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Good Morning,
I hope this Update finds you refreshed after spending time with friends and family. As we move through this holiday season keep a close vigilance on your students. As we all know, this can be a happy time of the year but also a rough time for many students. Try to create opportunities for your students to experience the joys and unity of the season. Many times we may be the only positive outlet they have.

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.

UW-La Crosse School of Psychology Survey:
This is as reminder to please share and complete the UW-L School Psychology Survey exploring the possibility of developing an online-only graduate training program in school psychology. Your feedback will be very helpful.

REL Study Challenges the Traditional Perception That When Students Drop Out They Leave School Permanently
About a quarter of Utah students who dropped out and re-enrolled graduated on time with their peers, while another 30 percent graduated within six years, according to a new report.

The new study from Regional Educational Laboratory West was conducted in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and examined data on students who were expected to graduate from Utah public schools in 2011 (entered high school in 2007-08). The report describes the prevalence, characteristics, and high school outcomes of dropouts who re-enroll. Among the findings:
• About one-fifth (19 percent) of students in Utah’s 2011 graduating cohort dropped out at some point during high school;
• 22 percent of those who dropped out had re-enrolled by 2011;
• Among those who re-enrolled by 2011, 26 percent graduated on time in 2011 and 30 percent graduated by 2013 (within six years of entering high school);
• The percentage of dropouts who returned to school decreased each year, and after returning to school most re-enrollees did not accumulate enough credits to graduate on time; and
• Black and English learner students were at greater risk of not graduating because of their higher dropout rates and lower re-enrollment rates.
Read the report

MURPHY’S LAW Why Schools Are Increasingly Unequal
Act 10 and era of school referendums causes bigger gap between haves and have nots.  Article

Director Events from Last Week:
-Nov. 21, Education Issues Call
-Nov. 21, Education Academy Planning
-Nov. 22, Meeting with National Insurance Services and WEA Members Benefits
-Nov. 22, WPEN Meeting

Director Events for the Upcoming Week:
-Nov. 28, ESSA Update Conference Call
-Nov. 30, Attending Lessons from a Quarter of a Century Debate at Marquette Law School
-Dec. 1 or 2, Education Academy Planning Meeting

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders:
WiRSA Scholarships
2017 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.