September 2012 PBIS Post

New staff

Dana Kuehl, regional technical assistance coordinators for the eastern region, including schools in CESAs 6 and 7

I have a background in education as a teacher and counselor. Most recently I have been an external coach for seven schools at various levels of implementation of PBIS. It is an exciting process to facilitate a team through the stages of PBIS from kick-off to individual interventions. I have found the PBIS teams to be made up of hard working and dedicated teachers and staff. I look forward to working with school teams and continuing to learn and improve the PBIS process with them.

Milaney Leverson, regional technical assistance coordinators for the western region, including schools in CESAs 4, 10, and 11

I have been working as a school psychologist with the Eau Claire Area School District since 2005. During that time I have worked with students of every age, from pre-school through high school levels. I attained certification as a state-wide trainer of PBIS in spring 2012 and, through the certification process, co-trained many PBIS teams in the Eau Claire Area School District and in neighboring districts. Guiding teams through the training materials and helping them create plans for implementation has given me insight regarding school systems beyond the Eau Claire Area School District. I also served as a PBIS internal and external coach and participated on our PBIS leadership team and RtI leadership committee for the district. These experiences have given me the opportunity to look beyond the realm of special education and collaborate with curriculum specialists, literacy coaches, and classroom teachers among others to determine how to change our systems to meet the needs of ALL students. I am especially interested in creating culturally responsive systems and efficient tier 2 interventions for both behavior and academic skills. I look forward to working with PBIS coaches and teams to build strong systems across the state.

Conference Recap

The Wisconsin PBIS Network held its annual Summer Leadership Conference in Wisconsin Dells on August 14–15. George Sugai presented the keynote to approximately 725 participants. This was followed by 40 individual breakout sessions. The evening of August 14 included a poster session with networking, team planning time, and a reception for the 139 schools that were recognized as 2012 Schools of Merit and Schools of Distinction. Save the date now for the next conference on August 20–21, 2013 at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Registration will open Mid-April.

PBIS Sustainability Project Information Sheet: School Teams

With a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, our state and the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports are conducting a three-year project examining implementation and sustainability of PBIS. Results will identify the most important steps that can be taken to enhance implementation and sustainability of school practices, including PBIS.To learn how to earn a $20 Target gift card and find out more information about the survey, please click here. This opportunity is open to ALL implementing schools.

PBIS in the News

Check out a new section of our website, PBIS in the News, which chronicles local news articles that have been shared with us about PBIS implementation around the state. We would love for you to submit articles about PBIS from your own local newspaper.  

Disaggregated Data in SWIS Online Module

This short online module developed by the Wisconsin PBIS Network provides a tutorial on how to use custom graphs in SWIS to disaggregate data to create precision statements. Click here to view the module. 

Discussion Board

The Wisconsin PBIS Network discussion boards are now available. These boards are available for different audiences; the public board is open to all, although the coaches and trainers boards are only open to qualified individuals. Follow this link to learn more.