2019 Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance Conference

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


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
  • Five Featured Speakers
    Dr. Mara Casey Tieken
    Assistant Professor at Bates College and author of Why Rural Schools Matter

  Department of Justice
“Build a School Safety Team and Review School Safety Plan”

  Alan Pratt
NREA President, NREA Update

  Barb Van Doorn
2017 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year
“Why Staff Mental Health is Important and What We Can Do About It”

  Ted Hayes
Senior Risk Manager
“35 Lifesaving Tips When Facing an Armed Intruder or Active Shooter”

  • 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.
  • 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.  The Alliance consists of 199 members with 144 of those being school districts.


Members     $90                      Non Members   $140

                         Student and Grad School  $50


 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






2018 WiRSA Program

Contact Information
Kim Kaukl
Executive Director
Phone: (608) 553-0689
Email: kimkaukl@wirsa.org