporting your school with my educational experiences and drive for collaboration to meet the needs of all of our students. 

2011–12 Schools of Merit

After an extensive application process, the center chose three schools to honor in our Schools of Merit program’s inaugural year. For 2011–12, the program focused on elementary schools that were showing positive student outcomes as a result of implementing RtI frameworks for reading. The honorees are:

  • Burdge Elementary, Beloit School District;
  • River Heights Elementary, Menomonie Area School District; and
  • Menomonie Middle School, Menomonie Area School District. 

Click on this link to read more about the Schools of Merit program and our honorees. Congratulations to our first Schools of Merit!

Wisconsin RtI Discussion Board Now Open

The RtI discussion board is now open on our website. It can be accessed from the homepage or by following this link. The Public Discussion Board is open to all educators, administrators, parents, and community members. Please feel free to discuss topics related to RtI in this board. 

Upcoming Events on Calendar

We have many upcoming events on our calendar for this fall and winter. Foundational Overviews are now two-day sessions and are being offered separately for elementary and secondary schools. To complement the foundational overviews, we are also offering School-wide Implementation Review Action Planning days. Additionally, we are also excited to offer regional networking events throughout the school year. Check out our calendar for more information on these events.

Integrating RtI & PBIS into Wisconsin Higher Education’s Personnel Preparation: Reaching All Students

The Wisconsin RtI Center and Wisconsin PBIS Network have scheduled three regional networking events for the Institutes of Higher Education in Wisconsin. These dates will provide professors and staff members of teacher and education professional prep programs the opportunity to receive and network around an overview of our materials, resources, language, and assessments so they can integrate the information into their curricula.

  • East and Northeast: November 29th at LaSure's Hall in Oshkosh
  • South: February 7th at Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc
  • West and Northwest: February 28th at Avalon Conference Center in Chippewa Falls.

Follow this link to register.

RtI and Early Childhood Brief

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction put together a document that compares RtI implementation in early childhood and K-12 as guidance for the development of effective and appropriate services for the young children of Wisconsin and their families. This document and other resources are posted on the our website

Systems Coaching in a RtI Framework

Throughout this academic year our coaching coordinator Heidi Laabs will offer Systems Coaching in a RtI Framework, a six-day training for principals, central office leaders, teacher leaders, and internal and external coaches. This workshop will train coaches to support schools and districts in the implementation of all aspects of systems change through the Wisconsin RtI Framework. Follow this link for more information on the purpose of the training, dates, and locations.