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Bulletin Board 6/4/2024

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

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GED Testing Pop-Ups Offered in Milwaukee
Sherry Holly, GED/HSED Director, reports that Mercedez Butts, founder of Joyce’s House Education Center in Milwaukee, is piloting a new way to reach people who might want to finish their high school credential. Mercedez recently staffed a GED Testing Pop-Up at the Heal the ‘Hood block party on May 25.

The first of its kind in the nation, the pop-up offered an in-person orientation, and then people could either take the free GED test or schedule a follow-up appointment. Although only one person tested, several people set up appointments.

“It’s very innovative,” says Sherry, “and she’s made herself available to go anywhere in the state, bringing credentialing to the street.” Mercedez plans to have a pop-up at Milwaukee’s Juneteenth celebration.

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Glen Stacey Memorial Fund Application is Now Open
The Glen Stacey Memorial Fund application for the 2024-25 cycle is now open! Applications are due June 7, 2024. Please read the instructions on the application carefully.

Please know that any disbursements over $600 incurred by an individual will trigger a 1099 tax form. IRS rules are very clear that grant funds received are taxable. Individuals should consult with their tax preparer on potential financial impacts. Individuals may consider partnering with a local school district, a CESA, or a non-profit agency to apply for the grant. A total of $100,000 is available for this funding cycle. Funds will be available beginning June 28, 2024, and purchases must be completed by August 15, 2025.

Please contact Lisa Hoard ( and Meghan Fredel ( with any questions. Our FAQ covers many questions applicants may have regarding the Glen Stacey Memorial Fund. Click here for the Click here for the Glen Stacey application.

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School Nurse Summer Institute Registration Now Open
The DPI’s School Nurse Summer Institute will be held on August 5, 2024, in Madison. The institute will assist school nurses to identify opportunities to incorporate e-cigarette and vaping prevention strategies into their practices and understand the current landscape of opioid use/abuse and the risk to students. View the agenda and registration link on the 2024 School Nurse Summer Institute Event Program. Registration closes on Monday, July 29, 2024.

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28th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute
Monday, July 29, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. to Friday, August 2, 2024 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Unity School District - 1908 150th St. Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Registration: Google Form Registration - 28th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

Early Bird: $250 per person if registered by Friday, May 31, 2024
Regular: $300 per person if registered by Monday, July 15, 2024
Late Registration (or onsite): $350 per person for post-deadline registration

Website: CESA 11 - 28th Annual Wisconsin American Indian Studies Summer Institute

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Teaching Writing in the Age of Chat-GPT
This two-day event brings middle and high school educators alongside our post-secondary colleagues to think together about how to best meet the needs of our students in a rapidly changing technology environment. Presentations and workshops seek to increase educator capacity and understanding in utilizing AI technology as well as making intentional and informed decisions about how, when, and where to use (or not use) AI in the classroom.

All the details:

  • When: Wednesday, July 31 & August 1; 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM
  • Where: Madison College, Goodman South Campus
  • Who: Middle & High School Educators, Instructional Coaches, Administrators, and Directors of Instruction
  • Cost: $250 per attendee; reduced rate of $200 per attendee available for GMWP members and / or teams of 3+ from the same school or district. Registration fee includes lunch on both days.
  • Registration is now open!

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Join the PBS Wisconsin Media Literacy Cohort!
Do you want to help your students become more thoughtful media consumers and creators? Applications are open now for the 2024/2025 PBS Wisconsin Media Literacy Cohort. All subject area educators in grades K-12 are invited to apply and participate. Applications for the 2024/2025 cohort are due June 14.

As a member of the cohort you will:

  • Engage K-12 students in thinking critically about their roles as media consumers and creators
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate, share ideas and engage in discussion with colleagues from around the state
  • Gain support for implementing media literacy and media making from professionals at PBS Wisconsin, media literacy experts from across the state, and colleagues in K-12 education

Complete your application today!

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Teaching Personal Financial Literacy Summer Camp
Wisconsin’s Act 60 will require students to earn a half-credit of personal financial literacy (PFL) to graduate. Teachers who have never taught PFL may need professional development. Luckily, Next Gen Personal Finance (NGPF) is offering their two-day FinCamp 2024, June 24-25, to address Act 60, the Wisconsin Standards for PFL, curriculum, and much more.

Hosted by NGPF in collaboration with Jump$tart Coalition and the Department of Public Instruction, the workshop is free. Plus, FinCamp offers free meals and a free one-night stay at Edgewood College.

Teachers holding licenses to teach social studies, family and consumer sciences, or business and information technology are qualified to teach because of the connection between their standards. 

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Teaching & Learning Summer Institute: “Transforming Systems for Innovation"
A three-day retreat for school teams on innovation and growing hope.

