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

Good Morning,
In this edition:
• WiRSA Conference registration is now open,
• Nominate someone for the WiRSA Rural Awards,
• WPEN Summer Summit,
• From US Secret Services – Threat Assessment Guide,
• Free from DOJ – Threat Assessment Training,
• Articles from the NREA

WiRSA Office Closed

The WiRSA office will be closed Monday, July 23 at 3:00 through July 30. I will have limited email access. If you have an urgent matter, I can be reached at 608-553-0689. WiRSA ‘Rural Schools Matter’ Conference Registration is now Open The 2018 WiRSA Conference will be held again this year at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells October 29-30. View the program outline and registration information on our website. To register for the conference, go to the following link.

WiRSA Rural Awards

WiRSA is now taking applications for the 2018 WiRSA Rural Awards. The WiRSA Rural Awards are a way to recognize the great people you have in your district and community for the outstanding things that they do for your school and rural education. The deadline for nominations is September 14. Click here for more information.

2018-19 WiRSA Membership

Invoices in July WiRSA membership renewal invoices were emailed out last week. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

Wisconsin Public Education Network will hold its 4th annual Summer Summit in Appleton on August 1, hosted by Appleton Area School District and Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education. All with an interest in advocating effectively on behalf of public school children and learning more about the challenges facing our public schools are invited to attend.

The agenda includes a full day with over 30 informational breakouts and strategy sessions led by education experts and advocacy team leaders, and presentations from Superintendent of Public Instruction, Dr. Tony Evers; a conversation with Blue Ribbon Commission on School funding members co-chair Rep. Joel Kitchens and Dr. Julie Underwood; Arizona

Education Association President Joe Thomas; and a keynote presentation by Jitu Brown of Chicago’s Journey for Justice Alliance.

The Summit will take place at Appleton North High School from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and will be followed by a dinner event at the Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens with special guest, Matt Rothschild of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. Registration for the Summit is $30 (includes lunch), and the dinner is an additional $30.

See the full schedule and register here, and email with any questions.

Legislative Update for the Week of July 23
There is nothing scheduled at the state level for this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
Last week (July 11), the Federal Commission on School Safety held its second meeting at the White House. The meeting was titled “Curating a Healthier and Safer Approach: Issues of Mental Health and Counseling for our Young.” (media advisory and video).

Threat Assessment Guidelines the U.S. Secret Service’s National Threat Assessment Center issued an operational guide with actionable steps that schools can take to develop comprehensive targeted violence prevention plans for conducting threat assessments (guide, brief, and blog post).

The Secretary recently announced the approval of several consolidated state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). California and Utah (press release) were among the 34 states and Puerto Rico to submit their state plans by the final deadline of September 18, 2017. “I am pleased to approve Utah and California’s plans, both of which comply with the requirements of the law,” she said. “I look forward to seeing how these states utilize the flexibilities afforded in ESSA to rethink education and to improve outcomes for all students.”

All approved ESSA state plans, as well as approval letters and peer review feedback, are available here.

From the Department of Justice
Free Threat Assessment Training course
The Office of School Safety is offering a free School Violence Threat Assessment Team course. It’s designed for school administrators, counselors, security personnel and SRO/ERO’s. This course will explain who should be part of the threat assessment team, the intent behind threat assessment tools such as the Violence Risk Assessment, how to assess the risk level associated with a threat, and how to determine the appropriate response to a specific threat. Attendees will complete table top exercises and evaluate their own policies. Attendees are encouraged to bring the threat assessment tool used in their school district and their school district’s policy regarding threats of violence to the training. This is an eight-hour course delivered by school administrators and law enforcement officers.

The course will be held on July 27, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Madison Police Department Training Center, 5702 Femrite Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53718.

Registration is required: Register online. Did we mention it’s free?

From the NREA
NC Rural Opinion: Education is the key to creating rural prosperity

Ensuring Career Pathway Quality: A Guide to Pathway Intervention


Director Events from Last Week
July 16 – Conference call with member school
July 17 – WPEN/DPI Budget Discussion
July 18 – Meeting with WiRSA Board President
July 18 – Meeting with Conference Sponsor/Vendor
July 19 – Meeting with a new Senate candidate
July 19 – Rural/Urban/Suburban discussion

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
July 23 – DPI Mental Health Grant and 19-20 Budget Announcement
July 24-30 – WiRSA Office Closed

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• WiRSA Rural Awards – Click here for more information
ESEA Information
Licensure Webinar
• NREA Conference in Denver, Colorado– October 11-13
2018 WiRSA Conference, RURAL SCHOOLS MATTER, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.

Thank you to our Sponsors!
Alliant Energy, CESA Foundation, Ehlers, Jostens, McKinstry, National Insurance Services, Nexus Solutions, The Insurance Center, TRICORE Insurance, UW Colleges Online, WEA Member Benefits and Wisconsin Farmers Union