Mission & Vision

A community-wide effort from the heart

The City of La Crosse, La Crosse County and School District of La Crosse have led a community-wide collaboration to develop an innovative initiative to help ensure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed at school with a strong start toward a positive future. As part of this collaborative effort this site is a tool designed to serve as a comprehensive community resource for you.


The mission of Rebuilding for Learning is to create a systemic approach where the City of La Crosse, La Crosse County, School District of La Crosse, and other youth and human service agencies can come together to identify barriers and work systematically to mitigate these barriers to best meet the needs of children and families.



We believe that by working together we can create a comprehensive learning supports system for prevention, early intervention and systems of care.  We believe that by working collaboratively with more resources concentrated on prevention, the need for intensive systems of care will be reduced over time.


Six Content Arenas

1. Crisis Assistance and Prevention

This arena provides follow up care as necessary to ensure immediate assistance in emergencies so students can resume learning. The Crisis Team formulates a response plan and takes leadership for developing prevention programs to create a caring and safe learning environment (e.g. developing systems to promote healthy development and prevent problems; bullying and harassment programs).

Co‐Facilitators: Mr. Jason Showen, School District of La Crosse & Sgt. Avrie Schott, La Crosse Police Department

Goal: Provide ongoing training for District Leadership Team members on the concepts of the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS), and Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools.

Goal: Complete comprehensive hazard vulnerability assessments for all district buildings by December 31, 2014.

Goal: Update the district emergency operations plan (EOP) format so that it is standardized throughout all buildings by December 31, 2014.

2. Support for Transitions

This arena provides support programs for newcomers as well as daily transition programs (e.g. before school, after school). There is broad involvement in planning for transitions (e.g. grade to grade, elementary to middle school, middle school to high school; in and out of special education programs.)

Co‐Facilitators: Dr. Deb Markos, School District of La Crosse & Ms. Sarah Johnson, Gundersen Lutheran

Goal: Identify at least five (5) transition components in the six (6) arenas of Rebuilding for Learning at the elementary, middle, and high school levels by May 1st, 2013, and share with district and community stakeholders.

Goal: Identify at least five (5) key components of a successful transition plan at each grade level by January 1st, 2014 based on research‐based practices and committee input.

3. Classroom-Based Approaches to Learning

The classroom-based arena opens the classroom door to bring available supports in (e.g. peer tutors, volunteers, aids training to work with students in need; resource teachers and support stuff to work in the classroom as part of the teaching team). Support is provided for classroom and school-wide approaches that are used to create and maintain a caring and supportive climate.

Facilitator: Dr. Penny Reedy

Goal: By the end of the 2013‐2014 School Year, there will be an increase of 5‐10% of our students that are actively engaged in their schools. Actively engaged means that to our students, school matters.

4. Home Involvement in Schooling

This content arena addresses specific support and learning needs of families (e.g. support services for those in the home to assist in addressing basic survival needs and obligations to the children; adult education classes to enhance literacy, job skills, English-as-a-a-second language, citizenship preparation.) Stakeholders assist in enhancing home support for learning and development (e.g. family literacy; family homework projects, family field trips).

Facilitator: Mr. Jay Pica & Dr. Rob Dixon, University of Wisconsin‐La Crosse

Goal: The Home Involvement in School content arena will create a parent survey to be administered in October 2013.

Goal: The Home Involvement in School content arena will create an informational pamphlet for use by parents/guardians and community agencies to increase parental involvement.

5. Community Outreach for Improvement and Support

The Community Outreach arena provides capacity building to enhance community involvement and support of youth (e.g. public and private agencies, colleges and universities, local residents, artists and cultural institutions, businesses and professional organizations, service, volunteer and faith-based organizations). Stakeholders work to reach out to students and their families who don’t come to school regularly, including truants and dropouts.

Facilitator: Ms. Alison Huppert, La Crosse Area YMCA

Goal: By June 30, 2014, the Community Outreach for Involvement & Support committee will have developed a comprehensive system to connect targeted students to youth serving organizations, including streamlining marketing materials, identifying participation barriers, and identifying programming gaps as measured by participant feedback surveys, youth serving organization reports, and case worker/advocate records.

Goal: By June 30, 2014, the Community Outreach for Involvement & Support Committee will have developed a system for recruiting and aligning volunteers with the various youth serving organizations as measured by the development of a website and the documentation of volunteer hours.

6. Student and Family Assistance

Stakeholders in this arena provide extra support  as soon as a need is recognized and doing so in the least disruptive ways (e.g. pre-referral interventions in classrooms; problem solving conferences with parents; open access to school, district and community support programs). Community members provide access to direct interventions for health, mental health, and economic assistance (e.g. school-based, school-linked, and community-based programs and services).

Facilitator: Mr. Troy McDonald

Goal: Provide a proactive and integrated system of support for the children and families of La Crosse.