March 17, 2017

Hi all,
The date for our summer Listening Project has been established: Monday, August 7, 2017. Now is the time for you to talk about this opportunity and form a team from your Local.

What is there to gain?
  • A renewed enthusiasm for union engagement.
  • An understanding of what your Local can do in the face of uncertainty.
  • A commitment to building membership.
  • A PLAN for a fall membership drive.
Won't you feel lucky if you get a team together?

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

I'm a member because . . .

I cannot imagine not being a member. I have been a member of WEAC since 1975 - the fight was then; is now and always will be for public schools; our communities and our professional well being.

Deb Dassow 
WEAC Retired 
Ashwaubenon Valley View Fun on March 2

7 Things in the hallway - Fifth-Grade Teachers
Something Fishy - Second-Grade Teachers


Wisconsin had a very impressive contingent last weekend at the NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference in Dallas. The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of this conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. Thanks to Denmark UE member Kay Hansen (pictured above, second from the right) for sharing this picture! Also pictured is De Pere ESP and WEAC Region 3 Executive Board member Sue Smits (third from right).

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.
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
Call the Caller

Tuesday March 14th at 6:00 pm at 118 S Chestnut, Green Bay
Need people to call for volunteers to participate in the upcoming phone bank.  

Phone Banks to support Tony Evers

March 22nd and 29th at 7:00 Pm at 118 S Chestnut, Green Bay


March 13: WI State Rep Macco Listening Session
March 22: WI State Rep Macco Listening Session
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.

WEA Member Benefits 
New Video:  Young Educators Get the Message 
Member Benefits has put together an uplifting video that acknowledges the significant challenge new educators face when starting their careers. Managing it all can be daunting. Knowing that it is possible to do well financially while doing good in the classroom can be very reassuring. Having a trusted resource that can help them start their career on the right financial foot is priceless.

This video uncovers one critical time-sensitive message that every young educator needs to know to reap the rewards of a long and rewarding career. Watch it, then share it. 

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:

  • 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



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



  • WEAC RA - April 22 @ Holiday Inn, Stevens Point

WEAC Region 3