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4/9/2014

Wisconsin Teaching and Learning Collabratory
Map­ping the Cur­ricu­lum: Plan­ning and Sequenc­ing Lean­ing Progressions
Wis­con­sin ASCD’s pri­mary focus for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment is improv­ing edu­ca­tor effec­tive­ness in the areas of cur­ricu­lum, instruc­tion and assess­ment with the ulti­mate goal of pro­duc­ing col­lege and career ready students. The five-part series, featuring Jay McTighe, offers school or dis­trict teams an opportunity to learn to use the Com­mon Core to rethink and build cur­ricu­lum and per­for­mance assess­ments that will increase stu­dent achieve­ment by cre­at­ing tasks that are rel­e­vant, inter­est­ing, mean­ing­ful and useful. Registration required.
Contact: Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phone: (262) 242-3771
Email: office@wascd.org
Website: http://www.wascd.org/

4/9-12/2014

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual Meeting and Exposition
The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) conference program will offer more than 700 presentations, including Exhibitor Workshops and Learn-Reflect Strand presentations dedicated to technology.
Contact: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics
Phone: (703) 620-9840
Website: http://www.nctm.org
New Orleans LA

4/11/2014

Wisconsin Council on Special Education
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Regular meeting to provide advice to the state superintendent and Department of Public Instruction on matters related to special education for students with disabilities.
Contact: Courtney Reed Jenkins
Phone: (608) 267-9183
Email: courtney.jenkins@dpi.wi.gov
Website: http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_cee_meet
Address: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street
Madison WI

4/12/2014

ACT National Testing Date
The ACT college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college.Tests administered at various locations nationwide. Registration required.
Contact: High school guidance office, ACT Inc.
Phone: (319) 337-1270
Website: http://www.act.org
Address: 2201 North Dodge Street, P.O. Box 168
Iowa City IA 52243

4/25-26/2014

University of Wisconsin-Stout 36th Annual Early Childhood Education Conference
Two-day conference offers a variety of topics for infant and toddler caregivers, preschool teachers, kindergarten and primary teachers, curriculum specialists, administrators, and parents. Exhibitors will be on-site with the latest educational resources, materials and innovative equipment.
Contact: UW-Stout Professional Education Programs and Services
Phone: (715) 232-2793
Email: profed@uwstout.edu
Website: http://www.uwstout.edu/profed/ece/ececonf/ececonf_intro.cfm
Address: University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie WI 54751

5/1/2014

Law Day USA
Celebrated by joint resolution of congress and presidential proclamation for "rededication to the ideals of equality and justice under the law."
Contact: American Bar Association
Phone: (312) 988-5735
Website: http://www.abanet.org/publiced/lawday/home.shtml
Address: 321 North Clark Street
Chicago IL 60610

5/1-2/2014

WiscNet Future Technologies Conference
WiscNet's annual conference designed to gather WiscNet members around the future of educational and research technologies. Members include most of Wisconsin's colleges and universities, as well as the state's K12 school districts, most library systems, the State of Wisconsin, many local and municipal governments, hospitals and several nonprofit affiliated organizations.
Contact: WiscNet
Website: http://www.wiscnet.net/ftc
Address: Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
Madison WI

5/3/2014

SAT National Testing Date
SAT and Subject Tests
Various locations. Registration required.
Contact: Local guidance office or The College Board
Phone: (212) 713-8000
Website: http://www.collegeboard.org
Address: 45 Columbus Avenue
New York NY 10023

5/3/2014

World Press Freedom Day
Established by the General Assembly of the United Nations. Although World Press Freedom Day has only been celebrated since 1993, it has much deeper roots in the United Nations: Article 19 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights states: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Throughout the world, the day serves as an occasion to inform the public of violations of the right to freedom of expression and as a reminder that many journalists brave death or jail to bring people their daily news.
Website: http://www.unac.org/en/news_events/un_days/press.asp

5/3/2014

Join Hands Day
On the first Saturday in May, fraternalists and non-fraternalists alike come together for Join Hands Day to make a difference in their communities through helpful projects that connect youths and adults.
Contact: Join Hands Day Action Center
Phone: (630) 522-6322
Email: actioncenter@fraternalalliance.org
Website: http://fraternalalliance.org/join-hands-day/what-is-join-hands-day/

5/4-10/2014

National PTA Teacher Appreciation Week
To strengthen respect for and support of the teaching profession. Observed the first full week in May.
Contact: National PTA
Phone: (312) 670-6782
Email: info@pta.org
Website: http://www.pta.org/
Address: 330 North Wabash Avenue, Suite 2100
Chicago IL 60611

5/5/2014

First American Man in Space Anniversary
On this date in 1961, Alan B. Shepard Jr. became the first American man in space. His sub-orbital flight lasted 15 minutes, 22 seconds, and reached a height of 116.5 miles.

