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

Good Afternoon,
It was great to see many members at WASB last week. A special thank you to one of WiRSA’s founders, Don Stevens, for spending a couple of days at the booth helping me promote our organization. In this edition, be sure to look at the Assembly Education Bills being heard this week, School Funding Commission update and ESSA update.

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 January 22
January 25 Assembly Education Committee will be meeting at 10:00 am in room 417, on the following bills.
AB 835 Relating to: sparsity aid, the revenue limit ceiling for school districts, and making an appropriation.
AB 810 Relating to: courses that generate a profit for a school district.
AB 830 Relating to: an education savings account program for gifted and talented pupils, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Blue Ribbon Commission on School Funding
The next meeting of the School Funding Commission is tentatively set for February 2 in Milwaukee. I will provide more information when it is available.

ESSA Update
On January 16th Secretary DeVos approved Wisconsin’s ESSA plan. DPI has posted the approval letter, release, and final approved plan on their website. To find the plan, look under new items of interest or Wisconsin Consolidated State Plan.

Public Hearings Announced for Educator Licensing
The Department of Public Instruction will conduct five hearings in January on proposed changes to educator licensing rules (PI 34). In addition to the hearings, a public comment period is open until Jan. 31. The online comment form can be accessed here.
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.

Please note that if you cannot attend one of the meetings, your written comments are considered the same as being present.

From REL Midwest
The Midwest Alliance to Improve Knowledge Utilization

New infographics to get the facts on each of the seven states in the REL Midwest region

From the NREA
NREA Joins Coalition to Eliminate the Digital Divide in Rural America

Teach For America Rural seeking non-TFA members for 2018 for their Rural School Leadership Academy (RLSA).
In rural regions across the country, there is a strong demand for committed, effective school leaders. To respond to this need, Teach For America created the Rural School Leadership Academy (RSLA) in 2013. After four years of growing and developing RSLA with TFA corps members and alumni, we will be expanding the program to non-TFA members in 2018. Seeing the impact that RSLA participants have made, we believe that expanding the reach to rural school leaders everywhere will benefit ever more students. With an Education Innovation and Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education, we will also be expanding the size of the program and refining the program design. Learn more here.

From IES
Announcing new and updated modules and enhanced platform compatibility in the Distance Learning Dataset Training (DLDT) online training system
The DLDT system is an online, interactive tool that allows you to learn about the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data products across the education spectrum and evaluate them for your particular purposes. The DLDT modules are designed to introduce you to many NCES datasets, their design, and special considerations for analysis to facilitate effective use.

The DLDT modules provide information about NCES and specific NCES datasets. They can help users find published reports; acquire, access, and explore data; and create data files for analysis. The modules also explain how to conduct analyses using selected statistical software packages and/or by using data tools provided on the NCES website.

For a full list of supported browsers and available modules, check out our blog or view this video to learn more. The DLDT System can be accessed here.

Director Events from Week of January 8
Jan. 15 – Ed. Issues Conference Call
Jan. 16 – Public School Coalition Meeting
Jan. 16-19 – WASB Convention

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Jan. 22 – UW Community Relations and Enrollment
Jan. 22 – Ed. Issues Conference Call
Jan. 22 – Meeting with Dr. Damrow – Mid-States
Jan. 23 – Meeting with Rep. Kulp
Jan. 23 – RCN Conference Call
Jan. 23 – Meeting with Rep. Nygren
Jan. 24 – Meeting with Mary Jarvis
Jan. 25 – Meeting with UW Grand Challenges Group
Jan. 25 – Meeting with Rep. Felzkowski
Jan. 26 – Meeting with Stephanie Richards – UW Rural Arts

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