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Good Morning,

It looks like a great week ahead with May coming in like a lamb. This is the time of year where events are moving fast and furious with testing, awards, graduation and the wrap-up of spring activities. Take this time to say thank you to your students for their hard work in and out of the classroom. There are so many amazing things going on in our member schools and I encourage you to visit the WiRSA Facebook Page  to see many of the events that have been tagged.

Congratulations to the following WiRSA Members

DPI High School Principal of the Year – Robin Kvalo, Portage High School

Presidential Scholar Semi-Finalist – Tiffany Maskal, Clayton High School

2015 Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year – Craig Cegielski, Eleva-Strum High School, will participate in a White House meeting May 3 Craig along with state teachers of the year will be honored by the President. Craig will be giving a talk in Ohio in June and participate in the IMTS show in Chicago in September.

2016 WiRSA Conference Call for Presenters

The 2016 WiRSA Conference will be held Nov. 9-10 at the Holiday Inn is Stevens Point. This year’s Conference Theme is “Rural Schools – Creative Best Practice.”  In the next couple of weeks, a call for presenters will be sent out. The Conference Committee will be looking for member districts to share great programs and policy that are happening in the classrooms, administratively or at the School Board level. This year’s goal is to provide sessions that are appealing to all sections of our membership.

IES Announces Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Webinars for New and Early Stage Investigators: The Reading, Writing, and Language Development Grant Writing Seminar Series for New and Early Stage Investigators will be held on May 26 and June 2, 9, and 16 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (EDT). 

Decision points and considerations for identifying rural districts that have closed student achievement gaps.
Examining the policies and practices of rural districts that have closed academic achievement gaps could inform a research agenda on student achievement in rural schools. However, identifying rural districts in which achievement gaps have decreased requires careful consideration because of rural districts’ smaller size and other distinctive characteristics.

In a new report, REL Central outlines key decision points and considerations for states to use in developing a process for identifying rural districts that have experienced the greatest reductions in student achievement gaps. Read the report.

 Events from this Past Week

  • April 25 Educational Issues Conference Call
  • April 25 Meeting with Kate Meredith of the Williams Bay Observatory – Rural Grant
  • April 26 REL Midwest Directors meeting in Oakbrook, IL
  • April 27 DPI Rural Advisory Council meeting at Suring High School
  • April 28 Meeting with Brodhead School District Administration
  • April 28 WiRSA Board of Directors Meeting

Events for the Upcoming Week

  • Meeting with Dave Rausch Smart Choice MRI – Possible Sponsorship

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:

Have a great week.