Dating Violence, JUULing Fact Sheet, Title IV Part A Application, Last Call YMHFA TOT,
New Trauma Sensitive Schools Video Available
February 2018 Updates
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WI Dating Violence Facts
Dating Violence: 1 in 10 Wisconsin High School Students

According to a new  study 76% of high school principals surveyed say they do not have a procedure or policy in place to respond to a teen dating violence incident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that about 1.5 million high school students experience abuse from a dating partner. February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month so it's a good time to educate your staff on the warning signs of teen dating violence.
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence  has a number of great resources for your school staff to help promote teen dating violence prevention among their students.

Besides raising awareness on the topic, it's helpful to know warning signs of domestic abuse. Common signs and symptoms that a student may be the victim of dating violence include:  
  • Bruises.
  • Unlikely explanation for injuries.
  • Wearing heavy makeup to cover up bruises or wearing inappropriately heavy clothing to cover bruises.
  • Missing class or withdrawing from campus activities.
  • Injuries that occur with increasing frequency or severity. 
Teen dating violence is often kept a secret because the parties involved tend to be inexperienced with dating relationships, have romanticized views about love, feel pressure from their peers to be in a relationship, and want to be independent from their parents.
Always  carefully follow your district's policies and procedures regarding reporting on violence.  To help prevent dating violence, your district can provide students with information about the characteristics of healthy relationships and warning signs of violent relationships. By learning about dating violence, and increasing your awareness about its impact on students, you are already taking an important step in reducing this danger.
Teens Switch to Juul

Recently a new tobacco product hit the market called Juul, a electronic nicotine delivery device. The Juul resembles a flash drive and is available in flavor such as tobacco, mint mango, creme brûlée and fruit.

In Wisconsin, 12% of high school students report using electronic vaping products surpassing conventional cigarette use of 8% (2017 YRBS). Teens and young adults are using this product thinking it's cool and the popular thing to do. They post pictures of themselves using the product on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using hashtags such as #myvape, #juuling, #ecig.

Link to Downloadable JUULing Fact Sheet

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Title IV, Part A Application Available
from DPI WISEgrants on 2/13/2018

We are happy to announce the Title IV-A grant application is now live in WISEgrants.  Please access the grant at your earliest convenience to complete the application and budget.
I wanted to share a few reminders which may help with this process:
  1. A WISEgrants Administrator for your agency will need to check to ensure that WISEgrants Users for the LEA have access to the Title IV-A application as needed. This can be done through the Admin Menu > Maintain User > Edit Access screen. WISEgrants Administrators have default access to all grants.
  2. If there are private schools within your LEA, please check the ESEA Private School affirmations to make sure the forms have been updated and accepted with the necessary Title IV-A participationSee the link for additional information.
  3. LEAs can budget and claim for funds that were obligated or liquidated after either July 1, 2017 or the date the ESEA assurances were 2017-18 were signed, whichever is later.
  4. If your LEA is leading a consortia, please e-mail to notify DPI.  WISEgrants will need to be setup with this information before LEAs will be able to select to join your consortium.
Additional information on Title IV, Part A can be found on our DPI website at: e-mail with any other questions.

Title IV, Part A is a newly enacted grant for 2017-2018, known as the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant. Title IV-A is a flexible block grant that authorizes activities in three broad areas: access to a well-rounded education, improving school conditions for learning to ensure safe and healthy students, and improving the use of technology to improve academic achievement and digital literacy. Read More on the DPI's Webpage.
New Trauma Sensitive Schools Video Available on Family Engagement

A new online module has been added to the DPI's Trauma Sensitive Schools webpage. This module explores the continuum of engagement, barriers to engagement, universal strategies to reduce barriers, a school wide framework for engagement, and ways to empower parents and students to be school leaders and decision makers.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training of Trainers

March 19-23, 2018, CESA #4 West Salem

Together with the DPI, the WISH Center is holding a Youth Mental Health First Aid TOT at CESA #4 in West Salem on March 19-23, 2018. Participants must complete the application process and attend all 5 days of training.
Link to Flyer for more information.
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