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Summer 1985 – CEA-Wisconsin Constitution approved by national office


May 1986 - 

First CEA-W Board is sworn in. Wisconsin becomes second in the nation to form a state chapter of
     CEA. Annual Board elections are held to date.

May 1986 - First issue of the CEA-W newsletter published. Bi-monthly issues continue to be published to date.

July 1986 - Mike Breszee is selected as CEA-W’s first Teacher of the Year to represent Wisconsin at the
    Region III CEA Conference. A Teacher of the Year is selected each year to date.

September 1986 - CEA-W Board members assist in planning some tracks for the Wisconsin Correctional
    Association Annual Conference. Partnership continues for next twenty years.

October 1987 – Jeff Greene and Tin Fuller, EAS win Al Marench Memorial Award for outstanding
    computer-based program.

October 1988 - CEA-W partners with Dr. Stan Stojkovic of UW-Milwaukee to offer a three-credit course.
    Another course is offered in February 1989.

August 1989 - CEA-W presents first Friends of Correctional Education Awards. Awards are continued
    annually to date.

August 1989 – Lincoln Hills School is recognized by the CEA publication Learning Behind Bars as a highly
    effective education program.

December 1989 - CEA-W assists in lobbying effort to maintain federal support for correctional
   
education programs.

April 1990 - CEA-W assists UW-Oshkosh in planning and delivering “Corrections in the 1990s” Conference.
    Another “Corrections in the 1990s” conference is held in 1991.

June 1990 – Jerry Bednarowski receives the Wisconsin Association of Adult and Continuing Education
    Association’s Leadership in Education Award.

January 1991 - CEA-W partners with Dr. Marilyn Fender, Dr. Harold Thorpe and Dr. Richard Shiver of
    UW-Oshkosh to offer a series of three one-credit courses.

January  1992 - CEA-W partners with Dr. Carlton Beck of UW-Milwaukee to offer a three credit course.

April 1992 - Phil Leader becomes first Wisconsin teacher to be selected Region III Teacher of the Year. He
    represents Region III and Wisconsin at the International CEA Conference in
Vancouver.

March 1993 - Fox Lake Correctional Institution and Moraine Park Technical College mark 20 years of
    partnering to deliver certified vocational programs.

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January 1996 -  CEA-W partners with Dr. Richard Shiver and Dr. Scherie Lampe of UW- Oshkosh to offer
    a three-credit course.

April 1996 - Wisconsin hosts Region III & IV CEA Conference in Madison.

August 1996Corrections Today magazine recognizes four Wisconsin programs as “Programs that Work.”
    The programs are: Ethan Allen School’s Serious Sex Offender Treatment
Program, Rock County Education
     and Criminal Addiction Program, Lincoln Hills School’s Short Term Intensive treatment Program, and
    Specialized Training and Employment Project

October 1996
– Karen Brockhaus, WRC, Dan Holzman, CCI, and  Judy Schelble, CCI, were invited to present
     a workshop about LVA Wisconsin Institutions at the Literacy Liftoff conference in Houston.

April 1997 - CEA-W presents Lincoln Hills School teachers Maggie Peterson and Sheri Woodall with the
     first Showcase Award and sponsor them to present a workshop at the
Region III Conference in Cleveland.
     The annual Showcase Awards continue to date.


June 1997 – CEA-W co-sponsors a Teacher In-Service with the Corrections Training Center and Teacher
     Training Advisory Committee. Other Teacher In-Services are held in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

June 1997 – Sherry (Settle) Zwicky receives Virginia Hart Award.

February 1998 – Eight institutions form a Literacy Volunteers of America affiliate, LVA Wisconsin Institutions.

February 1998 – Marion Olson, OCI, celebrates 50 years as a correctional teacher.

April 1998 – Anita Wilcox selected Region III Teacher of the Year.

May "1998"1999-Jerry Bednarowski receives first Region III President’s Special Recognition Award.

May 1999 – CEA holds Wisconsin State Correctional Education Conference.

May 2000 - CEA-W awards first scholarship. Annual scholarship program continues to date. 

October 2000 - CEA-W website is created.


November 2000 - CEA-W’s Creativity Contest Committee publishes of first inmate creative writing and art
    anthology, “Words of Conviction.” Creativity booklets are published each year to date.

December 2000 – LVA Wisconsin Institutions receives Three Year Accreditation Award from the
    national LVA organization.

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October 2001 – LVA Wisconsin Institutions receives LVA’s national Exemplary Practice Award.

