Wisconsin Continuous Improvement

Wisconsin is working to align and strengthen supports for districts and schools as they engage in continuous improvement. This stems from the drive to close achievement gaps and from changes in federal accountability requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
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Worksheet for Selecting Evidence Based Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and/or Mental Health (MH) Program

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Evidence-based strategies are strategies, practices, or programs (referred to more broadly in ESSA as “interventions”) that have solid evidence to show that they produce results and improve outcomes. They’ve been tested, and they’re based on knowledge gained through rigorous research. The School-based Mental Health Grant requires that grant-funded activities must meet either the ESSA Tier 1 Strong Evidence or Tier 2 Moderate Evidence Level: Tier 1 Strong Evidence A practice, strategy or program is considered to have strong evidence of its effectiveness if it is backed by a randomized control experimental study that has all of the additional indicators of quality and relevance. Tier 2 Moderate Evidence A practice, strategy, or program is considered to have moderate evidence of its effectiveness if it is backed by a quasi-experimental study that has all of the additional indicators of quality and relevance.

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Author: Beth Herman

What is a "Root Cause Hub?"

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As a project of the WISELearn resource network, “Root Cause Hubs” will be portals that house curated selections of resources for the support of educators participating in the Continuous Improvement process. Each theme corresponds to the Continuous Improvement components outlined in Wisconsin’s Framework for Equitable Multi-level Systems of Support (MLSS). The overarching aim for this trove of resources is for school and community-based educators to use the Root Cause Hubs to guide decisions towards equitable and high-quality learning opportunities for youth. Of particular focus is the engagement of schools with the Root Cause Hubs when identifying continuous improvement strategies to meet ESSA requirements. This document gives an overview of the Root Cause Hubs.

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Author: Annalee Good and Ja'Dell Davis

Racial Equity Tools

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The website "Racial Equity Tools" is designed to support individuals and groups working to achieve racial equity. This site offers tools, research, tips, curricula and ideas for people who want to increase their own understanding and to help those working toward justice at every level – in systems, organizations, communities and the culture at large.

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Author: Racial Equity Tools

Advancing Educational Equity for Underserved Youth

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This brief produced by the Learning Policy Institute summarizes research and recommendations for strategies states and districts can do to improve equitable opportunities and outcomes. The brief suggests that to promote equity and improve outcomes, states can: • track suspension and expulsion rates, while removing zero-tolerance discipline policies that have proven ineffective in improving youth performance, replacing them with restorative justice practices;2 • incentivize schools to evaluate and improve school climate, which is associated with youth achievement and educational attainment, for all groups of youth, with special attention to those who are most vulnerable; • monitor attendance and chronic absenteeism, and create approaches to intervene early and support attendance where needed to increase learning time; • use an extended-year graduation rate (e.g., 5, 6, or 7 years), as well as a 4-year rate, to encourage high schools to work with and bring back young people who, for a variety of reasons, could not graduate in 4 years; and • measure youths’ access to and completion of college- and career-ready courses of study in an effort to open up evidence-based pathways to future success that help youth reach their potential and encourage schools to offer these opportunities to all youth.

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Author: Jessica Cardichon and Linda Darling-Hammond

RootCauseHubs - Structures & Systems Brief

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As part of the Root Cause Hubs supporting educators as they are in the continuous improvement process, this resources provides a short discussion of the structures and systems underlying the key systems features. It uses an allegory of a river to summarize patterns in inequality that impact youth, families, educators, schools and communities. It also includes resources and discussion questions to help guide groups of educators wanting to explore more.

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Author: Ja'Dell Davis and Annalee Good