Thank you to our Sponsors: UW-Oshkosh, National Insurance Services, Culver’s VIP Foundation, Farmers Union, CESA Foundation, Forecast5, PMA, Meemic, Ehlers, Jostens and WEA Members Benefits.

Good Morning,
On behalf of the myself and the WiRSA Board of Directors I would like to congratulate the Class of 2016 as they graduate and take the next big step in their lives. This class will be leaving the security of home and their home districts to go out and make their mark on the world. Knowing the great work you and all of your staff do, these young adults will be well prepared for the challenges ahead of them.

2016 WiRSA Conference Call for Presentation Proposals:

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.

Call for WiRSA Rural Award Nominations:

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.

When to Expect ESSA Regulations; Rewriting the Career and Technical Education Law:
Federal Flash examines the U.S. Department of Education’s timeline for releasing proposed regulations on accountability provisions; state plans; supplement, not supplant; and assessments under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It also reports on congressional plans to rewrite the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.
Watch here.

Directors Events from this Past Week:
– May 16, Follow-up meeting with the Richland School Board on membership
– May 17, Midwest REL Board Meeting on teacher retention and recruitment – conference call
– May 18, Social Media Webinar
– May 18, WiRSA Conference Planning Committee Meeting @ 3:30
– May 19, Conference call with FAST grant writer on their proposal

Directors Events for the Upcoming Week:
– May 23, Ed Issue Conference Call
– May 24, Attending CESA Conference in Madison
– May 25, Meeting with Laura Durnek and James Henderson, UW School of Education
– May 25, Meeting with the Non-Partisan Redistricting Work Group in Madison

Social Media 4 EDU Workshop – Take Your School to the Next Level!

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.

Register here.

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 –Hammelman Resources:
This note is in follow-up to my mention about Human Resources services in the April 18 Weekly Update.
WiRSA associate member Hammelman Resources offers HR services to WiRSA districts, primarily in three areas:
Exit interviews – Details are on the WiRSA website under the Resources tab
Position Descriptions – Dave maintains over 60 generic position descriptions covering just about every certified and support staff job in a school district. He can efficiently and inexpensively customize any to meet your district specifications. How long has it been since yours were updated?
Teacher Stay Surveys – Addressing the reasons staff may decide to leave your district on a proactive basis
Hammelman Resources, LLC contact information:
• (262) 370-8517

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 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.