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2014 WASB~WASDA~WASBO State Education Conference Presentations

Long-Term School District Fiscal Health

This session will provide information about the many areas that need proactive forethought in coming to decisions about a school district’s cash reserve as it relates to its long-term financial health (including policies). The speakers will address sustainability and preplanned balances that protect programs, both instructional and non-instructional. Ideas will be shared on how to be transparent and thoughtful in discussing this issue as relationships are built with local citizens and state legislators.  Presenters: Debby Schufletowski, School Business Specialist, Baird Public Finance; Tom Owens, Business Manager, Stevens Point Area; Bob Borch, Senior Financial Advisor, PMA Financial Network, Inc.

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The School Safety Checklist Your Wisconsin School Must Have

How do you know if your school meets even the minimum standards for security? What are the best practices for school security in Wisconsin? Over the past year, the Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association has focused on these questions and developed a "Top 25 Checklist" for school leaders to evaluate their respective facilities. The checklist is based on guidance published by the Department of Education and the experience of Wisconsin-based safety and security coordinators. The list is a great start for any school seeking to improve its security posture.  Presenter: Peter Pochowski, Executive Director, Wisconsin School Safety Coordinators Association

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Ethical Considerations in Resolving Conflicts

Conflict resolution is a phrase we often hear, but might not always pause to give it much thought in relation to ethical considerations before acting. What might appear to be the right thing to do on the surface, can often lead to questions of ethics, trust, and integrity. This session will look at what role ethics plays in the efforts of school board members and administrators in resolving conflicts with each other, community members, and staff members.  Presenters: Sara Croney, District Administrator, Oconto; Steven Sedlmayr, District Administrator, Alma; Michael Weber, District Administrator, Port Washington-Saukville

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Common Core State Standards: What You Need to Know

Join us for a session intended to answer the following questions: What are the Common Core State Standards (CCCS), what does their adoption mean for Wisconsin, and what impact will the Common Core have on teaching, learning, and assessment? How does the Common Core connect to initiatives such as school report cards, educator effectiveness, response to intervention and personalized learning? What can school boards do to support Common Core implementation to maximize innovative teaching and rigorous and relevant learning? Bring your own questions as well.  Presenter: Emilie Amundson, CCSS Team Member, DPI

WASDA Luncheon

Superintendent of the Year Ron Walsh, Elk Mound Public Schools

Understanding State Equalization Aid

State equalization aid makes up one of two major pieces of school funding in Wisconsin. State equalization aid is calculated based on a district's spending, their property tax base, and number of students. If you have questions about your district's equalization aid, this session is for you. The Department of Public Instruction Finance Team will discuss the variables and factors influencing each district's share of equalization aid and what your district can expect in the future based on current law. This session is intended to be at the advanced level.  Presenter: Karen Kucharz, School Financial Services, DPI

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A Year in China and the Chinese Education System

Listen in as a Wisconsin school administrator talks about his experiences in China last school year as the chief academic officer for a Chinese education foundation. Working closely with Chinese schools, administrators, teachers, and parents, he had the opportunity to observe a number of schools in China as well as work with an international teaching staff from 17 countries. Learn about the basics of the Chinese education system, the importance of international education, and the opportunities that Chinese students and schools may present for Wisconsin school districts.  Presenter: Randy Refsland, District Administrator, Clinton Community

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