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Ashley Executive EditorSheri Krause Director of CommunicationsShelby Anderson Editor n REGIONAL OFFICES n 122 W. Washington Avenue Madison, WI 53703 Phone: 608-257-2622 Fax: 608-257-8386 132 W. Main Street Winneconne, WI 54986 Phone: 920-582-4443 Fax: 920-582-9951 n ADVERTISING n 608-556-9009 • tmccarthy@wasb.org n WASB OFFICERS nJohn H. Ashley Executive DirectorCapt. Terry McCloskey, Stu Olson USN Retired Three Region12 Shell Lakes, Lake, Region PresidentCapt. Terry MaryMcCloskey, Jo Rozmenoski USN Retired Black Three River Lakes, Falls, Region Region 26 1st Vice PresidentMaryBrett Jo Rozmenoski Hyde Muskego-Norway, Black River Falls,Region Region11 6 2nd Vice PresidentWanda Stu Olson Owens Barneveld, Shell Lake, Region Region 91 Immediate Past President n WASB BOARD OF DIRECTORS n Mike Blecha Green Bay, Region 3BrettZellmer Hyde Andy Muskego-Norway, Region Montello, Region 10 11Bill Yingst, Sr. Durand, Region 4Nancy Thompson Waterloo, Region 12RickPloeckelman Eloranta Cheryl Owen-Withee, Region Colby, Region 5 5Rosanne Hahn Burlington, Region 13Elizabeth Hayes Barbara Herzog Fond du Lac,Region Region7 7 Oshkosh,Terrence Falk Milwaukee, Region 14Steve Klessig Brillion, Region 8Ron Frea Pewaukee, Region 15Andy Zellmer Wanda Owens Montello, Barneveld,Region Region10 9Wisconsin School News (USPS 688-560) is published 10 issues per year by the Wisconsin Association of School Boards Inc., 122 W. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703. Contents © 2017 2016 Wisconsin Association of School Boards Inc. Subscriptions are available to nonmembers for $40 per year. Periodicals postage is paid at Madison, Wis. The views expressed in Wisconsin School News are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent WASB policies or positions. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Wisconsin School News, 122 W. Washington Avenue, Madison, WI 53703.SPECIAL2017CONVENTION REVIEW ISSUE 3 Viewpoint — Your Advocacy Leads the Way 4 It Starts With Us — Photos from Convention 2017 6 The Qualities of Trust — Keynote: David Horsager 8 Saved By School — Keynote: Liz Murray 10 Building Dreams — Keynote: Fredi Lajvardi 12 Sustainable Funding — State Superintendent Tony Evers 13 Moving & Learning — Dr. JoAnne Owens-Nauslar 14 Before the Convention — Pre-convention Workshops Recap 15 Delegate Assembly — 2017 WASB Delegate Assembly 16 Superintendent of the Year — Called to Lead 17 Business Manager of the Year — Gratitude and Thanks 18 Setting Up Children for Success — Session Recap 19 Helping Minority Students Succeed — Session Recap 20 Partnerships and Persistence — Session Recap 21 Redoing a Referendum to Succeed — Session Recap 22 Changing the Conversation About Student Mental Health — Session Recap 24 Advocacy is All About Relationships — Session Recap 25 From Passive to Active Learning — Session Recap 26 A Coordinated Effort to Nurture the Whole Child — Session Recap 27 Breaking Down the Social and Emotional Gap — Session Recap 28 Offering Help and Hope — Session Recap 29 “Programs are Going to Increase” — Session Recap 30 Free Speech is Changing — Session Recap 31 Hands-on Learning — Session Recap 32 Accomplishments — Recognizing school leader award winners 35 Student Awards — Award-winning students, student video team 36 Legal Comment — Student Fees 40 Association News — 2016 WASB President Stu Olson; 2017 WASB Board of Directors 42 Capitol Watch — Governor’s 2017-19 Budget Unveiled 45 Service Associates ARTICLES IN THIS ISSUE were written by: Shelby Anderson, Joe Quick and freelance writer Anne Davis. Student Freedom Gobel also contributed an article.7O CN ON 2 0 120 7 1C VVEEN N TT I OONNDIAMONDThank you. P L AT I N U MGO LDSILV ERGENERAL SPONSORSBlackboard | Gerber Leisure Products | Lamers Bus Lines | Liberty Mutual Insurance Lifetouch | The Standard | Unesco | Vanguard Computers | WASB Insurance Plan | WASBO FoundationGE NE ROUS CONTRI BUTI ON S by the above organizations helped make the 96th State Education Convention one of the best yet.2|Wisconsin School NewsVIEWPOINTJo h n H . A s h l e yYour Advocacy Leads the WayThank you for your advocacy! Throughout the state, school officials, community leaders and parents have been pressing state leaders for more school funding. The governor and legislators are listening. In early February, Gov. Scott Walker released his 2017-19 state budget proposal, which includes a $200 per pupil increase in school funding along with additional funding for rural schools, schoolbased mental health programs, and other initiatives. These proposals closely align with the WASB’s legislative agenda. The governor’s budget proposal may not be perfect, but it includes important steps in improving public school funding and he deserves