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 Good Morning,

What a beautiful weekend!  The great weather arrived just as Spring sports, extra-curricular events such as Forensics, Solo and Ensemble and Prom are gearing up.  Good luck to all your students and remind them to be safe as they are out enjoying the weather.

WPEN Meeting in Central Wisconsin:

Please join our partner, the Wisconsin Public Education Network, Wed., April 20 from 10-noon at the Portage County Public Library (Pinery Room; 1001 Main St, Stevens Point, WI 54481), hosted by our friends at School Funding Reform for Wisconsin.

RSVP here for our April 20 meeting, 10 am – noon in Stevens Point.

The agenda includes regular business, legislative and partner updates, discussion of the referenda passed on the April 5th elections, and a special workshop/discussion on a topic of relevance to all of our efforts: PARENT ADVOCACY. How do we best engage parents in our local and state-level organizing efforts? What can parents do to support their schools without getting “too political”? What’s working in YOUR community and what questions/issues would you like some help with?

There will also be discussion on the 2.5-day Wisconsin Leadership Development project training to be held May 12-14 in Milwaukee. THERE IS STILL ROOM on our education advocacy teams if you have anyone from your group or organization interested in this invaluable training! Several Network partners will be facilitating sessions specifically for education advocates to help us get on the same page, with the same tools, to better organize and strategize to support our schools. Please reply to this message or call Heather at (608) 572-1696 to learn more about the training and how to sign up. Registration deadline is April 25. The cost is $190 (includes hotel and meals; $100 without hotel) and scholarships are available.

Whole Grade Sharing Reminder:

As undertones of school consolidation start coming out of the Capital, it is important to remind legislators and community members of the Whole Grade Sharing option that was recently passed in the last budget. Whole Grade Sharing (WGS) authorizes school boards of two or more school districts to enter into an agreement to provide for the education of students, in one or more grades from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, by one or the other of the districts.   An agreement shall be for no less than a full school year. WGS is authorized by s.118.50, Wisconsin State law prescribes the timeline, so at this time the WGS option can be used beginning in the 2017-18 school year. More information can be found here.  It is important to remind legislators of the need to bring back the fiscal incentive, similar to Iowa, that was removed from the budget. I have started some of these discussions and will continue to do so.

PALS and CESA Collaboration:
CESA Purchasing and the CESA Statewide Network (CSN) have negotiated a statewide contract for the  Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)  or a discounted price and the addition of two value-added resources free of charge.

To Learn More:

CESA/PALS Partnership Q&A Webinars

Mondays 1 – 1:30 April 11- June 6, 2016

Join the meeting from your computer or smartphone

By phone, Dial: 1-872-240-3212 Access Code 147-634-517

Exit Interview Program is again available to WiRSA Members:
Dave Hammelman will once again be offering HR Services to member schools through his exit interview program. Many members have used Dave in the past and found the interviews to be very helpful. Dave is an Associate member of WiRSA.  If you are interested, you can contact Dave at Hammelman Resources, LLC, 920 Auburn Drive. Brookfield, WI  53045

The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework

Mental health issues impact the lives and learning of an estimated one in five students in Wisconsin and across the nation. To guide state schools in implementing a comprehensive system to deliver and coordinate school mental health services, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction recently published “The Wisconsin School Mental Health Framework.”

Additional information is available in the attached news release or on the Department of Public Instruction newsroom website or more information.

WiRSA Scholarships:

WiRSA Scholarship winners will be notified this week via letters and I will announce them in my April 25 Weekly Update.

America After 3 PM
America After 3PM spans a decade of data chronicling how children spend the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. — the hours after school ends and before parents typically return home from work. It highlights the trends of afterschool program participation, documents the benefits associated with participation in afterschool programs, and measures public support for afterschool programs. Dive into the data! Download the 2014 edition of America After 3PM, or learn about special topics on afterschool, such as health and wellness in afterschool and the top 10 states for afterschool.
America After 3PM Special Report: The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities

After School Alliance  March 2016

 Events from this Past Week:

  • April 11 – Educational Issues Weekly Conference Call
  • April 12 – Meeting with Jack Jorgensen, Wisconsin Educational Research Network
  • April 12 – Meeting with Kelly Hook, Family and Schools Together (FAST)
  • April 15 – Non-Partisan Redistricting Working Group

 Events for the Upcoming Week:

  • April 20 – CESA 3 Educator Effectiveness Work Group

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:

Have a great week.