January 27, 2017

Women's March On Madison

January 21, 2017 was a historic day! The Women's March was a nationwide and worldwide success! I'm proud to report that WEAC Region 3 organized two coach buses to Madison to support the march and almost 100 riders enjoyed participating in the event. Organizers of the Madison march expected 10,000-15,000 to attend, but estimated attendance is 75,000-100,000. It was exciting to see so many people who care about their country. We marched for women's rights. We marched for healthcare. We marched for minority rights. We marched for human rights. All combined, this was the largest march in the history of the United States, and probably the world.

As exciting and energizing as the marches were, we all know that marching is not enough. The energy generated from local, national and worldwide marches must be transferred into political power. Some think there is nothing that citizens can do because of the controlling interests in state and national legislatures. Lawmakers must be held accountable! Our members and the public must be informed about how current and proposed policies affect our students, schools and communities.

Write and call your Senators and Congress representatives. Online petitions are not effective. Tell your state and national representatives to vote "NO" on the newly elected President's nominees. Betsy DeVos is not qualified to be Secretary of Education for a number of reasons. Her confirmation hearing has been delayed as a result of the flood of calls and emails to legislators objecting to her nomination.

The Wisconsin State budget will be unveiled soon. We must lead the way to fight for fair public school funding and prevent the expansion of unaccountable state funding for private schools. Be involved! The Wisconsin Public Education Network is holding an informational session at the Brown County Library on Monday, January 30th from 5-7p.m. Please attend to hear important information about how the proposed budget may impact public education.

A budget forum is also scheduled on February 25th at the Local 400 hall in Kaukauna. This meeting is open to everyone and will focus on organizing efforts to support budget issues which could negatively impact public education and issues important to Wisconsin's working families.

I will always support issues that promote equality, human rights, health care coverage and strengthening our public schools. I strongly encourage you to do the same and make your voice heard. Together we can make a difference!


Dean DeBroux
Region 3 President

If you participated in a Women's March, please get your free 'Heart' pin from Penzey's.

What's YOUR Best Story?


I'm a Member because . . .

I believe educators need to have a voice in their employment. I believe we need to actively participate in making sure our students receive the best education possible. I believe our organization works for the betterment of the teaching profession and keeps a check and balance on local board and administrative power.

Christine Reinke 
Bonduel EA 

8 Wisconsin Public Schools Nominated for National Award  

State Superintendent Tony Evers nominated eight public elementary schools for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which recognizes overall academic excellence or progress in improving student achievement. WEAC President Ron Martin praised the work of the educators in the districts, and said it's a reminder of the outstanding work teachers and support staff are doing in public schools across the state.  One of the 2017 nominees is Region 3's very own, Robinson Elementary in Laona
Professional Development
Are you looking to choose your own Professional Development? Would you like to learn from your fellow Professional Association Members across Wisconsin? Here are just some of the great sessions being offered at WEAC's Professional Issues Conference March 3-5. For a full list click here.
  •          Degrees, Not Debt!
  •          Strike a Pose!  Intro to Photo Editing and Manipulation
  •          Parents and Community on Your Side
  •          Your Mother, Your Boss and your Ex: Teachers and Social Media
  •          Spanish for Educators to Communicate with ELL Students and Families
  •          Intro to National Board Certification
  •          ESP Academy

Register Now 

Consider Bringing This Session to Your District and
Have Your Local Association Sponsor It!

Help me get started in QEI!
Did you know that the WECAN PDP platform is going away? Bring your computer and we'll help you:
  • Walk through the steps of account set-up
  • Transfer your PDP info from WECAN
  • Introduce you to the helpful features of QEI
Select one of the great options below to bring this informational and hands-on learning to your district:
  • Training of the Trainers: Engage one of your members who is familiar with the PDP process and QEI platform to be trained to lead this session in your local.
  • Online Training of the Trainers: Monday, February 13, 6-7 pm @ your own computer or device. Sign up here to get the video conferencing link.
  • Face-to-Face Training of the Trainers: Monday March 13, 6-7 pm @ WEAC Region 3: 1136 N. Military Avenue, Green Bay. Dinner provided on site with your registration. Sign up here.
Or, contact our Professional Development Uniserv Director, Sara Stangler, at stanglers@weac.org to invite a WR3 IPD Committee member to present to your local, or to make other arrangements. 


