February 23, 2018  
Hi all,
 
One of my favorite moments of the past year was during a conversation with a member.  He was asked, "what made you interested in being part of this project?"  His reply was, "_____ asked me to do it."  If you attended one of the Region 3 Listening Projects over the past few years, you are well aware of the emphasis placed on developing your "story of self" and practicing one-on-one conversations.  There is a good reason for stressing the importance of talking to the people in your building, both members and potential members.  Quite simply, it is easy to ignore a flyer placed in your mailbox, but difficult to say no to a co-worker. 
 
From Secrets of a Successful Organizer:  

Email, texting, leaflets, Facebook, and websites are great - but . . . they can't take the place of one-on-one conversations.  Talking face to face is still the best way to get people involved and convince them to take action.  It's easy to read a leaflet and then toss it.  But when a real person is asking you, it's harder to say no. 
 
[Y]ou have to diagnose the obstacles to organizing.  What looks like apathy might really be fear, hopelessness, confusion, or division.  A flyer can't figure out what's holding people back, nor can it help them get over it.  For that, you need two-way communication.  You have to talk with your co-workers - and more important, listen to them.
 
Where can these conversations take place?  In the break room, the cafeteria, the parking lot . . . But many organizers have found that a more relaxed and honest conversation is possible when you're both off the clock, and not someplace where "the walls have ears." If you have a chance to grab a coffee or a beer with your co-workers, or join their carpool, take it!  You'll find out things you never knew.
 
For previous lessons in organizing from Secrets of a Successful Organizer, check out previous issues of "The Connection."
 
~Dave Campshure
Regional Director





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Backpacks Full Of Cash

April 17, 2018
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
De Pere Cinema
417 George Street
De Pere, WI 54115

         
Join us for a showing of the film "Backpacks Full of Cash." All GBEA, Region 3, Inspiring Educators, and community members are welcome.

Before the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, filmmakers Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow couldn't have known that the national education debate would dramatically shift to the very issues at the heart of their film: charter schools, vouchers and privatization. Now, this timely new documentary takes viewers into the world of market-based education "reform".



Saturday, February 24 @ 1 PM - 3 PM
Capitol Square Downtown Madison

Workshop on effective Use of Social Media
Tuesday, March 6, 5-6pm, WEAC Region 7 office
13805 West Burleigh Road, Brookfield, WI 53005
         
Join Tanya Lohr (Region 7 / West Bend) and Jim Carlson (WEAC) to learn how the effective use of social media can help engage and activate members, family, and friends in the spring and fall elections.  You'll learn:
  • "Tips and Tricks" when using Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media.
  • How to use social media to encourage members, family, and friends to learn about "What's at Stake" and to get out and VOTE!
  • How to become part of an action network.
  • How to receive posts, graphics, and links and when it's most effective to post them.



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Professional Development Opportunities


2018 Every Teacher a Leader Summit @ Lambeau
This year's Summit will be held the evening of April 27, 2018, through the entire day of April 28, 2018, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, WI. Fifteen (15) teams of educators will be selected to bring their teacher leadership idea, develop that idea into an actionable plan, and meet others who can help them along the way! The application deadline has been extended to Sunday, February 25, 2018. 2018 SUMMIT APPLICATION

Need Some Cash to Help You Get to Leadership Workshops?
The Dennis Muehl Grant can help!
This grant was created from memorial contributions following Dennis Muehl's death in October 1995. Dennis Muehl was the first Director of Bayland Teachers United, our area's first Uniserv. This grant is open to all WEAC Region 3 members and staff. $300 in grants are awarded annually.
If you are a dues paying member of WEAC Region 3, and you want to attend a grant-qualifying activity that relates to building the Union, Political Action, Public Relations, Membership Training, or the like, then please consider applying for the Dennis Muehl Grant.
These upcoming meetings are qualifying events:
WEAC Professional Issues Conference, March 2-4, 2018 in Madison
WEAC Region 3 Union Skills Workshop, June 2018
NEA RA, June 30-July 5 in Minneapolis, MN
WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, July 30-August 1, 2018 in Eau Claire

Click here for an application form and more details about the Grant.
2018 Professional Issues Conference
Registration is now open for the 2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference, which is March 2-4 at the Concourse Hotel in  Madison. The conference will focus on the most important lever in improving our schools: building the knowledge and skills of educators. WEAC is committed to professional learning that is continuous, job-embedded, practical, and connected to student achievement. WEAC offers to our members the connections, tools, learning opportunities, and resources they need to promote meaningful and purposeful professional learning and embed it in the school day.
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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.

 

  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, March 15 (and the third Thursday of every month) @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
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