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

Good Morning,
I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Easter weekend with family and friends. This week I encourage you to take a close look at the WiRSA Rural Awards and the WiRSA call for Proposals information for the upcoming conference.

Green Bay is the last JFC hearing. If you can’t attend, please submit written testimony using the email link provided.

Congratulations to the WiRSA School Districts honored by DPI as 2019 Title 1 Schools of Recognition
Great job by the staff and students in the following districts:
Bruce, Ladysmith, Oakfield, Winter, Beecher-Dunbar-Pembine, Antigo, Maple, Rib Lake, Barneveld, Darlington, Greenwood, Ithaca, Abbotsford, Alma-Center, Baraboo, Chequamegon, Cornell, Florence, Gillett, Gilmanton, Independence, Mauston, Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton, Prairie du Chien, Royall, Turtle Lake

WiRSA Conference call for proposals now open
The conference planning committee is now accepting proposals to present at the annual conference October 28-29 at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center. We are looking for presentations that promote the great programs being offered by our rural schools. This year’s theme is centered around diversity. To submit a proposal, complete the proposal form by June 21. (See attached flyer to post.

WiRSA Rural Awards – New Category added for Principals
WiRSA is now taking applications for the 2019 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 13.
Click here for more information.

WiRSA Conference Vendor Booth and Sponsorship Registration is Open
Information for securing one of the 26 vendor booths for the 2019 WiRSA Conference is now available. Please see attached flyer for more details. Priority will be given to our Business Partners, formerly known as Associate Members, then vendors from last year, followed by new requests.

We will be using a new registration process this year, so please read all information carefully.
Vendor/Sponsor Registration Form.

Girls Who have officially launched their Girls Who Code Clubs 2019-20 Application!
As an international non-profit, we are so proud to work alongside Community Partners like yourself to close the gender gap in technology. Now in our 7th year, we have reached 185,000 girls supporting their passion to code!

This is an exciting time to join our movement — we received 6,500 Clubs applications for just the 2018-19 year alone — and we’re hoping that you will join us! To learn more, please read our Clubs 2019-20 flyer.

Legislative Update for the Week of April 22
No education related bills on the docket and the time of this printing

Final date for JFC Public Hearings
Green Bay is the last hearing. If you haven’t been able to get to a hearing, make your voice heard at either the Green Bay hearing and/or submit written testimony.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University Union – Phoenix Rooms 2430 Campus Court
Green Bay, WI 54311

To submit written testimony, use this dedicated email address or email the JFC chairs Rep. Nygren and Senator Darling. Listing of all members.

Wisconsin Policy Forum Budget Brief and Full Report

Links to 2019-20 Biennial Budget
Here are links to the Biennial Budget – The first one takes you directly to the education part of the budget the second takes you to the budget brief and the third is the budget menu page.

National Level Legislative Update From NREAC/CEF
Both the House and Senate are in recess this week and next, and they will return on April 29 and turn to fiscal year (FY) 2020 appropriations.

From US Department of Education
Acting on the recommendations of the Federal Commission on School Safety, Secretary DeVos announced the “Parent and Educator Guide to School Climate Resources.” This guide, produced jointly by the Department’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and Office for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), provides best practices and resources that parents and educators can utilize as they work to achieve a positive school climate, lower disciplinary issues, and enhance school safety.

Additionally, the document provides information for teachers and school leaders on how they can receive support from the Department’s two technical assistance centers dedicated to promoting safe and supportive schools: the National Center of Safe and Supportive Learning Environments and the Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Sup¬ports.

From the DOJ
School Threat Assessment Protocol
Attorney General Josh Kaul and the Office of School Safety recently announced the release of the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol and Wisconsin Comprehensive School Security Framework, providing educators and partners a comprehensive set of policies that support school safety efforts.

“The Comprehensive School Security Framework and the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol can assist teachers, administrators, and others who are working to make our schools safer,” said Attorney General Kaul. “We hope that schools across the state will use these resources.”

From the NREA
The NREA has extended its deadline for National Conference proposal submission. To submit a proposal, use this link.


What Does It Take To Get A Teacher Interested In Rural Schools? A Field Trip

NASSP: Principal Turnover Report

Director Events from Last Week
April 15 – JFC in River Falls
April 15 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
April15 – UW System Teacher Task Force listening session at UW Eau Claire
April 16 – WiRSA Board Meeting
April 17 – UW System Teacher Taskforce Teleconference
April 18 – UW System Teacher Taskforce Working Meeting
April 18 – Meeting with Marion College professor

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
April 22 – Conference call with Board member on conference planning
April 22 – Interview regarding RERIC
April 22 – Weekly Stakeholder conference call
April 22 – Conference call with WEMTA
April 22 – Conference call with RERIC
April 23 – RCN monthly meeting
April 23 – Prep for WASBO presentation
April 24 – DPI Rural Advisory Council in Chetek
April 25 – All-State Budget Briefing

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• Save the Date: 2019 WiRSA Conference, October 28-29, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.


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