Every Child Safe, Healthy and Connected
This month's newsletter is also available: www.wishschools.org/resources/newsletters.cfm
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Tell Us What You Need!
We are conducting our annual Safe & Healthy Schools Professional Development Survey.  Please take 5 minutes to tell us what you need for training: Link to Survey
Find DPI AODA Grant Application Here
DUE APRIL 17, 2015!
Mark Your Calendar

Communities in Action to Prevent Suicide

5th Annual Conference

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 28-29, 2015

Holiday Inn
Stevens Point, WI

8 am - 4:30 pm

More information available here

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

Brenda Jennings
Phone: 608-266-7051
March 2015
Safe and Healthy Updates
Spring DPI Updates
  • UW-Milwaukee Center for Urban Initiatives and Research were trained in September to take over user support for Online YRBS.  The new contact for questions regarding the OYRBS is Brenda LaRonge, University Services Program Associate:

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Center for Urban Initiatives and Research

(414) 229-5332 (Phone)


  • The 2015 statewide Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey is being conducted with randomly selected schools through May 2015.  Thank you for your support of this statewide survey!
  • The 2015 AODA grant competition is underway.  The WISH Center offered AODA Grant Writing Workshops at each CESA from January to March.  DPI offered two webinars on January 23rd and March 12th and are archived on the DPI website athttp://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_aodaprog. Grants are due April 17th.
  • Wisconsin DPI was awarded the In School Pregnancy/Parenting Interventions, Resources, and Education Project (InSPIRE) Grant through the Office of Adolescent Health.  DPI awarded13 Wisconsin school districts and consortia with local grants. Outcomes include increasing high school graduation and enrollment in higher education, increasing parenting knowledge and skills, and decreasing repeat pregnancy.  The professional development focus for the fall is on evidence-based curricula that increase parenting knowledge and skills.  For more information including a training calendar go to: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_schlageparent.
  • Wisconsin DPI was awarded the competitive School-based HIV/STD Prevention and Surveillance Grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, year two in a five year project.  The HIV grant will have statewide activities around policy and curriculum, but will have targeted activities to 15 priority districts in policy, curriculum, referrals for health service and safe school climate. All grantees are required to address school climate for LGBT youth. Priority districts will attend the Summer Institute in June: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_aidshiv.
  • Wisconsin DHS, in collaboration with DPI, was awarded the enhanced Chronic Disease Grant, year two of a five year project.  Work in 16 priority districts will be occurring in this grant as well.  Site selection was based on disparities in data. Areas of focus are asthma and anaphylaxis, diabetes, epilepsy, and obesity. More information at: http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_schoolhealthproject.
  • Wisconsin was one of seven states that received a Safe Schools-Healthy Students Grant.  DPI received this federal grant to address school safety in the Beloit, Racine, and Menominee Indian School Districts. It is currently in year two of a four year project.
  • Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) received the School Climate Transformation Grant, funded by US Department of Education at $578,521/year for five years (9/2014-8/2019). The project will effectively build local capacity to provide, improve and expand multi-level systems of positive behavioral support (PBIS) by strengthening Wisconsin state capacity to: a) deliver expanded effective training and technical assistance through an existing statewide PBIS Training Center; and b) deliver training and technical assistance on a mental health multi-level system component to be integrated with PBIS with the WISH Center.
  • Wisconsin DPI also received the Project AWARE Grant, funded by SAMHSA for $9.8 million for five years.  The purposes of this project are to: 1) make schools safer; 2) improve school climates; 3) increase capacity to identify warning signs of mental health problems among children and make appropriate referrals to mental health care; and 4) increase capacity of the state and local education agencies to connect children and youth with behavioral health issues with needed services. The focus needs to be with students and families in three areas: Adams-Friendship, Ashland, and Milwaukee school districts, with project products to be available to all schools statewide. This project will be run in tandem with the Safe Schools-Healthy Students project currently funded.
  • The Wisconsin DPI received the Bullying Prevention Research Project, funded by National Institutes of Justice for $858,000 for three years, starting January 2015.  The proposed study researches the effectiveness of a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Bullying Prevention program on outcomes of school safety and climate among students in grades six through eight in 36 middle schools. The Wisconsin DPI will partner with schools, academic institutions, and several community health partners in this endeavor.
  • The Wisconsin DPI received the Wisconsin School Emergency Management Project, funded by US Department of Ed. For $472,000 for 18 months. The project will reach an estimated 125 local education agencies with training and technical assistance regarding: 1. high quality school emergency operations plans; 2. developing MOUs with community partners in relation to school emergencies, and; 3. National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) concepts and on-line resources. Funding will go to the WISH Center to develop contracts with School Safety Coordinators Association, Center for Youth & Citizen Preparedness, and work with National Association of School Psychologists on PREPaRE trainings.


