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                                                                                 December 2009/January 2010

Improving Academic Achievement by Structuring
Out Of School Time
In my younger days I was responsible for residential school programs for students with sensory impairments. Though
running a 24 hour program was not a picnic, there were some definite advantages from an instructional standpoint. Study
halls and quiet hours were much easier to provide and easy communication between caregivers and educators made much
of the time useful.

The use of out of school time is a recent topic of a very fine study by the National Center for Educational Evaluation and
Regional Assistance. This document looks at supplemental educational services, day care from a positive influence and
risk management perspective. They also reviewed the 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) programs that
have benefited from infusions of federal and other grant based funding.

Their document advances the following big ideas:

Recommendation 1. Align the out of school program plan academically with the school day
        Working with parents and other caregivers can provide excellent opportunity to address academic and even
social deficiencies on a more individualized basis.

Recommendation 2. Maximize student participation and attendance
        Naturally, involving parents and caregivers is critical to making such a project work. This is a change in process
and all change requires significant inputs to assure success.

Recommendation 3. Adapt instruction to individual and small groups
       Many of the normal caregivers (daycare, sitters, and family members) are not teachers so making the lessons
appropriate and easy to implement is a significant piece of any such programming.

Recommendation 4. Provide engaging learning experiences
        Nothing will assure the failure of this program than making it boring or just a watered down version of the
classroom program. Using discovery, technology and attractive program elements can go far in assuring success for this
learning opportunity.

Recommendation 5 Assess program performance and use the results to improve program quality
        Making sure that the effort is bearing fruit is essential to evaluating outcomes required by grants. In addition, this
requires lots of teacher and staff effort and results/outcomes will help defend it from naysayer’s and those wishing to cut a

The study results indicate that such programs do result in strengthened
outcomes. Providing such programs in a structured, focused format in adequate
dosages (time) can improve student achievement. Though such programs
haven’t been much used in rural schools, there should be no reason why they
would not improve instruction for our schools, too.

- Robert Kellogg, Administrator
                                                      Future Workshops
                      Workshop                                  Date                Place & Time               Contact
                                                                                     CESA 8 Office           Jessica Kaczmarek
RSN/DSE/PST Networking Meeting                            December 11, 2009
                                                                                  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    1.800.831.6391 x 241
                                                                                     CESA 8 Office           Jessica Kaczmarek
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training                   January 15, 2010
                                                                                  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    1.800.831.6391 x 241
                                                                                     CESA 8 Office           Jessica Kaczmarek
Sensory Integration                                     January 27 & 28, 2010
                                                                                  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    1.800.831.6391 x 241
                                                                                     CESA 8 Office             Betty Kaliebe
Start to Finish...Assistive Technology for All Ages        January 19, 2010
                                                                                  9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   1.800.831.63910 x 221
SIMS User Training                                        February 8, 2010 or        CESA 8 Office             Betty Kaliebe
Limited to 16 participants each day                         March 8, 2010         8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   1.800.831.63910 x 221
                                                                                     CESA 8 Office           Jessica Kaczmarek
PBIS Tier 1 Team Training Day 3                           February 18, 2010
                                                                                  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    1.800.831.6391 x 241
Level III Wisconsin Comprehensive School                March 18 - 19, 2010 and      CESA 8 Office          John Knickerbocker
Counseling Model                                            April 15, 2010        8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    1.800.831.6391 x 227

Gangs Making Comeback
Following a marked decline from the mid-1990s to the early 2000’s, there has been a steady resurgence of gang problems
and associated violence in recent years. The incidence of gang activity in schools has again increased as well. In past
years, gangs were more likely to be reported in urban schools than in suburban schools, and in public schools rather than
private schools. That trend has turned – rural areas have seen a 65% explosion in the number of identified gangs, with
smaller cities reporting 40% growth. Students attending schools with gang activity report witnessing delinquent behavior
and criminal activity.
For additional information about youth gangs:
    - Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse – 1.800.851.3420
    - National Youth Gang Center (NYGC) 1.800.446.0912
    - Just Think Twice –
    - A special guide for teachers is available for download –
    Sources: The office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and The National
    Institute on Drug Abuse.
     Submitted by Jeff Bentz, Executive Director ATODA and Related At-Risk, Taken From
     Helping Hand Volume 20, Issue 4

