In just a few months the staff at ABC has increased from 4 to 11. Thanks to a grant from the AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) program, we’ve been able to bring on four Continuous Improvement Coordinators and two new Researchers to support this complex and exciting work. In addition, our partnership with Brown County United Way has allowed us to support a shared Community Information System manager as we continue to build our civic infrastructure to translate data into informed action. Christine Gill, Community Information System manager, joined us in June as a shared employee with Brown County United Way. The first 5 AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) Members joined us this month, with another to follow in August.
Working with system partners and state legislators, we and partners from local school districts identified outdated policy and statutory requirements for K-12 districts as a substantial barrier to the innovation and improvement that the Achieve model was founded on. Working closely with our business partners, policy makers, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, we were able to facilitate a new method for granting waivers from unnecessary statutes. This new and novel approach, dubbed the Wisconsin Districts of Innovation, was unveiled jointly by the Department of Public Instruction and Achieve Brown County at Foth in Ledgeview this month.