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

Submitted by Carol Zabel, Western Region Coordinator

IT'S NOT TOO LATE! You still have time to register for the Building the Heart of Successful Schools conference scheduled for December 11 & 12, 2014 at Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. If you haven't had a chance to look at what is being offered at this conference, check it out at: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_building heart 

From the pre-conference on December 10 where the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center staff will be offering workshop 1 of the PREPaRE training to twenty breakout sessions highlighting all the successful programs going on around the state, this promises to be a conference where you take home ideas for change.

Rick Phillips, the Executive Director of Community Matters, will open the conference by providing participants with The Whole School Climate Framework - a school improvement model. Darrell "Coach D" Andrews will send us home motivated and inspired with his message encouraging us to make "dream connections". 

So attend the Building the Hearts conference this year, it promises to give you ideas for creating change that causes students to succeed.

SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach

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WI Safe and Healthy Schools Center Staff

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: 920-617-5645
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November 2014

Safe and Healthy Updates
Wisconsin DPI Receives Federal Grants to Promote Safe & Healthy Schools

The Wisconsin DPI received notice of award of four federal grants:

Focus AreasTargetFederal Partner & Length
School Climate Transformation-Improve quality of PBIS implementation in WI Schools
-Develop/deliver a school mental health component of PBIS training system
StatewideDept. of Education

5 years
Project AWARE-Create safer schools
-Improve school climate
-Recognize mental health crisis warning signs & assist youth in getting care
-Connect youth with behavioral health issues with needed services

5 years
School Emergency Management-Develop high quality school emergency operations plans
-Develop MOUs between schools and emergency responders
-Promote NIMS
StatewideDept. of Education

18 months
Safe Schools Research ProjectStudy to what degree PBIS AND comprehensive bullying prevention implementation create safer schoolsStatewide
25 Middle Schools
Department of Justice

3 years


The Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center is excited to be partnering with the DPI on several of the projects. Kudos to the DPI for their hard work securing these innovative, exciting projects that use best practices to promote mental wellness and safety.  More information, training, and resources will be coming.
Get Ready for Writing an AODA Grant!
Submitted by Jackie Schoening, Central Regional Coordinator

This winter the new grants cycle will once again be available for thgraphic-chart-people.jpge AODA Competitive Grants through the DPI.  It is important you have solid data to show that the project you will be implementing is needed and is appropriate for your school/community.

"Without data you are just another person with an opinion" - Dani Scott


As individuals we are drawn to different types of information or data. In terms of writing an ATOD Competitive Grant Proposal, some of us prefer quantitative data, or numbers; others prefer qualitative data such as stories. Of course both high quality quantitative and high quality qualitative data can be useful for AODA and violence-prevention programming. One method to create a highly competitive grant proposal is to pair qualitative data through your Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data (YRBS that districts complete every 2-3 years), with a story about the project you hope to implement in your district. 


Watch for the AODA Competitive Grants information to be part of a CESA Network meeting shortly after the holiday break, or as a webinar with DPI staff, and the grants due about tax time!

AODA Grant Writing Workshops

Need funding for your AODA Program? The DPI will be holding an AODA grant competition in the spring of 2015. Awards will range from $15,000 to $25,000, depending on the size of the district.  


These grants appropriates funds for the development or expansion of a district wide, K-12 comprehensive program for the prevention of and intervention in alcohol and other drug abuse. A school district may propose to utilize multiple strategies in a comprehensive manner to develop this program.


Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center Coordinators will hold grant writing meetings at each CESA, designed to assist school districts in understanding the requirements of the competition throughout January & February 2015.

Some grant writing workshops will be held in conjunction with CESA Shareshops, others will be stand alone events.  Please contact your local CESA person or a WISH Center Regional Coordinator for more information.
DPI WebinarJanuary 23

CESA #1-Pewaukee

February 12

CESA #2-Whitewater

February 3

CESA #3-Fennimore

February 10

CESA #4-West Salem or Polycom

February 3; 2-3:30 PM

CESA #5-Portage

February 11

CESA #6- Oshkosh

February 6

CESA #7-Green Bay

January 27

CESA #8-Gillett

March 3

CESA #9-Tomahawk

February 12

CESA #10-Chippewa Falls or Polycom

February 3; 2-3:30 PM 

CESA #11-Turtle Lake

February 24

CESA #12-Ashland

February 25

DPI Webinar
March 12


For more information on AODA Grants see:  http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_aodaprog


Applications are due to the DPI by April 17, 2015.
Bullying of Students with
Disabilities Addressed in Guidance to America's Schools


The U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued guidance to schools reminding them that bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated-including against America's 6.5 million students with disabilities.


The Department issued guidance in the form of a letter to educators detailing public schools' responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of Americans with Disabilities Act regarding the bullying of students with disabilities. If a student with a disability is being bullied, federal law requires schools to take immediate and appropriate action to investigate the issue and, as necessary, take steps to stop the bullying and prevent it from recurring. Read More

2014-2015 WISH Professional Development Opportunities

Please visit our website calendar often for updates and to register for events: www.wishschools.org.

School SBIRT Training*
  • January 6 & February 9, 2015, at CESA #1, Pewaukee
Emerging Drug Trends
  • January 30, CESA #6, Oshkosh
  • April 24, CESA #10, Chippewa Falls

PREPaRE Workshop 1

  • December 10 at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells (Pre-conference BHSS)
  • January 30 at Mequon-Columbia St. Mary's Hospital

PREPaRE Workshop 2*

  • January 13 & 14, Rice Lake-Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College
  • January 21 & 22, CESA #7, Green Bay
  • March 11 &12, CESA #8, Gillett  
 Helping Students through Trauma & Loss
  • February 26 at CESA #10, Chippewa Falls
  • February 27 at CESA #9, Tomahawk 
  • March 24, CESA #8, Gillett
  • June 17 & 18, 2015, CESA #6, Oshkosh*
  • January-February, Cyberbullying- Words Wounds*, Online Book Study
  • Coming Spring 2015, Online AODA Course*

*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants.

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