November 11, 2016 
Hello all,

It's hard for me to find words to express how sad I feel about the election outcome this week. And I'm fearful that the doors opened to bigotry and misogony and just plain meanness will encourage more of the same. Here are some words from Ali Michael (click here for the full article) that are helping me to process my emotions:

" What should I say to my students after the election if Donald Trump wins?" a principal asked me recently. Good question. What should we tell our children?

Tell them, first, that we will protect them. Tell them that we have democratic processes in the U.S. that make it impossible for one mean person to do too much damage. Tell them that we will protect those democratic processes - and we will use them - so that  Donald Trump is unable to act on many of the false promises he made during his campaign.

Tell them, second, that you will honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry. Tell them bigotry is not a democratic value, and that it will not be tolerated at your school. Tell them you stand by your Muslim families. Your same-sex parent families. Your gay students. Your Black families. Your female students. Your Mexican families. Your disabled students. Your immigrant families. Your trans students. Your Native students. Tell them you won't let anyone hurt them or deport them or threaten them without having to contend with you first. Say that you will stand united as a school community, and that you will protect one another. Say that silence is dangerous, and teach them how to speak up when something is wrong. Then teach them how to speak up, how to love one another, how to understand each other, how to solve conflicts, how to live with diverse and sometimes conflicting ideologies, and give them the skills to enter a world that doesn't know how to do this."

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
American Education Week
American Education Week - November 14-18, 2016 - presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. 2016's theme, "Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility," is reflected in special observances each day of the 2016 weeklong celebration: Monday, November 14: Kickoff Day ... Tuesday, November 15: Parents Day ... Wednesday, November 16: Education Support Professionals Day ... Thursday, November 17: Educator for a Day ... Friday, November 18: Substitute Educators Day. Read more about the   history of American Education Week. Find lots of American Education Week resources at and
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ETF Learning Opportunity - Appleton Presentation 
Know Your Benefits: WRS Employee Benefits

Whether you are just beginning your career under the Wisconsin Retirement System or close to retirement, join us for an ETF-hosted presentation on WRS employee benefits. We'll thoroughly review benefit basics, the Core and Variable Trust Funds and things to know and do to maximize your benefits as you move through your career. Those within five years or so of retirement will appreciate hearing about WRS annuity options, return-to-work rules, post-retirement annuity adjustments and much more.

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