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

Good Morning,
As the Holiday season grows near, this is always a good time to be thankful for family and friends. It is also a great time to reach out to those that are less fortunate and find a way to pay some cheer forward.

Please pay close attention to the scholarship information, information on the upcoming proposed PI 34 Rule on Teacher licensing and the NREA Update.

Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships – Please remind your counselors to check out the WiRSA website for the WiRSA scholarships, including the new education scholarships.
Applications are due by close of business on Thursday, February 15.

Legislative Update for the Week of December 11
Tuesday Dec. 12: Assembly Bill 559 relating to transfer policies for college credit earned by high school pupils will be heard by the Committee on Colleges and Universities.

There is also a possibility of an Assembly Education Committee meeting on Thursday, December 14 but nothing is presently showing on the schedule.

PI 34 Permanent Rule Update
The DPI has released an administrative rule proposal that repeals and recreates PI 34, which governs licensure of educators. The proposed rule changes are meant to make the licensing process more understandable and increase flexibility while maintaining high-quality staff in Wisconsin schools.

The DPI will be soliciting public comment on this rule in a series of hearings in January and online. To that end, they have posted the full rule, a one-page summary, and details about how the proposal relates to earlier recommendations from the State Superintendent’s Leadership Group on School Staffing Challenges here. The details about the public comment process are expected to be announced next week.

From the NREA
TWO-THIRDS OF RURAL COUNTIES HAVE FEWER JOBS TODAY THAN IN 2007
The number of jobs in rural America increased in the last year, but rural counties remain well below
their pre-recession employment level. Article

Rural education in America: Challenges and promise sponsored by AEI Article

What A Tax Overhaul Could Mean for Students and Schools Article

MJS Series – Impact of Childhood Trauma Reaches Rural Wisconsin
This article was shared by a member. This was the first in a 2-pqrt series.

Rural America at a Glance
Another article shared by one of our members.

From IES………….Reminder

Webinar: Supporting STEM in Rural Schools and Districts

Join Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest for a free webinar on school- and district-level supports for rural schools to expand learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Due to geographic, logistical, and financial barriers, rural students do not always have the same opportunities to explore STEM as urban and suburban students. During the webinar, presenters will discuss STEM networks, which comprise one support for rural schools looking to capitalize on local connections. In addition to helping schools work with industry partners, STEM networks also connect schools and districts to discuss problems of practice.

Supporting STEM in Rural Schools and Districts

December 13, 2017

12:00–1:00 p.m. CT

Register here

Director Events from Last Week
Dec. 4, Ed Issues Weekly Conference Call
Dec. 7, DPI PI 34 Rule Conference Call
Dec. 8, WPEN Meeting

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Dec. 11, Ed Issues Weekly Conference Call
Dec. 12, Meeting with Rep. Quinn
Dec. 15, Prairie du Chien School Visit

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
WiRSA Scholarships
Clif Bar Family Foundation Grants
ESEA Information.
DPI Budget Summary
Licensure Webinar
2018 WiRSA Conference, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells

Have a Great Week!