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Teaching and Learning Team

Mission Statement


The mission of the Teaching and Learning Team partners with educators, schools, families, community members, internal and external governmental agencies, and professional organizations to provide leadership, professional learning, and resources to promote equity and advance innovative learning for all students to graduate community, college, and career ready.

What does the Teaching and Learning Team do?

Set High Expectations

  • Develop and implement the standards for areas: Art & Design, Dance, Information & Technology Literacy, Early Learning, English Language Development, Environmental Education, Personal Financial Literacy, Music, Science, Social Studies, Theatre, and World Language.
  • Develop resources to support standards, high-quality instruction, and strategic systems of assessment.
  • Create space for, validate, and affirm diverse cultural and linguistic identities and perspectives.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to develop resources for WISELearn.
  • Promote safe and responsible practices for students for Keeping Kids Safe Online

Promote Equitable, Personalized, Collaborative, and Engaging Learning Opportunities

  • Provide leadership for anti-bias, anti-racist teaching and learning.
  • Use research and data to make informed decisions to improve learning outcomes.
  • Provide opportunities for global learning.
  • Provide targeted supports for specific student populations:
    • American Indians
    • English Learners
    • Early Learners
    • Students with Gifts and Talents
    • Students from Rural and Low-Income Areas

Bring Professional Learning to the Field

  • Create space for, validate, and affirm diverse cultural and linguistic identities and perspectives.
  • Develop and facilitate asynchronous (recorded webinars, elearning modules) and synchronous (workshops, presentations, book studies, PLCs, collaborative partnerships) professional learning at the local, regional, state, and national levels that promote best practice.
  • Support recruitment and retention efforts by working with educator and leadership preparation programs, Educator Development and Support team, and Teacher Professional Development and Support team.
  • Operate DPI Media Room and support initiatives relative to images, content creation, accessibility, and alignment to DPI programming.

Innovate in Wisconsin Public Schools

  • Promote authentic and developmentally appropriate learning, e.g., play, inquiry, civic engagement.
  • Support online and blended learning with Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative.
  • Support Future Ready leaders to implement the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan.
  • Support schools to provide Personalized Learning.
  • Provide support for Virtual Learning Time and the Fostering Innovation Guide.
  • Administer the application process for Districts of Innovation.

Celebrate Excellence

  • Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year
  • Green & Healthy Schools Wisconsin
  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
  • Presidential Scholars Program
  • United States Senate Youth Program for Wisconsin
  • U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools
  • The Wisconsin Global Education Achievement Certificate
  • The Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy
  • Youth Art Month Award

Provide Funding, Leadership, and Technical Assistance

  • Provide leadership & technical assistance for local, state, & federal laws, policies and practices.
  • Administer and provide technical assistance for state and federal grants.
  • Title III: Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Youth
  • Title IV-A: Well-Rounded Education and Effective Use of Technology
  • Title V - Part B: Rural and Low-Income School Program
  • Title VI-A: Indian Education
  • Head Start State Supplement grant
  • American Indian Language Revitalization grant
  • Gifted and Talented Students Education Program grant
  • TEACH Teacher Training and Curriculum grants
For questions about this information, contact Christine Tiedje (608) 266-3706