I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Memorial Day weekend with family and friends. I am sure many of you spent time at graduation ceremonies and parties, but hopefully you also found some time to unwind. When we look over the school year, May is probably the most hectic month of the year and can be a stressor for many of us. It is important during these times to find ways to work in things you enjoy to manage the stress. Enjoy the last days of the 2015-16 school year.
Weekly Update Notice:
With the summer months being a slower time of the year, the Update will transition to Bi-Weekly from June 6 through the middle of August, when the school year begins to ramp up. If anything urgent comes up on the off weeks, I will be sure to alert you via email.
Funding Public Schools by Referendum:
This was an interesting article in the Capital Times this week discussing a Legislative Fiscal Bureau Report that was done at the request of Representative Hintz. Please be sure to click on the Fiscal Bureau Report located in the left margin of the page or the link in the text.
The theme for this year’s conference is Rural Schools – Creative Best Practice. Please join us and the many great rural educators and educational leaders from across Wisconsin in Stevens Point on November 9-10. We’re looking for dynamic presenters to share their Rural best practice with our membership. If you have a great program, course or school district story you would like to share, please submit your proposal by completing the Google form and submitting to Kim Kaukl by July 8.
Each year at our Annual Conference, WiRSA recognizes rural leaders through our awards program. Nominations can be made for Administrator of the Year, School Board Member of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Support Staff Person of the Year, Rural Advocacy and Rural Community Partner of the Year. To make a nomination please complete the appropriate form found on the WiRSA website and return to Kim Kaukl by October 7.
Director Events from the Past Week:
– May 23, Ed Issue Conference Call
– May 24, Attended CESA Conference in Madison
– May 25, Met with Laura Durnek, Jack Jorgenson and James Henderson, UW School of Education.
Director Events for the Upcoming Week:
– May 31, Conference Call with the Non-Partisan Redistricting Work Group
U.S. Department of Education released proposed regulations regarding accountability, state plans, and data reporting provisions of ESSA:
Why are these regulations important, what did they say, and what was the reaction to them from key members of Congress? Watch the latest episode of Federal Flash to find out.
Reduce the overwhelm for next year. This open workshop format will allow you to attend the training sessions you need, and simply take action during the sessions you don’t. We will create reusable graphics, schedule calendar posts through Christmas, and inspire you to engage your community in all the great things happening with your students. These workshops are presented by WiRSA member Andrea Gribble and the Social Media 4 EDU staff.
The cost is $197 for first attendee, $97 for each additional attendee from your school.
Locations for the upcoming summer workshops:
Thursday, July 14th in Rice Lake, WI
Thursday, July 28th in Edina, MN
Friday, August 5th in Wisconsin Dells, WI
Reminder – Back-to-School Supplies Grants for Teachers:
Please forward this information to your teachers from the Meemic Foundation- The Meemic Foundation, which is an annual sponsor of our conference, has partnered with Quill.com to offer Back-to-School Supplies Grants up to $100 each. If you know of teachers who might benefit from these grant funds, encourage them to apply. There are 1,500 grants available. Applications are accepted through 6/30/16. More information is available here.
Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:
– School Funding Reform for Wisconsin
– WiRSA 2016 Conference Save the Date: “Rural Schools – Creative Best Practice,” November 9-10 in Stevens Point
– ESEA Information and more here.
– ESSA Overview Video – Narrated PowerPoint – This information is also available off the ESEA web page on the DPI site.
– Into the Outdoors – Free Classroom Resources
– Meemic Teacher Back to School Grants
– Meemic Foundation Grants for Teachers
Have a great week.