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Learning and Innovation / Curriculum

Student achievement in all areas is the heart of our district. The Learning and Innovation Department is responsible for all student achievement and growth. The Learning and Innovation Department provides services for curriculum development, implementation, and assessment in all academic areas.

  1. Use research to establish the urgent need to promote higher academic expectations and positive relationships.
  2. Develop, implement, and monitor standards-aligned curriculum and assessments.
  3. Integrate literacy, math, and technology across all disciplines.
  4. Facilitate data-driven decision-making to inform instruction.
  5. Provide opportunities for professional learning, collaboration, and growth focused on high-quality instruction and increased student learning.
  6. Engage family and community in the learning process.

For Academic Standards adopted by the School District of Janesville, please visit the DPI Academic Standards page.

For a list of our team and their contact information please go to the Learning and Innovation Team section of this page. The following flow chart will help to see the breakdown of learning and innovation areas per team member, a PDF format page is attached for printing:

Organizational Chart for L&I

Learning and Innovation Team Staff List:

Allison Degraaf

Director, Learning and Innovation

Kolleen Onsrud

RUHS Principal, Curriculum Coordinator
School: 743-5037

Patricia Hernandez

School: 743-5059

Julie Decook

Coordinator of Title 1 and Language
School: 743-5054

Angela Lynch

School: 743-5129

Paul Stengel

Coordinator, Director of Summer School
School: 743-5036

Brian Babbitts

Assistant Director of Secondary Education

Tanya Wojciechowicz

Math / Science Coordinator

Alberto Cervantes

School: 743-5041

Gretchen Fuhrmann

Administrative Assistant to Director of Innovation
School: 743-5044

Stacey Jordan

School: 743-5046

Peggy Karleski

Administrative Assistant to P4J
School: 743-5038

Learn More About

Title 1

What is Title 1?

Title I is a federal program under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that provides supplementary funds and services to school districts and schools with high numbers or high percentages of children who are disadvantaged.

Its overall purpose is to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, the level of “proficiency” on challenging state academic achievement standards and assessments.

Qualifying Factors

Public Schools:

A school district determines its programs based on student needs. Janesville’s Title I program provides literacy support for designated grade levels. Occasionally, math support will also be provided at these grade levels.

A school qualifies for Title I services based on the average poverty level of the school area. If a school qualifies for Title I in Janesville, it is considered “School Wide Title I”, and any student who is in need of extra support is eligible regardless of family income. It is up to the school to determine how the support is provided.

Parochial Schools:

The federal grant contains provisions for ensuring that children who are disadvantaged and enrolled in private schools also benefit from the academic enrichment services funded with Title I, Part A funds.Non-public school students who live in the attendance area of a Title I public school are eligible for Title I services. If the non-public school they attend requests services, nonpublic students are offered services based on the students’ needs rankings.

Parent and/or teacher recommendations, classroom performance, and performance on assessments are used to select children who show potential and need extra help in a smaller classroom setting. A student may remain in the program until test scores or recommendations show special help is no longer needed. If a child who has been selected for Title I transfers to another title school, that child will continue to receive services as room is available.