Skip to main content

Improving student achievement through enhanced educator effectiveness and increased organizational capacity in Central Wisconsin

The PK-18 Council for Central Wisconsin works to enhance collaboration between PK-12 school districts and institutions of higher education for the purpose of improving student learning.

All members of the Council share the common goal of assuring that our collective efforts significantly impact education in our region of Wisconsin.

PK-18 Council Goals

  1. Align pre-service teacher and practicing teacher experiences with the Wisconsin Teacher Standards
  2. Develop post-graduate and professional development delivery models for our region that emphasize research-based, best practices and utilize the talent within this region
  3. Determine additional regional strategies to support Wisconsin educator quality initiatives
  4. Assess regional PK-18 education programming to determine logical places for future collaboration and avenues for joint partnership

PK-18 Council Work Teams

Work Team #1: Implementing Best Practice/ Professional Development


Work Team #2: Developing Leadership Capacity


Work Team #3: Building a Seamless System of Educator Quality



Regional administrators, curriculum directors, university faculty and staff, and representatives from other organizations participated in the formation of the PK-18 Council for Central Wisconsin.

The model for the Council is based on the Education Trust (Washington, DC) and Wisconsin’s statewide PK-16 Council.

Our Objective

The PK-18 Council for Central Wisconsin enhances the collaboration between PK-12 school districts and institutions of higher education for the purpose of maximizing student potential.

This collaboration benefits area school districts and universities as they work together to address the challenges of improving student learning and the implementation of the Wisconsin Teacher Standards.

As schools face tougher economic times, the need to share ideas and strategies simply makes good sense.

Guiding Principles 

Collaborating Members

The Council meets five times each year at various locations in Central Wisconsin.

Contact Information

Lynda Fernholz

Lynda Fernholz

  • Assistant Dean – School of Education
  • Professor – Literacy
  • Faculty Co-Adviser – Aspiring Educators
  • Faculty Adviser – Student Chapter Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas