Kids Do Well If They Can, Youth Mental Health TOT, My Sexual Health Workshops, What is Title IV?
DPI Updates, and WISH Center Trainings
October 2017 Updates
This month's newsletter is also available:
Kids Do Well If They Can-
Ross Greene Keynoting BHSS Conference December 7-8
Contributed by Jackie Schoening, Central Regional Coordinator

The Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference in December will feature Dr Ross Greene and his book Lost at School. "School discipline is broken. Not surprisingly, tightening the vise grip hasn't worked... yet public elementary and secondary schools in the United States continue to dole out a whopping 110,000 expulsions and 3 million suspensions each year, along with countless tens of millions of detentions."
If school discipline is broken, the mission is to fix it. And in this highly readable, practical, realistic, positive book -- based on his work with thousands of challenging kids and their teachers, parents, and schools -- Dr. Greene describes how.
"This book does not bash or blame educators. Nor, for that matter, does it bash or blame challenging kids or their parents. It's about the need to make dramatic changes in a system that isn't working for teachers, parents, or challenging kids, and how to go about making those changes."
Participants at the conference will receive a copy of the book and the WISH Center will host an online book study February 1-28, 2018.
Youth Mental Health First Aid Training of Trainers-2 Dates

October 23-27, 2017, CESA #6 Oshkosh

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 #6 in Oshkosh on October 23-27, 2017. Participants must complete the application process and attend all 5 days of training.
Link to Flyer for more information.
My Sexual Health Workshops
contributed by Carol Zabel, Western Regional Coordinator

By combining the research with teacher wisdom and knowledge, DPI has created great lessons for students on sexual health. If you are a Health teacher, you will want to attend with workshop. Participants will experience activities from My Sexual Health: My Future, learn how to be inclusive of all students, review Wisconsin statute and reflect on how their own health curricula can be enhanced with this new resource and the interactive methods presented. Link to Training Flyer
What is Title IV, Part A?

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.
DPI Updates
from Emily Holder, DPI Consultant, Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team

The DPI Pupil Services team is now fully staffed with the addition of the following staff:
Louise Wilson, School Nurse Consultant
Julie Incitti, School Social Work Consultant
Elizabeth Cook, School Psychology Consultant
Laura Marty, Chronic Disease Grant Consultant

Please congratulate the following SSPW team members who have transitioned into new positions:
Christie Gause-Bemis, School Mental Health Consultant
Emily Holder, Prevention and Wellness Consultant

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

School-Based Suicide Prevention Trainings are available in various CESA locations this fall/winter.  Additional information and registration can be found at:

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training Of Trainers in coordination with WISH and through funding at DPI's Project AWARE, two training of the trainers will take place in Wisconsin.  This is a 5 day training. Trainers learn how to train YMHFA to 30 participants at a time for 8 hours to become literate in Mental Health issues affecting our youth, learn a 5 step technique to listen, assess, and refer and develop anti-stigma perspectives around mental health.  The grant is available to pay for trainers to attend as long as they agree to the terms of an MOU.  Dates:  October 23-27 and March 19-23.
YMHFA trainings are available to school districts by request.  Trainings can be paid for through Project AWARE and a request for a training can be made at:  schools must agree to the terms of the training and sign an MOU.  Coordinator of Youth Mental Health First Aid is Beth Herman at   Coordinator of Youth Mental Health First Aid at WISH is Christine Kleiman

Earlier this summer, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction awarded $5.2 million in 21st Century Community Learning Center grants which can renew for five years. The 41 sites receiving funds were among a pool of 108 that requested more than $13 million through the competitive grant program. Including sites funded with 2017-18 competitive grants, students will have access to 210 afterschool programs funded by the state's $17 million CLC grant.

Building the Heart of Successful Schools will take place on December 7-8 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton.  Keynotes include Sean Slade ( Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child ) and Dr. Ross Greene ( Kids Do Well If They Can ).  Pre-conferences on human trafficking and Youth Mental Health First Aid will be available on December 6 th . For registration and further information go to:

The 2017 statewide Wisconsin Youth Risk Behavior Survey was conducted with randomly selected schools through May 2017. Weighted data was achieved and the data will be available Winter 2018.  

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 Emily Holder at and we will add it to our list of school districts on our website.
Wisconsin DPI has awarded the 2017 Wisconsin School Health Award to 67 schools as a way to recognize and celebrate schools with policies, programs, and the infrastructure to support and promote healthy eating, physical activity, physical education, health education, parental and community involvement, and staff wellness. The goal of this award is to motivate and empower Wisconsin schools as they create and maintain healthy school environments. The 2017 awards ceremony will be at the Building the Heart of Successful Schools Conference in Appleton.
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) is entering the year of mandated implementation. The 12 CESAs around the state are scheduling ongoing professional development sessions to help district teams plan and prepare to meet their individual needs for compliance with PI-26 and effective ACP implementation. DPI has a website dedicated to ACP professional development events at: . In addition, changes and additions are being made to the comprehensive ACP webpage ( ); including the posting of multiple lessons for districts/schools to use for their staffs' professional learning here .  

GSAFE and Mental Health America of Wisconsin partnered to produce the new resource for middle and high school educators, Best Practices for Supporting LGBTQ+ Students as They Return to School .  Please consider sharing this in love, respect, encouragement, support, and appreciation with educators that you know, including out-of-school and after school workers!  Please see attached, or follow the link above or here: .

