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 societyHorace Mann

Good Morning,
I would like to thank all of you who had the opportunity to attend this year’s conference. Based on feedback, the new facility for the conference seemed to be a hit and the presentations were outstanding.  I had aa number of folks comment that it was the best conference yet and they get more out of the WiRSA conference than many others they attend.

If you couldn’t attend this year, but are interested in seeing some of the presentations, a number are posted on the WiRSA website and others are being added as they come in.

Again, great job by all presenters and vendors. We hope you can join us next year at the Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells October 29-30, 2018.

Exciting Scholarship News – As part of this year’s conference an Auction was held with the proceeds going to help fund a new set of scholarships that will be specifically targeted for students going into education. The auction raised over $1700 and the Board has approved an additional $800, which will allow us to offer 5 new scholarships this year. Thank you to donors and bidders for your support of this great initiative.

More information on these new scholarships will be coming out in the next few weeks.


WiRSA Scholarships – Please remind your counselors to check out the WiRSA website in the next couple of weeks for scholarship guidelines and updates for member schools.

Legislative Update for the Week of November 6 — Nothing pertaining to rural education on the docket this week

Licensing Changes Webinar — If you were unable to view last week’s webinars, here is a link to the presentation

UW Colleges Online to offer EDU 201 Concepts, Issues, & Field Experience in Spring 2018 semester — EDU 201 is a required educational foundations course that is part of UW Colleges Online Education career cluster, and a required course for an alternate path to licensure in the UW-Oshkosh act! Program. Therefore, it is an ideal course for high school students who may be interested in a career in education, or current one-year licensed teachers who are working on an alternate path to teacher licensure.

Students contribute, analyze, and discuss current issues in education at the local, state, and national/international level via a discussion-based current events activity. They learn to analyze classroom video for pedagogical strategies, theoretical grounding, classroom environment, cognitive work, and interpersonal interactions, and then apply their analytical skills to actually classrooms. They reflect on discussions of current issues in education and advice from practicing teachers, principals, directors of instruction and human resources, and superintendents.

At the core of the course is actual classroom experience, at least fifty hours of practicum experience spent observing and participating in the activities of a classroom at the grade level and/or subject of their choice. Part of the experience consists of guided observation and reflection on how their cooperating teacher leads and guides classroom learning, and part is engagement with students to a degree determined by the cooperating teacher. [Note: Alternate license teachers will use their own classroom as a basis for analysis and reflection.]

Congratulations to the Following Member Schools
The following member schools were recognized last Tuesday as part for the DPI’s Standing Up For Rural Awards:

  • Albany School District
  • Northland Pines School District
  • Weston School District
  • Winter School District

From the NREA
REAP: What  Local Education Agencies (LEAs) Need to Know in FY2018 webinar

Monday, November 6, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. ET

Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. ET

Wednesday, November 8, 2017, from 2-3 p.m. ET

Thursday, November 9, 2017, from 3-4 p.m. ET

Please click the appropriate link below to register for the webinar you plan to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join the webinar.

November 6, 2017 

November 7, 2017 

November 8, 2017 

November 9, 2017 

After attending this webinar, local education agencies (LEAs) should:

  • Understand how eligibility for REAP grants is determined
  • Understand allowable activities for which of SRSA and RLIS grants may be used
  • Know how to apply for any REAP grants they are eligible to receive
  • Know what to look for when reviewing the eligibility spreadsheet & know how to report inaccuracies
  • Know where to find REAP-related resources and guidance
  • Understand the Department’s monitoring process

Wi-Fi on school buses could help students finish homework, decrease behavior issues According to a new survey from Kajeet and School Transportation News, internet connectivity on buses has many benefits. Wi-Fi Buses

 From IES –  Live Broadcast: College Access and Affordability and What We Can Do
The high cost of college is leading many students to leave school with a high level of debt—and no degree. On November 1, Sara Goldrick-Rab, a national scholar on college access and affordability, will address this issue in a live broadcast at a Regional Educational Laboratory Northwest event. She will also discuss possible solutions for making college access and attainment a reality for low-income students.

The Price of a Postsecondary Education: What the Research Says—and What We Can Do—About College Access and Affordability —  November 1, 2017 from 1:00–2:10 p.m. PT // Register here

Director Events from Last Week
October 29-31 WiRSA Conference
November 1, Conference calls with UW Network and Health Tide

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Nov 6, Ed Issues conference call
Nov 6, Meeting with WPEN and League of Women’s voters
Nov. 7, Meeting with Craig Albers and Andy Garbasz UW Rural Research
Nov. 7, Meeting Benecras Group
Nov. 8, RCN Conference Call
Nov. 10, WPEN Meeting
Oct. 24, RCN Meeting

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders

 Have A Great Week!