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Jamie Averbeck

Instruction and PD  - 
 
The 2nd annual Tundra EdTech Tool Slam will be Thursday, February 16th, from 6:30-8:30pm at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay, WI. This FREE event uses an exciting format that mixes quick tool demos with collaboration time. Space is limited, fill out a registration/reservation at the link below. We are looking for 1 or 2 additional presenters, if you are interested, message me.
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Kelly Hoyland

Instruction and PD  - 
 
Today is the last day for Early Bird registration for the National CoSN conference in Chicago on April 3-6, 2017. This conference is one of the best for educational technology leaders. 
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Victoria Lyons

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Opening for WI DPI library consultant - Applications due January 13th.

http://wisc.jobs/public/job_view.asp?annoid=90302&jobid=89816&org=255&class=59480&index=true

Congratulations on your retirement, Nancy Anderson!!!
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Kristi Reitz

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Becoming a Future Ready Leader
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Thank you, +Janice Mertes
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Jason Gorst

Discussion  - 
 
We are looking at going a different direction with our school website. We are currently looking at School Messenger, SchoolPointe, and School Wires. However, we are open to others as well. We have chromebooks, use Google Drive and Calendar, Canvas as an LMS and Infinite Campus as an SIS. Any suggestions, experiences, or resources that anyone could share would be greatly appreciated. 
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We went with SchoolBlocks last year - they are Google integrated, easy to work with, user friendly and great service!
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Nathan Mielke

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Fellow CoSN members, take a look at this webinar the mothership is offering next week. Should be a good one!
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Victoria Lyons

IT Management  - 
 
Technical Services Manager position available at School District of La Crosse! Come and work with a great technical staff in support of the students, staff and community in La Crosse! Apply online at www.lacrosseschools.org/careers

Click on Certified Staff and then complete application on WECAN. 
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Janice Mertes

Discussion  - 
 
Please consider reviewing the attached overview power point which shows how digital learning is included in the ESSA Title IVA allocation (amount TBD yet). Add your comments to the attached Google form about what type of technical support and guidance you would like from DPI.
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Dear Colleague,

You are receiving this notification and attachments due to your role as a valued stakeholder in the implementation of Title IV-Part A of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). As you may or may not be aware, this title, the Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) program, includes significant changes as to how state education agencies are to manage the program. Sub-grantees have new implementation responsibilities, due to changes in the law, as well.

Title IV overview power point
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-QIPQfVFbXUYVdmUVRhRVBHZkE

Dept of Ed Non Regulatory Guidance
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B-QIPQfVFbXUbm9uMVBLelNITjA

In developing our state’s plan for compliance with these requirements, we are seeking your input on several key questions. Attached you will find a set of Power Point Slides that summarize some of the key changes and decisions that have been made to date and a copy of the non-regulatory guidance from the U.S. Department of Education. In the following link you will find a feedback form that also provides a brief summary of the new program under ESSA, and poses several specific questions for you to respond to https://goo.gl/forms/4i2EtFU26NSwefkH2. While we invite your input, be aware that you are not required to respond, and your participation in this process is optional. Please submit your feedback, if you choose to respond, by December 16th. Thanks!

Title IV, Part A Work Group
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
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ESSA, Title IV, Part A—State Plan Stakeholder InputTITLE IV, Part-A—STUDENT SUPPORT AND ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT GRANTS This section of ESSA is focused on three primary objectives: "‘‘The purpose of this subpart is to improve students’ academic achievement by increasing the capacity of states, local educational agencies, schools, and local communities to (1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; (2) improve school conditions for student learning; and (3) improve the use of t...
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Nathan Mielke

IT Management  - 
 
Happy Thanksgiving all! I wanted to take a moment this evening to share this book - The Phoenix Project - with all of you. If you're struggling with meeting increasing demands on your team or you just want to work smarter, this novelized story of IT management is for you. No matter the size of the district you work in, I think you'll find some ideas in this book to help you lead.
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My commute is around 50 minutes, so I'm a big Audible user. Between driving and dog walking I plowed through this book faster then most because it teamed together good story telling with work I'm trying to do in my district. It's a very worthwhile purchase!
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Anne Nash

