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 New Year! As we look forward to 2017 and the upcoming state budget we all need to stay united in promoting the many positives in public education and the great service public schools provide for our communities. We need to keep school financing at the top of our list when talking in our communities and to our legislators. We can be the catalyst to build local community organizations to support public education. We are the key messengers for public education in Wisconsin. Let’s make 2017 the Year of Public Education!
Summer Science Camp Reminder -4 Spots Still Open:
Registration for the 2017 Summer Science Camp. If you would like to participate in the camp and bring students, please complete the following sign-up link. Positions in the camp will be offered on a first-come-first-served basis and a wait-list will be maintained for 2018. An article about the Summer Science Camp.

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

ESSA Transition Questions
The DPI has posted a link to a Google form (FAQ Submission Form for School Districts) that allows school districts to submit any questions they would like to see the department answer in an online FAQ or describe any supports they would like to see from the department.

Adolescent Brain Development
Here is an interesting Webinar from IES Newsflash on Adolescent Brain Development “What is means for High School Learners” Please note the webinar begins at the 15:05 mark.

Director Events from Last 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
Dec. 28, Conference Call with M3 Insurance
Dec. 28, Education Academy Conference Call

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Jan. 3, Conference Call with Education Technology Partners
Jan. 4, Meeting with Nexus Learning
Jan. 5, Education Academy work group
Jan. 6, CESA 5 PAC in Wisconsin Rapids

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!