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Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference
December 11-12, 2014
Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells

The theme this year will be on school climate.  Keynote presenters will be Rick Phillips from Community Matters and Darrell "Coach D" Andrews.
PBIS Leadership Conference
August 19-20, 2014
Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells

This two-day conference will give you knowledge and experience at the Universal/Tier 1, Secondary/Tier 2 and Intensive/Tier 3 levels of implementation. Sessions will include information about:

  • Family Engagement
  • Sustainability
  • Evaluation
  • High Schools
  • Tier 2/Tier 3 Supports
  • Culturally Responsive Practices

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Underage Drinking in Wisconsin

The video was just released Apri 9, 2014 by the State Council on  Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.  It was developed with the help of the  Governor's State Council on Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (SCAODA) Prevention Committee and the Alliance for Wisconsin Youth Regional Prevention Centers.

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Safe and Healthy Schools Center

DIRECTOR: Tracy Herlitzke
Phone: 608-786-4838

NORTH (CESAs #5, #9, #12)
Coordinator: Lynn Verage
Phone: 715-453-2141

WEST (CESAs #4, #10, #11)
Coordinator: Carol Zabel
Phone: 715-720-2145

CENTRAL (CESAs #2, #3, #6)
Coordinator: Jackie Schoening
Phone: 920-236-0515

EAST (CESAs #1, #7, #8)
Coordinator: Christine Kleiman
Phone: 920-465-2139
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May 2014

Safe and Healthy Updates
Recommendations Seek to Enhance School Safety
 Every parent, every community wants students to attend schools that are safe, respectful, and conducive to learning. The Department of Public Instruction, in partnership with a broad coalition of education organizations, is announcing a framework and recommendations to address these critical needs so schools are havens of learning and academic achievement for all students.
See the newly created DPI webpage on School Safety for more information.
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FDA has issued a proposed rule that would extend the agency's tobacco authority to cover additional products that meet the legal definition of a tobacco product, such as e-cigarettes. FDA's Extending Authorities to Additional Tobacco Products webpage offers more information on the proposed rule, including how to submit comments.


From the WI Department of Public Instruction

We have received a number of questions regarding sample school policy for tobacco/nicotine free schools.  If you are interested in adapting your school policy to contain appropriate language for e-cigarettes, consider the following sample:
"... will strictly enforce the policy of having a tobacco-free campus to include all nicotine-containing products except FDA-approved cessation products.

Continued efforts will be made to educate students about these products and the health harm that they represent."
For more information on sample policy language see the DPI's Tobacco Prevention Website at: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_tobaccoprog
Every Conflict Isn't Bullying

By Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind's Classroom Conversations, May 2014


One of the things that can be scary about teaching is the possibility that our students won't engage or relate to what we're trying to teach. All educators face this reality, but those of us who do bullying prevention programs are particularly at risk. You know why? Because after fourth grade, many students are tired of listening to adults lecture them about bullying and believe adults aren't realistic about the problem or the solutions.  Read More on the Anti-Defamation League website on what we can do about it.

Federal Funding Available
There have been several federal grant opportunities announced for LEAs:
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  • U.S. Department of Education, Project Prevent Grant Program, Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2014 Released. Due June 30, 2014

This program provides funding to LEAs to increase their capacity both to identify, assess, and serve students exposed to pervasive violence, helping to ensure that affected students are offered mental health services for trauma or anxiety; support conflict resolution programs; and implement other school-based violence prevention strategies in order to reduce the likelihood that these students will later commit violent acts.   

  • US Department of Education, School Climate Transformation Grant-Local Educational Grants, "Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for Fiscal Year 2014" Released. Due June 23, 2014

 The School Climate Transformation Grant-Local Educational Agency Grants program provides competitive grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) to develop, enhance, or expand systems of support for, and technical assistance to, schools implementing an evidence-based multi-tiered behavioral framework for improving behavioral outcomes and learning conditions for all students.


  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Now is the Time AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education) Local Educational Agency (NITT-AWARE-LEA) grants. Due June 16, 2014

The purpose of this program is to assist local educational agencies to begin to support the training of school personnel and other adults who interact with youth in both school settings and communities to detect and respond to mental illness in children and youth, including how to encourage adolescents and their families experiencing these problems to seek treatment. It is required that individuals be trained in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) or Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA).  

2014 WISH Professional Development Opportunities


Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events.  We are currently planning for 2014-2015 trainings.

6/19/14-6/20/14PREPaRE Workshop 2 Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of the School-Based Mental Health Professional*
6/24/14PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
Wintergreen Resort-WI Dells
PREPaRE Workshop 2 Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of the School-Based Mental Health Professional*
Wintergreen Resort-WI Dells
*Graduate Credit Available
All events are contingent upon a minimum number of participants needed to hold event.
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