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August 17, 2016
 
In This Issue:

Region 6 Prevails in Aug. 9 Primaries
Celebrate Labor Day with Region 6
Region 6 National Board Certification Workshop is Sept. 29
Region 6 Offers Full Slate of PDP Workshops
Public Education Summit is Aug. 23
Upcoming Events
It's Okay to Admit that You Love Summer

August is past its midpoint. I am looking forward to getting back in my social studies classroom at Oregon High School, and all of the colleagues I know are excited to start the new school year. That does not mean we don't love the summer. It's not contradictory to lament the end of summer and celebrate the start of the new school year at the same time. Both are special to us, and we shouldn't have to hide it.
 
As the president of WEAC Region 6, I am accustomed to dealing with apparent contradictions. I love public education even though its unrealized potential sometimes keeps me awake at night. I am fascinated by government and politics even though they are often the source of terrible ideas that make it harder for my students and me to succeed in the classroom. I love teamwork and collaboration, but my role as a union leader requires me to speak up and ask difficult questions of the administrators and school board members we work with on behalf of our students and our profession. It's complicated.
 
In my experience, these kinds of complications are what prevent many good people from joining the union or getting more involved with it. It has also been my experience that good people do join and become more involved when they are given a chance to talk through the contradictions and understand the crucial role that the union plays in educating students and making our world a better place.
 
If you are someone who likes to talk to people and is good at explaining things, then you are what your union needs. And we need you right now more than ever. All of the locals in Region 6 are finalizing plans for reaching out to new employees and signing them up. This is all about talking to people and getting to know them.
 
The way for you to get involved is to get in touch with your local union's leaders and tell them what you can do. Make plans to attend the union's back-to-school meetings for members and potential members. More importantly, talk to your colleagues about the union and tell them why you joined. Encourage them to contact local leaders or the Region 6 office if they have questions you can't answer.
 
You can email me anytime at region6.weac.wi@gmail.com and call the Region 6 office at 1-800-397-2287. We can mourn and celebrate together.
 
In Solidarity,

Mark Lindsey
President of WEAC Region 6
Region 6's Recommended Candidates Prevail in Primaries

Recommended legislative candidates Don Vruwink and Jimmy Anderson won their respective primary elections on August 9, and have advanced to the November 8 general election. WEAC Region 6 members screened legislative candidates in their part of the state and the WEAC Political Action Committee recommended Vruwink and Anderson in the Democratic primaries in Assembly Districts 43 and 47, respectively. Vruwink and Anderson are also recommended against their general election opponents.
 
Also on August 9, a school operating referendum in Darlington that was supported by the Region 6 Political Action Committee passed 559 to 553.
 
To find out more, there is a wealth of information on candidates and the voting process in the Members Only section of the WEAC.org website.  
 
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.
Celebrate Labor Day with Region 6 in Janesville and Madison

All WEAC Region 6 members are invited to join the Labor Day celebrations in Janesville and Madison on Monday, September 5.
 
Region 6 members will march in the Labor Day parade in downtown Janesville at 1 p.m. At Labor Fest in Madison, Region 6 members will participate in the Labor Roll Call at 2 p.m. and sponsor an exhibit table from noon to 5:30 p.m. Region 6 members who want to march in the Janesville parade or staff the exhibit table in Madison can register by calling the Region 6 office at 1-800-397-2287.
 
Labor Fest in Madison takes place at the Madison Labor Temple at 1602 South Park Street.
 
More information is available on the Region 6 Facebook Event pages for the Janesville parade and the Madison Labor Fest
National Board Certification Workshop is Sept. 29

WEAC Region 6 members are encouraged to explore the professional and financial benefits of National Board Certification and the support the union can provide to National Board candidates.
 
To this end, Region 6 has organized an introductory workshop on National Board Certification for September 29 at the WEAC Region 6 building in Madison.
 
Benefits of National Board certification include:
  • Reimbursement of costs ($2,000)
  • Annual Wisconsin stipend ($2,500-$5,000)
  • Most school districts provide wage increases or stipends for teachers who are National Board certified
  • License portability between states
  • Ten-year Wisconsin Master Educator License
 
Union support for National Board candidates includes:
  • Informational sessions throughout Wisconsin
  • Individual coaching
  • Access to NEA Jump Start curriculum
  • Assignment of personal mentor
  • Regular candidate support sessions
  • Access to the expertise of NBCT union members
 
The workshop is Thursday, September 29, at 5:30 at the Region 6 office, 33 Nob Hill Road, Madison.
 
Please RSVP to Region 6 staff member Rachel Schendel at 800-397-2287 or schendelr@weac.org.
Region 6 Hosting Full Slate of Free PDP Workshops in 2016-17

In the 2016-17 school year, WEAC Region 6 will host at least 12 free Professional Development Plan workshops in Janesville, Madison and the Platteville area.
 
The workshops run the gamut from introductory overview of the PDP licensure system, to goal writing, approval and verification. The workshops are free for WEAC Region 6 members.
 
Registration is required. Region 6 provides food and beverages for workshop attendees and reviewers. Call the WEAC Region 6 office at 800-397-2287 to register or ask questions.
Public Education Summit is August 23

WEAC Region 6 members are invited to attend the Wisconsin Public Education Network Summit in Wauwatosa on August 23. This is an opportunity to learn more about the issues facing our students and schools, and how you can be a part of the growing movement to support our public schools and students.
               
The summit will be a full day of workshops, presentations and strategy breakouts led by public education advocates and experts, including Rev. Dr. William Barber II, John and Tashia Morgridge, and Dr. Tony Evers, Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction. Sessions will cover issues relating to school funding, advocating for schools that provide opportunity and access for all students, nonpartisan organizing, local and legislative advocacy to support local schools, and many other topics.
Upcoming Events

Wisconsin Public Education Network Summit, Wauwatosa
August 23

Labor Day Parade, Janesville
September 5 

Madison Labor Fest 
S eptember 5  

Region 6 National Board Certification Introductory Workshop, Madison
September 29

Region 6 PDP Workshop, Janesville, Overview, Goal Writing and Approval
November 5 

Region 6 PDP Workshop, Platteville area, Overview and Goal Writing
November 9     

Region 6 PDP Workshop, Platteville area, Goal Approval only
November 16    

Region 6 PDP Workshop, Madison, Overview, Goal Writing and Approval
December 3