Register Now for the 31st Annual WIEA Conference Mino-Ayaa ‘Idiiwin: Let’s Be Healthy Together

The 2017 Wisconsin Indian Education Association Conference titled, MINO-AYAA ‘IDIIWIN: Let’s Be Healthy Together, will be hosted by WIEA’s Northeast Region and is set to take place on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2017, at The Waters of Minocqua in beautiful Minocqua, WI. The conference includes events at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua and Lake of the Torches Resort Convention Center in Lac du Flambeau, WI.

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The 2017 Conference includes early extended programming thanks in part to a partnership between The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network or “The Network”, which is a multi-tiered system of compliance activities and improvement supports to address racial disproportionality in special education and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association. On May 11, The Network will hold a training workshop at The Pointe Hotel in Minocqua.

Make sure to set aside this important date on your calendar! The 2016 conference set attendance records and drew people from across the country. The 2017 conference promises to be just as big and just as exciting as last year’s. Some of Indian Country’s biggest names will once again partner with WIEA to bring the latest news, information and opportunities in American Indian and Alaskan Native education directly to you! Click here to view the tentative 2017 Conference Agenda.

Tentatively scheduled events include the The Network’s Early Childhood Tribal Workgroup Training Session on May 11 in Minocqua at The Pointe Hotel; the Lac du Flambeau Wiijii’idiiwin (We Are Doing This Together) – Health and Wellness Expo at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; awards banquet and concert by Swedish singing sensation Sofia Jannok at Lake of the Torches in Lac du Flambeau; and WIEA Conference Pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School in Minocqua.

The 2017 WIEA Conference will feature Ahinwake Rose, Executive Director, National Indian Education Association; Dr. Ricky White, Superintendent, Circle of Life Academy, White Earth, MN; Mr. Justin Kii Huenemann, President & CEO, Notah Begay III Foundation and member of the Navajo Nation; and Dr. Jim Bouche, Principal/District Administrator, Lakeland Union High School, Minocqua, WI.

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to experience all that’s great in American Indian education!

Who should attend? Almost anyone with an interest in Native American education is encouraged to participate, including teachers, students, administrators, parents, grandparents, legislators and tribal leaders.

Is there a cost? Yes, the Wisconsin Indian Education Association is a non-profit organization, with the annual conference being the main fundraising source for the organization’s annual operating budget. The cost varies depending on age and participation.

What will I gain by attending? You will gain an invaluable look into what’s happening in Native education. This, along with networking opprotunities, workshops, presentations, and keynote addresses provides an experience you won’t soon forget! And that’s not including the youth paint run/walk, pow-wow at Lakeland Union High School, annual awards banquet and special concert by Swedish singing sensation Sofia Jannok!

Register now for ¡MilwaukeeEvaluation¡

See the link below for a save-the-date for the ¡MilwaukeeEvaluation¡ Social Justice & Evaluation conference coming up March 2, 2017 here in Madison. More details will follow, but the event promises great opportunity to explore social justice as it relates to evaluation practice, all in community with evaluators from around the state. 

Students may be especially interested in participating in the new student poster session. Abstracts will be due Feb. 3, 2017.

*Click to view the flyer (PDF)

Visit http://evaluation.wildapricot.org/ for updates!

Save-The-Date ¡MilwaukeeEvaluation¡ Social Justice & Evaluation Conference!

See the link below for a save-the-date for the ¡MilwaukeeEvaluation¡ Social Justice & Evaluation conference coming up March 2, 2017 here in Madison. More details will follow, but the event promises great opportunity to explore social justice as it relates to evaluation practice, all in community with evaluators from around the state. 

Students may be especially interested in participating in the new student poster session. Abstracts will be due Feb. 3, 2017.

*Click to view the flyer (PDF)

Visit http://evaluation.wildapricot.org/ for updates!

