2019 Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Conference

Diversity in Rural Schools

October 28-29 at the Wilderness Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells

2019 Conference Program



Glacier Canyon Conference Center
45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

(800) 867-9453 or (608) 254-1020

A conference for administrators, board members, teachers, CESA employees, higher education professionals, public library administrators, elected officials and citizens interested in rural school and community issues.

2019 Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Conference

Schedule of Events
  • 40 Breakout Sessions
  • Featured Speakers
    Anthony Ianni
    Former Michigan State Basketball Player and now works for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, is one of the most sought-after anti-bullying motivational speakers in the region.
    At the age of 4 Anthony was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), which is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD). Doctors and specialists told Anthony’s parents that he would barely graduate from high school, would never graduate from college, would never have a shot at being an athlete. and would likely live in a group institution with other Autistic kids for his adult life. His family was devastated but pledged they would help Anthony be successful no matter what.
  • Scott Jordan
    Scott was the 2017 NREA National Rural Teacher of the Year. Scott is a middle and high school, and college science educator, from rural New York. Listen to Scott discuss this amazing outdoor education program and how it impacts students.
  • Alan Pratt
    NREA President, NREA Update
  • Colleen Timm
    Learning Services Director at CESA 7. Collen and her team will discuss the new Redefining Ready Program initiative. Come learn how to implement the Redefining Ready metrics and use the digital scorecard to ensure that every student graduates’ college and career ready.
  • WiRSA Rural Awards
  • Auction
    Members bring an item to auction that represents their business or Wisconsin community. All proceeds go towards college scholarships for our members schools.
  • DPI Stand Up for Rural Schools, Libraries & Communities Awards
  • Two hosted receptions that will allow you to network with your peers and relax.
  • WiRSA Job Fair – New this year. Meet and recruit invited student teacher candidates.
  • Vendor Area
  • Make it a Family Weekend
    Take advantage of Glacier Canyon’s weekend rate and bring your family for some fun prior to the conference.
About Us

Rural Wisconsin is more than our state’s heritage; it’s home to almost 44% of the state’s 860,000 public school students. Rural schools share the same responsibility to the community as their suburban counterparts–to prepare all students for a successful future in a globally competitive marketplace.

The Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance (WiRSA) was formed to help rural school districts address the unique issues that affect rural schools as they seek to achieve the highest quality education for every student. Our members include a cross- section of educators, school board members, rural community members, business leaders and other concerned individuals who want a strong voice for rural schools.  


Members     $90                      Non Members   $140

                         Student and Grad School  $50

Link to Registration

 Conference Cancellation Policy

 Conference registration cancellations must be received 48 hours prior to the conference scheduled date for a full refund to be issued. 



Lodging Information

Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness

45 Hillman Road
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Reservations (800) 867-9453


Single $82            Double $99
Mention WiRSA Conference at Glacier Canyon Lodge to receive rates.

Code Leader #678486

Deadline for rates is September 25.