November 15th Edition 

AWSA Update

Jeffrey Taege Named Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year

The Association of Wisconsin School Administrators has named Jeffrey Taege, assistant principal at Butler Middle School, Waukesha, as its 2023 Wisconsin Associate Principal of the Year. Read more here.

Guidance Regarding DPI's Increased Scrutiny of Expulsions

DPI's increased scrutiny of school district expulsions has been an important development for school districts.  DPI General Counsel Ben Jones presented at WASDA's fall conference to provide guidance on the legal requirements applicable to the expulsion process. This presentation describes the procedural requirements necessary for a decision to be upheld on appeal to the DPI, with a particular focus on how to draft an appropriate hearing notice.

Standardized Assessments; Considerations for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Federal regulations identify five requirements for administering assessments as part of a Comprehensive Special Education Evaluation (34 CFR 300.304(c)(1)When planning, administering, and interpreting standardized assessments to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, IEP teams must consider many factors in order to comply with these federal requirements. Read more here.

Registration is Open for Upcoming AWSA Conferences

DPI Is Developing Strategic Plan: Provide Input Via Survey or Engagement Session

On November 9th, the DPI announced that it is taking input on its strategic plan.  You can provide input by attending one of the engagement sessions and/or by completing this survey.  You can register to attend an engagement session here.

November 1st Edition 

AWSA Update

Andy Farley Named National Principal of the Year

The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) announced that Andrew Farley, principal of Brookfield East High School, is the 2024 NASSP National Principal of the Year. This marks the first time a Wisconsin Principal has received this honor since 1993. Read more here.

Support for You to Learn How to Use AI to Save Time and Grow Your Impact

The US Department of Education’s report Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Learning states that “everyone in education has a responsibility to harness the good to serve educational priorities while also protecting against the dangers that may arise as a result of AI being integrated in educational technology.”  AWSA’s Harnessing the Power of AI for WI School Leaders is a three-part webinar series designed for you.  Session 1: AI Tools for School and District Leaders focuses on getting you started using AI in your day-to-day work; Session 2: The Power of AI in Teaching and Learning captures amazing possibilities for teaching and learning, demonstrating six learning tools/resources; and, Session 3: Policies and Practices for Students and Staff focuses on policies and guidelines around the use of AI, including academic honesty.

New Funding Source for Mental Health Navigation Services

Fund 80 is a fund that school districts use for activities that support the entire School District Community.  This fund is levied separately from the District’s general operations (Fund 10).  Activities supported by this levy can include adult education, community recreation programs, elderly food service programs, day care services, and other programs which are not elementary and secondary education programs but have the primary function of service to the community. Read more here.

WiRSA Elementary Principal of the Year

Riverdale School District is excited to announce that the winner of this year’s WiRSA Principal of the Year is Mrs. Shari Hougan, PK-6 principal, Riverdale ElementaryRead more here.

Registration is Open for Upcoming AWSA Conferences

  • SLATE: December 4-6, 2023, Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells
    Learn more here.
  • Associate Principals Conference: January 24-26, 2024, Concourse Hotel, Downtown Madison
    Learn more here.
  • Middle & High School Principals Convention: February 7-9, 2024, Concourse Hotel, Downtown Madison Learn more here.