What is “Democratizing Evaluation?” Dr. Bowman answers

130722 - uwmadDr. Bowman will participate in the “Democratizing Evaluation” panel at the CommNS Fall Event, this Thursday, Oct. 20th, 1:30-2:30 pm. The event will be in room 1199 (the Wisconsin Idea room) in Nancy Nicholas Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Dr. Bowman will answer these questions:

  • What does “democratizing evaluation” mean to you? 
  • What needs to happen for your vision of “democratizing evaluation” to be realized?

After this initial sharing, we will open up the discussion with additional questions posed to attendees and the panel for interactive, generative conversation.

*Download the PDF of the event flyer

Serve Wisconsin RFP!

Intent to propose letter due online by midnight on Weds, Sept 28th.

Final/full proposals are due Weds, Nov 2nd.

*TRIBES are eligible! (Tribes have a separate RFP in May. They can apply for planning or project grants through CNCS national office. See specific Tribal webpages on CNCS national website.) States can apply through Wisconsin or directly via CNCS national office.

2017-2018 AmeriCorps *State Request for Proposals (RFP)

On August 5, 2016, the Corporation for National and Community Service released its Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the 2017-2018 program year.  The 2017 competition will target AmeriCorps grantm-aking on the six national focus areas identified in the Serve America Act and the agency’s five-year Strategic Plan: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures, and veterans and military families.  In order to maximize the impact of the public investment in national service, CNCS will fund programs that can demonstrate community impact and solve community problems using an evidence-based or evidence-informed approach.

Through the 2017 competition, CNCS seeks to prioritize the investment of national service resources in disaster services, economic opportunity, education, the environment, addressing prescription drug and opioid abuse, safer communities, veterans and military families, and the Governor and Mayor Initiative. CNCS will continue to focus on national service programs that improve academic outcomes for children, youth, and young adults. In addition, CNCS seeks to increase its investment in programs that engage a significant number of participants age 55 or older as AmeriCorps members.

All interested applicants must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply via Survey Monkey by Midnight on Wednesday, September 28, 2016; access the Notification here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1718WNCSB-AC.

Proposals and additional documents from eligible applicants are due Wednesday, November 2, 2016 by 4:30 PM Central.  See RFP #1718WNCSB-AC (below) for details.

2017-2018 RFP and Application Instructions

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Request for Proposals #1718WNCSB-AC 

Appendix A: Application Peer Review Form  

Appendix B: Formula Funding Process 

Appendix C: Formula Selection Criteria 

2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Application Instructions and Attachments  

Required Additional Checklist A:  Additional Document Checklist  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist B:  Budget Checklist  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist C:  Alignment with State Service Plan  (PDF  & Word )

Required Additional Checklist D:  Financial Management Survey  (PDF  & Word )

2017 National Performance Measure Instructions

How to Apply

All applicants must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply for 2017-18 AmeriCorps funding through this survey no later than Midnight, September 28, 2016:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1718WNCSB-AC.

All applicants must use the application materials above to submit a proposal through eGrants, CNCS’s web-based system at https://egrants.cns.gov.

When applying to Serve Wisconsin’s Request for Proposals in eGrants, you will need to select the correct Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) and its corresponding Grant Application ID number.   The 2017-2018 AmeriCorps*State Grant Application IDs will be posted on this website soon.

Technical Assistance and Informational Sessions

Those who submit the mandatory Notice of Intent to apply, due by Midnight on September 28, 2016, will be provided with information on how to register for training and technical assistance webinars regarding the RFP, logic models, evidence base, and theory of change.  This information will also be posted on this website.

Please see below for a webinar on how to use eGrants, the electronic grants management system you will use to submit your proposal.

Link to Recording of 11/27/2012 eGrants Technical Assistance Webinar     Due to technical difficulties, there is an approximately six minute gap in the webinar starting at around 53 minutes; viewers can choose to skip past the gap.

WNCSB RFP – Questions & Answers

All questions regarding the RFP must be submitted in writing by 12:00 Midnight Central on October 27, 2016, to the RFP Manager.  Questions via telephone will not be accepted.

