Technical Assistance in Wisconsin: Year 5

Midwest Comprehensive Center (MWCC) is collaborating with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) on work around college and career readiness, American Indian education, and ESSA.

Wisconsin Projects

Project 1: Academic and Career Planning

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.

Project 2: American Indian Education

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.

Project 3: Equity in ESSA Stakeholder Council

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.