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

Good Morning,
In this edition:
• WiRSA Conference registration to open
• Nominate someone for the WiRSA Rural Awards
• Free Threat Assessment Training
• Some good resources from the UW and DPI
• Eye opening article on voting in Wisconsin

WiRSA “Rural Schools Matter” Conference Registration is now Open  The 2018 WiRSA Conference will be held again this year at the Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center in Wisconsin Dells October 29-30. For more information see attached flyer. The program outline will be available on the WiRSA website the week of July 23rd. To register go to the following link.

WiRSA Rural Awards  WiRSA is now taking applications for the 2018 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 14. Click here for more information.

2018-19 WiRSA Membership Invoices in July  WiRSA membership renewal invoices were emailed out last week. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact me.

Legislative Update for the Week of July 16
There is nothing scheduled at the state level for this week.

National Level Legislative Update From NREA/CEF
Nothing on the agenda for this week.

From the Department of Justice
Free Threat Assessment Training course
The Office of School Safety is offering a free School Violence Threat Assessment Team course. It’s designed for school administrators, counselors, security personnel and SRO/ERO’s. This course will explain who should be part of the threat assessment team, the intent behind threat assessment tools such as the Violence Risk Assessment, how to assess the risk level associated with a threat, and how to determine the appropriate response to a specific threat. Attendees will complete table top exercises and evaluate their own policies. Attendees are encouraged to bring the threat assessment tool used in their school district and their school district’s policy regarding threats of violence to the training. This is an eight-hour course delivered by school administrators and law enforcement officers.

The course will be held on July 27, 2018, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Madison Police Department Training Center, 5702 Femrite Drive, Madison, Wisconsin, 53718.

Registration is required: Register online here. Did we mention it’s free?

From the NREA
Urban-rural divide isn’t what it seems

Districts address teacher turnover by providing affordable teacher housing

Digital Learning Strategies for Rural America: A scan of policy and practice in K–12 education

UW Research on Emergency Certification
Katie McCabe just completed some work on emergency certifications in rural Wisconsin. She is sharing with us her two-page informational document. I encourage you to take a look at it. She will also be presenting at our fall conference. See attached.

From the DPI
New Map Shows Socio-Economic Factors by Zip
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health have developed an accessible, online, interactive map of more than 70 million Zip+4 zip codes so that users can find data on socio-economic factors at the neighborhood level. The Neighborhood Atlas helps quantify the degree of disadvantage in a given area – a factor increasingly viewed as critical to assessing health disparities and effective interventions.

Interesting Article on Voting

Director Events from Last Week
July 9 – Ed Issues Call
July 10 – Interview with Wis. Politics
July 10 – Meeting with DOJ on School Safety Grants
July 11 – WiRSA Board Meeting

Director Events for the Upcoming Week
July 16 – Conference call with member school
July 17 – WPEN/DPI Budget Discussion
July 19 – Meeting with a new Senate candidate
July 20 – Rural/Urban/Suburban discussion

Resources and Grant/Scholarship Reminders
• WiRSA Rural Awards – Click here for more information
ESEA Information
Licensure Webinar
NREA Conference in Denver, Colorado– October 11-13
2018 WiRSA Conference, RURAL SCHOOLS MATTER, October 29-30, Glacier Canyon in Wisconsin Dells.

Thank you to our Sponsors!
Alliant Energy, CESA Foundation, Ehlers, Jostens, McKinstry, National Insurance Services, Nexus Solutions, The Insurance Center, TRICORE Insurance, UW Colleges Online, WEA Member Benefits, Wisconsin Farmers Union