School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Data Snapshot Prep Webinar

October 27, 2022

School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Customer Service Team hosted a webinar on October 26, 2022 to assist your school’s staff in preparing for the upcoming data snapshot on December 6, 2022. You’ll learn about the WISEdata tools used to verify the accuracy of the data that is used to generate school report cards and how to use the WISEdata Portal most efficiently. The data that will be captured in the snapshot will also be reviewed, including 2021-22 Year End Attendance and Completion, 2022–23 Third Friday of September Enrollment, and student demographics.   Title: School Choice Wisconsin and DPI’s Data Snapshot…

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August 4, 2022

A webinar brought to you by School Choice Wisconsin, in partnership with Dr. Nicole Brady and UnitedHealthcare, on the important issues of concussions.   Title: Concussions Date: August 3, 2022   Watch the recording

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The State of Mental Health

May 26, 2022

The State of Mental Health School Choice Wisconsin Action Webinar   A webinar brought to you by School Choice Wisconsin, in partnership with Dr. Nicole Brady and UnitedHealthcare, on the important issues of mental health.   Title: The State of Mental Health Date: March 23, 2022   Watch the recording  

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“Who’s Afraid of School Choice?” and “The Accountability Myth” Virtual Speaking Tour

March 8, 2022

EdChoice’s Jason Bedrick, Director of Policy, and Mike McShane, Director of National Research, challenge these narratives and share with us their published papers on two specific topics. Bedrick’s Who’s Afraid of School Choice? follows up on some of the dire predictions that school choice opponents have made over the years and sees how little they match reality. McShane’s The Accountability Myth attacks head-on the argument that public schools are accountable while private schools are not. Title: Who’s Afraid of School Choice? and The Accountability Myth Virtual Speaking Tour presented by EdChoice and School Choice Wisconsin Date: March 8, 2022  

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CRRSA EANS Roundtable Discussion

March 4, 2022

A roundtable discussion and question/answer time about the CRRSA EANS program and how to take full advantage of it. School leaders that have used the CRRSA EANS funds to their full potential share some tips and tricks about the program.   Title: CRRSA EANS Roundtable Discussion Date: February 15, 2022 Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm   Watch the recording  

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The Science of Reading

October 6, 2021

Seminar: The Science of Reading: Background & Opportunities There are ways to learn to read that are supported by science. This seminar on teaching reading gives an overview of the way reading is currently taught in Wisconsin, explains the “Science of Reading”, provides examples of the ways that schools are implementing SoR, and offers options for support. Some key points and highlights: There are only four public elementary schools in Wisconsin with greater than 80% proficiency in reading. Schools with 30% – 40% reading and math proficiency are considered to be “meeting expectations”. “Balanced Literacy”, an approach widely used in…

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EANS Choice Audit Discussion

September 10, 2021

In a followup to the first EANS roundtable, School Choice Wisconsin Action (SCWA) hosted a second hour-long discussion, titled “EANS And The Choice Audit”. The panel included Paul Helmers of Wipfli, LLP, Lori Saqer of Messmer Catholic Schools, and Jason Wrasse of Reilly, Penner & Benton. They addressed many of the common questions and concerns about how EANS will affect Choice audits. After reviewing the various pandemic financial aid programs (ESSER, GEAR, ECF, PPP, EANS), the discussion focused on EANS and the audit-related questions associated with it. The panel addressed the following topics: The $5,000 threshold dividing supplies and equipment…

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EANS Funding Seminar

August 10, 2021

School Choice Wisconsin’s first EANS funding seminar was a roundtable discussion for school staff members to ask questions and share information about EANS stimulus funds. The panel included Lori Saqer of Messmer High School, Brian Frank of St Augustine Preparatory Academy, and Donna Bembenek of Catholic Memorial High School. A complete FAQ from this roundtable can be found on our blog. The EANS funding seminar goes into detail about most of the questions schools have regarding allowable purchases, working with CESA6, supporting learning loss, hiring additional staff, transportation costs, additional summer school classes, and reimbursement deadlines. This seminar gives school administrators the detailed…

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School Choice Financial Audit Workshop

July 9, 2021

  The SCW Action Quality Committee hosted a workshop to help explain what schools will need to prepare and what they can expect to happen throughout the school choice financial audit process. In addition to the video of the seminar, you can view the seminar PowerPoint presentation and download the following documents: Internal Control Document Audit Request List Bank Confirmation Template Investment Confirmation Template Note Payable Confirmation Template Contribution and Receivable Confirmation Template Sample School Audit Report Sample School Management Letter Sample School Management Representation Letter   Download The Financial Audit Documents ITEM #1 INTERNAL CONTROL DOCUMENT ITEM #2 AUDIT…

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Special Needs Scholarship Roundtable Discussion

June 10, 2021

This Special Needs Scholarship Program roundtable discussion goes in-depth with topics related to participating in the SNSP in Wisconsin.  We cover determining the number of seats, IEPs, reporting and compliance, blended learning programs, professional development, benefits of joining the SNSP, and much more. Participants in the Special Needs Scholarship Program roundtable are: Sharon Wallace and Matt Vahl, Immanual Lutheran School in Brookfield Ellen Heiden and Dennel Meinzer, LUMIN Schools Mike Derrick, Mary Queen of Saints Catholic Academy Lori Saqer, Messmer Catholic Schools Erin Janetzke, Martin Luther High School A complete summary of the topics covered is below and you can…

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