Wisconsin Record of Service
Great Lakes West State Manager: Al Hovey
On November 5–7, 2007, two Great Lakes West staff members and two Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) staff members attended the What Works Conference hosted by the National Comprehensive Center for Teacher Quality. Value was added to the conference by having adequate time for collaboration to create an action plan. The priorities identified were as follows:
- Induction and mentoring
- Supporting teacher quality in Milwaukee and statewide systems of support
- Highly qualified teacher plan
Areas discussed regarding each priority were as follows:
- What Wisconsin DPI needs to do
- The type of assistance DPI envisions from Great Lakes West regarding this priority
- Three specific next steps for moving each priority area forward
Work also continues with revisions to the six surveys administered last year to educators and mentors. These surveys will be given again this year to teachers, pupil services, and administrators. An external review of these surveys will be conducted before the readministration of them. Discussions also are taking place about holding a second induction/mentoring seminar in summer 2008, and researching Public Instruction 34 and professional development plans specific to Wisconsin.
Response to Intervention
An internal cross-divisional work group has been formed to address RTI initiatives in Wisconsin as they move forward. Part of the internal cross-divisional work group, which includes Great Lakes West staff, attended the RTI Summit in early December in Washington, D.C., to further help set direction for this initiative. A follow-up meeting/debriefing session was held in December 2007 to allow planning of next steps for the RTI initiative in Wisconsin.
Supplemental Educational Services
This project is currently on hold at the request of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. The Supplemental Educational Services team at Wisconsin DPI is editing the parent surveys, which will be reviewed by Great Lakes West. There is a great desire to get more parent participation in these surveys, and Great Lakes West will assess what other states are doing with parent surveys. Some states appear to have had great success in this area. Provider surveys for those doing SES also will be analyzed.
Statewide Systems of Support
Great Lakes West staff met with the members of Wisconsin DPI's SSOS team on October 5, 2007. The meeting objectives were as follows:
- Identify the support Great Lakes West could provide Wisconsin DPI with research and information-gathering related to district-level SSOS efforts in other states.
- Determine how Great Lakes West can assist Wisconsin DPI's efforts to effectively structure technical assistance to schools and districts and to help deepen Wisconsin DPI's understanding of CII's new resources.
Outcomes of the meeting included a follow-up meeting scheduled for December 11, 2007, during which some of the existing SSOS district-level work in Kenosha and Milwaukee would be mapped out against the CII SSOS framework.
The task force is working on action planning. The leadership team met in mid-December 2007 to review and work on the plan. The next task force meeting will be held in January 2008.
High School Redesign
Great Lakes West continues discussion with Wisconsin DPI regarding how they can best support the High School Redesign effort. Presently, the focus of the American Diploma Project/Partnership for 21st Century Skills on mathematics, as well as on English language arts, is going through a quality review of the work done to date in these standards areas. The areas of rigor, specificity, and practical application are being analyzed simultaneously.