Coming to Sheboygan! WEAC                                                                           Region 3 PDP Reviewer Support 

Saturday, March 11 
Mead Public Library 
710 N. 8th Street 

PDP Writing Workshop : 9:00 am -12:00 pm.
Learn or review how to write your PDP with the guidance of PDP reviewers. Utilize the workshop time to start creating your individual PDP.
Register now.

PDP Goal Approval or Verification: We'll put together your in-person PDP reviewer team. Register now to reserve an appointment time beginning at noon. 
Free member benefit for all Region 3 & WEAC Members
Fees apply for Non-Members: Writing Workshop $50; Goal Approval $150; Verification $200
Online Registration Required!  https://goo.gl/forms/A5vg2gaslwhFGcCA2 
Save the date:  WEAC Summer Leadership Academy is July 24-26 in Eau Claire

Mark your calendar now for the 2017 WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, July 24-26 at UW-Eau Claire. "Summer Leadership Academy not only gives you a local perspective, but a state and national focus on issues important to you as an educator," says trainer and WEAC Retired member Pat Schmidt of Wautoma. "It encourages you to get involved not only in your school community, but to take a stand on issues at a much deeper level."   READ ON  
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
The WEAC Region 3 Board of Directors meeting previously scheduled for February 25th has been cancelled so that all Locals can send Presidents + other interested members to this event: 
WR3 will pay the $15 registration fee for all members attending.

Member Benefits
New Games Added to Milwaukee Bucks TicketPASS Program

Because of WEAC's relationship with the Milwaukee Bucks, tickets for the 2016-17 season are available to members at special prices with no fees! Tickets can be ordered and printed from the convenience of your home. Games available at a discount are updated throughout the season, and we have just added a few new games to the program. They are: January 28 versus the Boston Celtics, and February 10 versus the Los Angeles Lakers. Find out more and order your tickets.
Schedule It!
Click HERE to see our Region 3 Calendar. It includes WEAC and Region 3 governance meetings, Professional Development events, and many other workshops, meetings, and events sponsored by our office.

Here's the other stuff:
  • The Ashwaubenon School District in collaboration with the Brown County Child Abuse and Neglect Initiative is hosting a screening of the acclaimed documentary Paper Tigers on February 8, 2017, from 6-8 pm at the Ashwaubenon Performing Arts Center. 
    The screening will be followed by a short discussion.
    Admission is complimentary but registration is required to attend.
    For more information about the event and to register, please go to http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ixkdbgcab&oeidk=a07edext2zpeb145609

  • Go Public! Why Our Public Schools Need Our Help, and How We Can Support Them - Monday, January 30, 7 PM @ Brown County Central Library Auditorium.  For more information, visit the League of Women Voters @ http://greatergreenbay.wi.lwvnet.org

  • WEAC President Ron (Duff) Martin will be the special guest on Sunday Funday, January 29th! Come one, come all! Sponsored by the Wausaukee Education Association, they will have concessions and sledding on Sundays from 12-2 weather permitting at the football field.

  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, February 16 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300.

  • QEI Online Training of the Trainers - Monday, February 13, 6-7 PM

  • Retired Winter Meeting - February 15, 1-3 PM @ D J Bordini Center, Appleton

  • PDP Reviewer Support - Saturday, March 11 @ Mead Public Library, Sheboygan

  • QEI Face-to-Face Training of the Trainers - Monday, March 13, 6-7 PM @ WEAC Region 3
WEAC Region 3