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Task Force

The Promoting Excellence for All: State Superintendent's Task Force on Wisconsin's Achievement Gap met five times during the spring and summer of 2014. Through its work, this website was created. Their findings are also available in a printable report.

State Superintendent Tony Evers

State Superintendent of Public Instruction

State Superintendent Tony Evers called the Promoting Excellence for All: State Superintendent's Task Force on Wisconsin's Achievement Gap his top priority for Spring 2014. He worked directly with the task force chair, Demond Means, as the group worked on this project to help ensure every child graduates ready for college and career.

Demond Means photo

Task Force Chair

Demond Means, Superintendent, Mequon-Thiensville School District

A strong advocate for underrepresented students, Means has nearly two decades of administrative experience. He drew on his background as a former social studies teacher, coach, and adviser in leading the practitioner laden task force with practical instructional knowledge.


Task Force Members

Teachers and principals were invited to serve because a data review identified their schools as experiencing increased student achievement, decreased achievement gaps, and improved achievement of non-white students.

Rasma Barbee, Teacher, Chegwin Elementary School, Fond du Lac School District

Sam Carter, Principal, Robinson Elementary School, Beloit School District

Kendra Cerniglia, Teacher, Leopold Elementary School, Madison Metropolitan School District

Caitlin Dee, Teacher, Nathan Hale High School, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District

Allison DeGraaf, Principal, Kennedy Elementary School, Janesville School District

Jennifer Doucette, Principal, James Fenimore Cooper Elementary School, Milwaukee Public Schools

Julie Erickson, Teacher, Menominee Indian High School, Menominee Indian School District

Stacey Frank, Teacher, Webster Stanley Middle School, Oshkosh Area School District

Dean Hess, Principal, John Muir Middle School, Wausau School District

Erin Hollmann, Teacher, St. Marcus Lutheran School, Milwaukee

James Kalupa, Curriculum Coordinator, Bruce Guadalupe Community School, Milwaukee

Theresa Morateck, Teacher, Jeremiah Curtin Leadership Academy, Milwaukee Public Schools

Fernando Muniz, Teacher, Tenor High School, Milwaukee

Patricia Olander, Teacher, Notre Dame Middle School, Milwaukee

Rebecca Panjan, Teacher, Starbuck Middle School, Racine Unified School District

Jill Schmoldt, Instructional Coach, Westside Elementary School, Sun Prairie Area School District

Kim Spychalla, Principal, MacArthur Elementary School, Green Bay Area Public School District