Confronting Gang Violence
Gang involvement and violence is again on the rise following a marked decline from the early 1960s to the mid-1990s.
Gang activity in schools has again increased as well. Generally, gangs are more likely to be reported in urban schools
than in suburban schools, and in public schools rather than private schools. However, gang activity has risen much more
quickly in rural and suburban communities recently. A majority of students report that the gangs they see in schools are
involved in delinquent behavior and criminal activity.
Youth who join gangs do so for a variety of different reasons. Association with delinquent peers is one of the strongest
predictors of gang membership. Individual factors also include early antisocial behavior, alienation, and rebelliousness.
Research indicates that youth involved in gangs are less committed to school and education, and frequently lack caring
family environments. Community factors such as poverty and low employment also play a role.
Youth gang involvement is preventable:
    - Become aware of gang warning signs, such as graffiti, tattoos, unusual symbols and language.
    - Set firm guidelines and clear expectations for children.
    - Get to know children’s friends and acquaintances.
    - Help your child to develop a strong sense of self-esteem.
    - Report gang-related activity to the proper authorities and to the parents whose children may be involved.
    - Look for any suspicious changes in behavior, such as truancy or carrying a weapon.
    - Stress the importance of education.
    - Become involved in community responses to gang activity.
    - Help develop positive alternatives, such as after-school and weekend activities.
     Submitted by Jeff Bentz, Executive Director ATODA and Related At-Risk, Taken From Helping Hand Volume 20, Issue 4
Congratulations to Menominee Indian Middle School
Menominee Indian Middle School in Neopit has been named one of 10 "breakthrough schools" for 2010 by the National
Association of Secondary School Principals and MetLife Foundation.
In recognizing the school, the groups pointed out that the Menominee middle school serves one of the most impoverished
areas in the nation. Despite that, they say the school has transformed itself from being identified for improvement, under
standards enacted by the No Child Left Behind Act, to being named an Exemplary Middle School by the state.
The school will be honored at the 2010 convention for the NASSP, which is being held in Phoenix, Ariz., in March.
The breakthrough school program was started in 2007 as a way to recognize middle and high schools that are either high
achieving or dramatically improving student achievement and which serve large numbers of students living in poverty,
according to the organizations.

Transition News and Notes
The obvious is to have you recall that this is the “Early Bird” time to save money registering for the Wisconsin
Transition Conference, to be held again this year at the Kalahari Resort and Conference Center, Wisconsin Dells,
February 17-19, 2010. The 17th is an afternoon preconference featuring 3 “big” names, if you can only do a one day get

December 15th parent information presentations at Marinette Middle Conference Room on Transition and IEPs; tentative
1:00 to 3:00 PM and again at 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Contact the Special Education office for room location.

Early 2010: regional meetings for secondary teachers and staff that interface with the transition part of the IEP and
documentation for post secondary education through the Summary of Performance will be held the week of March 29th
and again the week of April 19th. These one day meetings will be repeated in several locations and collaboratively with
our partners in post secondary education. You will only be attending one day. There is also a possibility that several will
be done through ITV locations around the state. Stay tuned.

Finally, an observation of praise: I have gone forward with visits to several high schools meeting face to face with
students over the parts of the Summary of Performance dealing with their goals and knowledge of their own disability and
strengths, etc.; also, asking who they have contacted beyond the high school campus to build toward reaching their goals
after high school. I have been encouraged by the majority of students from the junior and senior status group that
can respond and carry on conversation on these topics. Keep up the good work! One note there have been a very
few older students that still have no clue, are lack luster about the post high school issues or have little grasp of their
disability vs. strengths or how to share this meaningfully, but they exist! Please continue to share the importance of
preparedness and being forward thinking beyond high school with them. Your work with the students shows and
was one of my Thanksgiving “thanks”.
- Dave Nass CESA 8 Transition Coordinator
UW-Green Bay offers winter/spring 2010 courses for educators
GREEN BAY — Educators looking for offerings to assist them in reaching their professional development goals,
obtaining license renewal, and seeking salary advancement can choose from nearly 20 spring programs offered by the
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Education Outreach Program. New offerings include an online course for elementary
science teachers with a focus on science note booking and effective instructional strategies for the teaching and learning
of science concepts. Educators can discover how the interactive features of SMART Board technology can transform
teaching and learning; participate in an online course and learn how to apply the latest technology innovations in the
classroom, and more. UW-Green Bay courses for educators are for graduate credit unless otherwise indicated in the
listing. Some courses are offered with credit and noncredit options. Face-to-face and online learning formats are offered.
Enrollment in all classes is limited, so registration at least two weeks before the start of a course is recommended.
Numbers for detailed information and to request registration materials are (920) 465-2480 or (800) 621-2313 or send an e-
mail to Information and registration are also available online at New offerings are added throughout the year and may be found on the web site. UW-
Green Bay courses for educators align with Wisconsin standards for teacher and administrator development and licensure.