5/7/2014

National School Nurse Day
Established in 1972 and held on the Wednesday of National Nurses Week to foster a better understanding of the role of school nurses in the educational setting. National Nurse Week is always May 6th through May 12th.
Contact: National Association of School Nurses
Phone: (240) 821-1130
Email: nasn@nasn.org
Website: http://www.nasn.org/AboutNASN/NationalSchoolNurseDay

5/7-9/2014

Annual WAPL Conference
Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries to foster colleguality and collaboration among the state's public libraries.
Contact: WLA
Phone: (608) 245-3640
Website: http://wla.wisconsinlibraries.org/events-conferences
Sheboygan WI

5/7-9/2014

2014 Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS) Spring Conference
Designed for Directors and Coordinators of Special Education and Pupil Services, School Psychologists and RtI Coordinators, this informative conference offers innovative ideas, timely instruction, and relevant advice on learning for all students.
Contact: Wisconsin Council of Administrators of Special Services (WCASS)
Phone: (608) 245-2511
Email: garymyrah@wcass.org
Website: http://wcass.org/spring
Address: Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness
Wisconsin Dells WI

5/8/2014

World Red Cross Day
Always on the birthday of Jean Henri Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Contact: International Committee of the Red Cross
Website: http://www.icrc.org/eng/

5/8-10/2014

National High School Mock Trial Championship
High School Mock Trial Tournaments bring the court system to life for students. Competition begins at regional tournaments and progress to semifinals and state finals. The National High School Mock Trial Championship is governed by the Rules of the Competition and the National High School Mock Trial Rules of Evidence.
Contact: John Wheeler, Board of Directors Chairperson
Phone: (515) 243-3179
Email: jwheeler@iowabar.org
Website: http://www.nationalmocktrial.org/whatsnew.cfm
Madison WI

5/10/2014

Transcontinental Railroad Line
On this date in 1869, the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroad lines were joined by golden spikes at Promontory Point, Utah, completing the transcontinental railroad line.

5/20-23/2014

WASBO Spring Conference
WASBO's biggest event of the year with over 40 educational sessions, more than 125 exhibitors, WASBO Foundation student scholarship fundraising bike ride and golf outing, WASBO professional recognition award presentations, a silent auction benefiting participation in ASBO International, and plenty of opportunities to network.
Contact: Wisconsin Association of School Business Officials (WASBO)
Phone: (608) 249-8588
Email: wasbo@wasbo.com
Website: http://wasbo.com/spring
Address: Kalahari Resort and Conference Center
Wisconsin Dells WI

5/20-21/2014

Lindbergh Flight
Anniversary of the 1927 transatlantic solo flight by Charles Lindbergh. He flew nonstop from New York to Paris.

5/26/2014

Memorial Day
A state and federal holiday to honor those who died in military service to their country. Always celebrated on the last Monday in May.

5/31/2014

World No-Tobacco Day
Observed annually on the last day of May to focus attention on the detrimental effects of tobacco use and environmental tobacco smoke.
Contact: World Health Organization
Email: AAWHstaff@aawhworldhealth.org
Website: http://www.who.int/tobacco/wntd/en/

6/5/2014

World Environment Day
Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 as an annual observance to reaffirm concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment. Held on June 5 each year.
Contact: UNEP/RONA
Phone: (212) 963-8210
Email: uneprona@un.org
Website: http://www.unep.org/wed
Address: United Nations, Room DC2-803, 2 United Nations Plaza
New York NY 10017

6/7/2014

SAT National Testing Date
SAT and Subject Tests
Various locations. Registration required.
Contact: Local guidance office or The College Board
Phone: (212) 713-8000
Website: http://www.collegeboard.org
Address: 45 Columbus Avenue
New York NY 10023

6/14/2014

Flag Day
The Stars and Stripes was adopted by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. A day for patriotic observances.
Website: http://www.usflag.org/flag.day.html

6/14/2014

ACT National Testing Date
The ACT college readiness assessment is a curriculum- and standards-based educational and career planning tool that assesses students' academic readiness for college.Tests administered at various locations nationwide. Registration required.
Contact: High school guidance office, ACT Inc.
Phone: (319) 337-1270
Website: http://www.act.org
Address: 2201 North Dodge Street, P.O. Box 168
Iowa City IA 52243

6/14/2014

Robert La Follette Sr. Day
Wisconsin Public School Observance Day required by statute if school is in session. Commemorates LaFollette who served in the U.S. House of Representatives, as governor, and in the U.S. Senate. He was one of the founders of the Progressive Party.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe

6/15/2014

Magna Carta Day
Anniversary of the signing in 1215 of the Magna Carta by King John; it was the first charter of English liberties. The charter was an important part of the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law in the English speaking world.