Jessica Kessler, RFP Manager; Wisconsin National & Community Service Board; 1 West Wilson Street, Room B274; Madison, WI 53703; servewisconsin@wisconsin.gov

Questions and answers will be posted here periodically, with the final posting no later than October 28, 2016.  After October 27th, only specific eGrants technical assistance may be given.  Below is the Q&A from the 2016-17 Competition for your information.

RFP Questions & Answers as of 10/30/2015

Under the rules of the RFP, once the RFP is released all inquiries related to the RFP and application instructions must go to the RFP Manager.  The rules do not permit other Board staff or Board members to communicate with applicants regarding the RFP process without approval from the RFP Manager.

Additional Resources for Applicants

*Intent to Apply

*Information from http://www.servewisconsin.wi.gov/Funding/Serve-Wisconsin-AmeriCorps-RFP

Dr. Bowman on Board for Boys and Girls Club

boys and girls clubDr. Nicole Bowman has been appointed to the board of the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano.

Read the Founder’s Campaign Kick off Press Release below.

The Need is Great and Growing! “Boys and Girls Club” Coming to Shawano

Shawano, WI, July 14, 2016.   It has been almost three years since Mayor Marquardt approached a group of community leaders about the need for an after school program for kids.  A group of 15 formed a committee to identify organizations that could provide citizenship-building and social opportunities for children of various ages.  The leaders targeted two organizations: Big Brothers, Big Sisters (BBBS) and the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) as programs of interest.  In late 2013 the group divided to work on each of these initiatives.  In 2014 the group established the Big Brothers, Big Sisters at the Shawano School District.  BBBS is a mentoring program to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.  This program has grown over the past couple of years and now has over 50 matches.  They still have kids that need matches, so please consider becoming a big brother or big sister.

As the Big Brothers, Big Sisters was created, a different group of community leaders started the Boys and Girls Club Initiative. The Boys and Girls Club mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.  The Boys and Girls Club team determined there is a growing need for an after school program that can help our young people to grow to their fullest potential.

Why is the need so great and growing?

  • Large segments of the youth in Shawano are not involved in productive after school activities. Many children are on their own, without supervision between the times school lets out until their parents/guardian return from work. They often complain there is no place to go, and they frequently end up in trouble.
  • Often, positive role models are not present because parents are working or absent. This is impacted by the number of kids that are growing up in single parent households, which continues to increase and is at 32% according to the 2016 County Health Rankings for Shawano County.
  • Our youth are dealing with inadequate life skills, slipping grades, truancy problems, poor self-esteem and a lack of positive role models– starting young is the key.
  • Job opportunities for true living wage within the city of Shawano and the county are few; therefore our young, newly trained and skilled workers seek employment elsewhere. We are training our future workforce today!
  • Opportunities to learn new, marketable skills are needed and poverty persists.

In Shawano School District about 25 – 30% of our young people meet the definition of “at-risk” according to Jessie Hanssen, At Risk Coordinator at the Shawano High School.

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will offer these youth an opportunity to see their own strengths and potential and use them as a foundation for successful, productive lives.

The Boys & Girls Club of America is a tried and true proven program that has been serving youth since 1860. This organization now impacts over 4.8 million youth annually with 4,000 Clubs across the country and on U.S. military bases around the world.

Beginning January 2017, the Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will join in this mission by involving parents, volunteers, educators and the business community to offer an after-school program at Olga Brener Intermediate School serving grades 3-5.  Future programming can expand to other grades and summer programs.   The Boys and Girls Club of Shawano will be a chapter of the Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay.

A Positive Place for Kids

The Boys & Girls Club of Shawano will provide a solution to the problems facing youth today. The Club will attract and guide young people with core programs in five areas:

  • Character and Leadership Development – emphasizing interpersonal relationship-building, self-image and contribution to the community.
  • Education and Career Development – teaching basic education disciplines and technology.
  • Health and Life Skills – encouraging goal-setting and self-sufficiency.
  • The Arts – nurturing creativity, cultural awareness and appreciation for the arts.
  • Sports, Fitness and Recreation – developing physical and social skills, stress management and appreciation for the environment.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Are Unique.

