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Research to Practice Inclusive Communities (RPIC) Project



We are happy to announce the following districts as RPIC grant recipients:

Abbotsford Antigo
Cadott Darlington
Eleva-Strum Ithaca
Necedah Northland Pines
Two Rivers Washburn


Project Vision: Each and every learner will thrive in welcoming and inclusive learning communities.

Project Mission: Support districts to strategically implement and sustain inclusive learning communities by providing funding, quality resources, training and coaching support. 

Each district will receive funding, high quality evidence-based professional development, and coaching support to establish professional learning communities (PLCs) as the framework for implementation of the research based innovation of Inclusive Learning Communities (ILC). This will be accomplished by meeting the two project objectives:

Project Objectives:

  1. Districts will use the PLC framework to install and develop internal teams that support both internal and external partnerships ensuring a consistent approach for collaborative decision making that will lead to improved outcomes for each and every student (read more about this objective in our Logic Model ).
  2. Districts will ensure that educational environments are accessible, inclusive, and equitable for each and every student, by implementing sustainable ILC teams across all age bands leading to improved outcomes for each and every student, with measurable improvement for students from underperforming subgroups (read more about this objective in our  Logic Model).

A foundational belief of the grant project is that students belong in their learning communities, in an environment with their peers, and educators are responsible to develop both accessible curriculum and environments for each and every student within that inclusive learning community setting.

To learn more about Inclusive Learning Communities, click here.

If you are interested in learning more about the ESSA requirements that are satisfied by this grant, read about the implementation timeline, training and coaching activities and linked teams.

Meet Our Coaches

The RPIC coaching cohort has become a robust statewide system of support poised to work with districts across the state. The expertise of each coach individually paired with the strengths of the collective group will be leveraged to provide services to the RPIC cohort districts.

Paula Kaiser - CESA 1 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Paula Kaiser

Paula is a Professional Development Specialist at CESA 1. At CESA 1, Paula utilizes a wide range of approaches to coach districts and teams through the implementation of Standards-Based Learning and Grading and works with teams to refine processes and procedures for data analysis, data planning, and linking data to continuous improvement using Data Inquiry, State and Federal Accountability and WISEcoaching. Paula also serves as the CESA based Research to Practice Coach focused on coaching teams through the process of systems change for continuous improvement through inclusive practices and professional learning communities along with collaborative teaming processes. Prior to her work with CESA, Paula has served as a classroom teacher, instructional coach and district administrator in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District where she led professional development design and coordination for staff development and school improvement activities.

Steven Mijajlovic - CESA 2 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Steven Mijajlovic

Steven Mijajlovic is a Curriculum and Coaching Consultant with CESA 2. Steven comes to CESA 2 with ten years of experience in Mathematics and STEM across all grades. Steven taught mathematics in Chicago Public Schools and the suburbs for several years, and most recently was working as a STEM Curriculum and Instructional Coach in the Chicago suburbs. He has studied the coaching methods of Diane Sweeney, Elena Aguilar, and Jim Knight. Steven’s goal is to continue supporting and developing diverse learners in inclusive settings and improving student learning and success.

Steven earned his Master of Science in Education with a focus in Secondary Mathematics Education at Northwestern University. His research focused pushing student thinking through writing and discourse. Shortly after earning his MSEd, Steven earned a Graduate Certificate in STEM Learning and Leadership from Michigan State University. The MSU graduate fellowship was designed to empower STEM educators in urban K-12 schools to create transformative and innovative instructional experiences for students.

Dave Gluch - CESA 3 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Dave Gluch

After spending 6 years as a teacher and 17 as an elementary principal in public education between 1992 and 2015 followed by 3 years in the organic poultry industry, Dave Gluch joined CESA 3 in July of 2018 as the Coordinator of: Educator Effectiveness, WISESupport and the Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Project. During the past 3 years he appreciated and enjoyed working in the agriculture field, but being back in the arena of education with renewed energy has been a tremendous experience. Dave likens his return to education to riding a bike. “All the foundational pieces are still in place, however some of the components have changed, some have remained the same, and some have been replaced by better quality and more efficient products which provide for better balance.” Having started his career at Winskill Elementary in Lancaster, Dave is looking forward to supporting schools in Southwest Wisconsin.

Diane Eickmeier - CESA 4 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Diane Eickmeier

Diane Eickmeier CESA 4: I am the Research to Practice for Inclusive Communities Project Coach for CESA#4. My professional career consists of a background in Early Childhood Education, including 24 years of teaching experience in both regular and special education. While in the classroom, I had the opportunity to serve as a mentor and to participate in leadership teams with the intent of moving systems forward with innovative practices that are known to elevate achievement for each and every student. In 2016, my career path took me from classroom Teacher to program support specialist. It is in this capacity that I provide early childhood program support and leadership to school districts to improve outcomes, with a focus on early language and literacy for preschool children with disabilities, through evidence-based and meaningful inclusive practices. I am excited about this opportunity to be part of the Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Project and supporting LEAs in the growth of their sustainable Inclusive Learning Community leading to improved outcomes for all students.

