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Southeastern Wisconsin Assessment Collaborative

Southeastern Wisconsin Assessment Collaborative

What is the Southeastern Wisconsin Assessment Collaborative (SEWAC)?

"SEWAC - Successful Education Will Achieve Change"  

"Enticing Ways to Enhance Student Learning"

"Supporting Education World Advancing Change"

"Empower Your Students by Empowering Yourself"

-- 6 Word headlines developed by recent SEWAC participants

Through a grant from the Joyce Foundation, Alverno College developed the Southeastern Wisconsin Assessment Collaborative (SEWAC) to support schools and districts in and around the greater Milwaukee area to build capacity to use formative classroom assessment to support student learning.

Teams from nearly thirty districts, as well as Catholic, Lutheran, Muslim and independent schools, have participated in a yearlong series of workshops in the Joyce-funded project (2000-2005).

The SEWAC workshop series (7 day-long workshops spread over the school year) is now available to schools and districts on a subscription basis. The cost for the 2012-2013 workshop is $950 per person; schools are asked to send teams of four to eight persons including their school administrator. The fee covers breakfast and lunch, books and other materials, as well as the workshop sessions.

SEWAC Workshop Series Schedule for 2012-2013
Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.:

  • October 23
  • November 27
  • January 8
  • February 5
  • March 5
  • April 16
  • May 7

SEWAC builds capacity for improved classroom instruction and assessment through:

  • Engaging teachers and administrators in building a learning team focused on the needs of their school/district
  • Working through the design process described in Wiggins and McTighe’s (2005) Understanding by Design
  • Crafting classroom assessments guided by Stiggins, Arter, Chappuis, and Chappuis’s (2004) Classroom Assessment for Student Learning
  • Planning for implementing data-driven decision-making at the school level.


Participants will also have the opportunity to sign up for 3 graduate credits in fall and/or spring; if they choose to do so, they must complete an action research project and pay an additional fee.

For more information about SEWAC, please call Julie Borgealt at 414-382-6435 or via e-mail julie.borgealt@alverno.edu.