Wisconsin Spotlight Schools Grant Program

Announcement Regarding 2015-16 Spotlight Schools Grant Program

Due to funding constraints in the coming school year, the Spotlight Schools grant program will only accept continuing grant applications from 2014-15 Spotlight Schools grant recipients who have been identified as a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition for at least the last three consecutive years (2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15). DPI will contact the eligible grant recipients. Please see our Spotlight Schools Forms, Applications, and Guidance page for a grant application and guidelines.

If you have additional questions about the program, please contact Kathleen Lyngaas, Spotlight Schools program consultant, at kathleen.lyngaas@dpi.wi.gov or (608) 267-7462, or Michael Dennison, Spotlight Schools program specialist, at michael.dennison@dpi.wi.gov or (608) 266-2489.


The Spotlight Schools initiative is a competitive grant program for Wisconsin Schools of Recognition that have received the award for the last three (or more) consecutive years. Spotlight Schools are selected based on the school’s documented success in two spotlighted areas including Teaching and Learning and one of the following: Vision, Values, Culture, and Climate; Leadership and Governance; Decision Making and Accountability; Professional Development and Teacher Quality; and Family, School, and Community Partnerships.

This program has been developed to provide information to schools around the state about effective practices in improving student learning and achievement, and allow school teams to arrange visits to Spotlight Schools (both new and continuing) to observe these practices and implement these ideas in their own schools.

Check out this map of current Spotlight Schools to see schools that you might be interested in visiting.

Spotlight Schools 2014-15

This year, six new grantees received Spotlight School Awards, along with seven continuing from 2013-14. These grantees will have money to support the expenses of visiting schools during the 2014-15 school year. For detailed information on each school, their spotlighted practices, and their contact information for setting up school visits, please visit each school through the links below.

Augusta Elementary School
Augusta Area School District (Spotlight Website)

Converse Elementary School
Beloit School District

Tiffany Creek Elementary School
Boyceville Community School District

Bruce Middle School
Bruce School District 

Longfellow Elementary School
Eau Claire Area School District (Spotlight Brochure and Spotlight Webpage)

Mercer School
Mercer School District

Academy of Accelerated LearningIDEAL School
Milwaukee Public Schools

North Crawford Elementary School
North Crawford School District

Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School
Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School District

Washington Elementary School
Oshkosh Area School District

Grant Elementary School
Sheboygan Area School District (Spotlight WebsiteBrochure, Teaching and Learning Video, School Culture Video)

Lawrence-Lawson Elementary School
Sparta Area School District

Howe Elementary School
Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools (Spotlight Website)

2013-14 New and Continuing Spotlight School Awardees

2011-12 and 2012-13 Spotlight School Awardees


For questions about this information, contact Kathy Lyngaas at (608) 267-7462.