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


 

Tessa Feyereisen, St. Croix Central

Tracey Mofle, Rice Lake

Brian Markovic, Plum City


 

** 2018-19 Early Enrollees **

 

Sarah Johnson, Hudson

Tyler LaRose, Ellsworth


 

 


Dear Members, 

As we enter into the end of the school year I wanted to update you on our recent Representative Assembly in La Crosse, WI. We worked all Saturday to do the business of WEAC. The gavel went down at 7:02 p.m.  We had a successful RA!  Kim Schroeder (MTEA) is our new Secretary/treasurer. He won by 19 votes. Only 5 people didn't vote. We had representatives from all around the Region 1 area. Drummond, Bayfield, Siren, Hudson, Saint Croix Central, Boyceville, Glenwood City, Amery, and Plum City.
 
It's the time of year where teachers are retiring. We had a no dues increase passed at the RA budget this year! We have been working very hard to make the most of your dues. We have worked to stop the boundary violations that DPI tried to enforce. Our officers will come meet you anytime to help you with your local events/organizing. We do have a voice at the table. Please realize that if teachers retire and we don't get new members joining at some point we will have to increase dues. Please consider having a conversation with new teachers in your school and district and ask them to join. If they join now, they can try us out and not pay until Sept. 10th. We have the paperwork if you need it please contact Region 1 office and we can email it or mail copies of the registration form to you to give to them. Each school should have received a packet with forms in it also. As one new teacher stated, "no one asked me to join and I didn't know where to go to join."  
 
The year is winding down fast. Enjoy your last few weeks. I hope to see you at our Region 1 RA on June 9th.


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 Region 1 Representative Assembly
June 9
WEAC Region 1 Office
16 W John Street
Rice Lake, WI

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

REMINDER - Individual Contract Deadlines

May 15th is the day set by state statutes by which you are to receive your individual contract for the following year. By statute, this individual contract is to set your salary. It has become common practice for districts to provide a letter of intent rather than a final contract. While a letter of intent does not constitute a contract, you must still sign it and turn it in to the district to guarantee reemployment. June 15th is your deadline to do so. If you receive nothing, you still must put in writing that you accept employment for the 2018-19 school year and sign it and turn it in to the district.


St. Croix Falls guidance counselor Michael Wilson named 2019 Wisconsin Special Services Teacher of the Year

In a surprise ceremony at his school Tuesday, Michael Wilson, a school counselor at St. Croix Falls High School and a member of WEAC Region 1, was named Wisconsin's 2019 Special Services Teacher of the Year.

State Superintendent Tony Evers made the announcement during an all-school assembly. As part of the Teacher of the Year honor, Wilson will receive $3,000 from the Herb Kohl Educational Foundation.

"Our teachers wear many hats, yet their dedication to children is constant," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "From the classroom to the conference room to the community, they focus on our kids and their education. It is an honor to recognize educators who do so much for Wisconsin's students and our public schools."  



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!



WEAC Region 1 members gather in La Crosse for annual WEAC Representative Assembly

 

The 2018 WEAC Representative Assembly was held April 28 in La Crosse. Elections resulted in Kim Schroeder, currently President of MTEA, being elected as WEAC Secretary-Treasurer, replacing Arlene Braden who is retiring. Region 1 member Scott Ellingson was also elected as NEA Director. 

A host of new business items approved by the assembly included items dealing with Collective Bargaining Rights, Teacher Preparation Programs, Non-Discrimination Policies, Trauma Sensitive Schools, and more.   CLICK HERE for a complete list and descriptions of all the new business items approved at the RA.


Region 1 Member Tammy Erickson Receives Education Support Professional Award

The winner of the 2018 WEAC Education Support Professional of the Year Award is Tammy Erickson, a ParaPRO in the Glenwood City School District.

In presenting the award, WEAC President Ron Martin said:

"Tammy is a budding activist and willing to step up, in any way, to elevate Education Support Professionals. Her commitment to her community schools spans her 21-year career. She worked in the same classroom that whole time. She came in as a sub, and she never left. Parents and teachers depend on her before, during and after school.

"Tammy is an anchor. She's the first to say she's not unique. Wisconsin Public School Education Support Professionals transport the kids, feed them, nurture them, keep them safe and connect with them. And while we show our appreciation to all support professionals, Tammy Erickson, you are our ESP of the Year."
ACROSS THE STATE

ACROSS THE NATION

How Many Teachers Are Highly Stressed? Maybe More Than People Think.

BY  TIM WALKER

Everyone knows that teaching is one of the most demanding and stressful professions. And most are probably aware that a majority of teachers are feeling a high level of stress. Still, we may have been underestimating the magnitude of the problem, according to a  new study by the University of Missouri (MU).

Keith Herman and Wendy Reinke, both professors in the MU College of Education, and doctoral student Jal'et Hickmon-Rosa found that 93 percent of elementary school teachers report that they are experiencing a high stress level. The study was recently published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.  CONTINUE READING

Teaching Students Self-Advocacy Skills

From the Works4Me Group in NEA edCommunities


There are so many classroom management situations which could be prevented if students only knew how to advocate for their own needs. These might be academic, social, emotional, or behavioral. This skill does not come naturally for every student, so it needs to be explicitly taught. Here are some tips to help students develop this ability.

Did You Know?
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