Maggie Trenda - CESA 5 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Maggie Trenda

Maggie serves as the Reading/Curriculum Specialist at CESA 5. At CESA 5, she supports teachers and districts to plan and implement best practices and promote equity as literacy is incorporated across the content areas. Maggie came to CESA 5 with twelve years of educational experience at the middle school level. She served as a middle school teacher of students with learning disabilities for six years -- first in Arcadia, Wisconsin before moving to Baraboo, Wisconsin. Because she wanted to better meet the needs her students, Maggie worked to earn her Reading Teacher certification as part of her Masters in Education. She moved on to earn her Reading Specialist certification, and she transitioned to the role of literacy coach at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo. She worked as the middle school literacy coach for six years before making the move to CESA 5 in the summer of 2018. During her time as a literacy coach in Baraboo, she earned her Gifted & Talented certification, so she could better coach teachers to meet the needs of all learners. In her free time, Maggie loves reading and traveling.

Becky McMorrow - CESA 6 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Becky McMorrow

My name is Becky McMorrow and I serve CESA 6 as an Autism and Related Needs (ARN) consultant. I am extremely excited to be working with the Research to Practice Inclusive Communities grant. As I connect my teaching experiences over the last twenty years with my new role within the coaching community, I hope to serve this project well by making a difference for each and every students I serve. I look forward to this exciting journey together.

Becky Spengler - CESA 7 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Becky Spengler

Becky has served several Wisconsin districts in her roles as a Teacher/Director of an Alternative Education High School, serving those students at risk of not graduating, an Elementary Principal, a Director of Curriculum and Instruction, and a Director of Special Education and Pupil Services. Prior to her career in education, Becky worked as a Psychotherapist in Green Bay. In each of these roles, Becky supported her clients, students, teachers, and administrators, in their quest for excellence. Using her unique skill set and experiences in education, paired with her training as a therapist, Becky is a highly skilled practitioner in the art of coaching individuals and teams. In her role as Integration Director for CESA 7, she looks forward to coaching individuals and teams of teachers and administrators, as they work within their cycle of continuous improvement.

Stephanie Feldner - CESA 8 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Stephanie Feldner

Stephanie is the Director of Professional Development at CESA 8. Prior to joining the team at CESA, she spent ten years as a building-level administrator and eight years as a classroom teacher. She loves the diversity of her work and finds particular joy in the areas of data and assessment literacy, classroom management, and educator development and support. She is excited about the opportunity to be part of the Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Project so that she can support LEAs in the growth of their Inclusive Learning Community practices which will lead to improved outcomes for ALL students.

Teri Phalin - CESA 9 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Teri Phalin

Teri is a behavior strategist and program support coordinator, external PBIS coach and a district director of special education. Prior to her role with CESA 9, she was a school social worker, principal and university instructor. She is extremely excited about supporting districts through coaching to benefit the whole school community.

Amy Carriere - CESA 10 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Amy Carriere

Amy Carriere is an inclusion coach who helps districts reflect on and change policies, procedures and practices that promote inclusion of each and every student. Amy Carriere has worked in the field of early childhood special education for 18 years. She brings experience from providing both itinerant and self-contained early childhood special education service along with program support, training and technical assistance to districts, childcares, and head start programs. My commitment in my work is to building the confidence and capacity of others around inclusion strategies.

Theresa Stanley - CESA 11 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Theresa Stanley

Theresa has joined CESA #11 as an Educational Consultant with an emphasis on Literacy Support and Coaching. She has her Reading Specialist degree along with a Master's Degree in education. Theresa brings 18 years of educational experience to her coaching collaborations and has been a special education teacher and an elementary classroom teacher. Theresa most recently worked as a K-12 district Reading Specialist before her current employment with CESA 11.

Amanda Trautt - CESA 12 Research to Practice Inclusive Communities Coach

Amanda Trautt

Amanda is in her second year as a CESA #12 educational consultant. Prior to this role, Amanda spent 17 years as a Wisconsin educator, teacher-leader, mentor, and coach. She started her teaching career at the Oregon School District before moving to northern Wisconsin where she taught English/language arts and social studies at the School District of Maple for twelve years. In addition to her teaching roles, she has experience supporting district-wide RtI and PBIS systems of support, has received a graduate degree in teaching and learning, and has a strong background in adaptive education. At CESA #12, Amanda supports instructional coaches, district assessment coordinators, school counselors, teachers, and school leaders around implementing practices that enhance a strong equitable multi-level system of supports. She is excited to provide instructional coaching services for districts and looks forward to the opportunity to be part of the statewide coaching PLC.

For questions about this information, contact Debra Ahrens (608) 266-7987, Rachel Fregien (608) 266-7118