AODA Grants Available, DPI Updates, Mindfulness, 
Emergency Management  Training, and More! 
January 2017 Updates
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AODA Grant Writing Time

Need funding for your AODA Program? The DPI will be holding an AODA grant competition in the spring of 2017. 
  • Awards will range from $15,000 to $25,000/year for each of the two year period, depending on the size of the district.
  • This grant appropriates funds for the development or expansion of a district wide, K-12 comprehensive program for the prevention of and intervention in alcohol and other drug abuse.
  • A school district may propose to utilize multiple strategies in a comprehensive manner to develop this program.
Wisconsin Safe & Healthy Schools Center Coordinators will hold grant writing meetings designed to assist school districts in understanding the requirements of the competition January-March 2017. Some grant writing workshops will be held in conjunction with CESA Shareshops, others will be stand-alone events.

DPI Webinar
January 11, 2017
Brenda Jennings
CESA #1-Pewaukee
March 9, 2017
Christine Kleiman
CESA #2-Whitewater
January 24, 2017
Jackie Schoening
CESA #3-Fennimore
January 25, 2017
Jackie Schoening
CESA #4-West Salem
February 17, 2017
Tracy Herlitzke
CESA #6- Oshkosh
February 10, 2017
Jackie Schoening
CESA #7-Green Bay
March 31, 2017
Christine Kleiman
CESA #8-Gillett
January 10, 2017
Christine Kleiman
CESA #9-Tomahawk
February 16, 2017
Lynn Verage
CESA #10-Chippewa Falls-Polycom Option
February 7, 2017
Carol Zabel
CESA #11-Turtle Lake
February 14, 2017
Carol Zabel
CESA #12-Ashland
February 14, 2017
Lynn Verage

For more information on AODA Grants:

Applications are due to DPI by April 21, 2017
DPI Student Services Prevention Wellness Updates
ESSA Update -The department has convened an internal work group to plan for implementation of the various titles authorized as part of the Every Student Succeeds Act.  The new title IV-Part A resurrects elements of the old "Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities" program, which had been part of the previous iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ("No Child Left Behind").  In addition to allowable activities that include drug and violence prevention and promotion of school mental health services, the newly reauthorized Title IV-Part A includes expanded use of technology, access to high quality education opportunities, and many other such activities.  Title IV-Part A has become a "block grant" of sorts.  Discussion currently is on whether the appropriation will be anywhere close to the authorized spending levels ($1.6 Billion annually) that Congress has established as a "Ceiling" for this program.  These decisions will need to be made throughout the 2016-17 school year so that the program can be implemented in 2017-18 as scheduled.

The DPI's Suicide Prevention Curriculum is newly updated and available for download for free on the webpage linked here:

Prevent Suicide Wisconsin Conference will take place on April 19th at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells, WI.  For registration and further information go to:

When updating your school district's tobacco policy use the newly compiled checklist aligned with the E-cigarette sample school policy language from the Public Health Law Center available on DPI's Tobacco Prevention website at:  If your school district has updated your tobacco policy, notify Brenda Jennings at and we will add it to our list of school districts on our website.

Through the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, and a recent grant and partnership with CASEL, Wisconsin is developing state level  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies for grades K-12. These competencies will align with the current Model Early Learning standards.  The competencies will be available to all schools who choose to use them and will be accompanied by a number of resources to help schools fully implement social emotional learning. Additional focus will also be on developing a model for high school SEL implementation and a model for after school sites in order to provide them a method of effectively teaching and enhancing SEL skills in children in a manner that is consistent with in-school SEL application.  For more information contact Beth Herman at

Read the comprehensive list of SSPW updates on the WISH website.
A State of Mindfulness
submitted by Carol Zabel, Western Regional Coordinator

A Mindfulness movement is sweeping across the country leaving many to wonder, what is mindfulness all about? In Patricia A. Jennings book
Mindfulness for Teachers:  Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom, mindfulness in defined as "
... a particular state of consciousness that involves awareness and acceptance of whatever is happening in the present moment." The body of evidence supporting the inclusion of mindfulness practices in the classroom continues to grow. Check out Mindful Schools at  to learn more. Mindfulness practices can range from mindful breathing to mindful appreciation and more. If you are interested in learning more about mindfulness, the research supporting these practices, and get introduced to some of these practices, you may want to check out one of the
Educating Mindfully:  Practice for Educators and Learners workshops being offered by the Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Center. Registration information is available at:

Wellness and Mindfulness as School Based Interventions
Continuing the Practice of Educating Mindfully: Resiliency for Educators
Still Time to Register for Milwaukee Readiness and Emergency Management for K-12 Schools

Please note we have a new venue! The workshop will be held at the  Holiday Inn Milwaukee Riverfront on February 9 from 8:30-3:30.
Topics include: Developing Emergency Operations Plans K-12, Breakout Sessions: Avoid Deny  Defend, Safety with Social Media, Emergency Planning for Sporting Events. This will be the final regional workshop held with the Emergency Management grant ending March 2017.

Read more and register here.
WISH Center Workshops

Prefer a Calendar View--See our  Training Calender

PREPaRE Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning (Open to all school and community partners)

Workshop 1: Focus on Crisis Planning
Workshop 2: Focus on Crisis Intervention/Recovery*
School SBIRT Training*
Wellness and Mindfulness as School Based Interventions
Continuing the Practice of Educating Mindfully: Resiliency for Educators
Helping Students Through Trauma & Loss
Keeping Kids Safe: Internet Safety & Emerging Drug Trends
Alcohol and Other Drug Basics Online Course*
Just In Time: Strategies to Support Resiliency and Address Trauma Among Youth
My Sexual Health: My Future
*Graduate Credit Available for a fee through Viterbo University


All events are contingent on a minimum of participants. We are working on flyers and registration for some events. Please forward to a friend.
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