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Student AODA
 Mini-Grant Program 

In its 26th year, the DPI will offer up to $1,000 for a student lead prevention project.  Applications are due October 17, 2014.  See the DPI's Website for application and more information.
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.
Wisconsin's Heroin Epidemic: Strategies and Solutions
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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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Back to School 2014

Safe and Healthy Updates
Welcome Back!


We hope you had a safe & healthy summer!  I had the privilege of compiling the WISH Center's 2013-2014 End of the Year ReportWe  provided professional development opportunities to 199 school districts and 21 organizations as well as grown the capacity of the staff to provide evidenced-base practices to schools and communities in Wisconsin.  Read more about on our website.


We look forward to another great year full of professional development, resources, and learning!



Tracy Herlitzke, Director

Remember to Recognize
Bullying Awareness Day

submitted by Carol Zabel, Western Regional Coordinator


On May 12, 2010 Wisconsin Act 306 was enacted into law. This law requires:

  • School boards to adopt a policy prohibiting bullying by pupils
  • School districts to establish school safety plans
  • And recognize Wednesday of the 4th week in September as Bullying Awareness Day.

For simple ideas for recognizing Bullying Awareness Day, check out www.pacer.org. There are activities listed for younger students, as well as, a link to Facebook page for Pacer Teens against bullying where you can get ideas from teens for teens for bullying prevention.


Or check out Community Matters, http://community-matters.org, to learn about Safe School Ambassadors, an evidence-based bystander empowerment program. If you like what you read about this program and/or the Community Matters organization, you may want to register for the Building the Hearts of Success School conference. Rick Phillips the founder and executive director of Community Matters will be the keynote speaker addressing the audience on "Transforming School Climate from the Inside-Out:  A Roadmap for Success". 
Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+

GSAFE and Mental Health America of Wisconsin partnered to produce the new resource for middle and high school educators, Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+ Students as They Return to School

Please consider sharing this in love, respect, encouragement, support, and appreciation with educators that you know, including out-of-school and after school workers!

For those working with younger students, Welcoming Schools has some great resources on how to start the year off with a welcoming classroom. Check their resources out here and here.
Suicide Prevention Presentations & Technical Assistance Available


In partnership with the DPI and Mental Health America of Wisconsin's Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention Grant, WISH Center Regional Coordinators are available to provide QPR trainings and technical assistance on suicide prevention.  Read more about QPR.


Please contact your WI Safe & Healthy School's Regional Coordinator for more information to train adults or youth in suicide prevention.

2014-2015 WISH Professional Development Opportunities

Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events: www.wishschools.org.
  • October 13 & November 17, SBIRT*, CESA #7
  • October 16 & November 20, 6+12 Training*, CESA #12
  • October 22 & November 12, SBIRT*, CESA #2
  • October 17, Emerging Drug Trends, The Waters, Minocqua
  • October 17 & 23, 6+12*, CESA #6
  • October 27 & December 2, SBIRT*, CESA #4
  • November 14, Emerging Drug Trends, CESA #5
  • December 10, PREPaRE Workshop 1, Wisconsin Dells (Pre-conference BHSS)
  • January-February, Cyberbullying- Words Wounds*, Online Book Study
  • January 6 & February 9, SBIRT*,CESA #1
  • January 21 & 22, PREPaRE Workshop 2*, CESA #7
  • February 26, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss, CESA #10
  • February 27, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss, CESA #9
  • January 13 & 14, PREPaRE Workshop 2*, Rice Lake-Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • January 30, PREPaRE Workshop 1, Mequon-Columbia St. Mary's Hospital
  • January 30, Emerging Drug Trends, CESA #6
  • March 11 &12, PREPaRE Workshop 2*, CESA #8 
  • March 24, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss, CESA #8
  • April 24, Emerging Drug Trends, CESA #10
  • Coming Spring 2015, Online AODA Course*
  • June 17 & 18, 2015, Helping Students through Trauma & Loss*, CESA #6

*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants.

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