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,
Well, the first snowfall has finally arrived for much of the state ushering in the Holiday Season. This is always an exciting time of the year with the decorations and Holiday programs. In addition, it is inspirational for me to see the number of member schools doing community service projects during this time of the year. Everything from food drives, clothing and blanket collections to meals for seniors and community members. These are projects that will leave a lasting impression on everyone involved and show the true spirit of service and giving during this Holiday Season. Keep up the great work in bringing your communities together.

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. Scholarships

Analyzing Student and Teacher Data to Estimate Teacher Supply and Demand:
Many state departments of education study teacher supply and demand data to ensure an adequate supply of teachers in their states. Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest recently worked in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) to redesign how it studies teacher supply and demand to increase its accuracy and usefulness.

This report summarizes the four-step process that REL Midwest and MDE staff followed and focuses on the state data sources, analytic methods, and illustrations of how the information can be used. Because many data elements are common across states, the information in this report can serve as a starting point for state departments of education interested in redesigning or expanding their analysis of teacher supply and demand. Read the report.

For Unions in Wisconsin, a fast and hard fall since Act 10:
In this part of Dave Umhoefer’s continuing special report “Act 10 at Five”, the Journal Sentinel analysis found that nationally, no state has lost more of its labor union identity since 2011. Article
Rural Americans helped elect Donald Trump, but his ideas won’t help their schools. What will? Article

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

Director Events for the Upcoming 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

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.