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Calendar of Events
2016 WASB~WASDA~WASBO State Education Conference Presentations

Cash Reserve (Fund Balance) and Long-Term Fiscal Health

Presenters will provide information about explaining the importance of fund balance and illuminating criteria for why sustaining a strong fund balance is crucial to the fiscal health of a school district. Learn about proportionality, the effect of cash reserve on cash flow, and related board policy that should be in place. Get a better understanding of how the overall budget works and the general concepts of fund accounting. Gain confidence when discussing these concepts with local citizens and state legislators. Presenters will hold a question and answer period at the end of the session.

Speaker(s): Bob Borch, CESA 1; Tom Owens, Stevens Point Area; Debby Schufletowski, Baird Public Finance


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Effective Leadership and its Relationship with Building a Healthy School Culture Focused on Learning

The 21st century has initiated an array of changes in public education but none more vital than re-examining the role of school leadership as a vehicle to building a healthy school culture focused on all students learning at high levels. But what does effective leadership look like in schools? How does a leadership team build the kind of school culture ensuring policies, practices and procedures are aligned with the expectations of high levels of learning for all students? Join Dr. Luis F. Cruz, a renowned expert in the field of school leadership, as he introduces the practical steps associated with creating a school culture focused on learning for all students. Walk away from this breakout understanding that effective school leadership is a collective endeavor that must embrace teacher and staff voices.

Speaker(s): Luis Cruz, Cruz & Associates Consulting


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Survey Tools to Improve Data-Driven Decision-Making: Taking Your Schools from Good to Great

Join School Perceptions as they share three survey tools designed to help educational leaders make data-driven decisions, all in an effort to identify efficiencies, improve systems and ultimately, increase student achievement. The Staff Engagement Survey: Understanding how your staff is feeling is imperative for creating a successful school environment and retaining your best employees. Learn about the 12 Indexes for Employee Engagement and how a staff engagement survey will help identify your district's strengths and weaknesses. The Administrative Planning Tool: This tool is designed to help identify professional development needs, areas of growth and concern and planning priorities. We benchmark survey results against eight key leadership indexes and provide easy, usable reports that allow for immediate action planning. The Annual Board Development Tool: School Perceptions and the WASB have teamed up to create an online survey designed to help school boards identify their areas of alignment as well as where further discussion is needed. Survey results are benchmarked against The Key Works of School Boards framework.

Speaker(s): Bill Foster, School Perceptions; Sue Peterson, School Perceptions

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Transgender Issues in Schools

This presentation focuses on the question of why gender identity issues matter; emerging legal issues, such as responsibilities of school district employees; access and accommodation; student records; and obligations regarding student issues, such as dress codes, co-curricular activities, and athletics. This session will also provide guidance on policy development to ensure your district is protected.

Speaker(s): Christine Hamiel, von Briesen & Roper, s.c.; Andrew Phillips, von Briesen & Roper, S.C.

A Perfect Storm - A Case Study of Wisconsin's Rural Schools

In Wisconsin, aging population and declining births have meant a decrease in rural school district enrollment. During the recession of the late 2000s, poverty increased, especially among children. This increase is shown by more students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. As fixed costs like transportation and food services increased many rural school districts have responded by cutting variable costs including instruction and support staff and by delaying facility improvements. This presentation will explore if a combination of these trends, including enrollment decline, increasing costs and rising poverty, place rural schools in a perilous situation and how these trends may affect rural schools in the future.

Speaker(s): Sarah Kemp, UW - Madison Applied Population Laboratory

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WASDA Luncheon

Superintendent of the Year Patricia Deklotz, Kettle Moraine School District

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Impact of Vouchers on Wisconsin Public Schools

Learn about the effects, issues and concerns about school vouchers at the local and statewide levels. Information will be shared about specific local school districts as well as statewide information.

Speaker(s): Kim Kaukl, Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance; Susan Schnorr, Oshkosh Area; Bob Soldner, DPI

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Successful Educator Effectiveness Implementation in a Rural District

Presenters will provide tools and resources to enhance or supplement the educator effectiveness implementation in your district through the utilization of coaches. Educator effectiveness coaches can help distribute the leadership capacity in the following ways: attend leadership meetings and coaching courses to stay apprised of next steps and best practices, collaborate with evaluators, and facilitate training sessions. Communication and collaboration are the keys to our success with educator effectiveness.

Speaker(s): Katey Ambrose, Wausaukee; Jennifer Klimek, Wausaukee; Ann Kox, Wausaukee

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