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 Afternoon,
As we continue to close in on the Holiday Season I want to take this opportunity to thank you, your staff and school boards for all the great work you are doing on behalf of rural students. Even with tight budgets and staff shortages, you continue to find creative ways to continue to provide students with a quality education. This speaks highly of the commitment you have made to the rural students of Wisconsin. Thank you and keep up the great work.

Thank You
I would like to thank Jerry Walters and the members of CESA 11 for allowing me to join them last Friday.

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. This year’s deadline is February 15th. WiRSA Website


REL Mid-Atlantic Webinar: Closing the Achievement Gap

A free webinar from Regional Educational Laboratory Mid-Atlantic will present research on the achievement gap and identify practices that help support students, families, and educators in overcoming it. The session is part of REL Mid-Atlantic’s Educator Effectiveness webinar series.

Richard Gray of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University will discuss how fostering culture, academics, activities, and family connections can help negate the effects of achievement gaps. Mr. Gray is the director of the Annenberg Institute’s Community Organizing and Engagement Division.

Closing the Achievement Gap

December 15, 2016

3:00–5:00 p.m. ET

Click here for more information and to register

Wisconsin’s Quality of Life Contributes to Shrinking Workforce (Article)

Tomah District Administrator Cindy Zahrte Guest Column in the La Crosse Tribune: It’s time for schools to redefine ‘ready’ (Article)

Director Events from Last Week
-Dec. 5, Weekly Educational Issues Conference Call
-Dec. 7, Meeting with potential conference vendor and sponsor
-Dec. 9, CESA 11 PAC Meeting
-Dec. 9, ESSA Update Conference Call

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Dec. 12, Educational Issue Conference Call
Dec. 13, DPI Hearing on Special Education Scholarships
Dec. 14, Battelle for Kids Rural Collaborative Working Group
Dec. 16, WPEN 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.