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Good Morning,

I know many of you are enjoying your Spring Break at this time.  For all the great work you do, make it a point to step away from your work schedules and enjoy some much deserved time with your family and friends.

Congratulations to Barneveld on their performance at the Boys State Basketball Tournament!

Please Note: The WiRSA office will be closed from March 29-April 6.

Welcome: I would like to welcome our newest WiRSA Associate Member, Andrea Gribble, and her company SocialSchool4EDU.  Andrea currently works with a number of our districts on the use of social media.

ESSA Overview Video – Narrated PowerPoint This information is also available off the ESEA web page on the DPI site.

Events from this Past Week:

  • March 14 – Educational Issues Weekly Conference Call
  • March 15 – Midwest REL Conference Call
  • March 16 – Non-Partisan Redistricting Meeting
  • March 18 – WPEN Meeting in Madison

 Events for the Upcoming Week:

  • March 21 – Presenting to the Richland School District Board of Education regarding WiRSA and potential membership
CESA 3 Administrator Posting: I want to thank Joe Price for his service to both CESA 3 and his support of WiRSA. Joe’s presence will be greatly missed. The CESA 3 search committee is looking for qualified candidates to fill this vacancy. Here is the link to the posting. The closing date is March 25th.  
WPEN Projects and Events- Below is a project that WPEN is involved with and looking for groups willing to share success stories? The second event is in support of growing local grass-roots organizations.

1)      Rural Schools matter! Video project: Videographer looking for people willing to share stories: Why do you value your public schools? How does your school serve as the hub or heart of your community? How have your local schools impacted your life and work?  These short segments will be used to spread a positive message about the value of supporting public schools. If anyone is willing to share their story, please get in touch with me kimkaukl@wirsa.org or Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.

2)     Want to create more local-level support for your schools but don’t know how to get started or need fresh ideas to energize your community? The Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project is holding leadership training sessions that help provide practical tools for creating local-level action with state-level impact. The Wisconsin Public Education Network is organizing teams of education advocates to attend these trainings. The next one will be May 12-14 in Milwaukee. For more information, contact Heather DuBois Bourenane at hdb@WisconsinNetwork.org.

Have a great week.