All programs to be used by our Club have been tested by the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and are proven to work! The national organization produces a “how to” manual to guide staff and volunteers through program implementation. Club staff will also attend rigorous training in all areas of program development and youth management. The programs will be adapted to our local needs and will be expanded according to the number of children in our Club.

The strength of Boys & Girls Club programs lies in the quantity and quality of time devoted to kids. The organization is dedicated to helping children build confidence and skills to become strong individuals who contribute to society, and the Club believes the way to do this is by spending time with the kids. Studies have shown that membership in the Club has proven results: Club members watch less television, perform better on assessment tests and have exceptional attendance records.

Ultimately, the Boys & Girls Club seeks to inspire children with a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and empowerment realizing that no child is beyond hope.

What Can You Do?

Our youth need our support, now more than ever.

By making a contribution to Boys & Girls Club, you will enhance the quality of life in Shawano by providing a child with the opportunity to participate in programs that mold them into successful citizens of our community. You will make a difference in a child’s life – one child at a time- who otherwise may not have the opportunities Boys & Girls Club provides.

In order to open our doors, we need tax deductible contributions totaling $100,000 in the bank for the first year and $200,000 pledged for years two and three.  The club will charge a minimal annual fee that most families can afford, but no family will be turned away because of lack of money.  The program will initially be available at Olga Brener Intermediate School which includes children between third and fifth grade.  Please consider giving to the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano. The boys and girls of Shawano need and deserve a Boys & Girls Club.

To learn more about this program, reach out to committee members: Tami Zuleger, Wendy Crawford, Jon Aumann, Nancy Schultz, Kara Skarlupka, Dave Zelinger, Joe Stellato, Matt Hendricks, Matt Hietpas, Gary Cumberland, Terri Schultz, Nicky Bowman, Gayle Lemmer, Stacy Cicero, Jeannie Jafolla-Otto, and John Van Ooyen.

Join us at the Boys and Girls Club of Shawano Founder’s Campaign Kick-off:

When:  Thursday, July 28, 2016 at Luigi’s Pizza and Pasta, at 607 S Main St, Shawano, WI 54166 from 5:15 – 7:00 pm to learn more about the Boys and Girls Club starting in 2017 at the Olga Brener Intermediate School in Shawano.

Please RSVP to 715 526-6136 or kara.skarlupka@co.shawano.wi.us if you plan on attending.

Download the LEAD Flyer! Get to Know The LEAD Center: Learning through Evaluation, Adaptation, and Dissemination

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LEAD Projects

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Advanced Fellowships in Women’s Health HUB Site-VA
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
Biology Scholars Program
Fair Play
Mentor Training
Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation
Women in Science and Engineering Leadership Institute (WISELI)


Delta’s Academic Excellence Initiative, 2011-2015

Project site: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Evaluators: Sara Kraemer

Delta’s Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) is a University of Wisconsin-Madison program whose aim is to close the opportunity gap in undergraduate courses through changes in course instructor practice and pedagogy. Course instructors attend an eight week immersion to learn about key opportunity gap and diversity issues at U.S. college campuses broadly and UW-Madison campuses specifically, followed by developing and implementing research-based course interventions. In our formative evaluation study, Sara Kraemer has been a member of the AEI team, administering instructor-based surveys and working one-on-one with faculty to evaluate their student data and develop target areas of support. AEI has partnered with the UW-Madison’s HOPE Lab to provide summative impact analysis on student achievement and faculty knowledge and attitudes about opportunity gaps and diversity at UW-Madison.


Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL), 2014-2015

Project site: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Evaluator: Sara Kraemer

The Wisconsin Collaboratory for Enhanced Learning (WisCEL) facilitates innovative teaching and student-centered active learning by providing instructional support and resources in unique technology-enhanced learning spaces on the UW-Madison campus.

