February 2018 RtI eNews


Every Moment is Black History

In 2026, it will be one hundred years since Carter G. Woodson and Black American contemporaries encouraged the coordinated teaching of Black history in our public schools. February is designated as Black History Month. It's an opportunity to ask ourselves, “are we taking every opportunity to share Black history or are we February focused?”

A recent Education Week article, "Four Ways to Teach Black History Month (And the Rest of the Year)", lists four tips to teach Black History Month:

    1. Make it Relevant
    2. Bring Black History into Every Subject
    3. Teach the Tough Stuff
    4. Celebrate Black History Every Month (every opportunity/daily)

To enhance your understanding of Black or African American cultures, the center recommends educators take part in seven experiences.

Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms
Glenn E. Singleton's book Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools helps educators understand how to develop a curriculum that promotes equity. “The racial climate and culture in our country and our schools equip us with well-developed skills for disengaging from racial issues. Consequently, we have created lasting and hidden racial conflicts that impact all of us.”

To equip Wisconsin educators, schools, and districts to engage, reach, and teach diverse students within equitable multi-level systems of supports, we’ve developed the Model to Inform Culturally Responsive Practices.

Building education systems to account for and adapt to the broad diversity of race, language, and culture in Wisconsin schools prepares all students for a multicultural world - graduating college and career ready.

Looking for inspiration?

Visit one educator’s journey into culturally responsive teaching in Building Trust, Breaking Through. Learn more about our Building Culturally Responsive Systems training on page 13 of our Training and Supports Catalog. Our Culturally Responsive Practices webpages have more than fifty resources to support your journey. And, the Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network has many activities and improvement supports to assist schools in addressing racial disproportionality. 




System Assessment Video Series: 2 of 4 

This month's feature is Conducting the TFI (7m30s)

This four-part video series will give you tips and offer ways to solve tricky situations while assessing your system. Part two is designed for coordinators who need to take a team through completing and recording your school's Tiered Fidelity Inventory (TFI) scores




Vision in Action" Cudahy High School

After four years of implementing PBIS supports at the universal/tier 1 level, the faculty and staff of Cudahy High School were ready to take their continuum of supports up to the next level. The newly-formed tier 2 team (one administrator, five regular education teachers, and three student service members) focused on students with high numbers of office disciplinary referrals, attendance issues, and struggling academic performance. The team looked into using evidence-based practices that would be both appropriate and effective at the high school level and decided to pilot Social and Academic Instructional Groups (SAIG) along with a mentoring approach in the fall of 2015.

The team recognized that their resources were finite. Concentrating on building capacity, Cudahy used data to identify a small number of students with the greatest need who would comprise the pilot group. At first, the team tracked the data of the initial 18 students using old-fashioned paper and pencil. Each SAIG consisted of six students and met once a week for 50 minutes. The team created a rubric with points given for being on time, for being present, for passing classes, and for turning in assignments. They shared the information with students and helped them set a realistic goal for the week. Click here to continue reading. Watch Cudahy's 52 second video


Mammina, Alix. "Four Ways to Teach Black History This Month (And the Rest of the Year)." Edweek.com. http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2018/02/four_ways_to_teach_black_history_month.html (accessed February 8, 2018).

Singleton, Glenn E. Courageous Conversaitions About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools. Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin, 2015.