6/15/2014

Lightning Rod's First Use
On this date in 1752, Benjamin Franklin, author, diplomat, and inventor, proved that lightning is electricity by flying a kite in a thunderstorm. The experiment lead to the invention of the lightning rod.

6/16/2014

First Woman in Space Anniversary
Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space on this date in 1963, when she made a 70-hour, 50-minute voyage, orbiting the earth 48 times in the Soviet spacecraft Vostok 6.

6/18/2014

First American Woman in Space Anniversary
On this date in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space aboard the space shuttle Challenger.
Website: http://www.nasa.gov/

6/19/2014

Juneteenth
Celebrated in many parts of the United States to commemorate the emancipation of African Americans in Texas. On this date in 1865, General Gordon Granger landed on Galveston Island and proclaimed the sovereignty of the United States over Texas and thus the freedom of all slaves: two and one-half years after slavery had ended in other parts of the South.

6/26-7/1/2014

American Library Association Annual Conference
Sponsored by the American Library Association to provide information and networking opportunities for America's library community.
Contact: ALA Conference Services Department
Phone: (800) 545-2433
Website: http://www.ala.org
Las Vagas NV

7/1/2014

Title IX of the Educational Amendments
On this date, President Richard M. Nixon signed Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, which prohibited discrimination in educational programs and activities receiving federal funds.

7/2/2014

Civil Rights Act of 1964
On this date, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to enforce the constitutional right to vote and to prohibit discrimination in public accommodations, including education and other federally assisted programs.

7/4/2014

Independence Day
Declaration of Independence adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1776. Legal holiday in all states and territories and a federal holiday designated by statute.

7/18/2014

Wisconsin Council on Special Education
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Regular meeting to provide advice to the state superintendent and Department of Public Instruction on matters related to special education for students with disabilities.
Contact: Courtney Reed Jenkins
Phone: (608) 267-9183
Email: courtney.jenkins@dpi.wi.gov
Website: http://http://sped.dpi.wi.gov/sped_cee_meet
Address: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street
Madison WI

7/22-23/2014

Wisconsin Teaching and Learning Collabratory
Process and Prod­uct Team Work: Unit Planning
Wis­con­sin ASCD’s pri­mary focus for pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment is improv­ing edu­ca­tor effec­tive­ness in the areas of cur­ricu­lum, instruc­tion and assess­ment with the ulti­mate goal of pro­duc­ing col­lege and career ready students. The five-part series, featuring Jay McTighe, offers school or dis­trict teams an opportunity to learn to use the Com­mon Core to rethink and build cur­ricu­lum and per­for­mance assess­ments that will increase stu­dent achieve­ment by cre­at­ing tasks that are rel­e­vant, inter­est­ing, mean­ing­ful and useful. Registration required.
Contact: Wisconsin Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Phone: (262) 242-3771
Email: office@wascd.org
Website: http://www.wascd.org/

7/26/2014

Americans with Disabilities Act Anniversary
On this date in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability, opening new educational and other opportunities for people with disabilities.

8/6/2014

Hiroshima Day
On this date in 1945, the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in an attempt to end World War II.

8/15/2014

First Passage Through the Panama Canal
On this date in 1914, the steamship Ancon made the first passage through the Panama Canal. The United States invested $400 million in canal construction. More than 75,000 workers from 97 countries worked on the canal, which opened South America to world commerce.

8/17/2014

Trans-Atlantic Hot Air Balloon Trip
On this date in 1978, three Americans became the first to complete a trans-Atlantic trip in a hot air balloon.

8/26/2014

Women's Equality Day
On this date in 1920, the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. The amendment prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and most notably gave women the right to vote.

9/1-30/2014

Library Card Sign-Up Month
Established by Congress as an annual reminder to ensure that all children have library cards.
Contact: American Library Association (ALA), Public Information Office
Phone: (800) 545-2433
Website: http://www.ala.org/ala/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/card/index.cfm
Address: 50 East Huron Street
Chicago IL 60611

9/1/2014

Labor Day
Legal holiday in all states and Canada to honor working people. Observed on the first Monday in September.

