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 Morning,
Congratulations to all the member school wrestlers that competed at the Individual State Tournament this past weekend. I had the opportunity to spend the day at the tournament on Friday and there were some outstanding performances. I also want to wish member school teams moving forward on the state tournament trail best of luck in gymnastics, basketball, hockey and team wrestling. It is a great time of year that brings schools and communities together.

Summer Health Camp Reminder
2017 Health Camps – Let students discover their future in the health care profession by attending one of the many Summer Health Camps around the state.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings
Assembly Ed. Committee will meet at 1:30 on March 2 in 417 North to discuss ESSA Update from DPI, AB 6 and AB 11.
AB 6 – Authorizing the director of the Office of Educational Opportunity in the University of Wisconsin System to contract for the operation of a recovery charter school, insurance coverage of mental health treatment provided by a recovery charter school, and making appropriations.

AB 11 – Mental health training program and making an appropriation.

NREA Call for Proposals for October’s National Conference
NREA and Battelle for Kids are looking for proposals for the National Conference which will be held in Columbus Ohio, October 12-14. More information can be found here and here.

NY Times Article – Negative academic results of voucher schools

Hidden dropouts: How schools game the system by dumping underachievers into alternative programs

Students Continue Strong Growth in AP Performance
Wisconsin public school growth in the Advanced Placement (AP) program includes a 10 percent increase over 10 years in the percentage of graduates earning a qualifying score that gives them a head start on postsecondary studies.

Additional information is available in the attached news release or on the Department of Public Instruction News Room website.

Guide Shows States and Districts How to Use Publicly Available Data to Calculate Six Expenditure-to-Performance Ratios
School districts across the country are seeking ways to increase efficiency by maintaining or improving education outcomes while using fewer resources. One method for determining district efficiency is an expenditure-to-performance ratio, such as the ratio of per pupil expenditures to student academic performance.

A new guide from Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast & Islands can help states and districts use publicly available data about district expenditures and student academic performance to calculate six expenditure-to-performance ratios.

The guide includes implications for how practitioners and policymakers can use the different estimates. States and districts can use this information to explore how districts are using specific types of resources to produce student outcomes.

Read the report.

REL Report Series Helps Educators and Policymakers Implement Social and Emotional Learning Programs

A new series of reports summarizes what is known about social and emotional learning (SEL) and effective strategies that promote SEL for students ages 3-8. The four-part series is based on a literature review conducted by Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Mid-Atlantic.

Social and emotional learning is the process by which children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These reports summarize the benefits of SEL in early childhood and identify the characteristics of SEL interventions that are effective in school contexts.

Read the reports.

Director Events from Last Week
Feb. 20, Meeting with Jim Henderson and Bob Jokish of the UW System increasing Post-Secondary
Options for rural students.
Feb. 20, Ed. Issues conference call
Feb. 20, Education Academy Mtg.
Feb. 21, Meeting with potential Associate Member
Feb. 22, Meeting with National Insurance Services

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Feb. 27, Ed. Issues conference call
Feb. 28, Farmers Union Farm and Rural Lobby Day at the Capital
March 1, CESA 7 PAC
March 2, Assembly Ed. Committee
March 3, ESSA Update from DPI

2017 WiRSA Conference Save the Date
The 2017 WiRSA Conference will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. Please note the date and location change for this year. See attached for room information and discounts. A request for presenters will be coming out in the Spring.

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
2017 WiRSA Rural Awards
2017 WiRSA Conference save the date – Oct. 30-31 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness Wis. Dells
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!