Spring 2010 courses include:
Beginning in January:
Introduction to Instructional Technology in the Classroom, online, January 25-February 12. One graduate credit.
Technology Literacy 103: Utilizing Social-Networking Support Tools in a Leadership Capacity, online, 1/25-2/19. 1
grad credit
Beginning in February:
Assessment Literacy: A Practical Approach to Classroom Assessment, Sheboygan, Feb. 1 & 15; March 1 & 15. 1
grad credit
Aspects of Special Education, Green Bay, Tuesdays, February 9, 16, 23; March 2 and 9. One graduate credit and
noncredit options.
Secondary Reading in the Content Areas, Sheboygan, Thursdays, February 11, 25; March 11; and Wednesday, March
24. One graduate credit.
Drug Impairment Training for Education Professionals, Sturgeon Bay, Friday, February 12 and Saturday, February
13. One graduate credit and noncredit options.
Conflict Resolution, Green Bay, Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20. One graduate credit and noncredit
Creativity and Innovation in the Classroom, online, February 22-March 19. One graduate credit.
Research Based Elementary School Science Teaching Methods, online, February 22-May 10. One graduate credit.
Technology Literacy 101: Foundations in Collaborative Tools, online, February 22-March 19. One graduate credit.
SMART Board Essentials, Sheboygan Falls, Tuesdays, February 23; March 2, 9, 16. One graduate credit or noncredit
Yoga for Physical Education Teachers, Sheboygan, Feb. 27, April 17, and May 8. 1 grad credit
Beginning in March:
Integrating Differentiated Instruction with the Understanding by Design Process, Sheboygan, March 3 & 17; April 7
& 21; and May 5. One graduate credit.
Beginning in April:
Focus on STEM: Instructional Technology Strategies for Science and Math, online, April 12-May 7. One graduate
Survey of Emerging Technologies, online, April 12 -May 7. One graduate credit.
Technology Literacy 102: Building Knowledge Management Systems, online, April 12-May 7. One graduate credit.
Advanced SMART Boards: Beyond the Essentials, Sheboygan Falls, April 13, 20, 27, and May 4. 1 grad credit
&noncredit options.
Character-Centered Teaching, De Pere, Friday, April 23; Sat. April 24; May 1. 1 graduate credit and noncredit options.
For a full listing of classes, costs, and scheduled dates and times, log onto For more
information contact the Education Outreach Program at (920) 465-2480 or (800) 621-2313 or via e-mail,
Taken from Superintendent Tony Evers e-news
regarding PBIS:
A new DPI webcast goes over "The Nuts and Bolts of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)."
PBIS is a systemic approach to proactive, school-wide behavior based on a Response to Intervention (RtI)

PBIS applies evidence-based methods to boost achievement, enhance safety, decrease problem behavior, and
establish a positive school culture. Schools implementing PBIS build on existing strengths, complementing and
organizing current programming and strategies.

The PBIS model has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools in over 40 states, resulting in
dramatic reductions in disciplinary interventions and increases in academic achievement. Data-based decision
making is a hallmark of PBIS, allowing successes to be easily shared with all relevant stakeholders.

Participants in the webcast will gain a basic understanding of PBIS and will learn how to access PBIS training
and technical assistance in Wisconsin.”

