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

Good Morning,
Just one week left to register for this year’s WiRSA Conference. Come join us for this excellent conference that highlights the great things going on in our rural schools, along with great sessions on timely subject matter.

WiRSA Conference Registration – Still Open
The 2018 WiRSA Conference will be held at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells, October 29-30. View the program outline and registration information on our website.

WiRSA Annual Meeting – October 30
The 2018 WiRSA Annual meeting will be held at 2:05 pm on October 30th at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center, following the WiRSA Conference. All members are invited to attend.

WiRSA Board of Directors Meeting – October 30
The next WiRSA Board Meeting will be held immediately following the Annual Meeting at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center, following the WiRSA Conference.

WiRSA Scholarships
Scholarship information for the WiRSA Regular Scholarship, WiRSA Teacher Education Scholarship and the Bucky’s Tuition Promise information was sent to counselors on October 3 and 17.

Legislative Update for the Week of October 22
No hearings on education scheduled this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
US Department of Education releases Rural Report.

USDA Partners to Help Rural Leaders Build Strategies to Achieve Prosperity
Rural Economic Development Initiative Provides Opportunities for Rural Communities to Plan for the Future

Special Education Resolution Article from the Portage Register

From the Department of Public Instruction
DPI releases training module that covers mandatory reporting of threats of school violence.

From the DOJ
The Office of School Safety has many, free school safety plan resources available on our website.

Just Announced DOJ Training Courses
We have added three School Threat Assessment Training courses and 16 Adolescent Mental Health courses around the state. You can find the complete list here. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

From the NREA
i3/EIR Webinar on Tools for Measuring Social-Emotional Learning and School Climate – Tuesday, November 6, 2018 1:00 ET Noon CT
The U.S. Department of Education’s Education Innovation and Research program (EIR) announces an upcoming webinar featuring grantee organizations in conversation about the tools they use to measure social-emotional learning (SEL).

SEL and school climate are increasingly recognized as essential elements of a supportive and healthy learning environment, but they can be difficult to quantify. This webinar will introduce attendees to three tools for gauging SEL, as told by grantees who already use them successfully.

Featured speakers will include:
• Veronica Tate, The Rural Math Innovation Network team from Virginia Advanced Study Strategies
• Brit’ny Stein, Project Engage from the Osage County Interlocal Cooperative
• Jenny Ventura, Seneca Family of Agencies

To join, please register here.

From IES
Study of Enhanced College Advising in Upward Bound: Impacts on Steps Toward College A new study finds that certain kinds of advising can help disadvantaged students take steps towards enrolling in a more selective college.
View the report.

Director Events from Last Week
Oct. 15 – Ed Issues conference call
Oct. 17 – DPI Rural Advisory Council at Denmark School District
Oct. 18 – Stakeholder Meeting at SAA Office in Madison
Oct. 19 – CESA 12 PAC in Ashland

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Oct. 22 – Meeting with Wisconsin Dells School District
Oct. 24 – Meeting with UW Teacher Education Center
Oct. 25 – DOJ School Safety Advisory Counsel

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• 2018 WiRSA Conference, RURAL SCHOOLS MATTER, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.
2019 WiRSA Scholarship Information

Thank you Sponsors!

Alliant Energy, CESA Foundation, Ehlers, Jostens, McKinstry,
Mid-State Technical College, National Insurance Services, Nexus Solutions,
The Insurance Center, TRICORE Insurance, UW Colleges Online,
WEA Member Benefits and Wisconsin Farmers Union