Thank you to our Sponsors: CESA 10 Facilities Management Services, CESA Foundation, Ehlers, Forecast5, Jostens, M3 Insurance, National Insurance Services, Nexus Solutions, PMA, Siemens, UW Colleges Online, UW-Oshkosh, WEA Members Benefits, Wisconsin Digital Learning Collaborative and Wisconsin Farmers Union

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

Good Morning,
Please note that I will be out of the office from Wednesday of this week through Saturday attending the NREA National Convention. I will be posting convention information on our Facebook Page.


  • WiRSA Conference Oct. 30-31, ‘Rural Schools – The Heart and Soul of Wisconsin.’ We again have strong General Session speakers including Dr. Katherine Cramer and Leroy Butler, along with 32 different break-out sessions to appeal to administrators, board members and teachers. Please join us at the Glacier Canyon Lodge in Wisconsin Dells.
    WiRSA Conference Brochure
  • 1st Annual WiRSA Conference Auction – We are excited about our new initiative! We will be holding an auction during the Monday night reception at the WiRSA Conference. All proceeds will fund new scholarships for students who plan to major in Education. We feel this is a great way to encourage young people to enter the field of education and to help build our teaching ranks. For more details read the attached information sheet.

WiRSA Election Results
Congratulations to the following new WiRSA Board members. The newly elected members will take their seat at the January meeting.
Region 1, Teacher – Leah Luke, Mauston School District
Region 1, District Administrator (vacated by Rick Waski) – Patti Vickman, Southern Door School District
Region 2, CESA Administrator – Cheryl Gullicksrud, CESA 4
Region 3, District Administrator – Bob Houts, Owen Withee School District
Region 4, Teacher – Lorra Metko – Antigo School District
Region 4, School Board – Vacant

WiRSA Conference Rural Research
UW graduate student Katie McCabe and her colleague are interested in doing research in rural schools. (Katie has done some previous work for WiRSA.) They are currently in a class which focuses on qualitative research methods. For some of their assignments they are required to set up opportunities in which they can practice qualitative data collection in an area of interest. Their overarching question is: How do rural school districts make decisions to distribute resources to support students in an equitable manner?

They are both attending the WiRSA Conference this year and thought that it would be a good time to meet interested administrators. If you are interested in working with them, they would love to hear from you. They will be doing a focus-group format on Sunday evening, October 29th from 5:30 until the Welcome Reception at 6:30. They are looking for 5-6 districts to work with. If you are interested in being part of this discussion, please email me at

Legislative Update for the Week of October 9
Oct. 11 – Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges will hear AB 266 relating to changes in the eligibility for the Technical College Higher Education Scholarship and SB 407 relating to transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils

DPI Budget Summary Released
Here is the link to the summary that was released late last week. I am available to answer needed questions.

Licensing Changes Webinar
AWSA would like to invite you to join our webinar on the significant changes to educator licensure included in the State Budget. The webinar will take place at 9 AM on Thursday, October 26.

You will be able to access the webinar by registering at this link.

We hope that you will be able to join us live for the webinar but if you are not available at this time or need to step away at some point, please know that we will be recording and posting the webinar online within 24 hours of the event.

Wheeler Report: ‘Teacher Protection Act’ Bill being drafted
The Wheeler report late last week released information on a bill being drafted by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt called the Teacher Protection Act. WiRSA along with other state organizations have met with and discussed this bill with the Representative and his staff. The concerns raised by our organization are around appropriate checks and balances to keep in line the chain of command, protecting a student’s right to education as well as protecting teacher safety. There have already been many changes to the initial draft and I am sure more will come.

The Wisconsin Education Disparity That Refuses to Die – By Alan Borsuk
This is a very good article written by Alan Borsuk of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel

From the NREA
Advance CTE released its Policy Benchmark Tool: CTE Program of Study Approval to help states evaluate and strengthen their program approval policies and processes. This tool lays out the non-negotiable elements of an effective policy for approving and evaluating programs of study, which include:

• Rigorous course standards and progressive, sequenced courses;
• Secondary and postsecondary alignment and early postsecondary offerings;
• Industry involvement;
• Labor market demand;
• High-quality instruction; and
• Experiential learning

The tool also offers an assessment rubric, which state leaders can use to identify gaps in their current state policy and prioritize areas for improvement. Additionally, it is designed to help states plan for implementation and program re-approval to ensure they have policies and programs that are high-quality and aligned with the state’s vision and definition of success.


Director Events from Last Week
Oct 2, Ed Issues conference call
Oct 3, Presenting at WREA Conference
Oct. 5, UW Rural Research – multiple meetings

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Oct. 9, Ed Issues conference call
Oct. 11, Rural Collaborative Network Meeting – Columbus Ohio
Oct. 11 – 14, NREA National Convention – Columbus Ohio

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
2017 WiRSA Conference – Oct. 30-31 Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells
Clif Bar Family Foundation Grants
ESEA Information and more here.

Have A Great Week!