Welcome to the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance

The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) was formed to help rural school districts address the unique issues that affect rural schools as they strive to achieve the highest quality education for every student. Our members include a cross section of educators, school board members, rural community members, business leaders and other concerned individuals who want a strong voice for rural schools. WiRSA is supported by the Wisconsin Cooperative Education Services Agency (CESA) districts, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, the UW System and rural school districts.

 

Wisconsin Redefining Ready is now live

As many of you know WiRSA along with WASDA and the CESAs have been working together on Redefining Ready, a more inclusive report card that gives you a more accurate review of your schools and students. To find out more go to the new Wisconsin Redefining Ready website and the National Redefining Ready website.

 

2021 WiRSA Conference

October 24-26, 2021 at the Glacier Canyon Conference Center

the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells

Call for Proposal information and vendor/sponsor interest is now open.

Use this link to submit a proposal.

Use this link if you are interested in being a vendor and/or a sponsor.

A conference for administrators, board members, teachers, CESA employees, higher education professionals, public library administrators, elected officials and citizens interested in rural school and community issues.

Contact Information

Kim Kaukl
Executive Director
Phone: (608) 553-0689
Email: kimkaukl@wirsa.org

Become a Member

2020-2021 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Emily Cody

Region 2: Emily Cody | Mineral Point High School   read more

Lauren Hayes

At Large Region 1: Lauren Hayes | Wild Rose High School  read more

Abigail Schradle

Region 3: Abigail Schradle | Clayton High School  read more

Connor Romandine

At Large Region 4: Connor Romandine | Oconto Falls High School  read more

2020-2021 WiRSA Scholarship

About the WiRSA Scholarship

In recognition of the tremendous efforts put forth by Wisconsin’s rural schools to provide their students with quality education in an ever-changing environment, it is with pleasure that the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) offers an annual scholarship program.

To qualify, participating schools must be current paid members of WiRSA.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to five graduated high school seniors. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used by the student to help defray the costs of post-secondary education and related expenses. A written essay is required for the application that expands on the following information:

  • the benefits of attending a rural school
  • your college and career goals
  • the value of growing up in a rural community and what personal values you have gained from your experience

Sadie Eckerman

Region 1: Sadie Eckerman | Mauston High School   read more

Adrienne Brady

Region 4: Adrienne Brady | Tigerton High School   read more

Samantha Meier

Region 2: Samantha Meier | Cuba City High School  read more

Lucas Bousley

At Large Region 1: Lucas Bousley | Southern Door High School  read more

Catie Clement

Region 3: Catie Clement | Abbotsford High School   read more

Morgan Moline

At Large Region 3: Morgan Moline | Pepin High School  read more

2020-2021 WiRSA Post-Secondary Teacher Education Scholarship

About the WiRSA Post-Secondary Teacher Education Scholarship
The scholarship will be awarded annually to one graduating high school senior from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. An additional at-Large scholarship will be given to the next highest scoring applicant. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used by the student to help defray the costs of post-secondary education and related expenses. A written essay is required for the application that expands on the following information:
  • The benefits of attending a rural school.
  • Why you are choosing the field of Teacher Education.
  • The value of growing up in a rural community and what personal values you have gained from your experience.

Andrew Reinemann

Region 1: Andrew Reinemann | UW-Oshkosh    read more

Kashes Franz

Region 3: Kashes Franz | UW-Stout  read more

Miranda Myszka

Region 2: Miranda Myszka | Viterbo   read more

Leah Hoogland

Region 4: Leah Hoogland | UW-Stevens Point   read more

Spring 2021 Student Teacher Scholarship

About the WiRSA Student Teacher Scholarship

In response to the tremendous need for educators in rural areas, it is with pleasure that the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) offers an annual scholarship program specifically for Student Teachers. To qualify, the applicant must be student teaching (interns are not eligible for this scholarship) at a participating member schools that is in good standing.

The scholarship will be awarded annually to one student teachers from each of the four membership regions of Wisconsin as specified in the organization’s bylaws. Each recipient will receive a one-time cash scholarship of $750 to be used by the student to help defray the costs while student teaching and related expenses. A written essay is required for the application that expands on the following information:

    • Why do you want to teach in a rural school?
    • What impact can you have on rural students?