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Promoting Excellence for All (PEFA) eCourse

  • Online via Google Classroom (map)

About the eCourse

For Wisconsin to be innovative in the 21st century, and for communities to remain strong, all students must graduate college and career ready. As Wisconsin’s student population becomes increasingly diverse, the persistence of racial disparities in the educational system poses real challenges to opportunity and economic progress. Promoting Excellence for All (PEFA) is an initiative that prioritizes closing racial achievement gaps in Wisconsin.

This eCourse will help educators explore existing beliefs, performance data, and instructional strategies, in order to build the skills of being a race-conscious educator, a competent data user, and an agile instructor responsive to the reality of Wisconsin’s achievement gaps. This learning is intended to have relevance to teaching, leadership, or school improvement planning.

This eCourse focuses on the achievement gap in Wisconsin where we have profound and unsettling gaps in performance between students of color and white students (known as the racial achievement gap), between English Learners (ELs) and English proficient students, and between students with disabilities and those without.

The PEFA eCourse is broken into three learning modules — “Understanding Race in Education,” “Exploring the Data,” and “Using the Strategies.” Each module explores achievement gaps through a different lens, but all are focused on the four main areas of PEFA: Effective Instruction, Student-Teacher Relationships, Family and Community Engagement, and School and Instructional Leadership.

Participant Outcomes

Students by the end of the eCourse will be able to do the following:

  • Engage in courageous online conversations and interracial dialogue about race and its impact on student engagement and achievement.
  • Reflect on race and racism and discover how each, through school policies, programs, and practices, negatively impacts low-performing student populations.
  • Complete weekly journal reflections that synthesize the information from the online eCourse modules with the assigned reading and viewing.
  • Complete slides or narrative of a personal racial and cultural autobiography that examines cultural practices, values, history, and/or beliefs and the impact on teaching and student/family engagement.

Location and Timeline

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The entire eCourse is offered online and will be delivered on Google Classroom. Participants need to have access to G- Classroom through either a personal gmail account or a school Google email account that allows access to G-Classroom.

The eCourse timeline includes one "face-to-face" online orientation meeting (required) via Zoom videoconferencing on October 11, 2017 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm.

The remaining work is done independently online from Oct. 30, 2017 - Jan. 28, 2018 via Google Classroom.

Wisconsin Teaching Standards

This eCourse specifically address Wisconsin State Performance Plan (SPP), Indicators 4B, 9 & 10.

  • InTasc Standards: 2, 7, 8, 9 & 10
  • Wisconsin Teaching Standards: 3, 4, 6, 7, 9 & 10

This 2 credit eCourse is being offered through CESA #11 and Viterbo University.


Melissa Moe - Training and Supports Project Coordinator, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network;
CESA #11 Educational Consultant
Telephone: (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127 or

Required Text and Website eCourse Content

The Dream-Keepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children by Gloria Ladson-Billings (2nd Edition)
ISBN-13: 978-0470408155 and ISBN-10: 0470408154
It is the responsibility of each participant to purchase a copy of this text.

Promoting Excellence for All (PEFA) Report and eCourse Modules* 

*Students are expected to read and participate in all information/activities provided within the PEFA eCourse modules.

Tuition, Registration, and Payment

The cost for this 2 credit eCourse is $590** per person.
Don't delay! Registration is limited to the first 20 individuals!! 
Registration for participation in the eCourse >>

**This eCourse can be audited for those interested in taking the course, but do not need university credits. Individuals would be responsible only for the cost of purchasing the required text.

If you are taking the course for credit you must complete the Viterbo University registration in addition to the above registration. Send registration materials and tuition payment (make checks payable to "Viterbo University") to:

Attn: Melissa Moe
CESA #11
225 Ostermann Dr.
Turtle Lake, WI 54889


For more information contact:
Melissa Moe, The Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator or (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127