Good Afternoon,

I hope everyone has recovered from the excitement of Thursday’s Packers game. What a finish and hopefuly a sign of a strong season finish.

Reminder: The 2016 conference dates with be Nov. 9-10 in Stevens Point. (This was done to avoid Election Day on Nov. 8)

Region 4 Election Results:

Thank you to those from Region 4 who voted for the open Administrator seat and big thank you to both Ben Niehaus and Dave Scholz for running. After tabulating the votes, the new Administrator representative for Region 4 is Ben Niehaus of Florence. Ben will begin his term starting with our January meeting.

WiRSA Conference Survey:

The conference survey was sent out this past week via Survey Monkey. Thank you to those who have completed the survey, and for those of you that attended the conference and haven’t completed the survey, I encourage you to do so. It will take less than 5 minutes and your feedback will be very helpful as we start planning next year’s conference at our January meeting. We will close the survey for tabulations on Dec. 31.

Bus Survey:

Thank you to those that responded to the bus ride time survey that went out last week. If you haven’t yet completed the survey, please do so by Tuesday. If you would like a copy of the results please let me know.

Request from UW Systems President Ray Cross:

Over the past few months, UW System has held listening sessions across the state. I thank you for being a part of those meetings and contributing your ideas.

We are now moving into Phase 2 of our strategic planning process. You might remember that I talk about collected ideas in a big funnel. Well that funnel is starting to get narrower.

You are invited to take the survey that be found at www.wisconsin.edu/strategic-planning/. The survey includes the most common ideas that were collected during the statewide listening sessions. By taking the survey, you can contribute additional input to this process. You are encouraged to forward this link to colleagues, friends and family in Wisconsin. We want to hear from everyone in the state.

Fab Lab Grant:

Through the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Program, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is helping to equip public schools across the state to prepare students for the manufacturing jobs of the future. Collaboration is also a key feature of these labs with schools throughout the country and around the world communicating to share ideas.

How It Works: WEDC will provide grants of up to $25,000 to eligible Wisconsin public school districts for the creation and/or expansion of fabrication laboratories within the school district. The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior or high school students. Applications for the first grant year are due Jan. 22, 2016.

Events from this Past Week:
  • Monday, Nov. 30 — I took part in the weekly Educational Issues Teleconference. We spent time again this week discussing the amendments to Academic Excellence Scholarship bill, SB 228/AB 314 and the ACT requirement along with the funding mechanism. This link is to the original bill, we have not received the amended version. We also discussed AB 469 Transgender Bill.
  • Teacher Licensing — LRB 3681/1 & LRB 3935/1 relating to licenses to teach vocational education subjects. Representative Knodl and Senator Darling are looking for co-sponsors on this bill. I have concerns with this piece of legislation in regards to the lack of classroom pedagogy being required.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 2 — I presented to CESA 7 PAC in Manitowoc – Thank you CESA 7 and Jeff for the opportunity to speak.
Events for the Upcoming Week:
  • Monday, Dec. 7 — Weekly Educational Issues conference call and WiRSA Financial Update meeting at CESA 5.
  • Thursday, Dec. 9 — Meeting with Richard Barnhouse with the UW Colleges on membership.
5 Share Reminder — Be sure to check 5 share for updates.
Grant/Scholarship Reminders:

Information for the following Monsanto grants are available by accessing the following links:

Have a safe and enjoyable week.