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Reach One, Each One: Using Google Drive to Respond to Student Learning Need

By Stacey Everson, Principal, Menomonie Middle School 

Menomonie Middle School is home to approximately 675 students who have many diverse academic, behavioral, and social needs. This should sound rather familiar.  As we all know, developing a systematic response for meeting the needs of all students is both challenging and necessary.  This is an abbreviated story about how our middle school developed a system to reach out and meet the needs of each student. Our theme has become:  REACH ONE, EACH ONE.

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Wisconsin Core Camp for School Teams:

Strengthen your core instruction in English language arts and mathematics this summer and create an action plan for continuous improvement. 

WI DPI, in partnership with Wisconsin Mathematics Council and Wisconsin State Reading Association, announces Wisconsin Core Camp for School Teams. The CCSS team and our partners are facilitating purposeful and systematic professional learning around standards-based instruction and assessment for school teams. School teams will leave with an action plan for continuous improvement. Find details at http://commoncore.dpi.wi.gov/files/commoncore/pdf/wisconsin-core-camp.pdf.   Space is limited. 

AWSA's Annual Election is Open 

The election is officially open. The success of our association depends, to a large degree, upon the quality leadership that members collectively choose to lead AWSA. We are proud that our tradition of strong leadership continues. The election will remain open through April 30. Vote Now!

Wisconsin’s  Literacy (un)Conference 2014

Balanced Literacy Assessment for Early Learning Monday, May 5, 2014 Wisconsin’s Literacy (un)Conference is an online professional learning opportunity to develop instructional leadership in the area of K – 3 literacy. All sessions will be posted on Monday, May 5, 2014, for flexible viewing. All materials will be archived for future use. This event is free of charge. No pre-registration is required. 



K – 3 literacy leaders including: 

Directors of Instruction 

Directors of Special Education 

Literacy Coaches 


Reading Specialists 

School Psychologists 


All sessions and materials posted on Monday, May 5, 2014 

Twitter chat Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM (#wisuncon) 


Topics include: 

Wisconsin’s Balanced Assessment System 

WISExplore and WISEDash 

DPI-created resources to support balanced assessment 

Data Walls 

Curriculum-Based Measurements (CBMs) 

Smarter Balanced Assessment 

Uses and Misuses of PALS Data 

CCSS-based Formative Assessment Strategies 

Analyzing Student Writing 

Running Records 



When available, a link to the Literacy (un)Conference website can be found on Read Wisconsin. 


April - The Month of the Military Child

by Shelley Joan Weiss, Wisconsin Commissioner for the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children

The members of the Wisconsin Council for the Interstate Compact for the Education of Military Children are excited to announce that April is the Month of the Military Child.  During this month we recognize the unique challenges that face the children of military families.  We appreciate the special role school counselors, administrators, social workers, psychologists, and teachers play in easing the transition for military connected students as they enter and exit our Wisconsin school districts.  There are approximately 1.8 million military connected children in schools across our country and throughout the world.  Students move frequently, a stressful situation for individuals of any age.  To complicate their issues, the students are in stressful situations due to the deployment of parents and siblings.  All too often the students do not know the details of the difficult jobs their family members are performing as military members.  They have no control over the numerous moves their families make to serve our country.  Educators are instrumental in helping military connected students feel safe and welcome in Wisconsin schools.  Educators are essential in helping other students, families, and community members understand the difficulties facing the children of military families. 

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Retiree Recognition  

Please let us know if you, or someone in your district, is retiring so that we can reach out! We are collecting information to be used in a special recognition publication, and we’d also like to offer Retired Membership with AWSA. Please email robinherring@awsa.org for more information.






Upcoming Events

Aspiring Administrators Workshop
April 29 & 30, 2014
Registration open

Quality Educator Convention
June 18 - 20, 2014
Registration open  

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