Sara Kraemer conducted a mixed-methods evaluation study of a Math 112, an introductory mathematics course that fulfills mathematics requirements for undergraduate students. The study evaluated the impact of the WisCEL on student engagement, student achievement, and perceptions about the efficacy of the WisCEL learning experience in Math 112. Formative evaluation included a student survey, a focus group with TAs, and observations of Math 112 classes to asses student engagement. Summative evaluation included a statistical analysis of student achievement scores (i.e., end of course grades, drop rates) of Math 112 courses before they were taught in WisCEL compared to Math 112 coursers after they were taught in WisCEL. Summative results revealed that the WisCEL classroom had a positive impact on student achievement scores (as a whole and across demographic groups) – students were more likely to receive higher grades and have lower rates of drop out in the WisCEL classroom than in the non-WisCEL classroom. The findings were triangulated with the survey and focus groups results to assess how the classroom instruction interacts with the features of the WisCEL space.

WisCEL program managers are using the evaluation findings for program improvement, a proof-of-concept to campus stakeholders, validation of the program’s efficacy, and assessment of transferability of evaluation methods to other WisCEL courses.


Crossroads Project: Intersecting Workshops, Learning Communities, and Research in Biology to Promote Student Success in STEM, NSF-IUSE Program (PI: Loretta Brancaccio-Taras), 2015-2018

Evaluator: Sara Kraemer
Project Site: Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York

The Crossroads Project at Kingsborough Community College (KCC) is designed to strengthen the skills, retention, and graduation rates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students. The project targets biology majors, and is specifically designed to support introductory biology students in success in the course, as well as progression through the biology or other STEM majors through three major efforts. The three major efforts are: (1) Strategies for Student Success in STEM Workshop, (2) Community of Biology Learners sessions, and (3) Campus as Research Lab. The workshops and sessions are aimed to enhance student learning through development of study skills in STEM and biology and create cohesion and community through structured group-engagement outside of the classroom. The Campus as Research Lab provides an opportunity for students to work like scientists with KCC faculty, by engaging in the scientific inquiry process and conducting basic experiments.

The evaluation study of the Crossroads Project is a mixed-methods design that includes both formative and summative analysis. For the Strategies for Student Success in STEM Workshop, the summative analysis is comprised of statistical analysis of end of course grades for biology students and the formative analysis is an end of course survey to assess student perceptions of the impact of their experience on their academic success. For the Community of Biology Learners, a formative evaluation content analysis of student answers to assignments as well as a written instructor’s log of teaching practices. For the Campus as Research Lab, the evaluation component is a qualitative content analysis of student writing course assignments and an end of course student survey.

* Information from http://lead.wceruw.org/projects.html

WIEA 2016 Conference

wieaWisconsin Indian Education Association Conference 21st Century Indigenous Education: A Self-Determined Pedagogy

April 1-2, 2016 Crown Plaza Hotel Madison, WI

Visit WIEA.org for more info.

Get to Know LEAD

LEAD-center-logoThe LEAD Center is comprised of professional staff who conduct program evaluation within and about higher education both locally and nationally.

LEAD, by design…
We work collaboratively with faculty and staff who are Principal Investigators (PIs) and are in need of consultation or services to propose or conduct evaluation of a grant. We build logic models and design evaluation plans that are aligned with a project’s specific aims and objectives to improve learning in postsecondary institutions.

LEAD, in the right direction…
When funded, we provide you with formative evaluation to ensure that you are meeting your goals and to help you improve the implementation of your project.

LEAD, with evidence…
We collect and analyze data to assess the efficacy of your program and to provide you and your funding agency with the results from your evaluation and a summative report.

LEAD, with integrity…
We provide an objective view of your project’s implementation, and ensure the ethical treatment of human subjects, confidentiality of your data, and the highest standards of practice in evaluation.

LEAD, so others will follow…
We help you to disseminate evaluation findings and if applicable, publish them broadly so that others can learn from you.

LEAD, the way…
We evaluate locally funded projects, as well as those funded by the federal government and private foundations or trusts.

Learn more at http://lead.wceruw.org/index.html