October 7th Edition

Staffing Sustainable Hybrid Learning Options

In many schools, at some point this year, students will be attending in-person while others are attending virtually. Educators are working to find staffing strategies to provide and sustain high-quality hybrid learning options. This article includes examples from Chippewa Falls, Elmbrook, and, Portage and asks you to share staffing strategies that are working for you. The strategies that members share can be found on the AWSA website here.

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Leading in a Remote Setting, Tom Murray, Future Ready Schools

The global pandemic of 2020 has forced unprecedented change. Whether leading in remote, blended, or in-person spaces, the impact of school leaders has never been greater. Having been a principal in both in-person and virtual spaces, I’ll offer six tips for principals as they passionately lead through these times of adversity [Wisconsin specific resources are highlighted for each tip].  

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Webinar: Teaching and Learning in a Remote World: Keys for Success, Eric Sheninger

The COVID-19 pandemic has put schools in a position that they could have never imagined, with many largely unprepared for a total shift to remote learning. But lessons learned during the trial-by-fire first few months of shutdowns have enabled many to quickly adapt, successfully establishing remote teaching and learning at scale no matter the challenges.

During this session, Eric will break down proven engagement strategies that are at the heart of successful remote learning—ones that empower all kids to think critically and then apply their thinking in relevant ways—both with and without technology. Topics to be covered in-depth include high-impact instruction, personalization, hybrid models, blended learning, equity, and family engagement.

October 29, 2020, 1:00-2:30 PM | Cost to attend: $39 
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Title IX: Meeting the New Federal Mandates, Attorney Bob Butler, WASB

The U.S. Department of Education recently issued new Title IX regulations regarding sexual harassment in public schools. The regulations require specific training for each Title IX coordinator as well as for the individuals who are assigned designated roles in the process that the school adopts for resolving formal complaints of Title IX sexual harassment (i.e., investigators, decision-makers and facilitators of informal resolutions).  Every school district will also need to review and modify its various policies and procedures in connection with the implementation of the new Title IX regulations. The following FAQ and example flowchart provides general information regarding the new Title IX regulations that every school leader should be aware of.  

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Developing Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in School-Based Esports, James O’Hagan 

In Racine Unified, we wanted to consciously create an experience of esports that would be a vehicle for so much more than just playing the games. We also wanted our esports teams to be a cross-section of their student bodies, and provide a supportive experience for all. As we have expanded to all five high schools in the Racine Unified School District, diversity and inclusion have been key tenets of our program. 

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Trends and Next Steps in Required Continuous Improvement Planning for Joint Federal Notifications (ESSA/IDEA)

In reviewing the submitted improvement plans required for identified schools and districts under Joint Federal Notifications ESSA/IDEA, we found several trends in root cause identification and evidence based improvement strategy selection across our state.  These trends allow professional learning throughout our statewide system of support to be integrated and aligned.   

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