News and Information for Education Professionals
HELP US WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

** 2018-19 Early Enrollees **

 

Addie Shilling, Hayward

Margaret Watson, River Falls


 


Dear Region 1 Members,

WELCOME BACK!
 
Thank you for your continued support of your union, WEAC Region 1! Now, more than ever, those of us who believe in public schools and the great people who work in them need to support each other and continue to work together to make sure all children have access to a great public school education.
 
In the past year, letters, emails and personal testimony from your union brothers and sisters helped begin the process of restoring education funding in Wisconsin, although much remains to be done. In both the 10th and 1st State Senate districts, pro-public education candidates were elected after decades of representation by those who have, at best, ignored and at worst, attacked not only our schools but those who work in them. And across the country in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona, people have stood up and said loudly "enough is enough" and have gone #RedforEd.
 
This coming year will see your union hosting many exciting events, such as "Every Teacher a Leader", Professional Issues and Compensation Standards & Goals Conferences, along with all the support and training you need to grow and strengthen your local association so you are ready to take action on issues that matter to you and your fellow members.
 
Join us at our August 15th Back to School Picnic and Membership Drive Kick-Off at 5:00 pm at the Rice Lake Office, and be on the lookout for calendars and event details for the upcoming year, which will be arriving soon.
 
Together, there is little we can't do!
 
In solidarity,
 
Deb Bell
WEAC Region 1 President

* Upcoming Events *
Ongoing Statewide Professional Development Calendar Available (including NBCT Jump Start Progam)

  HERE!

We highly recommend checking out this calendar if you haven't done so yet!
Greater West Central Area Labor Council Labor Day Picnic
September 3
Noon - 3:00 pm
Solidarity Walk before picnic at 10:30 am from Gray Street Parking Lot
Phoenix Park Pavilion, Eau Claire
330 Riverfront Terrace

Retirement Planning 101
September 13
6:00 pm
Stout Ale House, Menomonie
1501 N Broadway St, #1500

Region 1 Board of Directors Meeting
September 19
6:30 pm
Rice Lake Office & Zoom
16 W John St

Meet and Greet
September 25
5:00 pm
Pour House, Siren
24136 WI-35

Rebuilding our Profession
A Bargaining Conference for a New Era
September 26
6:00 pm
Region 1 Rice Lake Office
16 W John St

Licensure Update
October 3
5:00 pm
Region 1 Rice Lake Office & Zoom
16 W John St

ACROSS THE REGION


WEAC Region 1 Presents:
 
REBUILDING OUR PROFESSION
A Bargaining Conference for a New Era
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
16 W John Street
Rice Lake, WI
WEAC Region 1 Office
 
As educators, we are charged with saving and improving the economic status of the teaching profession in Wisconsin. High quality schools depend on high quality teachers and staff. High quality teachers and staff depend on professional level compensation. Act 10 adversely affected compensation for all teachers and support professionals statewide - and it caused many districts to impose significantly flawed systems of pay. Wisconsin educators must demand new and improved standards in pay to defend our proud tradition of high quality public schools. Join us to discuss how!
 
Participants Will:
 
      Understand the history of salary schedules and how we got to today's alternative schedules
      Discover the requirements of any professional compensation system
      Understand the ineffective and negative features of many current systems
      Review the effect on salary systems of eliminating the requirement for PDP's and graduate credits for licensure
      Learn how micro-credentials can be a part of the path to a better compensation system
 
And most importantly, begin the process of reviewing your own districts compensation model in comparison to state wide goals and standards and start developing a plan for ways to improve your present system now!


Region 1 Delegates and Guests at the Minneapolis NEA RA



Region 1 guests and delegates explored the full range of the NEA RA experience. Members signed the boards, visited the nonprofits, and attended the first day floor session. It was a great way to see the Association in action!


Delegates and guests at the 7:00 am state caucus meeting.





























