January 2020

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Charter School CESA Project Partners

The Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools has partnered with Wisconsin CESAs to share common resources, build capacity, and develop deeper connections. WRCCS believes that by supporting and strengthening the work of each CESA, true sustainability of charter school support can be developed and maintained. Click here for more information.


The WRCCS School Mentor Program

Multiple research studies document the benefits that students receive through mentoring programs. We at the Wisconsin Resource Center for Charter Schools (WRCCS) are leveraging the benefits of mentoring by creating a statewide charter school mentor program. The WRCCS Mentor Program was created in 2018 to help new DPI charter school sub-grantees develop sustainable, high-performing charter schools across the state of Wisconsin. WRCCS has partnered each DPI charter school sub-grantee with a mentor school to provide guidance, motivation, and act as a thought partner as each sub-grantee strives to meet the needs of every student.

Mentor pairs collaborate to create action plans around a set of school competencies created by WRCCS to guide in the development and sustainability of school success. Ninety-six percent of schools in the mentor program reported they would recommend this program to other schools. The first year has not only been a huge success, it has been groundbreaking as it is the only school-school mentor program of its kind in the nation!

Mentor schools are getting just as much benefit out of the program. Mentor schools have reported that they are gaining new insights and learning new practices from their partner school. Ninety-six percent of mentor schools reported that they would be a mentor school again in the future and would recommend mentoring to other schools. Mentor schools have been specifically chosen because they have demonstrated sustainability and have continuously met their performance measures. A strong relationship between the mentor and sub-grantee makes all the difference in the success of the mentor program.

Contact: Nick Pretasky, Associate Director




Charter School Grant Application Materials

Now Available!

The 2019-20 Charter School Grant Application Materials are now available on the DPI Website. Application Deadline: February 19, 2020.

If you have any questions, please contact Diane Schwartz with the Department of Public Instruction at (608) 267-9287 or diane.schwartz@dpi.wi.gov.


Promoting Excellence for All - Family and Community Engagement

We have aligned some of our WRCCS resources to the Promoting Excellence for All (PEFA) framework from DPI. Check out the list of WRCCS eCourses below around one of the four focus areas, Family and Community Engagement. Click here for more information on WRCCS eCourses.

Family and Community Engagement

  • Strategy - Family Engagement

    • WRCCS eCourse - Governance Board: Community Engagement

  • Strategy - Community Partnerships

    • WRCCS eCourse - Governance Board: Community Engagement


WRCCS offers a schedule of comprehensive charter school support!

WRCCS is excited to provide educators a broad range of free professional development opportunities including in-person work days, online training sessions via Zoom, and WRCCS eCourses via Buzz.

Register for the 2020 WRCCS Conference

Register for the 2020 WRCCS Conference on July 28-29, 2020!

Registration deadline: July 10, 2020

The WRCCS is fortunate to get to work with such dedicated and inspirational educational leaders all year long, and we are looking forward to continuing this work at the 2020 WRCCS Conference.

Click here for more information and to register. We will continue to add more information to the conference website as it becomes available.

WRCCS School Development Day

April 22, 2020


Glacier Canyon Lodge, Wisconsin Dells

Click here to register.

Check out the amazing schedule for the WRCCS Development Day!

The Infusion Fair is designed for schools to share insights, systems, and/or practices that have been implemented to better meet the needs of students. Attendees will be challenged to rethink their teaching and learning paradigms and ideate on how they can reshape their learning spaces to better meet the needs of all students.



Play Make Learn (PML) Request for Proposals

The Play Make Learn (PML) Conference Planning Committee invites you to submit session or poster proposals for the 2020 Play Make Learn Conference, which will take place on August 13-14, 2020 at Union South on the UW-Madison campus. PML is a gathering of game designers, makers, artists and educators. The conference is a place for collaboration and discovery in the design, research and practice of gaming, makerspaces, classrooms and the arts.

For more details click here. The deadline to submit is January 6, 2020.

Celebrating Our Montessori Children Conference 2019

Honoring Each Heart and Mind: Joyful Montessori Learning

Saturday, January 11, 2020

UW-La Crosse | La Crosse, Wisconsin


Digital Leadership and Learning 2019-20
To have your event listed email the information to support@wrccs.org.


Charter School Job Openings

Carmen Schools of Science & Technology

Escuela Verde

Lakeland Star

Milwaukee College Prep

One City

Seeds of Health, Inc.

ParaProfessional - MC2 High School

Math Teacher - MC2 High School

Math ParaProfessional - MC2 High School

Special Education Aide - Seeds of Health Elementary

To have your charter school job opening(s) listed email the link to support@wrccs.org.


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Request an update to your school's yearbook listing

Please note that this request is exclusively for the charter schools yearbook. Your school and/or district is also responsible for keeping up-to-date information in the DPI schools directory.