December 9, 2016 
Hello all,

School's out for the holidays very soon, and chances are your students are as relieved as you!

After all of those months of lecturing, coaching, mentoring, and inspiring, many of you receive a token of appreciation at Christmas from your pupils and their parents. If you were given a present, did it make the grade?

Tell me the craziest thing you've ever received from a student for Christmas (include pictures, if you want). If you wish to remain anonymous, please let us know that too. Watch for the list before the holiday break.
 
Happy Holidays!

Debbie Armitage
Region 3 Staff Assistant

What's YOUR Best Story?
Fun at December 3 PDP Event    
   
   
PDP Writing Workshop participants reviewed the process and received guidance from experienced reviewers while writing their Professional Development Plans.
 
Justin Litersky, Two Rivers EA

Here is what our members had to say about the live reviewing process for their PDP Goal Approval or Verification!
Luke Felchlin, DePere EA
Alicia Korth, New London EA
Andy Hermus, Little Chute EA
Sarah Hockers, Pulaski EA
Hallie Steinberg, Two Rivers EA
Reserve your spot now at our May events
(Scan or click on the QR codes below.)!!

Writing Workshop

Goal Approval_Verification
Goal Approval/Verification Workshops
 
 
  
I am a Member Because . . .

I am passionate about students and the teachers that stand in front of them every day!  I am proud to be a collective voice for our profession and for the good we do as a team.

Crissy Kumhala
- Ashwaubenon EA
 
  
 
Find Out More About the New Education Law

Contribute!
blanket
6th Annual Blanket Collection - January 5 - 31
 
Please help those in need by donating new & gently used blankets for distribution to area shelters and agencies.  Last year's drive collected 2385 blankets and other items for distribution to Brown County programs that serve homeless and low-income individuals. Blanketing Brown County will have collection sites throughout Brown County including all Brown County Library branches, all Green Bay Metro Fire Stations, all Shopko stores, the YMCA, Brown County United Way, as well as WEAC Region 3.
 
Region 3 Locals - this could be a great PR project for your Local! Set up a collection box today!
 
For additional info call 920.593.4773.
 
Collection put together by: Greater Green Bay Labor Council Community Services Committee, Brown County United Way and AFL-CIO Community Services

Grants - Scholarships - Fellowships - Deadlines
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.

Deadline is February 1 for Two $1,000 ESP Scholarships

The deadline is February 1, 2017, to apply for one of two new one-year scholarships that will be awarded to WEAC Education Support Professional (ESP) members for study at either a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education.

 

Apply for NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowships 

Educators can apply for the NEA Foundation's Global Learning Fellowships from December 1, 2016, through February 29, 2017. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction.

 

 
Notice of Upcoming Deadlines
 
WEAC
JANUARY 15:  Nominations are due by January 15 for Alternate NEA Director, Minority Guarantee Representative and ESP At-Large Representative, to be decided at the Representative Assembly in April. All persons desiring to be candidates for these positions shall file their intention in the office of the Executive Director, P.O. Box 8003, Madison WI 53708-8003. Such notice must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2017. Please contact Ann Caruso for paperwork for filing for these positions. She can be reached at CarusoA@weac.org or 800-362-8034, extension 219.
 
JANUARY 15:  The deadline for submitting proposed changes to WEAC Bylaws, Constitution, Standing Rules or Resolutions is January 15. Changes should be submitted to the Office of the WEAC Executive Director, P.O. Box 8003, Madison WI 53708. 
 
FEBRUARY 1:  The deadline for applying for the four WEAC Scholarships for children of WEAC members is February 1. Scholarship winners will receive grants of $1,450 per year for four years of college or university study, if they remain eligible. Find out more at weac.org/scholarships.

FEBRUARY 1: 
February 1 is the deadline for nominations for several WEAC awards: the Education Support Professional Award, Friend of Education Award, Lewandowski Award for Humanitarian Activities, Tenia Jenkins Activist Award, and the Cunningham, Dickinson, Watson Staff Award. For details, go to weac.org/awards.  

From the Desk of the NEA President
Dear Friend,

Our public schools are the place where we prepare the nation's young people to contribute to our society, economy and citizenry. It's a tall task. So we expect our elected leaders and policymakers, regardless of political affiliation, to fundamentally believe in and value a strong and inclusive public education system that ensures every student can succeed, no matter their ZIP code.
 
Unfortunately, with the recent nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, the nation is entering dangerous, uncharted territory. 
 
For the first time ever, our Secretary of Education could be an anti-public education activist whose sole "qualification" for the job is the two decades she has spent attempting to dismantle, destabilize, and defund the American vision of public education.
 
That's why, together with the American Federation of Teachers, we're calling on Betsy DeVos and political leaders at every level to commit to a public education system that welcomes students of all backgrounds, identities, origins, and abilities. 
 
Will you help us issue this call?
 
 
By signing this letter, you're sharing in the vision that student success should not depend on living in advantaged circumstances, getting accepted by a private school, or winning a charter school lottery. 
 
Betsy DeVos has championed every kind of scheme to dismantle this vision. Not only do these divisive policies not work, they actively harm our most vulnerable students by ignoring and exacerbating glaring opportunity gaps.  
 
 
Thank you for stepping up to protect public education, the bedrock of our democracy. And thanks for everything you do. 
 

Lily Eskelsen Garcia, President
National Education Association
 
WI Employee Trust Funds
Face-to-Face Events - 2017 Schedule 
 
ETF has updated the face-to-face learning opportunities schedule to include dates into the first half of 2017. These include benefit fairs, benefit presentations and group retirement appointments scheduled in your area of the state.

   

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:   
 
WEAC Region 3
800-472-5582
rohdek@weac.org
www.region3.weac.org