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

Good Morning,
Please pay close attention to this week’s Update – there is grant information, ESSA information, PAEMST nomination information, tentative JFC public meeting dates and NREA Essay information.

Scott Winch and the Stratford School District are our newest WiRSA members. We look forward to working with you.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings
– Senate Ed. Committee held a meeting on March 9 for an ESSA Update from DPI
– Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations will be held
on March 15 to discuss SB 11 regarding changes to work permits
– Tentative Dates and Locations for Joint Finance Committee Public Hearings
April 3 – Platteville                                   April 5 – Milwaukee Area                               April 7 – Marinette
April 8 – Spooner                                     April 19 – Ellsworth                                         April 21 East-Central

Link to DPI Governors Budget
Here is a link to the DPI’s Summary of the Governor’s Budget.

WEAC Building Community Partnerships Events

Sharing in a pro-public education gathering.

Goal: to build community partnerships and connections through public education advocacy that includes public education allies and leaders, like you!

Stevens Point- Friday, April 7, 12:30-1:30 pm  — Stevens Point Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point

La Crosse -Tuesday, May 16, 1:00-2:00 pm — Region 4 Office, 2020 Caroline Street, La Crosse

Milwaukee and Fox Cities, Appleton, To Be Determined — Please check the WEAC Region10/ Retired website for updates and registration.

NREA Essay Contest

The NREA had an Essay Contest for students in grade 3-12, with division groups 3-5, 6-8, 9-12. The submission deadline is April 15. For more information go to the NREA website.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Announces Release of Updated ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template
In a letter delivered today to chief state school officers, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos provided clarity on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) implementation and released the updated template for the consolidated state plans.
Letter to Chief State School Officers
Fact Sheet
ESSA Consolidated State Plan Frequently Asked Questions
ESSA Consolidated State Plan Template and Crosswalk

U.S. Department of Education Announces 2017 National Professional Development Grant Competition to Support Educators of English Learner Students
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), announced recently in the Federal Register, the availability of $20 million for its National Professional Development (NPD) grant competition to support educators of English Learner (EL) students.

Presidential Teaching Award Seeks Nominations
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the nation’s highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science. The 2016-2017 nomination and application period for 7-12th grade mathematics and science (including computer science) teachers is currently open.
Established by Congress in 1983, the President may recognize up to 108 exemplary teachers each year. The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers PAEMST on behalf of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Presidential awardees receive a certificate signed by the President; a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a series of recognition events and professional development opportunities; and a $10,000 award from NSF.

Please consider nominating a talented science or mathematics teacher using the PAEMST website today. If you are interested in applying yourself, you can begin an application at The 2016-2017 nomination deadline is April 1, 2017, and the application deadline is May 1, 2017.
Should you have any questions about the program or the nomination process, please contact or 855-723-6780.

A Teachers Story About Vouchers

“The difference between public schools and private schools is that public schools have a responsibility to all children. That doesn’t mean we have a responsibility only to those who comply, who are motivated, who are well-fed and eager to learn, or even who are intrinsically driven to overcome their obstacles. All students mean just that — every growling stomach, every temper tantrum, every child, no matter how inconvenient and ugly the burdens they carry.” Read the entire article.

Director Events from Last Week
March 6-10 – WiRSA Office Closed

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
March 13, Ed. Issues conference call
March 14, Meeting with UW Direct and Private Loans Office on better outreach to rural schools
March 14, Meeting with a possible new Associate Member
March 15, Tentative Interview on Capital City Sunday – regarding referendums
March 17, Meeting with Jack Jorgensen – UW Rural Research

2017 WiRSA Conference Save the Date
The 2017 WiRSA Conference will be held October 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 in Wisconsin 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
2017 AHEC Summer Health Camps

Have A Great Week!