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 seek 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.

WREA and WiRSA are joining forces to connect school districts with hard to fill partial positions and long term substitute positions with retired educators looking to get back into the workforce part time to share their knowledge and love of education with the students of rural Wisconsin.

District Administrators and or HR personnel can complete this form to post a partial position or long term substitute position for posting on the WREA website. There is no cost for the posting, this is a service of WREA and WiRSA.

2018 WiRSA Conference 

Save the Date:

October 29-30 at the Wilderness Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells

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.

2016-2017 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Matthew Dinse

Region 1 // Oakfield High School     Matthew will attend UW-Milwaukee with plans to major in marketing and minor in political science. read more

Amanda Kind

Region 4 // Marathon High School     Amanda will attend the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse where she will attain a degree in Political Science. read more

Lauren Blumer

Region 2 // Albany High School     Lauren will be attending UW-Madison for Nursing with plans to enter medical school and become a Pediatrician. read more

Maya Dix

At Large // Wild Rose High School     Maya will continue her education at Saint Cloud State University with hopes of eventually becoming a dentist. read more

Marnie Schecklman

Region 3 // Greenwood High School     Emily plans to major in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire to become a speech pathologist. read more

2016-2017 WiRSA Scholarship

About the WiRSA Scholarship

In recognition of the tremendous efforts put forth by the 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 $500 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