to be commended for recognizing this need. We have a long way to go in the budget process before any additional dollars are confirmed and there likely will be a strong debate on the amount of funding that goes to schools versus the amount that goes to transportation or income tax cuts. And there likely will be healthy debate on the governor’s budget proposal to create lifetime teacher licenses as well as an anticipated debate on lifting the per-district caps on vouchers. See this month’s Capitol Watch for an in-depth analysis of the governor’s state budget proposal.Your continued advocacy is needed throughout the budget process. This month, the WASB is hosting a Day at the Capitol on March 15 for school board members and administrators. Attendees will be briefed on the governor’s 2017-19 state budget proposal by Department of Administration Secretary Scott Neitzel and hear from a bipartisan legislative panel featuring state Sen. Luther Olsen (R), Sen. Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling (D), Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R) and Rep. Sondy Pope (D). The WASB government relations team will provide talking points and arrange afternoon meetings with legislators for every attendee. The WASB Day at the Capitol will also feature a forum with the final two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction. This issue of the Wisconsin School News went to print before the spring primary but it’s likely that the final choices will offer two distinct visions for public education for voters at the April general election. While we need to follow the state debates closely and make our voices heard in Madison, there is likely to be a dramatic shift in education policy in Washington, D.C. as well. In late January, several members of the WASB board of directors, our lobbyists and I participated in the National School Boards Association FederalAdvocacy Institute. We were briefed on federal legislative activity and met with our state’s federal representatives. Our conversations on Capitol Hill focused on urging the Wisconsin congressional delegation to work to ensure that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is faithfully implemented, that the Child Nutrition Act and the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act are both reauthorized and modernized, and that Congress lives up to its promises to fund the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) for students with disabilities, Title I for economically disadvantaged children, and Impact Aid for districts strapped for cash by the presence of federally tax-exempt property such as military installations and tribal lands. They were productive exchanges. This is an exciting time for public education, with a renewed focus on schools as an economic engine and a key supplier of tomorrow’s workforce. As school leaders we need to ensure that our support for greater investments in public education is heard in Madison and Washington and we need to ensure that the public schools in each of our communities maximize the investments our leaders are proposing to make in them and in our students. nThis is an exciting time for public education, with a renewed focus on schools as an economic engine and a key supplier of tomorrow’s workforce.Connect with the WASB!Twitter @wischoolboardsFacebook on.fb.me/1NBrEJq March 2017|320 1 7 C ON V EN T I O NIt Starts With Us Earlier this year, school leaders from around the state gathered in Milwaukee for the 96th State Education Convention. In this special issue of Wisconsin School News, we look back at the many sessions, keynote speakers, and special events from this year’s convention.Students demonstrated hands-on STEM learning for school leaders at the Project Lead the Way booth in the Exhibit Hall.Michael Jaber, coordinator of instructional technology for the Sheboygan Area School District, works with school leaders after his session on new technologies and tools in education, such as Double Robotics, Myo Armband, Spheros, virtual reality and more.4|Wisconsin School NewsSeveral informal break-out sessions allowed school leaders to meet and discuss important issues and challenges facing schools. In this session, school board members and administrators discussed challenges and opportunities regarding school district social media use.Special educators, administrators and school board members are recognized at the State Education Convention. Here, Kirk Holliday, a member of the De Soto Area School Board, was recognized for serving 20 years on the school board. See page 32 for more award winners.The Bay Port High School Wind Ensemble from the Howard-Suamico School District performed in front of several thousand school board members and administrators during one of the convention’s