September 16, 2016 
Hello all,

As I write this, I can see by my countdown app that in just 4 days I'll be flying to Europe. Vacation time! This column, for the next two weeks, will be written by....who? Maybe you? If you'd like to contribute your thoughts to this newsletter, please contact Deb Armitage at the Region 3 office and she will help you publish your thoughts. We know you have stuff to say!


Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
What's YOUR Best Story?

WEAC Members Attend Washington Institute

Region 3 member Timothy Huebner (Shiocton Middle School) was among five state teachers to take part in the George Washington Teacher Institute Residential Programs this summer.

Read more about Tim's adventure

Register Today - 
Public Education Advocacy Workshop   

September 23-24, 2016
Green Lake Conference Center
Start: 9 AM Friday. End 7 PM Saturday

Register by September 15 for the Wisconsin Leadership Development (WiLD) Project's 2-day Workshop on Leadership, Organizing and Action, customized for public education supporters. Join the Wisconsin Public Education Network in Green Lake, WI, and collaborate with fellow public education advocates and further develop skills you can use in your community.  Register today!
Supporting Education from Pre-K through University

Monday, September 26, 7 PM 
Webster-Stanley Middle School Auditorium 
915 Hazel Street, Oshkosh

See Flyer For More Details 

Volunteer Opportunity
Literacy Green Bay has over 40 adult learners waiting for a tutor to help them with their reading, writing and English language skills. You can help by volunteering to be an adult tutor! Training is provided through a 12-hour Tutor Training Workshop. They will hold an informational orientation on Wednesday, September 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. in their Learning Center at 424 S. Monroe Ave. During this 45 minute orientation, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the program and sign up for a workshop. Contact Shelley at 920-435-2474 or for more information. 
Instruction & Professional Development
PDP Goal Approval OR Verification 

Do you have your goals written and need them approved? Is your 5-year plan completed and in need of verification by a team of reviewers? We'll put together your in-person PDP reviewer team. Our partnership with GBEA makes these dates and services available and FREE to all WR3 and GBEA members, and at a cost for non-members.    

Who Should

 What to Bring? 

Non-Member Cost  
Individual 20-30 minute appointments only. Scheduled 3 weeks prior to the date, between
8:30 AM-1:00 PM
Saturday, Dec. 3rd @ WEAC Region 3

Saturday, Dec. 17th @ GBEA

Saturday, May 6 @
WEAC Region 3

Saturday, May 20th @ GBEA

Initial and Professional Educators with complete goals or plans and in need of a PDP team for reviewing.

QEI login


Goal Approval $150
Verification $200

Click Here or Use the QR Code to Register Now !  

PDP Writing Workshop 

Learn or review how to write your PDP goal, objectives, plan activities, and plan assessments.  Discuss the overlaps between PDP & EE. Receive assistance with utilizing the QEI software to store and submit your PDP. Time will be given to work individually.

Who Should

 What to Bring? 

Non-Member Cost  
Saturday, Dec. 3rd @ WEAC Region 3


Saturday, May 6 @
WEAC Region 3


Initial and Professional Educators looking for help, feedback or review in writing their plan for goal approval or finishing up their 5-year plan in preparation for verification. 

Computer, QEI login


Click Here to Register Now or Use the QR Code!  


National Boards:  Jump Start Program

Jump  Start is a two day comprehensive seminar designed to provide National Board candidates with important information about the certification process, time to examine Component and Assessment Center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements, and time to collaborate, gather resources and gain information needed to pursue certification.  You must be a registered National Board candidate to participate.

Saturday, September 24th and Saturday, October 8th
8 AM - 3 PM with an hour lunch 
 GBEA, 2256 Main St. Green Bay
Free to members. Non-member fee - $350 



 Interested in Fall colors, activities, and wanting to venture into Wisconsin's Northwoods?  Then consider taking a trip on Saturday, Oct. 1st to Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Center at N3494 HWY 55, White Lake, Wisconsin. The resort has camping, restaurant, bar, and lodging and is only 5 miles north of Menominee County on HWY 55.

Check out the day's activities here

Citizen Responsibility Information

Monday, October 24th
through Friday, November 4th

Vote at your municipality during regular business hours.
Go to to find your municipal clerk or polling place, update your name or address, register to vote, and get information on absentee (early) voting. Here's a flyer for detailed information you can share with others.

Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

Join In Supporting Tony Evers for State Superintendent!

With Special Guest Former Plymouth High School Teacher and State Senator Cal Potter
Wednesday, September 21
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
52 Stafford
(52 Stafford St., Plymouth, WI)
Questions: Contact Maggie at 715-581-0406 or 
Paid for by Tony Evers for State Superintendent, Jim Gavigan, Treasurer
PO Box 1879, Madison, WI 53701

League of Women Voters - Making Democracy Work

You are invited!

Fall Dinner Meeting
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Holiday Inn, Green Bay Stadium
2785 Ramada Way, Green Bay  
Dr. Julie Underwood, the former Dean of the UW-Madison School of Education, is a nationally recognized authority on school law and a staunch proponent of public education.  She is a well-known speaker and writer on current public education issues on both the state and national levels.

If interested, mail a $25 check payable to LWVGGB to Julie Arneth, 2279 Mt. Olive Dr., Suamico, WI 54313 before Saturday, September 24.  Reservation necessary. 

Great Speakers. Great Food. Great Time Supporting Our Candidates

Sunday, October 2 
Green Isle Park, Allouez

Socializing & Beverages @ 4:30 
Dinner @ 6 PM
Silent Auction & 50/50 Raffle

RSVP by September 25 - (920) 405-0455

More info can be found here
WI Department of Employee Trust Funds
Know Your Benefits: 

Q.  Why is designating a beneficiary for my WRS account important?

Because the beneficiary designation you have on file with ETF at the time of your death is the only way to tell us who you would like to receive any death benefit. If you did not file a beneficiary form, your Wisconsin Retirement System account will be paid out according to state law. More Beneficiary Designations.

Q.  I'm planning to work post retirement.  What are the rules so I don't end up jeopardizing my Wisconsin Retirement System?

Find answers here.   
In the News
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, Thursdays, October 20, November 17 and December 15 from 9-5 at the Region 3 office. To make an appointment contact:  Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • The Future of Public Education, September 26.  7 PM @ Webster-Stanley Middle School Auditorium, Oshkosh
  • League of Women Voters Fall Dinner Meeting, September 29,  @ Holiday Inn, Green Bay
  • Register: IMS, Financial & Membership Training for Local & Regional Union Leaders, Thursday, September 29 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM
  • IMS, Financial and Membership Training for Local & Regional Union Leaders, Thursday, September 29, 6 PM-7:30 P.  Register here.
  • Democratic Party of Brown County Steak Fry, Sunday, October 2, Green Isle Park, Allouez
  • WR3 Board of Directors Meeting, October 15, 10-Noon

WEAC Region 3