March 24, 2017   

Hi all,

I'm taking a mini-vacation this week - a short weekend jaunt to NYC. The weather doesn't look too good and I'm wondering why didn't we plan a trip a little further south? Oh well, we all know how great it is to get a little bit of a break from work. It feels good and makes us refreshed when we return to work. A good number of our locals will be off in the next few weeks for spring break (or maybe you're already back?). Whether it's a few days or a whole week, I hope you too return with a smile on your face and a new invigorated sense of purpose for the months ahead. Enjoy!

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
What's YOUR Best Story?

I'm a member because . . .

I believe in the union and what it means. The union does great things and protects my rights!!

Janice Counihan  
De Pere ESP 

Congratulations to Karen Petermann, a Clintonville EA member, for being named SHAPE's national elementary P.E. teacher of the year!

Region 3 Members Win 2017
Herb Kohl Foundation Teacher Fellowships

Courtney DeArmond - Manitowoc Education Association
Matthew Miller - Sheboygan Education Association
Mary Keller - Wabeno Teachers Association

Congratulations to three
Region 3 educators named Kohl Fellows!

Click here for a list of all recipients 

Professional Development
WR3 PDP Events: Saturday, May 6th

PDP Writing Workshop:  9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.  Click here to register now! 
Learn or review how to write your PDP . Discuss the overlaps between PDP & EE. Bring your computer and use the time to get started. Login to your Gold level QEI membership to store and submit your PDP. 

PDP Goal Approval or VerificationClick here to register for an individual appointment time!    
Do you have your goals written and need them approved?  Is your 5-year plan completed and ready for verification by a team of reviewers? We'll put together your in-person PDP reviewer team. 

Free for WR3 members. Fees apply for non-members.
This is NOT spam.

Should you receive an email request to fill out a survey about the Educator Effectiveness process, please do so. And be candid. It reads, in part, 

"Dear Wisconsin Teacher,
As part of the official evaluation of the state of Wisconsin's Educator Evaluation, Development and Support Process, formerly known as Educator Effectiveness (EE), we are asking all Wisconsin classroom teachers to participate in a survey. We want to hear from you about how you are experiencing your school's evaluation system! This survey is designed to provide formative feedback to schools and districts about the effectiveness of their teacher evaluation and feedback process...

Best regards,

Curtis Jones, Ph.D.

Director and Senior Scientist
Socially Responsible Evaluation in Education
School of Education
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee"

Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
Wisconsin Spring Election!
Tuesday, April 4 
Find all the answers to your questions about the April 4th Spring Election in Wisconsin: Are you registered? How can I vote absentee? Who's on my ballot? Do I need photo ID?

This 2-sided flyer can be distributed and posted at school because it is non-partisan. It doesn't tell you WHO to vote for, just HOW to vote. 

Voter Selfie Contest! 
  1. Vote early or vote on Tuesday April 4th.
  2. Take a selfie with your "I Voted" sticker on. (Be careful not to take the photo within the voting booth area!)
  3. Submit your photo for publication in our newsletter.
  4. Your name will be entered into our contest.
  5. Win valuable prizes!

Deadline: Thursday, April 6th.

Pictured at right: Kathy Rohde, WR3, after voting on February 7.

for Superintendent of Public Schools

Phone Bank to support Tony Evers

March 29th at 7:00 PM at 118 S Chestnut, Green Bay


March 29: Bus to Conservation Lobby Day!
March 30: March General Meeting
March 31: Young Dems Happy Hour 
Please click on this link to view our Events Calendar:
Evers yard signs can be picked up at the Dem office at 118 S. Chestnut, Green Bay - $2.00 each .
Read the Latest Budget Updates 
The 2017-19 state budget debate is now under way at the Capitol. To make sure you stay up to date on all the developments and insights, sign up for email alerts.

The dates for the Joint Finance Committee Budget hearings have been announced:
  • Monday, April 3 - UW-Platteville, Platteville
  • Wednesday, April 5 - State Fair Park, Milwaukee
  • Friday, April 7 - Berlin High School, Berlin
  • Tuesday, April 18 - Spooner High School, Spooner
  • Wednesday, April 19 - Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth
  • Friday, April 21 - Marinette High School, Marinette
If you would like information about how to participate and get talking points for a pro-education stance on the budget, please contact Christina Brey at
For more information about the budget from WEAC's standpoint, click here. The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau has also released its analysis of the governor's budget.

Attention Retirees 
WEAC-Fox Valley Retired would like to extend an invitation to all WEAC-Retired members within the Region 3 geographical area to attend their spring meeting on April 26, starting at 1:00 p.m.
They will start off their meeting with presenter, Editor Bill Hurley, from the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC). He will present a hands-on seminar on different uses of technology. He will cover Facebook and Twitter. He has some cool things to show you on Twitter. He will give you an idea of what SnapChat is all about. Bill will also cover some other interesting resources, including, Flipboard, Instagram and Pinterest. He will also share how people can use WEAC resources like email alerts to stay on top of education and politics in Wisconsin.
We ask that you bring an electronic device to practice with. It can be a laptop computer, a tablet, or a smartphone. Wi-Fi is available on campus so that all can connect to the Internet.
Following the presentation will be a short business meeting. Please see a separate document for the business meeting agenda. If you are not a WEAC-FV Retired member, you're welcome to the presentation, but ask that you not participate in the business portion of the meeting.
If you plan to attend, please RSVP to WEAC-Fox Valley Co-President, Kim Jordan, @, to be sure there are enough handouts and chairs set up to accommodate attendees.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
D J Bordini Center
5 Systems Drive
Appleton, WI
(Located across the street from Fox Valley Technical College on Bluemound Drive)

WEAC Notices 
Getting Ready for the April 22 Representative Assembly  
WEAC has posted some important information and documents ahead of the April 22 RA. Go to for information that includes:
  • The agenda.
  • Statements from candidates for office.
  • WEAC Board of Directors' Recommendations on Proposed 2017 Amendments to the WEAC Constitution and Bylaws
  • Proposed Changes to the 2016-17 WEAC Governance Documents

Summer Leadership Academy: July 24-26, Eau Claire
It's time to put together a team from your local to attend WEAC's Summer Leadership Academy. The event takes place July 24-26 in Eau Claire. This event is FREE and a great opportunity for you to sharpen your leadership skills. Plus, you'll leave the academy with a plan to strengthen your local association. Pat Schmidt, who attended last year's Academy, put it this way: "I believe Summer Leadership Academy is important because it teaches you to represent something bigger than yourself."

Mark your calendar now and watch for more information.

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:

  • Tony Evers, Sunday, March 26, 3 PM @ Paradigm Coffee House, 1202 N. 8th St., Sheboygan


  •  WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, April 20 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300


  • WEAC RA - April 22 @ Holiday Inn, Stevens Point
  • WEAC Region 3 RA - May 13 @ Comfort Suites, Green Bay

WEAC Region 3