February 2019

Important Buzz Announcement!

Buzz Online Learning Update

WRCCS is excited to announce that we have listened to your feedback and have made some important changes to the WRCCS Buzz courses! These courses are now directly aligned to the WRCCS Competencies. Each course will be color-coded according to domain: Authorizer-Blue, Classroom-Purple, Governance Board-Green, Leadership-Brown, Families-Orange, and General Info-Gray.

For more information on creating your Buzz account visit our website!

All in-person and Zoom sessions will be announced shortly so stay tuned!


NEW** Mental Health Services Grant Applications!

The application process for the FY 2019-2021 School-based Mental Health Services (SMHS) Grants is now open!

  • All public school districts, independent charter schools or a consortium of the two can apply.
  • If you are a current recipient of the SMHS grant you are eligible to apply again.
  • Please note that this is a competitive grant. You are encouraged to read the guidance document and attend or review one of the grant writing webinars. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document is also very helpful.
  • Please review guidance document and the FAQ before submitting questions.
  • We will be offering 4 opportunities to attend a live grant writing webinar and one will be recorded and posted.
  • Please see the grant website https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/school-based-grant-program for the following:

Grant Application

Application Guidance

Frequently Asked Questions

Relevant Dates and Deadlines

Links to 4 grant writing webinars

To book a 15 minute consultation to discuss the School based Mental Health Services Grant, Social and Emotional Learning or school mental health in general please go to:





Announcement from DPI

WI Charter School Grant Application Materials Now Available!

Good morning,

Application materials for the second round of the Wisconsin Charter School Grant competition are now available on the department’s Federal Charter School Grant webpage. As a reminder, grant applications will be due February 22, 2019. Please email charterschools@dpi.wi.gov if you have any questions.

If you are not intending to submit a grant application for this round of the competition, please consider becoming a peer reviewer.

We look forward to receiving your grant applications.

Wisconsin Charter Schools Program

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction


NEW!! WRCCS Public Share Resources

WRCCS has created the WRCCS Public Share Resources folder. We will continue to add dynamic resources to this folder.


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Mental Health Supports and Resources - Save the Dates!

Email from DPI:

On June 19-20 DPI will host the second annual Social and Emotional Learning Symposium. As we plan this event, we want to make sure that the sessions offered reflect the needs of educators and out of school time programs. Please take a moment to complete this google form https://goo.gl/forms/1fd7EdZL5r4PvYxq2 to assist us with our planning.

Also, this year’s Summer Institute will include a shared event with the 4th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit. This event is co-sponsored by the Coalition for Expanding School-Based Mental Health in Wisconsin and the Department of Public Instruction. This conference will occur on June 18th at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in Stevens Point. The Save the Date flyer for this event is below. Please note that registration for this event and the SEL symposium are separate. Registration information for the SEL Symposium will be shared soon.

April 10-12 - Glacier Canyon Lodge, WI Dells

The pre-conference on Wed., Apr. 10 is FREE and is a WRCCS School Development Day! Thursday and Friday, Apr. 11-12, are also filled with great sessions - Topics will include a broad array of cutting-edge educational issues and trends, technology integration for the classroom, student-driven educational workshops, STEM, PBL, personalized learning, and more.


Supporting Students in Reaching Their Full Potential

March, 2019 (see flyer below)

To have your event listed email WRCCS the information and link. We will also post these events on our social media. Don't forget to like and/or follow us. See below!


Charter School Job Openings

To have your charter school job opening(s) listed email WRCCS the link. WRCCS will also post the openings on our social media. Don't forget to like and/or follow us. See below!




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Program Assistant