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Wisconsin Teacher Brings Coping Skills Book, Curriculum to Students

A Q+A with Back Pocket author, founder Shaney Andler.  Shaney Andler is a special education teacher of 30 years, teaching in multiple classroom sett...
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Five Educators Selected 2024 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year

2024 Wisconsin Teachers of the Year (left to right): Brian Collins, Claudia Heller de Messer, Saghar Homayounpour, Rachel Kumferman, and Katelyn Win...
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GEAR UP Initiative Honors Academic Achievement of Underrepresented Wisconsin Students

The inaugural class of GEAR UP students. Thirty-eight students from across Wisconsin are officially the first graduating cohort of the GEAR UP R...
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Educational Resources for Exploring Sikh Heritage in Wisconsin

Event alert: For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, join our Perspectives in Equity gathering highlighting the partnership between t...

These Goats Have Jobs– They’re Not Kidding Around!

These goats are the GOAT at clearing invasive species. For a 20-day period over the next few weeks, a herd of goats will be employees of the Oreg...
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We Are Head Over Tails in Love With Wisconsin’s School Support Dogs

Pawtner in training: Rookie the therapy puppy practices sitting and paying attention to his handler at a De Pere, WI elementary school recently....
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Charlee, Rookie, and Casey: How De Pere Unified School District Has Gone to the Dogs

Charlee the chocolate lab is a very attentive reading pawtner for a De Pere elementary school student. If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ll unders...
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From Teaching Sportsmanship to Calming Anxiety: Oshkosh School Counselor Can't Believe How Quickly Sparty the Dog Has Made a Difference

Elementary school counselor Kaelee Heideman pawses for a picture with support dog, 'Sparty'. As told by Kaelee Heideman, 2023 Wisconsin Teacher...

Making School in Madison a Better Place to Be: The Benedict (Benny) Batman Jones Story 

Benny is a happy guy. Just a happy happy happy guy. As told by Michael Jones, special education teacher and behavior interventionist in the Madi...
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Without Health, There is No Learning: May 10, 2023 is National School Nurse Day

School nurses are front and center in making sure our students are ready to learn. Think about the last time you had a pounding headache. Or when...