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.

2019 WiRSA Conference 

October 28-29 at the Wilderness Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells

 

Conference Information and Registration 

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

2017-2018 WiRSA Scholarship Winners

Sydney Herman

Region 1 // Mishicot High School     Sydney will attend St. Norbert College with plans to major in biology. read more

Stephanie Peitersen

Region 4 // Oconto Falls High School     Stephanie will attend UW-La Crosse where she will begin pursuing a career in the medical field to become a Physician’s Assistant. read more

Hailey Stefanik

Region 2 // Albany High School     Lauren will be attending UW-Stevens Point to study Health Promotion and Wellness. read more

Emma Lawrence

At Large // Benton High School     Emma will continue her education at UW-La Crosse where she plans to major in biology. read more

Athena Hiemstra

Region 3 // Turtle Lake High School    Athena plans to pursue a career in Pediatrics and will study at UW-Madison. 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 $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

Emily Omerink

Region 1: Teacher Education // Amherst High School   Emily will attend UW Whitewater and plans to major in Art and English Education. read more

Casie McAllister

Region 4: Teacher Education // Merrill High School    Casie will attend UW-River Falls where she will study Elementary Education. read more

Marissa Gerstner

Region 2: Teacher Education // Fort Atkinson High School     Marissa will be attending Carroll University with plans to pursue a degree in Elementary Education. read more

Weston Morley

At Large: Teacher Education // Cuba City High School    Weston will continue his education at UW-Eau Claire where he plans to major in Music Education. read more

Alycia Zickert

Region 3: Teacher Education // Neilsville High School   Alycia plans to pursue a career in Special Education at UW-Stevens Point. read more

NEW in 2018

Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance 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.