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January/February 2011 Jan_Feb 2011 cover

We start off the New Year with a look at the upcoming legislative session. Our cover story features articles from the Senate and Assembly education committee chairs. We also look at the Marshfield School District and their use of Professional Learning Communities in their schools.

education and the 2011-12 legislative session

Senate Committee on Education Chair Luther Olsen and Assembly Committee on Education Chair Steve Kestell share their thoughts on the upcoming legislative session. Learn more about these two important education stakeholders below.

Sen. Luther Olsen

Rep. Steve Kestell

working together for students

The Marshfield School District has been using Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) to strengthen teachers and improve student achievement. Learn more about PLCs:

All Things PLC.com

Reach your fans

In this month's Communication for Leadership column, Lori Blakeslee describes how school districts can use Facebook fanpages to reach parents, students and community members. See a great example below

Denmark School District Facebook page

Fair Funding for our future

State Superintendent Tony Evers has a guest commentary in this month's issue. He describes his Fair Funding for Our Future plan, which the WASB has endorsed.

WASB Commends Evers's Funding Reform Plan

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The December 2010 issue of Wisconsin School News takes a closer look at some of the programs and ideas in Wisconsin public schools that will be featured at the State Education Convention.

Scientific partnerships

This article tells the story of how a partnership between a small school district and a program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is benefiting students at both the university and school district.

UW-Madison's Biocore Program

Mazomanie Science Outreach Outpost

preparing for a winter wonderland

This month's safety column offers tips on keeping your schools safe during the winter season.

Information on Winter Storms

Tools for Success

In Association News, we recap the Legislative Advocacy Conference, which took place Nov. 13. You can find photos from the event and presentation handouts on our events recap page.

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October 2010Pages from Oct 2010

With the Fall elections heating up, In the October issue of Wisconsin School News, we interviewed Scott Walker and Tom Barrett, the candidates for governor. We also took a look how some small districts are bringing advanced engineering classes to their students.

Coming together for a different future

Schools in southwestern Wisconsin have teamed up with their local CESA and technical college to bring advanced Project Lead the Way courses to their students. The partnerships have been positive for the schools and most importantly, the students.

Southwest Academy for 21st Century Excellence

Project Lead the Way

Inside out communication

This month's Communication for Leadership column offers some advice on improving internal communication in a school district. Resources for this article can be found on the National School Public Relations Association Web site.

Be Smart About Fire Safety

Fire Prevention week is Oct. 3-9. This month's safety offers a few tips for fireproofing your home and school. Here some additional resources from the Federal Emergency Management Administration:

Protecting Your Family from Fire

After the Fire
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In this issue, we hear from three organizations with their ideas to transform public education; we take a look at the array of educational options, such as charter schools and virtual education; and, among other articles, we discuss how strategic planning can help a district control its future.

where is public education headed?

Three groups - CESA 1, CESA 6, and Wisconsin Way - offer ideas on how to improve public education.

View and compare their ideas

CESA 1 - Call 2 Action

CESA 6 - Next Generation of Public Education

Wisconsin Way - Blueprint for Change

Once you have reviewed the ideas, take our Rethinking Public Education survey.

take control of your district's future

Paul Hardt, WASB board governance consultant, discusses how strategic planning can help guide a district to a successful future.

Learn more about the WASB board governance services.

Keeping Teen drivers safe

This month's safety column offers some safe driving tips for student drivers.

Resources for teen drivers

Teen drivers fact sheet

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August 2010August 2010 Cover

The August 2010 issue of Wisconsin School News takes a broad look at some of the skills students need to be successful today. Features also include a look at the Common Core State Standards, and integrating technology into the classroom.

Educating for Today

This feature looks at the Common Core State Standards, which Wisconsin recently adopted.

Common Core State Standards

Creating Real World Classrooms

Two grants are helping Wisconsin districts bring technology into the classroom and train teachers on how to use the technology.

West Coast Agents of Change grant



Communication for Leadership

Getting the word out can be relatively easy and free using these social media tools.

Ready to tweet? Follow these simple directions.

Read more on social media:





Legislative Update

We provide a look back at 2009-10 legislative session.

Position papers from last year's legislative session

Submit a delegate assembly resolution


Here are some more resources to keep your athletes safe during the warm, summer months.

More information on hydration from NFHS

Heat Index Calculator

Are you a WASB member? Log in and you can view entire issues online! Just visit the Wisconsin School News Archives.

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June/July 2010School News photo

The June/July issue of Wisconsin School News examines what the recent passage of the health care bill means for Wisconsin School district. Other articles include interviews with UW Education Professors Erica and Richard Halverson and a feature on talking transparently about the budget with your community.

What Happens Now?

The cover story takes a look at how the recent health care bill and implications it has for public school district. These Web sites offer a more detailed perspective on the legislation.

The Kaiser Foundation

A Look at H.R. 3962

Health Care Reform Update

Tax Analysis of the Legislation

A New Frontier for Teaching and Learning

UW Professors Erica and Richard Halverson urge education leaders to build environments that embrace the use of social and digital medias to engage today's students.

Richard Halverson Bio and Research

Want to learn more? The Halversons will be presenting at the WASB$s Presidents/Leadership Conference

Safety: Summer Shouldn't Hurt

This month's safety column prepares readers for common risks taken during summer activities.

Summer Safety Tips

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