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 belated Mother’s Day. I hope everyone had a great day celebrating with your families.
Two quick reminders for everyone:
1. Be sure to talk with you staff about submitting a proposal for this year’s conference on Oct. 30-31. This is a great way to showcase and share great programs in your district (see information below).
2. I encourage you to nominate staff in your district for the WiRSA Rural Schools Awards. Again, this is a great way to recognize the great work folks in your school and community are doing to keep rural public education strong. (see information below)

WiRSA Conference Call for Presentations
The call for presentations for this year’s annual WiRSA Conference (Oct. 30-31) to be held at the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells is now open. The WiRSA Planning Committee is seeking proposals for sessions that share best practices, solutions and research in and outside our rural classrooms.
We encourage you to share the great programs you are providing. Examples, but not limited to, teacher professional development, early literacy, innovative classroom practices, collaborative efforts within a school or with other schools and the use of technology.
To submit a proposal, complete this SurveyMonkey Form by the submission deadline of June 23, 2017.

Rural School Awards
The WiRSA Rural Awards are a great way to recognize the great people you have in your district for the outstanding things that they do for your school district and rural education. Now is a great time to start thinking about nominees for the 2017 WiRSA Rural Awards. For more information click here.

Thank You
I want to thank Jeff Dickert at CESA 7 for inviting me to their May PAC meeting. Also, a special thanks to Ben Niehaus and his staff at Florence for allowing me to be a part of their annual Tech Fair.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings
May 16 and 18 – Joint Committee on Finance Executive Session – Please note Education has not been scheduled yet.
May 18 – Assembly Education Committee – As part of the Red Tape Review the committee will discuss potential revisions to the following rules:
Chapter PI 2 – School District Boundary Appeals
Chapter PI 9 – Pupil Nondiscrimination
Chapter PI 10 – Supplemental Aid for School Districts with a Large Area
Chapter PI 14 – School Finance
Chapter PI 23 – Esea Intradistrict Safe School Transfer Options

Chapter PI 25 – Children at Risk Plan and Program
Chapter PI 28 – Test Access
Chapter PI 41 – Accommodation of Religious Beliefs
Chapter PI 43 – Education Reform
Chapter PI 47 – Equivalency Process for Educator Effectiveness

Medicaid cuts will hurt kids, specifically students with disabilities
Thank you, Chris Thiel, from MPS for sharing the attached document regarding Medicaid cuts. The basic point is that when everyone else walks away from their responsibilities to kids with disabilities, districts keep the faith and shoulder the burden.

Education and Work Plans of U.S. High School Students
A new Data Point report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides a look at the education and work plans of high school students
This report uses data from the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, which follows a cohort of public school students who were in 9th grade in 2009. The Data Point examines the 2013 plans of the cohort as of 2012, when most of the students were in the 11th grade. The findings include:

• Most students expected that postsecondary education would be their primary activity in 2013, while about one-fifth expected their main activity to be work;
• A higher proportion of female than male students expected their main activity to be postsecondary education; and
• Students’ expectations for postsecondary education increased as family socioeconomic status increased.

To view the full report, click here.

Director Events from Last Week
May 8, ECCP Policy Discussion at DPI
May 8, Ed Issues Call
May 9, Conference Call with Robin Fox from UWW School of Education
May 10, Florence Technology Fair
May 11, CESA 3

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
May 15, Teacher Speak Out at UW
May 15, Ed Issues Call
May 15, Recovery Charter School Drafting Meeting at UW
May 17, Battelle for Kids Rural Collaborative conference call
May 17, Albany High School Scholarship presentation
May 18, Assembly Education Meeting

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.

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!