February 2021

Kids, National School Counseling Week


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.

To learn more: WRCCS Micro-credentials Summit Guidebook and video.

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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.

Reviewers Needed!!

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

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

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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 ISN's National Conference on Educational Innovation. 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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Charter School Grant Application Deadline - February 17, 2021

Federal Charter School Grants - Wisconsin Charter Schools Program

The application deadline is February 17, 2021.

For more information visit the Department of Public Instructions website at: https://dpi.wi.gov/parental-education-options/charter-schools/grants.

For questions about this information, contact Michael McCabe (608) 264-9333


Should your virtual program be a charter school?

In our current dynamic world, it is evident that we need options for our families and students. This resource will help you navigate your opportunities and determine if a virtual charter school is right for your community.


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.


Designing an Equitable Portfolio of Charter Schools

  • Charter schools can be the solution to a need in a community, especially in serving educationally disadvantaged students.
  • Learn how to involve community and other key stakeholders in the process of designing and implementing a successful and equitable portfolio of charter schools.
  • Presenters will address creating forums for accountability conversations, measuring charter schools and aligning the authorizing and district vision to the performance frameworks.
Designing an Equitable Portfolio of Charter Schools


School-Based Mental Health Services Grant Application materials now available!

The Department of Public instruction (DPI) has announced the 2021-23 Competition for the School-Based Mental Health Services Grant (SBMH).

The Department of Public Instruction's SBMH grant program, authorized under Wis. Stat. sec. 115.367 is designed to support public school districts, independent charter schools and consortium of these, in collaborating with community mental health providers to develop and implement comprehensive school-based mental health programs and practices.

The application online portal link, guidelines, scoring rubric, and a PDF copy of the application (for reference only) can be found at the SBMH grant webpage https://dpi.wi.gov/sspw/mental-health/school-based-grant-program.

A live, virtual SBMH Grant Writing Workshop will be offered on February 2, 2021 from 12:30-2:00. Registration is not required. To join the webinar:

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Meeting ID: 854 6255 8068

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+13126266799, 85462558068# US (Chicago)

This webinar will be recorded and available on the SBMH grant webpage once it has been closed captioned. For Questions about the State SBMH Program Grant contact: schoolmentalhealthservicesgrant@dpi.wi.gov


WRCCS Events

Got PLN?

Join other leaders around the state who are sharing solutions! If you are new to the Professional Learning Network (PLN) movement, click here to learn more.

Next PLN

February 2, 4-5PM CT

Equity and Justice PLN - Theme: Restorative Justice Best Practices

Click here to register for a PLN today!

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


Other Events

Wisconsin Federal Funding Conference

February 22-23, 2021 • Virtual Conference

The Federal Funding Conference is a collaboration between DPI, the WI Association of School Business Officials (WASBO) and the WI Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS).

In addition to providing introductory sessions on Federal Funding for staff new to federal grants management, this year’s conference focuses on the ins and outs of federal funding in our ever-changing environment.

Click here for more information and to register.

11th Annual National Convening on Personalized Learning

Participate in the 2021 Convening at no cost

The Institute for Personalized Learning is offering this learning opportunity at no cost to all Wisconsin public, tribal, charter, and private schools serving students in grades 4K-12; Institutes of Higher Education; and licensing centers for pre-service educators!

For more information and to register: https://cesa1.z2systems.com/np/clients/cesa1/event.jsp?event=2&

Enter the code i4PL21 in the coupon field on the registration form.


February 8 & 9, 2021

with live sessions at 9:00 AM both days

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April 30, 2021


Charter School News and Celebrations

If you have good news to share, send it 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.