general sessions.The Kenosha Indian Trail High School and Academy Wind Ensemble performed during the first general session. All three student music groups received standing ovations from the audience.Senior Jack Burlingame, a saxophonist with the Fort Atkinson High School Jazz Ensemble, performs a solo during its performance. The three student music groups were selected with the help of the Wisconsin School Music Association and supported by stipends from the Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials Foundation.View more photos from the convention at http://johnohara.zenfolio.com/wasb2017March 2017|520 1 7 C ON V EN T I O N6|Wisconsin School NewsThe Qualities of Trust David Horsager discusses the traits of trustworthy leaders“Fundamentally, I think a lack of trust is the biggest cost we have,” said keynote speaker David Horsager, bestselling author of “The Trust Edge.” Horsager pointed to Volkswagen’s emission scandal and swimmer Ryan Lochte’s blunder at the Rio Olympics as examples of where a loss of trust cost millions of dollars. In the business or school setting, Horsager said that when trust increases, employee outlook, morale, motivation, and retention also increase. To build and maintain trust, Horsager discussed his eight pillars of trust: clarity, compassion, character, competence, commitment, connection, contribution and consistency. When it comes to clarity, Horsager said leaders need to have a clear and practical vision of how they are going to accomplish something. “There are three key questions in establishing clarity: How am I going to get there? How am I going to get there? How am I going to get there?” Horsager said. “If you don’t have a how, nothing changes.” To emphasize the importance of competence, Horsager gave an example of a dentist. They can have clarity, compassion, and character,Keynote sponsorbut, unless they also have competence, you’re not going to trust them to fix a cavity. More importantly, Horsager said, people trust those who stay fresh, capable and confident in their professional roles. Exhibiting commitment to your role also helps build trust. “People trust those who stick in the face of adversity,” Horsager said. “Think of those people who have had a lasting legacy in this world … The thing they have in common is that commitment and sacrifice were central.” In the case of leadership, Horsager added that leaders need to exhibit and model commitment before they can expect their teachers or community members to show commitment. “Trust isn’t given, trust is earned,” he added. Exhibiting commitment can also help a school district or company that has lost trust. Horsager said that demonstrating commitment is the number one way to regain trust. “The only way to rebuild trust is to make and keep a new commitment,” he said. Not surprisingly, “connection” or an ability and willingness to work with others is also crucial to trust. “We trust those willing to work together,” Horsager said. He dis-cussed research that found that the most magnetic trait a person can have is gratitude. “If you build gratitude into your home, your classroom, or your school board, all the negativity goes away.” Horsager said the “king” of the eight pillars of trust is consistency. “For good or bad this is why we like McDonald’s,” Horsager said. He added that this is why we don’t like the moody person who can be unpredictable. In a school setting, he emphasized the importance of holding all teachers and staff to the same consistent standards. “Consistency and sameness are trusted,” Horsager added. Horsager concluded by saying that every leadership issue related to trust can be solved with one of the eight pillars of trust. He also added that modeling these positive traits can not only impact and improve trust in your school district, but can also improve a school’s culture. “The impact of your schools, as much as things are changing, is still the major impact on the community,” Horsager said. “You have a greater opportunity to affect and effect positive change than anyone else.” n“Trust isn’t given, trust is earned.” March 2017|720 1 7 C ON V EN T I O N8|Wisconsin School NewsSaved by School Keynote speaker Liz Murray tells how education got her off the streets and into Harvard Keynote sponsorAt 15 and homeless, Liz Murray had pretty much given up on school. Teachers had tried to help her overcome her difficult life but not much had made a difference. She would show up for class occasionally to get a hot meal and a bus pass. Two years later, school saved her life. Murray, the author of “Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard,” shared her story of overcoming almost insurmountable obstacles. Murray and her sister grew up in the Bronx with drug-addicted parents. Although they tried to