  • There are ongoing DPI internal workgroup meetings for Academic and Career Plans. In addition, an advisory committee's main charge will be advising DPI on the development of the administrative rule directing academic and career planning services and the professional development necessary to implement ACPs statewide by 2017-2018. The governor's 2013-2015 biennial budget included $1.1 million for the purchase of career development technology and professional development. DPI has a website dedicated to the implementation of ACP's at: http://dpi.wi.gov/acp.  
  • DEWS - Dropout Early Warning System information on the DPI website: http://wise.dpi.wi.gov/wise_dashdews.  DPI is currently making revisions to the DEWS guidance documents.  When completed and posted, DPI will send out electronic notifications to schools.
  • Building the Heart of Successful Schools 2015 Conference will be held on December 3-4 at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells, with a pre-conference on December 2nd.  Registration is coming soon.
  • The School Nurse Summer Institute this August will offer SBIRT Training.  The Institute will be held August 5-6th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in Madison.  Registration will open soon.  Cost will be $50 for early bird registrations, and $70 after the middle of July.  Although the focus will be on how school nurses can improve their interactions with students through use of SBIRT, other school staff are welcome to attend.  More details can be found at:  http://sspw.dpi.wi.gov/sspw_sndevelopment.
  • Wisconsin DPI has awarded the 2014 Wisconsin School Health Award to 22 districts as a way to recognize and celebrate schools with policies, programs, and the infrastructure to support and promote healthy eating; physical activity; parental and community involvement; and staff wellness. The goal of this award is to motivate and empower Wisconsin schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments.The 2014 awards ceremony was at the WHPE convention in Wisconsin Dells.  The next School Health Award competition begins in October 2015.
  • A cadre of teachers has been formed to develop and train on middle and high school units of instruction in human growth and development.  The cadre has met twice and is in the development stage.  It is anticipated that a pilot of the units will occur in spring 2015, followed by training development.
School Experiences of Trans and GNC Students in Wisconsin

From: www.gsafewi.org

UW-Madison faculty Drs. Maurice N. Gattis and Sara L. McKinnon have recently released a new research report "School Experiences of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Students in Wisconsin." 

The purpose of this research is to systematically document the experiences of transgender (trans) and gender non-conforming (GNC) students in Wisconsin schools to fill in the knowledge gaps about their unique needs.  Six themes are addressed in the report: learning environment, physical facilities, health and wellness, safety, institutional and social support, and acceptance and respect.

You can download the complete report here.

Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project

from Julia Sherman, Coordinator, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project


The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project has expanded and reorganized it website to provide users with comprehensive library of downloadable alcohol policy resources. Building from the alcohol policy information previously found on Health in Practice, this site provide all the issue materials prepared by the Alcohol Policy Project, media coverage of Wisconsin's alcohol culture plus PowerPoint presentations (with scripts) to help community leaders describe and explain alcohol policy. 


Don't wait, visit our new website and tell your colleagues about this great resource.  http://law.wisc.edu/wapp/

Wisconsin residents are taking action to improve our alcohol environment, our expanded website is your tool box for change.

2015 WISH Professional Development Opportunities

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

Emerging Drug Trends

Helping Students Through Trauma & Loss

School Based Suicide Prevention
Online: Coming Summer 2015, Online AODA Course*

*Graduate Credit Available for fee through Viterbo University

All events are contingent on a minimum of participants.


We are planning for 2015-2016!  Let us know what you need: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WISHCenter2015 

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