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

Good Morning,
Welcome back from the Holiday break! I hope everyone had an enjoyable break with family and friends. As we start the New Year, please take time to review the scholarship reminder and be sure to pass the information along to your counselors. Also, please share the information on the Summer Science Camp and attachment with your Science Department.


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.

Summer Science Camp 2018 Recruitment

The Morgridge Institute for Research has announced it’s 2018 dates for the Summer Science Camps for rural schools. This is a great opportunity to send a group of five students and one teacher from your school to this outstanding four-day event.

WiRSA has a great working relationship with the Camps and I encourage you to take a close look at the attached information and send a team.

Legislative Update for the Week of January 2
Thursday January 4 – Assembly Committee on Rural Development and Mining will have a public hearing at 10:00 on the following Bill:
Assembly Bill 730 – Relating to: student loan reimbursements for certain individuals domiciled in rural counties, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Teacher Protection Bill – At the time of this printing this Bill has not been scheduled for a hearing. I will keep you posted.

Public Hearings Announced for Educator Licensing
The Department of Public Instruction will conduct five hearings in January to accept public testimony on proposed changes to educator licensing rules (PI 34). In addition to the hearings, a public comment period is open until Jan. 31 with written comments on the proposed permanent rules given the same consideration as public testimony. The hearing dates, times, and locations are as follows:
January 16, 4 to 6 p.m. — St. Norbert College, Mulva Library, Room 101, 400 Third Street, De Pere;
January 17, 2:30 to 4 p.m. — DPI Headquarters, GEF 3, Room P41, 125 South Webster Street, Madison;
January 19, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Milwaukee Public Schools, Auditorium, 5225 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee;
January 25, 3 to 5 p.m. — CESA 10, Conference Center, 725 West Park Avenue, Chippewa Falls; and
January 29, 4 to 6 p.m. — University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Centennial Hall, 3212 Centennial Hall, La Crosse.

WiRSA Board Meeting
The WiRSA Board will meet on January 10 at 10:00 AM at the Amber Grill in the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point. The main topics on the agenda are the election of new Executive Committee members, review the membership survey and post conference surveys.

Webinar on Early College Credit Program
AWSA will be hosting a webinar on the Early College Credit Program that was enacted as part of the 2017-19 State Budget. The webinar will take place at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, January 10th.

You will be able to access the webinar on Jan. 10 by registering at this link.

The webinar will be hosted by Tahira Chaudary, Education Consultant from the Department of Public Instruction. 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.

From the NREA
Department of Education releases its preliminary report on Rural Education.

From IES
Study Finds Significant Relationships between Noncognitive Skills, School Environments, and Students’ Transitions to High School
The study used data from 14 high schools in New Mexico to examine relationships between student background characteristics, academic achievement, noncognitive and school environment factors, and grade 9 outcomes. The results revealed significant differences in students’ perceptions of their noncognitive skills and school environments by race/ethnicity. The results also suggest that indicators of students’ perceptions of noncognitive skills and school environment factors are associated with GPA, course failures, and absences in grade 9.

Read the report.

Director Events from Week of December 18
Dec. 18, Ed Issues Weekly Conference Call
Dec. 19, Senate Education Committee Hearing
Dec. 19, RCN meeting
Dec. 20, Ed Issues group meeting

Director Events for the Upcoming Week

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