Here are some additional sites to visit for PBIS:

DPI website:


Below is a list of handouts/PP from PBIS Chicago Forum 2009-lots of good information including a parent
involvement PP:
  Perfect for the Gifted Classroom.

  Fun, effective, inexpensive and educational Study Skills activity.

  Enrichment for all abilities grades 4-9.

  Cooperative Learning & Self-Learning, with emphasis on Current Events education

  No Teacher Preparation!

   Check out our brochure at:

NASA Opportunities for Middle School Students
WLMR Information
NASA is inviting students in grades 5-8 to participate in the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge. The
challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal,
informal or home-school setting.

Teams of up to six students will design a water recycling system for the unique environment of the moon. Teams will then test
their system on a simulated wastewater stream. Proposals and results are due Feb. 1, 2010.

The winning teams will be announced in May 2010.
The top three teams will receive awards.
The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
During the winning team's visit to Kennedy, students will gain firsthand knowledge about NASA's missions, receive
behind-the-scenes tours of NASA's launch facilities, and learn about future aerospace and engineering careers.

For more information and contest rules, please visit <> .

WLMR Educator Guide
Also available online is the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge Educator Guide. This guide is a
starting point for middle school students to research and answer the challenging questions of how to maintain human habitations
on the moon and other planets in the solar system. The guide focuses specifically on the need for water recycling. The guide
includes background information on topics relating to the moon, Earth’s water cycle and water recycling. Several basic classroom
activities on water recycling are also included.

The guide is available for downloading at
<> .
Questions about the Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge should be directed to Jay Garland at <> .
Applications now available for WTC Scholarships!
A limited number of scholarships are available for parents and youth to attend the 7th Annual WI Transition
Conference, February 18-19, 2010, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Parent scholarships will cover the following:

   1)     Registration costs for the WI Transition Conference

   2)     Breakfast, lunch, snack and pizza social on Thursday, February 18, 2010 for ONE person

   3)     Breakfast and mid-morning snack on Friday, February 19, 2010, for ONE person

   4) Lodging at the Kalahari Resort on Wednesday and Thursday nights, February 17thand 18th, 2010.

NOTE: Parents who apply for a scholarship to the conference must have a child with a disability between the
ages of 14-21. That child (ren) does NOT have to attend the conference for the parent to be eligible. Teachers
who act as a chaperone for a youth attending the conference are NOT eligible for a parent scholarship

Youth scholarships will cover the following:

   1) Registration costs for the WI Transition Conference

   2)     Breakfast, lunch, snack and pizza social on Thursday, February 18, 2010 for ONE person

   3)     Breakfast and mid-morning snack on Friday, February 19, 2010, for ONE person

   4) Lodging at the Kalahari Resort on Wednesday and Thursday nights, February 17thand 18th, 2010.

                                   See if you can figure out what these words have in common.

                                                                          1. Banana
                                                                          2. Dresser
                                                                         3. Grammar
                                                                           4. Potato
                                                                          5. Revive
                                                                          6. Uneven
                                                                          7. Assess

                                                           Look at each word carefully.
   Answer: In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.
   Items of Interest, Classroom Ideas and Internet Sites to Visit
AESA Online News – visit us at

The Big Deal Book of Technology E-Newsletter

24th Annual Careers Conference, January 26-27, 2010 check out the conference information at

CCBC Web Site Materials go to

Channel Weekly a weekly newsletter by the Division for Libraries, Technology and Community Learning from the Wisconsin Department of Public

Civil Air Patrol Volunteer experience for students go to

Curriculum Hotspots – Here is the latest DA guide to the best education sites on the Web:

Economic Crisis Assistance through DPI The DPI is providing resources, strategies, and support to Wisconsin schools that wish to assist families
impacted by the economic crisis at for families 08.doc

Fact Monster a cool math site to assist children with math problems

Family Voices of Wisconsin part of a national grassroots network of families and advocates who support children with disabilities and/or special
health care needs. For more information contact us at


Health Education Coordinator Leadership program. Participants will learn to develop effective approaches to teaching health education units
and improvement and implement changes in your school’s coordinated health program. It takes approximately two years to complete the certificate
requirements. For questions contact Jon Hisgen at 608.267.9234 or email

Impact Rock Kit There's a cool online resource that the Planetary Science Institute has developed for teaching geology, especially impact cratering.
It's targeted at High School students, but I hear they are working on a Middle School version. Importantly, if they go to the "Impact Rock Kit" link,
teachers can request a kit to borrow. It comes in a hard-sided suitcase and contains actual impact-related rocks, with a fact sheet and lessons. Check

It’s about us – 2010 Census in Schools to learn more about the program and the Principal’s Kit, log on to

Life Smarts Learn about personal finance, the environment, technology & more! Go to for more information.