August 2002 - KMCI teacher Sue Ciske, KMCI Education Director Dave Picard, and RCI Education
    Director Jean Thieme are awarded scholarships by the CEA International
office to present workshops
    at the International CEA Conference in Portland, OR.

February 2003 - Three-State Recidivism Study commissioned and endorsed by the US Department of
    Education in conjunction with the International CEA showing the impact of education on recidivism
    is published.

September 2003 – Ray Schlesinger wins first place in a contest for brief teaching tips sponsored by
    Teaching for Success.

November 2003 – Diane Birch, SCI, receives Sunshine Award from WEAU-TV in Eau Claire.

March 2004 – CEA-W News Review celebrates its 100th issue.

March 2004 – Kent LaValle and Nancy Huttelmeier, Franklin Alternative School, are selected to participate
     in the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution training session in
Manhattan Beach CA.

April 2004 – Mel Free selected Region III Teacher of the Year. He represents Region III and Wisconsin at
    the International CEA Conference in Baltimore.

May 2004 – Joe O’Hearn’s team from Waupun Correctional Institution wins the Stock Simulation Game
    sponsored by Economics Wisconsin.

June 2004 – Jerry Bednarowski, WRC, Diane Birch, SCI, and Mary Dahl, GBCI, establish the Parenting
    Special Interest Group.

August 2004 – CEA-W partners with Ken VanMieghem, WRC, to hold an inmate art exhibit and
    Silent Auction at the Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace in Algoma. Other art
exhibits and Silent
    Auctions are held at the Flying Pig in October 2005 and November
 2006.

October 2004 - CEA-W co-sponsors Wisconsin GED/HSED & Adult Literacy Conference with Wisconsin
    Department of Public Instruction and Wisconsin Technical College System. 
Co-sponsoring of the
    conference continues until 2012.

November 2004 - First issue of Parenting Connection newsletter is published. Bi-monthly issues
            continue to be published to date.

November 2004Guide to Successful Parenting Programs in Corrections published. Guide is
            updated in 2008.

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April 2005 – Mary (Stierna) Davies selected Region III Teacher of the Year. She represents Region III and
     Wisconsin at the International CEA Conference in Des Moines.

May 2005 – Francis Feltman, RYOCF, receives Excellence in Education Award from the Racine Manufacture
    and Commerce organization.

July 2005 - Parenting Special Interest Group approved to expand to national group.

April 2006 – Lori Koenig receives Governor’s financial Literacy Award from the Governor’s Council on
     Financial Literacy.

May 2006 - Wisconsin hosts Region III & IV CEA Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

May 2006 – Sharon Abel selected Region III Teacher of the Year. She represents Region III and Wisconsin
    at the International CEA Conference in Anaheim.

April 2007 – Ken VanMieghem selected Region III Teacher of the Year. He represents Region III and
    Wisconsin at the International CEA Conference in Atlanta.

May 2007 - CEA-W holds first CEA-Wisconsin Training Day. Annual Training Days are held to date
    with the exception of years when the Region III or National CEA Conference is
held in Wisconsin.

May 2007 – Peggy Meyers named Literacy Advocate of the Year


May 2007 – Peggy Meyers receives Virginia Hart Award

July 2007 - CEA-Wisconsin chapter receives Founder’ Day Membership Award for gaining the
            most new members in the past year. Peggy Meyers is honored as top recruiter.

July 2007 - Peggy Meyers elected Region III Assistant Director.

March 2008 - CEA-W and Parenting SIG sponsor Effective Black Parenting Seminar.

April 2008 - CEA-W partners with Wisconsin Technical College System to sponsor Jail


Training Day. Another Jail Training Day was held in 2009.

April 2008 - CEA-W published the Directory of Education Programs in County Jails and Juvenile
    Detention Centers.

May 2008 - Randy Kowalsky becomes the new CEA-W website manager and re-designs the website
     to its current look.


May 2008 – Sharon Abel named American Jail Association’s Civilian of the Year in a ceremony in Sacramento.

September 2008 – Carolyn Klema, PDCCI, named Reading Is Fundamental Volunteer of the year at a ceremony
    in Washington DC.

December 2008 - CEA-W partners with Ken VanMieghem, WRC, to hold an inmate art exhibit and Silent
    Auction at the Appleton Art Center. Another art exhibit and Silent Auction is
held at the Appleton
    Art Center in December 2009.

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April 2009 – Peggy Meyers elected CEA Region III Director and DeNeal Ericksen elected Assistant Director.

