Sean Slade, Gratitude Challenge, 21st Century CLC Grants Available, Title IV,
and WISH Center Trainings
November 2017 Updates
This month's newsletter is also available:
Sean Slade, ASCD, Keynoting BHSS Conference

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child  If the Student Were Truly at the Center of the System, What Could We Achieve?

The Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference on December 7 will feature 
Sean Slade, Senior Director of Global Outreach at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD).
The ASCD Whole Child approach is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children. It strives to enhance learning by addressing each student's social, emotional, physical, and academic needs through the shared contributions of schools, families, communities, and policymakers. Read more.
Thnx4Schools Gratitude Challenge

Want to make gratitude a part of your school culture? Join the Greater Good Science Center's Thnx4Schools Gratitude Challenge! is a digital gratitude journal that you can access from anywhere, making it easier to give thanks and enjoy the benefits of gratitude. 
Interested schools will encourage staff members participate in a 10- or 21-day gratitude challenge, where school staff will share "Thnx!" with each other on a personalized school page. Schools and individuals will be able to track how gratitude is changing the lives of staff members and the culture of the school.

Gratitude is great for schools. Studies suggest it makes students feel better about their school; it also makes teachers feel more satisfied and accomplished, and less emotionally exhausted, possibly reducing teacher burnout.  See what it takes to join the Challenge here !
Title IV, Part A Update

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 New Webpage.

As of today the Title IV Part A application is not yet available in WISEGrants. This is the best place to check for updated information: Questions can be directed to Emily Holder, DPI Education Consultant,
WI 21st CCLC Grant Applications Now Available
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is pleased to announce that applications for 21 st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) grants are currently being accepted. The purpose of the program is to create community learning centers that provide students with academic enrichment opportunities, as well as additional activities designed to complement their regular academic program. Community learning centers must also offer families of program participants literacy and related educational development. Centers, which can be located in elementary or secondary schools or other similarly accessible facilities, provide a range of high-quality services to support student learning and development. Activities may include tutoring and mentoring, project-based learning, community service opportunities, music, arts, sports, cultural activities, and more.
Public school districts, private schools, charter schools, and community-based organizations (including faith-based organizations) primarily serving students attending schools with 40 percent or more of enrolled students eligible for free or reduced price lunch, or with similar or equivalent economic need, are eligible to apply.
Applications are due on or before February 9, 2018. More information and application materials are available on the DPI 21 st CCLC website at:
Please note, this application is intended only for new applicants or current 21 st CCLC grantees in the fifth and final year of a grant cycle.  Current WI 21 st  CCLC programs in years 1-4 of their grant cycles SHOULD NOT submit an application as part of this competitive grant process.
DPI will be hosting on-line and in-person workshops to assist writers in developing grant applications. Workshops will be held:
  • December 12, 2017, at the Best Western Plus, Eau Claire Conference Center, Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
  • December 15, 2017, at the Holiday Inn Madison at the American Center, MadisonWisconsin.
  • A live webinar will be held on December 18, 2017 from 10-11:30 am.
  • DPI is also partnering with You for Youth (Y4Y) to offer a separate webinar dedicated to the topic of conducting a needs assessment - a key part of developing a successful grant application.  The webinar will be held on December 20, 2017 from 10-11 am.

Please visit for more information and to register for the workshops. For further information, please contact Teri LeSage at 608-267-5078, Tanya Morin at 608-267-9393, or Alison Wineberg at 608-267-3751.
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.
December 2017
6 (pre-conf)
Dec. 13 & Jan 29
January 2018
February 2018
February 1-28
Lost at School, Ross Greene Book Study*
March 2018
7-8 Restorative Practices, CESA #4 West Salem*
April 2018
June 2018
26 Advanced Trauma Strategies, The Excellence Center, Waukesha
June 1-30
Motivational Interviewing in Schools Book Study*
*Graduate Credit Applied for through Viterbo University
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