The Community’s public school is the greatest discovery, and the cornerstone of our democratic society – Horace Mann
I want to take this opportunity to congratulate 2017 WiRSA Rural Teacher of the Year, Kay McClain from Florence County School District for being named as a finalist for the NREA/Monsanto National Rural Teacher of the Year. Kay will be recognized this week at the NREA Convention in Denver – Congratulations Kay!
In this Edition
• WiRSA Board Election Results
• Legislative Update – Study Committee on the Investment and use of the School Trust Funds from the Wisconsin Policy Forum – School Referenda article
• School Safety Resources from the DOJ
• NREA Articles on Rural Teacher and Administrator Shortage
WiRSA Conference Registration
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.
Register for Conference here. Room Block Deadline has been extended to October 10.
WiRSA Board of Directors Election Results
Congratulations to the following members for being elected to the WiRSA Board of Directors for a four-year term.
Region 1 – CESA Administrator Seat; Jeremy Biehl, CESA 5
Region 2 – District Administrator Seat; Robert Smudde, Prairie du Chein
Region 3 – School Board Member Seat; unfilled
Region 4 – Teacher Seat; Kay McClain, Florence County
Region 4 – School Board Member Seat; unfilled
WiRSA Membership Invoices
Invoices were due Sept. 1. Reminders were sent the week of Sept 10. Please feel free to contact me, if you have questions.
Legislative Update for the Week of October 8
October 11 – Study Committee on the Investment and Use of the School Trust Funds
National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
No update this week
From the Department of Public Instruction
DPI releases training module that covers mandatory reporting of threats of school violence
From the Wisconsin Policy Forum
School referenda on the rise – Ballot questions for K-12 funding at highest levels since 1990s
From the DOJ
The Office of School Safety has many, free school safety plan resources available on our website. The OSS has begun work with stakeholder organizations to summarize and integrate key materials, but a comprehensive school safety plan should include elements of the following.
• Free Resources from the U.S. Dept. of Education, Office of Safe and Healthy Students, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Center
o Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans, REMS Technical Assistance Center. That comprehensive document is available “at a glance” here.
o The REMS Toolbox, contains example forms, MOUs, Policies, Procedures, Templates, etc.
o REMS has online training available regarding how to develop Emergency Operation Plans and common sub-annexes.
• Free Resources from the I Love U Guys Foundation
o The Standard Response Protocol promotes safe schools through uniform classroom response to any critical incident. Instead of scenario-based planning to a large number of potential hazards (weather, fires, accidents, intruders, etc.), the SRP is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. All crisis events are addressed through Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, or Shelter. The common terminology helps ensure clear understanding within a school and with emergency responders.
o The Standard Reunification Method provides school and district safety teams with proven methods for an accountable reunification of students with their parents or guardians in the event of a school crisis or emergency.
You are invited to attend a FREE training directly from John-Michael Keyes, founder of the I Love U Guys Foundation, at the DOJ event on October 26, 2018. Register here.
From the NREA
Community-Based Teacher Education
Addressing the rural teacher shortage and turnover
REL Webinar: “Algebra for All: Focus on Visual Representations”
This interactive webinar is designed for upper elementary and middle school mathematics educators
and the staff who support them. REL Appalachia developed this webinar with their Student Success in Mathematics partnership.
Algebra for All: Focus on Visual Representations
October 17, 2018
3:30–5:00 p.m. ET
Director Events from Last Week
Oct. 1 – Ed. Issues conference call
Oct. 4 – RCN meeting
Oct. 4 – Connect America meeting
Oct. 5 – CESA 5 PAC meeting
Oct. 5 – Roundtable discussion at Teacher Speak Out
Director Events for the Upcoming Week
Oct. 8 – Interview with Portage Paper
Oct. 8 – Ed. Issues conference call
Oct. 9 – Meeting with Benecras Group
Oct. 10-13 – NREA Conference
Oct. 10-13 – WiRSA Office closed
Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• 2018 WiRSA Conference, RURAL SCHOOLS MATTER, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.
• 2019 WiRSA Scholarship Information