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,
Happy 4th of July to all.  I hope you had an enjoyable extended weekend and were able to spend time with family and friends.

Welcome to our newest WiRSA member, Richland School District (Jarrod Burke). We are excited to have you as a member and we look forward to working with you.

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.

DPI Releases General Aid Estimates:
The DPI released the 16-17 General Aid Estimates this morning. 260 (61%) of the districts will see a projected increase and 160 (38%) of the districts will see a projected decrease, with 2 districts receiving $0. Please remember that these numbers are not audited and are preliminary estimates. The other piece to note is, with districts showing increases, this doesn’t show the true picture of how much is going to public education. The dollar amounts group public and parental choice together.

Here is the link to the DPI News Release and the district estimates by percentage and by alpha.

WiRSA Board of Directors Meeting:
The WiRSA Board of Directors will be meeting in Stevens Point on July 13 at 10:00 – (Tentative July Board Agenda).

Op/Ed on Governor Walker Comparing Teachers to NFL Free Agents:
Here is a well-written response from Matt Johnson of the Vernon County Broadcaster in regards to Governor Walkers comments earlier this week comparing Teachers to NFL Free Agents –

WPEN Summer Summit:
Registration is now LIVE for our second annual SUMMER SUMMIT, August 23, 2016 in Wauwatosa!

Our goal for this Summer Summit is both simple and grand:

At this Summit, we will bring together parents, educators, board members, administrators, community leaders, experts on education policy, and all who care about our students and schools to learn, connect, discuss and strategize on how we can best work together to support our public schools given the challenges we face now and in the future.

The agenda includes a full day of informational breakouts led by education experts and advocacy team leaders, strategy sessions, and keynote presentations from speakers who will inspire action and deeper conversations about the value of public education to our democracy and our communities, and the need for action to ensure every child in every school has equal opportunity to succeed. The topics for these sessions, and the format of the event, has been carefully put together after polling partners of our statewide Network to identify the needs and concerns around the state. The strategy sessions will allow opportunities for people from various constituencies and various parts of the state to come together in deliberate ways to find common ground for collaborations. Our emphasis throughout the day will be on how we can work together to create local-level actions with state-level impact.

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Evers, will join us to kick off the event, and our keynote speakers are public education supporters and philanthropists John and Tashia Morgridge and President of the North Carolina NAACP and founder of the Moral Mondays movement, Rev. Dr. William Barber II.

The Summit will take place at Wauwatosa West High School from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and will be followed by a dinner event at the Tosa Pool. Registration for the Summit is $20 (includes lunch), and the dinner is an additional $20. Registration fee waivers are available for those for whom the cost is otherwise prohibitive, and those who wish to donate to this scholarship fund may do so at check-out. Early bird and group discounts are also available. See the registration form for details and email with any questions.

Director Events from the Past Two Weeks:
– June 20 Educational Issues Conference Call
– June 21 Nonpartisan Redistricting Group
– June 21 Midwest REL Webinar on Teacher Recruitment and Retention
– June 23 WPEN in Lake Mills
– June 28 DPI ESSA Listening Session in Madison
– June 29 Meeting with Jack Jorgensen and Laura Dunek Wisconsin Research Network
– July 1 Ed Issues Group conference call on General Aid Estimates

Director Events for the Upcoming Two Weeks:
– July 6 Conference Call with Presence Learning
– July 6 Meeting with Andy Garbacz UW School of Education
– July 12 Legislative Council Study Committee meeting on School Data
– July 13 WiRSA Board of Directors Meeting
– July 14 Visiting the Morgridge Summer Science Camp in Madison
– July 15 Wisconsin Technical College Board Conference in Wausau

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.