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,
Thank you to all who attended the 2016 WiRSA Conference last week in Stevens Point. We had many great speakers, break-out sessions and vendors. I also want to thank our fine sponsors listed above for their continued support of WiRSA. It was a great two days of discussion and networking.

Many of the hand-outs and PowerPoints are posted on the WiRSA website and click on 2016 Conference. We will continue to post them as we receive them.

2016 WiRSA Rural Awards Presented:
WiRSA is proud to announce the 2016 winners of the WiRSA Rural Awards. The awards were presented last Thursday at the WiRSA Conference.

Congratulations to the following recipients:
Rural Advocacy Award
JAM Academic Cooperative
This is a cooperative formed by the Juda, Albany and Monticello School Districts.
Rural Business Partner of the Year
Mahlkuch Electric of Juda, Wisconsin
Support Staff Person of the Year
Dale Bergman, Maintenance Supervisor, Merrill School District
School Board Member of the Year
Fern Aleckson, Blair-Taylor School District
2016 WiRSA District Administrator of the Year
Tom Wermuth, River Valley School District
2016 WiRSA Teacher of the Year
Penny Ramos, Juda School District

WiRSA Rural Awards:
The WiRSA Rural Awards are a great way to recognize the great people you have in your district for the outstanding things that they do for your school district and rural education. Now is a great time to start thinking about nominees for the 2017 WiRSA Rural Awards. For more information go to

Congratulations and Good Luck:
Congratulations and good luck to the following member schools football teams that advanced to this week’s WIAA Football Championships:
Amherst-Tomorrow River
River Valley

2016-17 WiRSA Scholarships:
Be sure to inform your Guidance Departments about the 2016-17 WiRSA Student Scholarships. Each member district can submit one student for consideration for the five $500 scholarships given, one for each of the four regions and one at large.  Scholarship Information

How Could President-Elect Trump Impact Federal Education Policy and ESSA Implementation?
This Federal Flash comes from the Alliance for Excellent Education and focuses on what is likely to change, and what won’t change, under President-elect Donald Trump when it comes to education policy, and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in particular.  Article

New Report Finds That Teachers’ Response to Evaluators’ Feedback is Influenced by Their Perceptions of its Usefulness and Credibility:
The Regional Educational Laboratory Central study looks at teachers’ perceptions of feedback from evaluators and identifies characteristics of feedback that may influence their use of that feedback. The study confirms that teachers’ perceptions of four feedback characteristics influence their response: the usefulness of the feedback, the accuracy of the feedback, the credibility of the evaluator, and the resources to which they have access. The study looked at survey responses from teachers in seven districts in two states that were piloting a new teacher evaluation system. Read the report

Director Events from Last Week:
-November 7, Ed Issues Conference Call
-November 8-10, WiRSA Conference – Annual Meeting and Board of Directors Meeting
-November 11, ESSA Update Conference Call

Director Events for the Upcoming Week:
-Nov. 14, Education Academy Planning Meeting
-Nov. 14, DPI Budget Conference Call
-Nov. 14, Meeting with Susan Wanta from Education Technology Partners
-Nov. 14, Meeting with Katie McCabe UW-School of Education Research
-Nov. 15, REL Midwest Rural Research Alliance Meeting
-Nov. 15, Teacher Laboratories Markets – UW School of Education
-Nov. 15, Meeting with Representative Dave Considine
-Nov. 16, Conference call with new NREA Executive Director Allen Pratt
-Nov. 17, Legislative Council on School Data Meeting
-Nov. 18, DPI ESSA Interview

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:
WiRSA Scholarships
WiRSA Rural Awards 
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.