November 18, 2016 
Hello all,

WEAC Region 3 wishes you the very best Thanksgiving holiday with friends and family. Best wishes to you all!

Next Friday: no newsletter.
December 2: 1st edition of our new "Membership Edition" newsletter. Watch for it!
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
What's YOUR Best Story?
Teacher Appreciation Night 
Manitowoc educators held a "Teacher Appreciation" night. There was a huge crowd and lots of fun was had-as evidenced by the pics below. Computers were available for those wishing to vote for Recertification. The evening also included a membership campaign which resulted in enrollment of 2 new members!!   Keep up the great work Manitowoc!
Sarah Weyenberg, MEA Vice VP
Teachers Voting for Recertification

Sonja Bolchen, Manitowoc Junior High
Johanna Worley, MEA President
I am a Member Because . . .

I know that I have the support from my local, regional, state and national organizations.
I value the concept of collective bargaining.
I believe in strength in numbers.
Being a union member is really about TEAM! Together, everyone achieves more!!

Randy Soquet
-DePere EA
Would You Like to Buy A Sign?
West De Pere EA is coordinating a group purchase of "Proud Union Home" signs. The price goes down with increased quantities. If your Local is interested in buying 10 or more signs, please contact Natalie Buhl.

PR Grants Available
WR3's Membership and PR Committee administers a PR Grant - available to Locals wishing to reach out to the community with public relations activities designed to foster the image of our union.
Click here for the application.

Quality Educator Interactive
Bye-Bye WECAN! On June 15th, QEI will be the only PDP platform!
QEI Gold Level Membership Overview 
Since 2004, QEI and WECAN have been the 2 electronic PDP platforms available to our PI 34 licensed educators. As of June 15, 2017, WECAN will no longer support a PDP platform, leaving QEI as the soul provider. WEAC is an affiliate organization to QEI and WEAC members receive a complementary Gold Level subscription. Many of our members have taken advantage of this benefit. If you haven't yet, now is the time to switch over!  Find out more and watch this video.
Do you want to become a PDP Reviewer? 
A Professional Development Plan is a pathway to licensing for any teacher who earned a degree after September 1, 2004. Six credit licensed teachers can opt to do a PDP. As may districts have removed monetary incentive for credits, members are switching to the PDP due to the similarities in the work they are already doing in the Educator Effectiveness Evaluation System. 
Professional educators who use a PDP need 3 teacher peer reviewers to verify their PDP. To become a reviewer, you do not have to have a PDP. However, you must be DPI-trained. Several of our local associations have members becoming trained in order to support their colleagues in their Professional Endeavors.
New PDP Team Members can be trained for free by the CESAs. This training is provided in a blended format that includes a required online learning component. This flipped learning allows you the flexibly to complete the 6-10 hours on your own time schedule. Participants are required  to complete the online portion prior  to a half-day face-to-face meeting at the CESA.
CESA 7 is offering 2 face-to-face dates at times that are conducive to an educator's schedule, at their location! 
  • Saturday, January 7, 8:30 am-12:30 pm
  • Monday, January 9, 4:15 pm-8:15 pm
Register with CESA 7 by clicking here. Become a reviewer and support your fellow union members with their professional license! 


Be a Discovery World Summer Camp Volunteer 
Help to motivate and inspire young minds as a Discovery World Summer Camp Volunteer! Work within the direction of a Summer Camp Educator to assist in camp activities and curriculum during our week-long summer camps, June 12 through August 25, 2017. Camps take place Monday - Friday, 9:30-4:30, for students grades 1 through 8. We'll help you to select a camp that best fits your interests and expertise, from fashion to engineering!

Read On . . .

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, December 15 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • PDP Goal Approval or Verification, December 3 @ Region 3; December 17 @ GBEA
  • PDP Writing Workshop, December 3 @ Region 3

WEAC Region 3