Wisconsin School District Learning Plans and Enrollment in the 2020-21 School Year
To assess the state of remote learning throughout Wisconsin in the 2020-21 school year, remote learning plans from 59 sample districts were reviewed, both at the start and near the end of the school year.
Learning from the Pandemic: An Analysis of WI Districts’ Requests for Hours of Instruction Flexibility
During the 2020-21 school year, Wisconsin districts applied to the Department of Public Instruction for waivers to respond to the evolving public health pandemic. This analysis, which focuses on districts utilizing Hours of Instruction and Length of School Day flexibilities, was designed to take stock of what was learned during this unusual year and to uncover possible new innovations.
Minnesota Safe Learning Survey: Spring 2021 Survey of Minnesota Educators, Families, and Students
The R10CC developed the Minnesota Safe Learning Survey to examine educators’, students’ (grades 6-12), and families’ educational experiences during the first half of the 2020-21 academic year. The second Safe Learning Survey, the subject of this report, was conducted from May 5, 2021 to June 18, 2021. Over 10,500 respondents, including 2,844 educators, 1,685 students, and 6,004 family members completed the survey this spring. It is the continued hope of the WMCC10 that data from the Minnesota Safe Learning Surveys will continue to provide insights as to how educators, students, and families are feeling about school during this unprecedented time in history.
Youth Participatory Decision Making in Education: A Review of Literature and Existing Efforts
The WMCC team conducted a review of the research literature on and existing initiatives across the country related to youth participatory decision making. The document includes an extensive list of resources on youth voice.
Wisconsin's Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions
Wisconsin's Informational Guidebook on Dyslexia and Related Conditions provides information to learners, families, educators, and educational systems. This guidebook was required by 2019 Wisconsin Act 86 and was created through collaboration between the advisory committee, as outlined in Act 86, and DPI. DPI identified two co-chairs of the advisory committee that collaborated and planned engagement opportunities for both groups prior to each meeting. All meetings of the advisory committee were held online and facilitated by Dr. Alisia Moutry, Co-Director of the Wisconsin Minnesota Comprehensive Center Region 10. Each meeting was a public meeting; members of the public observed the meetings. The meetings were for advisory committee work and, therefore, did not include time for public comments or participation. Public notice of advisory committee meetings was posted on this website as they became available. Feedback was solicited from advisory committee members at several points in the drafting process and was available for 30 days of public comment.
Diversifying Minnesota's Educator Workforce
Equitable Access to Diverse Teachers and Leaders
This is a series of policy briefs examining key aspects of diversifying Minnesota's educator workforce. Topics include: a theory of action for diversifying the educator workforce, trends in the state of teaching in the United States and Minnesota, Culturally Responsive School Leadership: a review of the research; Culturally Responsive School Leadership framework; how do work environment conditions affect teachers of color; evidence-based best practices for recruiting teachers of color; and evidence-based best practices for retaining teachers of color.
Minnesota Safe Learning Survey: Winter 2021 Survey of Minnesota Educators, Families, and Students
The R10CC developed the Minnesota Safe Learning Survey to examine educators’, students’ (grades 6-12), and families’ educational experiences during the first half of the 2020-21 academic year. The report contains a summary of the over 23,000 respondents including 9,333 educators, 11,651 family members and 2,988 students (grades 6-12). The purpose of this survey was to get a true picture of how those being most impacted by the Safe Learning Plan are experiencing it. The survey will be deployed at three intervals, February, May, and October 2021, with statewide reports following the conclusion of each survey window. This is the first of three reports that will be produced. This information will inform future MDE planning and support that the WMCC and the UMN’s College of Education and Human Development may be able to provide MDE, policymakers, districts, and schools.
Best Practices for Assessments During the COVID-19 Pandemic
This brief synthesizes guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and existing guidance offered by professional educational associations, assessment/test vendors, state departments of education, and educational organizations.
Selected Knowledge Base on Interventions for Struggling Adolescent Readers
This document summarizes a review of research, evaluation, resources, and stakeholder knowledge related to the topic of interventions for struggling adolescent readers. Databases used for conducting this review included Google Scholar and ERIC. Literature from peer-reviewed, scholarly journals was reviewed, along with national reading and literacy organizations’ websites and white papers from state departments of education and national education organizations. The search primarily was limited to studies and sources published from 2000-2020. Search terms used include but are not limited to: “struggling adolescent readers”, “struggling” AND “intervention” AND “adolescent readers”, “struggling” AND “adolescent” AND “intervention” AND “policy”, etc.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Initiative Inventory Summary
This Initiative Inventory Summary is intended to support the incoming Wisconsin DPI administration’s understanding of an agency-wide project undertaken during 2019-2020 to strengthen and improve efforts to address the persistent gaps in equity, opportunity, and access present throughout Wisconsin’s education system. This summary includes: background about the initiative inventory, a process and timeline overview, key data findings and limitations, lessons learned, and recommendations for consideration by the new administration. Also included are links to pertinent supporting documentation used during this process.