January 2021

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Be one of the first WRCCS Micro-credentialed schools in Wisconsin!

WRCCS Micro-credentials Workshop

Register for February 23, 4-5PM

Hey Wisconsin Charter School Experts!

Be one of the first WRCCS Micro-credentialed schools in Wisconsin!! The WRCCS Micro-credentials Summit will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 14, as part of the ISN National Conference. This day is free and open to the public. WRCCS Micro-credentials Summit Guidebook

Charter School Teams that are interested in defending a micro-credential in April should plan on attending the pre-workshop on Tuesday, February 23, from 4-5:30PM. This workshop will help prepare you for the summit. We ask that you please register for the workshop here: https://bit.ly/20-21regi

Unable to make the workshop? Email npretasky@wrccs.org and he will set up a time to meet with you individually. Deadline is Monday, March 15.

WRCCS is looking for volunteer reviewers to provide micro-credential defense feedback.

If interested, please fill out the short form below. Thank you!


"Old-School" Charter Schools, This One's for You!

If you hear any of these questions from your parents, students, or community then keep reading:

1. Are you ever going to add a high school?

2. How come we could not start here in elementary school?

3. How come your school needs to have a waiting list?

You've been open for a while now, and it may seem like the new DPI charter grants are not the right fit for your school. I'd like to take a moment to share with you a brainstorm around that very idea.

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Now, if you're pondering an expansion or replication, are you worried about proving that your school is considered "high quality"? We've got another brainstorm for you.

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If you'd like to discuss how WRCCS could help you tell your story differently, or how your school might apply for a DPI grant (click here to apply), we are here for you! Please reach out anytime -- you can even use this handy form for your request.


Charter School Grant Application Deadline - February 17, 2021

Wisconsin Charter Schools Program 2020-21

Grant Application Materials

The 2020-21 Charter School Grant Application materials are now available. Please click here to download the materials. The application deadline is February 17, 2021.

If you were unable to attend one of the Grant Writing Workshops, see the recording below.

Questions? Please email Diane Schwartz at DPI.

WCSP Grant Writing Workshop November 2020


WRCCS Year 3 Celebrations

The WRCCS Team is excited to work with you in 2021!

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Specific Entities Served

Authorizers - 95

Governance board members - 200

Non-charter teachers and leaders - 171

Annual conference participants - 292

Personalized support participants - 312

WRCCS Mentor schools - 21

Charter schools in Wisconsin - 229

New charter schools - 7

WRCCS Partner organizations - 31

Wisconsin Charter School students served across the state - 42,454


WRCCS Board Matchmaking Program

The WRCCS knows that having a strong governance board is essential for your charter schools success and sustainability. We would like to help schools who have governance board member opening(s) find potential board member candidates.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please fill out the appropriate survey below.

Survey for those interested in serving on a board.

Survey for school who have a board member opportnity.


New WRCCS Resources

Check out some of the WRCCS new resources below. We also offer personalized support for your immediate needs. To request support, fill out this short form and let us know how we can continue to support you.


Sign-up for DPI's Charter Chatter

Charter Chatter is the DPI charter team’s monthly newsletter for charter schools, with information for all charter sectors. The newsletter will include important upcoming due dates, events, technical assistance, and other topics.

Feel free to share Charter Chatter with your teams. If you or someone you know wants to be added to the distribution list, email Alexander.Roberson@dpi.wi.gov.

You can find previous Charter Chatters at the bottom of DPI's Resources for Charter Schools page.


WRCCS Events

PLN Kickoff was a Success!

The WRCCS helped bring together over 60 colleagues, mentors, and professionals in the first round! Below is some of the feedback we've received:

100% of participants would recommend PLNs to a colleague!

"Participating in these sessions have helped me in designing my school."
"I really enjoyed having both school leaders and board leaders in the meeting yesterday."
"It was great to have such flow of conversation and to hear from the students themselves."

Are you new to the Professional Learning Network (PLN) movement? This online community allows you to personalize your needs and tap into a statewide wealth of knowledge.

Learn more about WRCCS PLNs here.

Next PLN

January 13, 4-5PM CT

Project Based Learning PLN - Theme: Project Assessment

Click here to register for a PLN today!

For Questions and/or concerns regarding WRCCS PLNs, please email Nick Pretasky npretasky@wrccs.org. #wrccspln

April 14, 2021 - WRCCS School Development Day

Register today!

The WRCCS School Development Day will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 14, as part of the ISN National Conference. This is a free and open to the public full day of workshop sessions, discussion and resource sharing for those starting new schools or those that are looking to innovate an existing school. More information to come!

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Other Events

Wisconsin State Education Convention 2021 (Virtual)

January 20-22, 2021

Click here for more information and to register.

Join WRCCS at the virtual Wisconsin State Education Convention. Sarah and Nick's session is on Tuesday, January 19, 12PM-1PM CT. Desiging an Equitable Portfolio of Charter Schools.

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Charter School Job Openings

To have your charter school job opening(s) listed, email the link to support@wrccs.org.

Other Job Openings

Resource Specialist (WCEE)

The Wisconsin Center for Environmental Education (WCEE), housed in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, is currently recruiting candidates for a full-time Resource Specialist position. This position assures the quality and integrity of WCEE curriculum and resources, manages lending materials and supports WCEE outreach programs.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. To ensure consideration, completed online applications must be received by end of day, 11:59 pm, on January 18, 2021. However, screening may continue until the needs of the recruitment are met. For more information and to apply visit: https://www.uwsp.edu/hr/jobs/Pages/AcademicJobView.aspx?UWSPJobsCode=16827


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Request an update to your school's yearbook listing

Please note that this request is exclusively for the charter schools yearbook. Your school and/or district is also responsible for keeping up-to-date information in the DPI schools directory.