9/3/2014

Viking 2 Lands on Mars
On this date in 1976, the unmanned U.S. spacecraft Viking 2 landed on Mars to take the first close-up color photographs of the planet's surface.

9/3/2014

Treaty of Paris
Signed in Paris on this day in 1783, ending the Revolutionary War between the United States and Britain.

9/5/2014

First Continental Congress Assembly
Fifty-six delegates representing 11 colonies assembled in Philadelphia on this date in 1774. They protested British measures and called for civil disobedience.

9/11/2014

Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance
Patriot Day was designated by joint resolution of Congress (PL 107-89) on December 18, 2001, to honor those who perished in the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center and Pentagon as well as the plane that crashed in southwest Pennsylvania. By Public Law (111-13), adopted April 21, 2009, Congress requests at September 11 also be recognized as a National Day of Service and Remembrance.
Website: http://www.serve.gov/?q=site-page/september-11th-national-day-service-and-remembrance

9/15/2014

International Dot Day 2014
Launched by teacher Terry Shay on September 15, 2009. International Dot Day inspires teachers and students to celebrate creativity in the classroom. Dot Day 2012 included more than 850,000 participants in every U.S. state and across all seven continents.
Website: http:///www.thedotclub.org/dotday/

9/16/2014

Mildred Fish Harnack Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the only native-born American known to have been executed by the Gestapo in Nazi Germany. Mildred Fish Harnack was born in Milwaukee in 1902.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe

9/16/2014

Mayflower Day
Anniversary of the departure of the ship Mayflower from Plymouth, England, in 1620.

9/17/2014

U.S. Constitution Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the day on which representatives from 12 of the original 13 states signed the U.S. Constitution.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe

9/19/2014

POW-MIA Recognition Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Established to recognize those who suffered or suffer captivity in foreign countries while in active service with the U.S. armed forces. Observed the third Friday in September.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe

9/21/2014

International Day of Peace
Established by a United Nations resolution in 1981, the International Day of Peace was first celebrated September 1982. The day is devoted to commemoration and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples. In 2002 the General Assembly officially declared September 21 as the permanent date for the International Day of Peace.
Website: http://www.internationaldayofpeace.org/

9/22/2014

Family Day
Family Day was launched in 2001 by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Family Day is a national movement to celebrate parental engagement as an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free.
Contact: National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse
Website: http://casafamilyday.org/familyday/

9/24-26/2014

2014 Fall Superintendent's Conference
Superintendent's Fall Conference presented by the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators in cooperation with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.
Contact: WASDA
Phone: (608) 242-1090
Email: wasda@wasda.org
Website: http://www.wasda.org
Address: Madison Concourse Hotel
Madison WI

9/24/2014

Wisconsin Day
Wisconsin Week Is September 21-27, 2014
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the assets that make Wisconsin a desirable place to live and work. Falls on the Wednesday of the third full week of September, which by gubernatorial proclamation is Wonderful Wisconsin Week (Sept. 21-27, 2014).
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe

9/24/2014

School Desegregation Anniversary
On this date in 1957, nine black students attended Little Rock, Arkansas' previously all-white Central High School, escorted by federal troops sent by President Dwight D. Eisenhower to enforce the federal desegregation court order.

9/26/2014

Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first piece of federal civil rights legislation to ensure equal treatment of individuals with disabilities. Signed into law on September 26, 1973.

9/28/2014

Frances Willard Day
Wisconsin public school observance day required by statute. Commemorates the Janesville teacher and lecturer who was influential in the early women's movement and was president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union from 1879 until her death in 1898.
Contact: Wisconsin Public School Observance Days
Website: http://news.dpi.wi.gov/eis_observe

9/28/2014

National Good Neighbor Day
First established 1971 in Montana by Mrs. Becky Mattson. In 2003, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution, sponsored by Montana Senator Max Baucus, making September 28, National Good Neighbor Day.
Website: http://www.holidayinsights.com/other/goodneighbor.htm

10/27-11/28/2014

WSAS Statewide Testing Dates
Statewide testing window for Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) and Wisconsin Alternate Assessment for Students with Disabilities (WAA-SwD)for the 2014-15 school year. Assessment for state and federal accountability for grades three through eight and 10.
Contact: DPI Office of Educational Accountability
Email: oeamail@dpi.wi.gov
Website: http://oea.dpi.wi.gov/oea_calendar


For questions about this information, contact Debra A. Bougie (608) 266-1598

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