November 2020

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Charterland is Busy this Fall!

Charterland is Busy this Fall!

If you are considering a new or expanded charter school plan, you may qualify for the DPI charter schools grant funds. You are welcome to start or expand a charter school without the grant, but the extra start-up funding certainly helps! You can reach out to us for more info, or attend one of the DPI charter grant writing workshops.

If you are thinking about transforming your virtual program into a virtual charter school, you would be allowed to continue serving kids who reside outside of your district in the virtual setting. Please reach out to WRCCS or the DPI charter team for more info soon if you think this describes your situation.

If you are a district currently authorizing charter schools, remember that your annual report is due soon. If you have questions, we have more information here, but also it's best to just reach out to WRCCS or DPI and we can talk over any concerns you may have.

And if you are an educator in any realm, WRCCS is hosting Professional Learning Networks that have been a huge success. Join us to talk about topics that span all schools, such as virtual learning, personalized learning, equity, work-based learning, and environmental learning. Click to learn more and sign up for any and all of these informal learning discussions.

Remember, WRCCS is here to talk about charter schools, school design, performance measures, and much more! Reach out any time, and let us make the most of our grant-funded resources to improve learning throughout the state.

Be well! -Sarah Hackett, WRCCS Director


DPI's Federal Grant Information and Writing Workshops

Wisconsin Charter Schools Program 2020-21

Come learn about the upcoming charter schools grant competition including available

funds, grant priorities, application requirements, and more. Bring your team to the

session and spend some time working on the application. DPI staff will be available to

answer technical questions during this time but cannot assist with actual grant writing.

Register for a workshop here.

Please review this video prior to attending the workshop.

The application materials will be posted here in November.

Questions? Please email Diane Schwartz at DPI.


Upcoming Due Dates

Authorizers, please be reminded your annual Authorizer Report is due December 1, 2020.

2019-2020 Financial Audits for independent charter schools and 2019-20 subgrantees that were operational during that school year are due December 1, 2020.


Promise in the Time of Quarantine: Exploring Schools’ Responses to COVID-19

Bellwether Education Partners

Teach for America

This report explores how 12 schools or systems responded to the impact of COVID-19. The individual case studies highlight strategies on distance learning. You will be sure to find a take-away or two from this report. There are also charter schools featured in this report.


Wisconsin Virtual School Employment Opportunities

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Good News and Celebrations!

WRCCS Celebration:

Over the past year, WRCCS engaged over 1,100 participants across the state!!

Charter School Celebrations:
If you have good news to share, send it to support@wrccs.org.


WRCCS Events

Are you looking to connect with other learning leaders and professionals from around the state?

Are you looking for creative ways to solve these dynamic times? Well...let's connect with others from around the state and share resources! WRCCS is launching our Professional Learning Network (PLN) this month! Click here to register for a PLN today!

Are you new to the PLN movement? Learn more about WRCCS PLNs here.

PBL not what you are looking for? Here is the list of all the other WRCCS PLNs that are launching in the next few weeks:

  • Work-Based Learning Professional Learning Network

  • Equity and Justice in Schools Professional Learning Network

  • Charter School Governance Professional Learning Network

  • Virtual School Professional Learning Network

  • Environmental School Professional Learning Network

  • Charter School Design Team Professional Learning Network

  • Personalized Learning Professional Learning Network

For Questions and/or concerns regarding WRCCS Professional Learning Networks, please email Nick Pretasky npretasky@wrccs.org.

April 14, 2021 - WRCCS School Development Day

Register today!

The WRCCS School Development Day at the ISN National Conference will be held on April 14, 2021! 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

WISEData Webinar

Charter School WISEdata Snapshot Webinar/Q&A

DPI is hosting a WISEdata Snapshot Preparation Webinar/Q&A for independent charter schools from 8:30-10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. DPI staff will present key information for the WISEdata collection and answer questions.

For more information: https://dpi.wi.gov/wisedata/events/charter-school-wisedata-


UDL Forward! Learning Opportunities

The UDL Forward project is a collaboration between the CESA UDL team and DPI, with the goal of providing just-in-time UDL support for Wisconsin educators. UDL Forward is comprised of the following learning opportunities. And, an added bonus...everything is free!

  • UDL Guides on the Side Monthly Newsletter - provides a thematic view of UDL each month. It also provides updates and resources that can make connections to the work of Universal Design for Learning.

  • UDL Learning Design Coaching Labs - apply UDL to real-world learning scenarios with access to technical assistance for specific student needs.

  • UDL Communities of Practice - monthly opportunities to learn and share what’s working and troubleshoot solutions to challenges within a professional learning network.

Mia Chmiel
Associate Director of School Improvement

To have your event listed, email the information to support@wrccs.org.


Charter School Job Openings

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


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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.