Strategic Planning  - 
 
Join #GSuiteEdu & GoGuardian for a live event: Success At Every Stage of Your 1:1 Program https://www.goguardian.com/live.html @ 11/16 12:00-1:00 EST
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About this community

Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders is the Wisconsin Chapter of CoSN (Consortium for School Networking). This newly formed group will serve to improve technology leadership in Wisconsin schools and universities

Jenna Linskens, EdD

IT Management  - 
 
I am gathering 1:1 Chromebook Info / Examples (research)
Please share: Insurance or Self-Insure (what are you using / why), Memorandum of Understanding, Student handbook, Parent info meetings, successes / struggles, Roll-out procedures, etc.
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Jesse Schwingle

Instruction and PD  - 
 
Looking for a flipped classroom tool. I am looking for a tool to embed video or import a video and have students annotate at certain points. Suggestions?

Thanks for the help!
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Also Screencastify chrome extension to create and annotate videos.
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Hi, everyone! I am writing to find out what other schools are using for school to parent notifications (e.g., to notify parents and others of a school closing or a lockdown, etc.). We are currently using SchoolConnects, a Synrevoice product and considering a change. I appreciate any feedback.
What do you use and how do you like it?
Synrevoice is now part of West. Synrevoice has joined West Corporation to more fully support the parent and community engagement needs of our clients. Via West's SchoolMessenger platform, schools across North America have access to the most trusted solutions for notification, websites, mobile ...
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Janesville uses Infinite Campus messenger. 
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Janice Mertes

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Great article that reflects all of our changing Future Ready work environments and skills needed to master collaborative leadership.
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Nathan Mielke

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
 
A critical read for all Educators! What is technology doing for our underserved populations?

""Instead of using technology to drill kids on grade level standards, use it to help students engage in authentic tasks"
Despite all the celebratory rhetoric around our nation's declining dropout rates, during a given year, nearly 20% of students expected to graduate do not. Furthermore, according to John Hopkins and Civic Enterprises, “unacceptably low levels of minority, low-income, English Language Learners,
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Janice Mertes

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
State Superintendent Tony Evers announced the release of the 2016 Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan at the annual AWSA/WASDA SLATE conference. Check out the new plan and interactive website which leverages the Future Ready Framework to create a road map for the state and districts. Key priorities, resources and a glossary are included to help districts facilitate dialogues. The plan provides resources to support district planning tools that DPI will release in January.
http://dpi.wi.gov/digital-learning

Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan released December 6, 2016
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Nathan Mielke

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Don't be the cause of your own stress!
It’s about how they manage stress, not how much stress they face.
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Kelly Hoyland

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
WETL is seeking a person who is interested in taking a more active role in our organization. We are looking for someone interested in serving as our Treasurer until formal elections in May. Ideally this person would have some experience working with non-profit organizations and the required financial fillings. If you are interested, have questions, or would like to recommend someone. Please email me at khoyland@gmail.com. 
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Scott Kowalski

Leadership and Vision  - 
 
Wisconsin Educational Technology Leaders - As Educational Technology Leaders it is vital that we stay focused on our number one priority: STUDENTS! Please share some ideas and things that you do in your district to help your technology department stay focused and aligned with the student achievement goals of your district?




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We also have cause-effect conversations - how each role in our department (and their tasks) impact student achievement - both directly and indirectly
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Sean Cottrell

Instruction and PD  - 
 
Hi All,

I wanted to let you all know that the US Department of Education’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is developing K-12 teacher professional development modules on student privacy issues. Their hope is to identify, then service, the student privacy needs teachers have most often in the classroom.

They are conducting a series of focus groups with teachers to gain a better understanding on how teachers currently get trained on student privacy and FERPA, and learn more about teacher preferences for training on this topic. They’d like to explore the question of “If teachers were to receive more training on student privacy and FERPA compliance, what is the best way to do so?”

They are conducting a series of “virtual” focus groups over the next two months, and are trying to recruit teachers. Please feel free to share this information, as well as the link below with dates and times for focus groups, to teachers who might be interested in participating.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KMCB8DV

Thanks in advance for your assistance.

Sean Cottrell
DPI

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