The Learning Services Department provides leadership in standards, curriculum, assessment, instruction, data and accountability, professional development, educator effectiveness, and leadership/administration to enhance all students’ learning. Learning Services strives toward excellence in teaching and learning for all PK-12 administrators, teachers, and their students. The goal of our integrated service delivery model is for each and every child to graduate academically prepared and socially and emotionally competent so they are ready for further education and the workforce.
Learning Services oversees Educator Development & Support, ELL/Title III Center, Literacy Center, Career/Technical Education Consortium, Digital Learning, Mathematics Center, Title I Network, ESSA Coordination, Data & Assessment, Trauma Sensitive Schools, Social and Emotional Learning, Academic and Career Planning, Redefining Ready, School Counseling and Universal Design for Learning.
ACADEMIC AND CAREER PLANNING SERVICES
Academic and Career Planning (ACP) purpose is to equip students and their families with the tools and skills necessary to navigate their post-secondary choices leading to a career. Whether your district is working on compliance or moving on to creating a college and career ready culture, ACP services include developing actions plans, scope and sequencing, district pathway development, or integrating ACP with other initiatives such as PBIS and RtI. For assistance with ACP Services please contact Marci Waldron-Kuhn
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CAREER & TECHNICAL EDUCATION CONSORTIUM
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Consortium provides management of Carl Perkins federal grant goals and spending for consortium districts. The CESA 7 CTE Coordinator (CTEC) monitors member districts’ Perkins plans and acts as a liaison to the DPI CTE Team. For assistance with the Carl Perkins Grant please contact David Gordon.
Coaching offers educators the opportunity to learn with someone from outside their typical circle of influence. In the best cases, the relationship becomes a confidential partnership in which two people (Coach and Educator) work together around an agreed-upon set of competencies (skills, knowledge, and behaviors). The coaching process provides focus, perspective, and an environment in which the educator engages in critical and targeted reflection on his/her practice as it relates to their goal(s). Further, by going through the coaching process, educators are better equipped to then coach others in your organization. For assistance with Coaching services please contact Colleen Timm.
DATA AND ASSESSMENT
The data and assessment services area provides on-site training and coaching services, leads collaborative networking sessions for DAC and district learning leaders, enhances professional learning, and supports strategies designed to close achievement/equity gaps. For assistance with Data & Assessment please contact Michelle Ring-Hanson.
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DIGITAL LEARNING NETWORK
The purpose of the Digital Learning Network is to build your district's understanding of the WI Digital Learning Plan through regional collaboration and leadership. We hold regular meetings for Educational Technology Leaders in a district and are designed to provide a forum for updates and discussion regarding the WI Digital Learning Plan and other relevant state and local information. These meetings will also serve as a Professional Learning Network for Technology Integration best practices with the focus being on creating deep, authentic, and relevant learning experiences for students through the use of various technologies. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: District Technology Coordinators, Technology Integrators/Coaches, Instructional Resource Coaches, Teacher Leaders, Library Media Specialists. For assistance with the Digital Learning Network please contact Tina Lemmens.
EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT
Educator Development & Support services are designed to support districts, schools, and educators in their implementation of Educator Effectiveness environment as required by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. CESA 7 Educator Effectiveness services provide leadership, coaching, and services to member districts through professional development, consultation, and customized guidance for assistance with the state model (Danielson and ISLCC standards). These services are driven by the commitment to advancing the professional practices of teachers and administrators toward excellence in student learning. For assistance with EDS please contact Colleen Timm.
EL TITLE III
The EL Title III Consortium Grant is committed to providing high-quality services to support member districts’ Title III grant activities. Services are designed to provide leadership in goal development, professional development planning, assessment, best instructional practices, interventions, alignment to the Common Core, and program evaluation. Additional fee-based EL services are provided to all districts, including those not in the CESA 7 Title III Consortium. For assistance with EL Title III please contact Beth Vande Hey
Learning Services provides technical assistance to help school districts meet the waiver requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Participating districts receive guidance on conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, planning required activities, and completion of the ESSA consolidated. For assistance with ESSA Coordination please contact Colleen Timm
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Membership in the Literacy Center provides leadership in best practices through access to a series of high-quality professional learning opportunities and on-site consultation focused on English Language Arts and Literacy in disciplinary areas. For assistance with Literacy Services please contact Charla Meyer.
Math services provides leadership in the best curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices through access to a series of high-quality professional learning opportunities and on-site consultation. The focus services on implementation of Mathematics State Standards. For assistance with Mathematics Services please contact Tina Lemmens.
REDEFINING READY SERVICES
Redefining Ready is a national initiative launched by the AASA (The School Superintendents Association) to introduce research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are college, career, and life ready. Redefining Ready provides the lens to bring clarity and focus to the integration of school initiatives. CESA 7 is leading the implementation of Redefining Ready to help schools leverage key actions to ensure that every one of their students graduates college, career, and life ready and to accurately tell the true story of public education in Wisconsin’s schools. Students are at the heart of the work in education, wrapped in a layer of services that include academics, career and life preparation, and social and emotional learning. For assistance with Redefining Ready Services, please contact Marci Waldron-Kuhn.
SCHOOL COUNSELING SERVICES
A comprehensive school counseling program is delivered through direct and indirect services designed to address three domains of student development: academic, personal/social, and career. Comprehensive school counseling programs are integral to the school's educational environment and partner with other academic and behavioral initiatives to effect positive changes in student achievement and behavior because school counselors connect to an array of special areas of development and initiatives. By developing a comprehensive program based on ASCA National Model and the Wisconsin Comprehensive School Counseling Model, the school counselor(s) serves as a leader, advocate, and collaborator working to recognize and remove systemic barriers to student success for all students. For assistance with School Counseling Services, please contact Marci Waldron-Kuhn.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING SERVICES
The most effective social and emotional learning (SEL) programming requires a strategic, systemic approach that involves school leaders, community partners, and families working together to ensure students receive the support they need. SEL enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively with life’s daily tasks and challenges. Making SEL part of the learning equation, through the use of CASEL’s integrated framework, is an important step in ensuring Wisconsin children graduate from school, college, and career ready. For assistance with Social Emotional Learning Services please contact Marci Waldron-Kuhn.
TITLE I NETWORK
The Statewide Title I Network is a collaborative effort with the Department of Public Instruction to provide increased technical assistance and professional development for districts and schools with Title I programs. Districts across the state have expressed a need to receive additional guidance and assistance in implementing effective Title I programs focused on raising students’ academic achievement. The Statewide Title I Network will provide a base level of services to all districts and schools in CESA #7 receiving Title I dollars focused specifically on the following areas: Title I implementation, Title I Coordinator leadership, Title I related professional development, districts and schools identified for improvement, plus resources and collaboration. For assistance with Title I Network please contact Charla Meyer.
TRAUMA SENSITIVE SCHOOLS SERVICES
Exposure to traumatic events in childhood is very common. Not all trauma leads to difficulty in function, yet research indicates that exposure to trauma and toxic stress changes people physiologically and psychologically. Schools can become a protective factor for their students and increase the social, emotional, and academic skills of the entire student body. We work directly with schools to develop trauma sensitivity practices in how they run their school by instilling the values of safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration, and empowerment through a multi-level system of support. For assistance with Trauma Sensitive Schools Services please contact Marci Waldron-Kuhn.
UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING (UDL)
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based educational framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. Educators implementing the UDL framework use a set of guidelines, as a tool, to design instructional goals, assessments, methods, and materials to make teaching and learning accessible, engaging, and effective for all learners. For assistance with UDL please contact Michelle Ring-Hanson.