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.

“The Community’s public school is the greatest discovery, and the cornerstone of our democratic society.” – Horace Mann

Good Afternoon,
Happy Holidays to you, your staff and family from the WiRSA Office and the WiRSA Board of Directors. Relax and enjoy this mid-year respite. This is the time to be thankful for those around us and to reflect on the positive impacts we have made on the students in our communities. Thank you for your fine work and commitment!

WiRSA Holiday Hours:
The WiRSA office will be open on a limited basis over the Holidays to deal with urgent news and emails. The next Update will be January 3.

Summer Science Camp Reminder:
Registration is now open for the 2017 Summer Science Camp. If you would like to participate in the camp and bring students, please complete the following sign-up. Summer Science Camp School Sign Up Positions in the camp will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and a wait-list will be maintained for 2018 in the event that registrations exceed capacity this summer. Summer Science Camp Article.

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

Virtual Classrooms Can Be as Unequal as Real Ones:
Interesting article on how online courses are praised for their potential to make education accessible to everyone—but are they leaving students behind. Inequality in the virtual classroom

Director Events from Last 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. 15, Education Academy Planning Group

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Dec. 19, Educational Issue Conference Call
Dec. 19, Education Academy Conference Call
Dec. 20, ESSA Update
Dec. 20, Conference Call with prospective member and sponsor

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.