May 2009 – DeNeal Ericksen selected Region III Teacher of the Year. She represents Region III and
    Wisconsin at the International CEA Conference in Madison.

May 2009 – Sharon Abel receives Governor’s Financial Literacy Award.

July 2009 - Wisconsin hosts the 64th Annual National CEA Conference in Madison.

July 2009 – Jerry Bednarowski receives CEA’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

September 2010 - CEA-W and Parenting SIG sponsors Helping Offenders Become Better
Parents Workshop.

May 
2011 - Wisconsin hosts Region III & IV CEA Conference in Elkhart Lake.

July 2011 – Lisa Arneson receives CEA’s Advocate Award at the International CEA Conference in
    Charleston, WV.


March 2012 – Fair Shake Director Sue Kastensen receives Wisconsin Community Fund Grant.

April 2012 – Laurie Crescio selected Region III Teacher of the Year. She represents Region III and
    Wisconsin at the International CEA Conference in St. Paul.

May 2012 - CEA-W and Parenting SIG publish Reaching Out: A Handbook for Parents   Incarcerated in
    Wisconsin and Reaching In: A Handbook for the Families of Parents
Incarcerated in Wisconsin.

February 2013 – Margaret Done selected to become a GED 2014 Trainer and attends a training session in
    Indianapolis with other NIC, CEA, and GEDTS representatives.

March 2013 - CEA-W and Parenting SIG publish Prison Parenting Programs: Resources for Parenting
    Instructors in Prisons and Jails

March 2013 –
Western Technical College awarded Dept. of Education’s Promoting Success through
    Continuity and Educational Opportunities Grant for programming in La Crosse
County Jail.

April 2013 – At the Region III & IV CEA Conference in Mason City, IA, Margaret Done presents GES
    2014 training to approximately 75 educators.

April 2013 –
 Margaret Done elected CEA Region III Director.

May 2013 – Marty Kehe and Margaret Done launch GED 2014 in Wisconsin by training to over 300
    participants at CEA-Wisconsin Training Days in Madison.

July 2013 - Fox Lake Correctional Institution and Moraine Park Technical College mark 40 years of
    partnering to deliver certified vocational programs.

July 2013 – Peggy Meyers elected national CEA Vice President.

August 2013 – RAND Corporation and CEA conduct meta-analysis of research that demonstrates
    effectiveness of correctional education programs. 

March 2014 – Kathryn Berger and Tammy McRoberts, La Crosse County Detention Center, named Juvenile
    Detention Educators of the year.

May 2014 – Lincoln Hills School/Copper Lake School selected to participate in Center for Educational
    Excellence in Alternative Settings’ Blended Learning Initiative.

July 2014 – James McInnis’ team at Racine Youthful Offender Correctional Facility sweeps Stock Market
    Simulation competition sponsored by Economics Wisconsin.

August 2014 – Pat Lanari and Tim Lanari are among first group of teachers to earn CEA’s  Highly Qualified
    Correctional Educator Certificate.

November 2014 – Wisconsin Resource Center Library named Wisconsin Library of the Year. Library is
    supervised by librarian Sara Krouse and assistant librarian Libby Kraft.

May 2015 - Wisconsin hosts Region III & IV CEA Conference in Madison.

July 2015 – Peggy Meyers elected national CEA President-Elect.

September 2015 - CEA-W partners with Ken VanMieghem, WRC, to hold an inmate art exhibit at
    UW-Fox Valley and a Silent Auction at the Esther Annual Banquet.

July 2016 – Peggy Meyers assumes office of national CEA President.


April 2016 – Fair Shake founder and director Sue Kastensen is recognized as a Champion of Change in a White
    House ceremony


May 2016 – CEA-Wisconsin celebrates its 30th year as a state chapter

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 apple icon 1 Announcement/Conference
 apple icon 2 CEA-W Newsletters
 apple icon 1 Country Jail Directory
 apple icon 10 CEA-W Creativity Contest
 apple icon 5 Teacher Awards


 apple icon 8 CEA-W Showcase Awards
 apple icon 7 Friends of CEA-W
 apple icon 9 CEA-W Scholarship
 apple icon 6 Parenting Connection News
 apple icon 6 Reaching Behind Bars
 apple icon 6 Prison Parenting Programs

 apple icon 13  Executive Board
 apple 11a Committee Members

 apple icon 12 Past Presidents
 apple icon 13 CEA-W Constitution