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

Good Morning,
Happy Halloween to everyone. Congratulations to all member school teams and individuals that are participating in State Competition this fall.

The WiRSA Conference is just one week away! If you haven’t already registered, I encourage you to do so.

2016 WiRSA Conference Registration:

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 at the Holiday Inn.

Conference Brochure

WiRSA Conference Product Fair and Welcome Reception Reminder:

This year we will be hosting a Pre-Conference Product Fair to conference registrants at no additional cost. The Product Fair will begin on Tuesday, November 8 with registration beginning at 3:30, Welcome at 3:45 followed by three 45 minute sessions for vendor presentations. Each session will have four vendors to choose from. The vendors that are committed at this point to present are PMA, Wisconsin Digital Collaborative, Siemans Industrial, Forecast 5, Imagine Learning, ACT, Horace Mann, National Insurance, Academic Tutoring Centers, School Improvement Network and Focus on Energy.

To Register for the Product Fair, go to CESA 5

  • Login or Register,
  • Select all events,
  • Select November on the calendar,
  • Select Nov. 8 WiRSA Pre-conference Sponsor/Vendor Product Fair.
  • Remember, this is a free event.

Forecast 5 and PMA will be hosting a Welcome Reception for all registrants beginning at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn on November 8.

WiRSA Annual Meeting:
The 2016–17 WiRSA Annual Meeting will be held after the WiRSA Conference held at the Holiday Inn in Stevens Point, Thursday Nov. 10, beginning at 1:50 pm. All members are encouraged to attend.

Draft Agenda

1. Call to Order – Jeremy Biehl, President
2. Member Sign-In Roll Call
3. Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Distribution of Bylaws
– Membership – Sec. 2, 2.2.4 Grad. Student Membership – $25?
– Election Process – Sec. 3 – 3.3, 3.3.2, 3.3.4 Voting Rights
6. Executive Director Report
7. Membership Input on Future Activities of the Organization
8. Adjournment

Another Good Article on School Funding and the Impact on Rural Schools. Click here

Early Childhood Education Research Update:
Click on this link to see the latest research update on early childhood from Midwest REL.

Upcoming Events from the Regional Educational Laboratory Program:
The Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) program is hosting several webinars in the coming weeks that cover a wide range of important educational topics. The events are free and open to the public. Follow this link for more information.

Director Events from Last Week:
-October 24, Ed. Issue Conference Call
-October 24, Midwest REL Governing Board Webinar Part 1
-October 26, Meeting with Representative Rob Swearingen
-October 28, ESSA Updates Conference Call with DPI
-October 28, Midwest REL Governing Board Webinar Part 2

Director Events for the Upcoming Week:
-November 2, WASDA Regional Mtg., Richland Center
-November 4, CESA 10 PAC

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:
School Funding Reform for Wisconsin
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 Foundation Grants for Teachers

Have a great week.