News and Information for Education Professionals
HELP US WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!
**  2017-18 New Members This Month  **


 

Tessa Feyereisen, St. Croix Central


 

** 2018-19 Early Enrollees **

 

Zahida Leech, Plum City

Joshua Weiss, Hudson


 

 


Hope

Hope is in the air!  I can feel it. Others feel it too. A group of teachers were asked, last week, to meet with Representative Ron Kind and the Democratic Whip Minority Leader Steny Hoyer. Steny Hoyer is the second to the top Democrat in the United States! They are both advocates for teachers. What an honor to be asked to talk with them. There were 10+ teachers that met at UW-Davies Center in Eau Claire last week to talk about our issues and concerns. It was great to have someone listen to us. Congressman Ron Kind even stated that he feels the change on the national level. Many people across the United States are becoming reengaged. The teachers in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona have said "enough is enough."  Citizens are paying attention to what is happening.  They are getting out to vote and teachers are finding their voice again. The great part about it is this time we are being heard!  
 
Now is the perfect time to have a conversation with your teaching colleagues about rejoining or with new members about joining. We are excited to roll out Early Enrollment. Any one who joins now won't have to start paying until September 10th. They have to fill out the paperwork then they can check us out, be a guest at NEA RA for a day, go to a meeting and find out what's happening in their local, use our shopping website, buy insurance (our NEA house insurance is the best/cheapest around), etc. 
 
Have a great week!

President Bell
Region 1
* Upcoming Events *
Ongoing Statewide Professional Development Calendar Available

  HERE!

We highly recommend checking out this calendar if you haven't done so yet!

WEAC Representative Assembly
April 28
La Crosse

NEA Representative Assembly
SEE FLYER BELOW FOR EXCITING GUEST OPPORTUNITY!
June 30 - July 5
Minneapolis, MN

WEAC Summer Leadership Academy*
July 30-Aug 1 
UW - Eau Claire


* Region 1 offers a stipend of $50 to help defray the costs of attendance at WEAC statewide events. FIND THE STIPEND REQUEST FORM HERE 

ACROSS THE REGION

We Want Your Input!!! 
Take Our Conference Planning Survey

WEAC Region 1 is planning a conference for the 2018-19 school year. We want to make this as easy and useful to our members as possible, so we'd like your input on  when and how the conference should be run, and what sessions you would find most interesting or useful.  TAKE THE SURVEY HERE!


On April 5th Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and Congressman Ron Kind met with Eau Claire and Region 1 members to listen to area teachers and their concerns.


Region 1 Student Scholarship Opportunity for Members!

Again this year, two $500 scholarships are available for children of Region 1 members who are graduating and attending post-secondary education in the fall of 2018.  Applications are due May 15, 2018. Find more details and download an application  HERE!


NEA Early Enrollment Program - Time to Talk to the Fence Sitters!

WEAC Region 1, along with WEAC, is participating in the NEA Early Enrollment program this Spring. Through this program, potential members can join now but will not begin paying dues until September of 2018. As an early enrollee, members will have access to a limited number of member benefits.

CLICK HERE to access flyers, enrollment forms, and details information on the program.
 
The targets of this program are early career educators who, for one reason or another, have not yet joined our association. These materials provide you with another reason/opportunity to approach these individuals for a conversation about the benefits of membership, although any potential member is eligible for early enrollment.
 
If you have questions about the program or how to use these materials, contact the WEAC Region 1 office at (715) 234-7049 your earliest convenience, or email Regional Directors Dan Beck ( beckd@weac.org), Sandy Fults ( fultss@weac.org) or Josh Skubal ( skubalj@weac.org).

ACROSS THE STATE


Non-Renewal Basics
 
In Wisconsin, non-renewal of any person who holds a teaching certificate that is required to perform the job must follow the procedure as found in WI ยง 118.22. With the elimination of the right to collectively bargained lay-off procedures, non-renewal is now also used for staff reductions (including reduction of positions to part time) for economic reasons. It is important to note that the statute applies only to full-time positions.
 
  • Preliminary notice of non-renewal must be given by the board by April 30
  • Teachers have five (5) days in which to request a private conference with the board
  • Final notice of non-renewal must be given by the board on or before May 15
  • Teachers must accept or reject contracts by June 15
 
Individuals who are facing non-renewal generally have three options:
  1. Accept the non-renewal
  2. Request a private conference with the board to contest the non-renewal
  3. Negotiate a resignation agreement in lieu of being non-renewed
Every situation is different and the pros and cons of each choice vary depending on the reason for non-renewal, the make-up of the board and it's independence, local support and dozens of other factors. Members should always contact their Regional Director immediately upon receipt of a preliminary notice or, better yet, upon learning that non-renewal is being considered.

ACROSS THE NATION

Tipping Point: Educators Take to the Streets in Oklahoma and Kentucky


More than 30,000 angry and frustrated educators from across Oklahoma walked out of schools and swarmed the state Capitol on Monday to demand that state lawmakers invest in public education, while thousands more in Kentucky also rallied to protest legislative neglect.

"Why are we walking? There are 700,000 reasons why!  Our students deserve better," said Oklahoma Education Association (OEA) President Alicia Priest in a video statement. "We've all heard stories from students, parents, and teachers affected by 11 years of [budget] cuts to our classrooms. They see broken chairs in classrooms, outdated textbooks that are duct-taped together, and class sizes that have ballooned."  CONTINUE READING
Dreaming of School Gardens?

Forget the polar vortex, ice, sleet, and snow. It's time to talk about seeds, soil, science, and school gardens.

By Anita Merina

In Oxnard, Calif., Harrington Elementary School fourth graders are hard at work- planting seeds, turning over soil, and prepping garden beds for another bountiful harvest of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.
Harrington students, with proud principal Amelia Sugden, learn and share the benefits of organic farming and nutrition. 

Nearby, teacher Anna Canby Cash and Christine Smith of Deardorff Family Farms-supplier of seedlings for the Harrington school garden-take notes and photos as eager gardeners pose questions from "How deep do we plant this seedling?" to "When will we start pulling up the lettuce?" Cash knows the questions and the answers will deepen student learning and experiences.

Did You Know?
This Month's Member Benefits Highlight
 
April is National Financial Literacy Month

Since 2003, April has been recognized as National Financial Literacy Month-a time to highlight the importance of financial literacy and help people learn and maintain healthy financial habits.

We love the national focus on financial literacy because it reinforces our belief that education is fundamental to the financial security of those we serve.


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