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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 athletes that competed at the WIAA State Track and Field Meet this past weekend. Also, good luck to all the teams that are advancing in the softball, baseball, golf and soccer tournament series.

June 23rd Deadline for Conference Proposal Reminder
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 include teacher professional development, early literacy, innovative classroom practices, collaborative efforts within a school or with other schools and the use of technology.
     Complete this form to submit a proposal.

Upcoming Legislative Hearings
June 6 – AB 199 Relating to: technical education equipment grants for school districts, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

June 7 – AB 304 Relating to: allowing a pupil’s parent or guardian to opt out of certain statewide examinations.

June 7 – AB 300 Relating to: providing information about mandatory pupil examinations.

No JFC Scheduled – At this printing no JFC has been scheduled for this week. There still is no word on when Education will be heard. As I shared in Molly Beck’s article over the weekend, there seems to be some dissension growing in the JFC.

Legislative Fiscal Bureau Report – This 15-page report shares the impact of the proposed education budget

From the NREA – U.S. Department of Education launched a new website dedicated to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

NREA 2017 Conference Registration is Open!
For most rural school districts in this country, collaboration is not a choice, it is a necessity. Collaboration helps to elevate the voice of rural districts, uplift and empower isolated educators, administrators, and students, and leverage limited resources to tackle big issues. We believe in the power of collaboration to help advance equity, economic growth, and educational change for rural students and communities across the country.

In the spirit of collaboration, Battelle for Kids and the National Rural Education Association will host the 2017 National Forum to Advance Rural Education. This year’s event theme is Growing Success, which will focus on connecting education and work, strengthening the profession, and supporting the whole child.

This event brings hundreds of rural education leaders and practitioners together to learn, network, and collaborate on the topics at the forefront of rural education. Register by June 30, 2017 to receive the early bird discount!

Advance CTE releases a new report, “The Value and Promise of Career Technical Education: Findings from a National Survey of Parents and Students.” The report explores findings from a national survey to better understand parents and students attitudes about CTE, and how we can better ‘sell’ CTE to parents and students. The report findings include:

• Finding a career passion was the most important critical selling point for parents and students (over 90 percent) – even surpassing having a career that pays well;
• The majority of parents and students (85 percent) continue to value college as the post-high school aspiration;
• Across the board, CTE programs are most valued for their ability to provide real-world skills within the education system, offering concrete and tangible benefits related to college and career success;
• These findings were consistent across all socio-economic groups, with a notably higher appreciation for high school CTE graduation success amongst lower-income, black and Hispanic groups; and
• Counselors, teachers and CTE students and alumni are among the most trusted sources of information for students and parents alike.

Director Events from Last Week
May 30, Ed Issues Call
May 30, Capital Hearing on SB 187
May 31, Capital Hearing on SB 169
June 1, Conference Call for Forward Conference
June 2, Conference Call with Rep. Nygren’s office on JFC Education proposal
June 3, Panel presentation at Forward Conference

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
June 5. Ed Issues Call
June 6, Meeting with Fred Yeo
June 7, Assembly Committee on Gov’t Accountability and Oversight
June 8, Conference all WiRSA Executive Committee
June 8, Battelle for Kids Conference Call

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. More information.

2017 WiRSA Conference: “Rural Schools– The Heart and Soul of Wisconsin”
The 2017 WiRSA Conference will be held Oct. 30-31 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells.

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
2017 WiRSA Rural Awards
2017 WiRSA Conference – 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!