Master’s Degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning, UWGB, to learn more about the program contact us at 920.465.2003 or at

National History Day in Wisconsin It’s more than just a day, it is a yearlong academic program designed to connect students with the study of
history. For more information please visit

NCTE has many resources for elementary school teachers in reading, writing, spelling and vocabulary check us out at

Visit the Neville Public Museum and be amazed! Check out their website at:

Preventing Teen Rx Abuse Through Take Back Programs at the Coalitions Online newsletter at

Protecting Wisconsin's Children from Internet Predators - J.B. VAN HOLLEN, ATTORNEY GENERAL

Public Health Information & Referral Services for Women, Children & Families log on to to search the database of
community resources and click on search on the left menu.

Reading Made Easy to enrich and improve the lives of millions of people worldwide by making information accessible through the use of affordable
technology at

Response to Intervention Webinars - Creating new opportunities to help your students thrive. To register:
Serve Wisconsin Serve Wisconsin is a 22-member citizen body appointed by the Governor. Serve Wisconsin is attached to the Wisconsin
Department of Administration and housed at the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and is currently supported by a staff of five. Serve
Wisconsin supports service in Wisconsin primarily by granting AmeriCorps funds through the Corporation for National and Community
Service to organizations that involve citizens in service activities that meet human, educational, environmental, public safety, and homeland
security needs. Through their participation in AmeriCorps programs, citizens are given the opportunity to not only enrich the lives of the people
and communities they serve, but also their own lives through professional and personal development.

State Superintendent’s Newsletter Seachange – check it out:

Teaching Tolerance Grant – it’s easy to apply, for guidelines visit:

Test Prep a FREE Great Lakes online tool for ACT and SAT test preparation, visit to
take advantage of this FREE offer.

Toward Harmony with Nature, Saturday, January 30, 2010, Oshkosh Convention Center, Call 920.525.2236 for
more information.

Transition Resources from Wisconsin DPI:

Tribal Special Education Licensure – for application information, please contact Cindy Gustafson by phone 218.720.8378.

University Wisconsin Stevens Point Graduate Advising Office Newsletter is available at

Wisconsin Environmental Education Board Grant opportunities – email for information on grants available for the 2010-2011
school year.

Wisconsin Historical Society – linking Wisconsin Historical Society Educational Titles to the Textbook, Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story.

Wisconsin History Resources showcases a Wisconsin Encyclopedia 2009-2009 Edition for more information regarding this resources email

Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story a great resource for teachers. For sample pages visit

WIOC is an abbreviation for the Wisconsin International Outreach Consortium. WIOC's mission is to share resources and to collaboratively
support international education and global awareness. Some upcoming events and resources are listed at:

Wisconsin Reimbursement and Annual Grants National Board Certified Teachers – NBCTs who have received reimbursement for certification
expenses and qualify may be eligible to apply for a $2,500 annual grant in each of the subsequent nine years. Visit us at

                    Worth Surfing
                     See the “Surf Report” at: this month features Productivity in the Classroom and also other current and
                     archived “Surf Reports.”
           By kids, for kids, about kids ages 9 – 12 and organized across five topic “channels”: friends, family, school,
                 body and emotions, with no subject off-limits. PBS Teacher Resource has resources available, including an online resource kit with 22 downloadable documents. Identifies and analyzes about 400 websites, created for and by youth that engage youth in
civic affairs. contains lesson planning, professional development, technology integration and more, an
online world of books for kids, grades K-8. Internet safety and security information, features audio and video presentations of book/poetry readings, including children’s stories and author interviews. check out the new and improved library system! Wisconsin Public Radio Wisconsin Public Television

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