When: July 15–18, 2024​
Where: Lowenwood, Land O'Lakes (contract pending)
Who: School teams of between 4–6 people, including (but not limited to) administrators, educators, and instructional leaders, will engage in hands-on activities, sessions, discussions, and networking to discover and develop pathways to innovate. Continuous support for implementation will be provided throughout the 2024-25 school year via online sessions.
What: ​Through hands-on experiences, concurrent sessions, small-group discussion, networking, and reflection, school teams can joyfully explore ways to create their own pathways to hope. Participants will also receive implementation support throughout the 2024-25 school year through online sessions. 

Topics include: 

  • Alternatives to Traditional Grading ​
  • Culturally Relevant Instruction​
  • Flexibility within the Law
  • Growing Hope
  • Personalized, Competency-based learning ​
  • and more…​

Registration includes food and lodging. Limited to 60 participants. Registration priority will be given to school teams of between 4–6 people. Please complete the application on the bottom of this page. Download the application PDF to preview questions (For planning only. Applications must be submitted through the online form.)

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Wisconsin Creativity Summit Online August 7
Join the DPI for a fantastic day learning from nationally renown experts on creativity and education. Collaborate with others from across the state and nation focusing on practical ways to nurture creativity in classrooms, schools, libraries, and communities. Be inspired by an administrator and educators from a Wisconsin school that is recognized as a leader in cultivating creativity with their students. Take part in an opportunity to create a video sharing your story about the impact that creativity has had on your life and the importance of creativity moving forward.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2024 from 8:45 am - 4:00 pm
Free, Online via Zoom
Audience: Educators, Administrators, School Board Members, Community Leaders, Artists


  • 4 Keynote Speakers - Ted Talk Style (20 minutes) followed by connected break out sessions with participant interaction (40 minutes)
  • Wisconsin School spotlighted for its work developing and cultivating creativity
  • Keynote Panel Discussion and Q & A
  • Optional opportunity for participants to create brief video testimonial sharing the impact creativity has had on their life and the importance of creativity to our future.

Guest Speakers
Dr. Peter Gamwell, Administrator, Educator, Speaker, and Author of "The Wonder Wall"
Dr. S. Renee Mitchell, Creative Revolutionist, Pulitzer Prize nominee, IAmM.O.R.E visionary
Dr. Sarah Cunningham, Rhode Island School of Design Vice Provost for Strategic Partnerships
James Wells, Award-Winning Innovative Teaching and Learning Manager for Crayola
James Murray, Waukesha STEM Academy Principal, 2017 AWSA Principal of the Year


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News from Around the State

State Superintendent Statement on Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent Resignation via Wisconsin DPI
No matter how the board chooses to move forward, under my leadership, the DPI will continue working with the MPS team to resolve the current challenge. As we go forward, our primary focus is on improving outcomes for all of Milwaukee’s children," said Dr. Underly, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in a statement.

DPI Statement on Correspondence to Milwaukee Public Schools via Wisconsin DPI
This news release details how the DPI has communicated and worked to support Milwaukee Public Schools in an effort to bring their fiscal reporting current so as not to endanger student services.

Summer Food Service Program Ready to Begin Across Wisconsin via Wisconsin DPI
The program provides 2.6 million nutritious meals to children, teens in low-income areas during summer months.

A student from Hartford Union High School won $10,000 in a ScienceSaves 2024 video scholarship contest via Washington County Insider
Isabelle Haeft from Hartford, Wisconsin submitted a video describing how an innovative transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure that was approved by the FDA in 2019 saved her grandfather’s life. It will save many more lives in the years to come. As the first-place winner, Haeft received a $10,000 scholarship.

School bus driver honored for heroic efforts via Columbus Messenger
The swift, life-saving actions of Groveport Madison school bus driver La Shonna Tanyhill in May were honored by the Madison Township Fire Department at the Madison Township trustees’ May 28 meeting.

How this rural Wisconsin school superintendent is working hard to keep his teachers via Up North News
Wisconsin public schools are dealing with an ongoing teacher retention problem with almost 40% of teachers leaving within their first six years in the field, according to a new report by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI).

Student petition effort leads to renaming of Menominee school via WPR
Menominee Indian High School will be Menominee Nation High School beginning in fall school year.

These Fox Cities public libraries have summer reading programs available for all ages via Appleton Post-Crescent
Summer vacation is coming up, and when school's out, there are plenty of opportunities for kids to keep learning. While parents can take kids to a new playground, go to the zoo, or visit a new festival, one of the simplest ways to help kids go on a new adventure is to encourage them to try a new book.

Vaccine requirement’s return restores hope for mother who lost son to meningitis via Wisconsin Examiner
The state health department has reinstituted a mandatory meningitis vaccine for students entering seventh and 12th grades.