This is the fifth year of the Academic and Career Planning (ACP) project. During the first 4 years of the project, MWCC worked with DPI to create guidance documents, develop a system for tracking student academic and career planning activity, establish an advisory council, develop a contract for a software tool, design the training and webinars for the pilot program, and create an evaluation plan, which was to be completed by an external evaluator.
The American Indian Education (AIE) work is in its fourth year. Over the course of the first 3 years of the program, MWCC worked with DPI and the 11 American Indian tribes in Wisconsin, as well as school districts that frequently serve American Indian students, to develop a memorandum of understanding that could be used when working together to provide services to American Indian students. MWCC provided a scan of policies and curricula other states have in place to support American Indian students.
In spring 2016, DPI began in earnest to plan for the new federal education law—ESSA. A big focus of the planning at that time was to engage in stakeholder listening sessions. DPI held three in-person sessions across the state, conducted two virtual sessions, and provided a Google Form for individual feedback. In addition to these meetings, the state superintendent, Tony Evers, commissioned a stakeholder council whose specific task is to look at the ESSA planning through an equity lens.