do their best for their children, what money there was went mostly for heroin and other drugs. Despite efforts at intervention by wellmeaning teachers, Murray quickly became “probably the worst student.” After her mother, who was HIV positive, became seriously ill, the family lost their home and Murray was on the streets. Because she had experienced violence from staff members of a youth detention facility, she had a great fear of thesystem and felt safer living on her own. She crashed on friends’ couches or rode subway trains all night to stay warm. On the rare occasions she showed up at school, it was only to get a bus pass or a meal. By the time she was 17, she had one high school credit. Her mother’s death and pauper’s funeral was a transformative moment. Murray started to pay more attention to the ‘what if’ scenarios that played out in her brain — ‘What if I go to school regularly?’ or ‘What if I do well and graduate?’ Because her academic record was so poor, she was rejected by every high school she applied to until she tried the Humanities Preparatory Academy, a public charter school, and met the school’s founder Perry Weiner, an English teacher. “You never know when you meet a person who is going to change your life,” Murray said. “He accepted me as a person 100 percent, but he held me accountable 100 percent.” Thanks to the steady support of Weiner and other teachers and their constant push to get her to achieveher full potential, she finished four years of high school in two years, taking classes at night and on weekends, all while still homeless. On a class field trip with Weiner, she visited the Harvard campus and was awestruck. She applied and got in but had no idea of how to pay for tuition. Then, she saw an advertisement for a four-year scholarship from the New York Times. They wanted someone who had to overcome challenges. Liz had no problem identifying a few. She won the scholarship and went on to graduate from Harvard in 2009. Today, Murray is married with two children, and is working on her master’s degree in psychology. She told the crowd that she worries sometimes that the difficult times and many pressures in public education could cause them to turn off and give up. She encouraged them not to obsess over the enormity of the issues and just “do what you can do.” “My life was transformed in the context of advocates. I was surrounded by them and I learned to be one,” she said. “You all look like rock stars to me. Please don’t ever give up. You are changing lives.” n“You never know … who is going to change your life.” March 2017|920 1 7 C ON V EN T I O NBuilding Dreams Renowned STEM educator Fredi Lajvardi shared his students’ amazing story Keynote sponsorWhen Fredi Lajvardi began his career as a science teacher at Carl Hayden High School, an inner-city school in Phoenix, he was quickly frustrated by the lack of interest among his students. So, he started an afterschool club to try and engage students in hands-on projects. One day, Lajvardi took his students to an electric car competition. Students saw the cars and wanted to build one. Lajvardi was skeptical given that the competition wasn’t open to high school teams and that they knew nothing about building an electric car. He told his students that they could compete if they got a rule book and an okay from the competition director. One of Lajvardi’s students disappeared for about 10 minutes and came back with a copy of the rule book and a signed note from the director that they could compete the following year. Lajvardi was a little overwhelmed, so he asked for help. “I got experts in the field to come in and talk to the students,” Lajvardi said. “I saw my role as a teacher change to be not so much a provider of content, but someone who could get kids the information they needed.”The club moved on from electric cars to robotics and really hit its stride, engaging even more students, including girls. Lajvardi also saw students get interested in science and engineering careers. “All of a sudden, they’re taking the classes that they normally run away from,” Lajvardi says. In 2004, a small team of Lajvardi’s students signed up for a new competition — the Marine Advanced Technology Education ROV Competition. Lajvardi and his students decided, since it was their first year, that they would learn more if they competed in the college division, which included teams from MIT and other prestigious engineering schools. The students patched together a robot with spare parts that didn’t look great, but proved to be innovative. After the first day of the competition, the underwater event, the team was surprised to be in third place. However, Lajvardi didn’t have high hopes for his team in the last two roun
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