Region 1 Delegates in the Red for Ed Bus.

ACROSS THE STATE

Wisconsin Public Education Network Says
#VotePublic November 6, 2018

VOTE PUBLIC  is  an invitation to all supporters of public schools to make public education a focus of all elections - local, state and national. Knowing where candidates stand on issues impacting our public schools is essential to electing strong supporters of our students.  Vote Public  is also a challenge to  hold our elected officials accountable  for making votes that benefit our students and public schools once elected. Click here   to learn more about the #VotePublic campaign and our goals.


WEAC Recommended Candidates

Governor - Tony Evers  

Attorney General - Josh Kaul
                                              
US Senate - Tammy Baldwin    
                                
US House
  • 3rd District - Ron Kind
  • 7th District - Margaret Engebretson

State Senate

  • SD 23 - Chris Kapsner
  • SD 25 - Janet Bewley
  • SD 31 - Jeff Smith
State Assembly
  • AD 28 - Kim Butler
  • AD 29 - John Calabrese
  • AD 30 - Barry Hammarback
  • AD 67 - Wren Keturi
  • AD 73 - Nick Milroy
  • AD 74 - Beth Meyers
  • AD 75 - Ali Holzman
  • AD 91 - Jodi Emerson
ACROSS THE NATION

Lean On Me: How Mentors Help First-Year Teachers


ROCKLEDGE, Fla.-Jennifer Susin remembers her first days as a Brevard County, Fla., kindergarten teacher, a decade ago. After a brief orientation, "it was sink or swim," she recalls.

She swam. But many others flounder. Captaining their classrooms alone, not knowing where to steer for help, too many new teachers twist in the rough waters of classroom management, or get lost in murky evaluation systems.

Nearly 40 percent of new teachers in Florida leave their jobs within five years, according to state records-a rate 15 to 20 percent higher than the national average.

Nationwide, the inability to keep teachers teaching costs districts $7.3 billion a year, according to the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future (NCTAF). In Chicago, replacing just one teacher costs $17,872. But the real penalty is paid by students, who often suffer academically from the loss of experienced teachers.
10 Questions to Start the Year

By Cheryl Skid, Retired Special Education Teacher

Start each day of the first week of school by calling on students to answer a random question to elicit something about their life. Kids are surprised by, but love the direct nature of some of these questions and often want to add their own response. Use some of these questions or invent your own. Be sensitive to students who choose to "pass" on a given question.

1. Tell us the funniest thing you ever saw on a walk.
2. Tell us about an award you received.
3. What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?
4. What is something you wish you had never done?
5. What is your favorite book and why?
6. Tell about an accident/fire/arrest you witnessed.
7. Tell about your first fight.
8. How do you know if someone is a true friend?
9. How do you know if a teacher likes you?
10. What is your favorite thing to do on weekends?

Did You Know?
This Month's Member Benefits Highlight
 
More benefits for our members from Office Depot® and Office Max®

Member Benefits is pleased to bring you an exclusive FREE member benefit program provided by Office Depot and OfficeMax. You and your family members can save up to 80% on thousands of items-great for getting ready for back-to-school! 

Your Office discounts program is already live. To take advantage of this benefit, simply print your in-store discount card at  officediscounts.org/weabenefits and bring it to any Office Depot or OfficeMax store location. Present it to the cashier upon checkout and all available discounts will be immediately applied to your purchases. Your savings will be displayed on your receipt. 

Your card can be used for personal or school purchases of thousands of eligible program items such as ink and toner, paper, school supplies, printing services, and even furniture! 

You can also shop online (including discounted products) when you create an account at  officediscounts.org/weabenefits. Online orders over $50 receive free next-day delivery to your home or office. See site for details.

Informational webinar on August 16, 2018
Learn more about how you can benefit from this program through an informational webinar on Thursday, August 16, at 1:00 p.m. Check your e-mail inbox for more information about how to register for this free online session.

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