Current DPI grants in progress:
State Alcohol and Drug Abuse (AODA) Grant There were 72 applications representing 93 school districts submitted for consideration. The four consortium projects have a total of 25 districts between them, while 68 of the applications were submitted to address program development in 68 individual districts. Forty-five projects representing 66 school districts were recommended for funding, including all four consortium projects. This is a funding rate of 63% of the districts seeking funds, totaling 62% of the dollars requested by all applicants.  All CESAs have at least one funded project. Grant projects include SBIRT AODA screening,  LifeSkills Training classroom curriculum and N-O-T on Tobacco smoking cessation programing. Further information is available at: .
Wisconsin DPI was awarded a one year In School Pregnancy/Parenting Interventions, Resources, and Education Project (InSPIRE) Grant through the Office of Adolescent Health.  DPI will work with 8 Wisconsin school districts and with local grants through 2018. Outcomes include increasing high school graduation and enrollment in higher education, increasing parenting knowledge and skills, and decreasing repeat pregnancy

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 .
Wisconsin DPI was awarded the competitive School-based HIV/STD Prevention and Surveillance Grant through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, year five in a five-year project.  The HIV grant will have statewide activities around policy and curriculum, but will have targeted activities to 15 priority districts in policy, curriculum, referrals for health service and safe school climate. All grantees are required to address school climate for LGBTQ+ youth.  More information is available here: .
Wisconsin DHS, in collaboration with DPI, was awarded the enhanced Chronic Disease Prevention Grant , currently in year five of a five-year project. Areas of focus in 16 priority districts are asthma and anaphylaxis, diabetes, epilepsy, and obesity prevention.  Active Students are Better Learners with Active Schools Core 4+ trainings are available at 5 CESA's during 2017-18. Please see the WISH Center website for details.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) received the School Climate Transformation Grant , funded by US Department of Education at $578,521/year for five years, through 2019. The project will effectively build local capacity to provide, improve, and expand multi-level systems of support by directly strengthening positive behavioral interventions and support (PBIS), as well as integrating school mental health services and supports into PBIS. The work of the grant is to strengthen Wisconsin state capacity to: a) deliver expanded effective training and technical assistance through an existing statewide PBIS Training Center; and b) deliver training and technical assistance on school mental health . Mental Health Framework Roll-out trainings are available upon request.  For more information on the School Mental Health contact Christie Gause-Bemis at or Elizabeth Cook at

Wisconsin was one of seven states that received a Safe Schools-Healthy Students Grant .  DPI received this federal grant to address school safety in the Beloit, Racine, and Menominee Indian School Districts. It is a four year project, ending in 2017.  A project summary with more detail is available by contacting the Project Coordinator, Beth Herman at .

Wisconsin DPI received the Project AWARE Grant , funded by SAMHSA for $9.8 million for five years through 2019.  The purposes of this project are to: 1) make schools safer; 2) improve school climate; 3) increase capacity to identify warning signs of mental health problems among children and make appropriate referrals to mental health care; and 4) increase capacity of the state and local education agencies to connect children and youth with behavioral health issues with needed services. The focus is on the needs and supports of students, staff, and families in the School District of Ashland, Adams Friendship Area School District and Milwaukee Public Schools, with project innovations and lessons learned available to all schools statewide. Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings will be available to those involved in working with youth ages 12-18.  The Project Coordinator of Youth Mental Health First Aid is Beth Herman at .  For more information on AWARE contact the Project Coordinator, Monica Wightman at .

The Wisconsin DPI received the Bullying Prevention Research Project , funded by National Institutes of Justice for $858,000 through December 2017.  The proposed study researches the effectiveness of a Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports and Bullying Prevention program on outcomes of school safety and climate among students in grades six through eight in 36 middle schools. The Wisconsin DPI will partner with schools, academic institutions, several community health partners, and the WISH Center in this endeavor.  For more information contact John Bowser at .

The Wisconsin DPI received the Wisconsin School Emergency Management Project , funded by US Department of Ed. for $472,000 through December 2017. Funding will go to the WISH Center to develop contracts with School Safety Coordinators Association, develop statewide regional conferences, and work with National Association of School Psychologists on PREPaRE trainings. The project offers training and technical assistance regarding PREPaRE trainings

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 and access to well-rounded education.  Allocations were recently announced and will be made available to districts late Fall through WISEgrants.  Updates can be found here .  A Title IV, Part-A website and FAQ are being developed. Districts may now complete their private school affirmation for this Title.

Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework Update- Making its debut in 2015, the framework continues to be ever evolving to supply schools with resources that are needed to create a comprehensive response to mental health needs in the school.  New this year:  Emotional Regulation Plans (Revised), Family Engagement specific to youth with mental health challenges, and Resiliency toolkit for staff. Coming soon:  Solution-Focused modules for pupil service staff.

Trauma Sensitive Schools- This year DPI has committed to provide intensive training and coaching support to an additional 30 schools across the state of Wisconsin. This brings the cadre of DPI sponsored TSS schools and districts up to 87 across the state.
October 2017
Oct. 19 & Nov. 30
November 2017
1 My Sexual Health, CESA #2 Whitewater
Nov. 9 & Dec. 13
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*
19-23 New
April 2018
June 2018
June 1-30
Motivational Interviewing in Schools Book Study*
*Graduate Credit Applied for through Viterbo University
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