June 16, 2017   
Hi all,
There is NO rule that says union meetings have to be boring! Here is a photo of six Zone A members (+Dean DeBroux) attending a Leadership Boot Camp workshop yesterday on a pontoon boat. What a beautiful day - what great conversations!

I hope you take the time to, at the very least, skim through this newsletter. And I hope you're enjoying your summer!

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

Travel Tips -  Thomas Kreif
WEAC-FV Retired Member & Traveler

In a recent Money magazine, there was an article on why flying to Europe has never been cheaper. Find four major reasons why here.

What's YOUR Best Story?

I'm a member because . . .

"I believe passionately that united we are stronger. We are the last line of defense between conservative legislators who want to privatize and destroy public education and our students who depend on the educators and schools that provide equal opportunities for ALL!"

Rebecca Letter
Sheboygan EA
Region 3 is Participating in
NEA's Early Enrollment Campaign

Now is a good time to have membership conversations with folks who haven't yet made the commitment to join our union. Early enrollment is available to any employee who has never been a member of WEAC/NEA. For those who fill out an early enrollment form, these are the benefits:
  • Membership for the 2017-18 school year (September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018) begins as soon as we receive a signed form.
  • Payment of dues does not begin until September 10, 2017.
  • NEA liability insurance begins immediately.
  • Access to QEI Gold Membership, WEAC Saver's Club, and NEA Click and Save.
Please contact WEAC Region 3 at 800-472-5582 for more details about how to sign up your members using the Early Enrollment plan.

The August 7th Listening Project has a very important focus: a Fall Membership Drive for YOUR local. When a team from YOUR local attends this workshop, they will come away with a PLAN to increase membership. You can't afford to miss this one! Learn more and sign up today!

Professional Development
Career Learning Labs

Career Learning Labs are being offered in the near future by NEA & WEAC Region 3. 
Find here a short video that highlights and addresses the basics of the program. Please do not hesitate to contact Region 3 Learning Labs Coordinator Scott Jelinek-Zittel  with any questions you may still have.
Additionally, the local coordinator and virtual coach descriptions are here. We are looking for candidates to apply. Please share these descriptions with anyone you know that may be interested.
Finally, here is the link for those wishing to sign up to participate in the program this fall.

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

Tell Your Legislators to Make Public School Funding a Priority in the Budget.

Join Citizen Action Northeast Wisconsin for the kick off announcement with State Rep Eric Genrich as they launch the "BadgerCare for All" public option fight to go beyond the Affordable Care Act. Citizen Action will join elected leaders to announce a new effort to allow individuals and small businesses to purchase BadgerCare coverage no matter what income they have. This means BadgerCare would directly compete with insurance companies and negotiate with pharmaceutical corporations to lower costs for all.

Join them for this important and timely event on Monday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Kavarna Coffee House, 143 N. Broadway, Green Bay.  Please arrive by 10:15.

Don't Miss!

WEAC's National Board Jump Start Training is July 24-26 at UW-Eau Claire

Jump Start is an intensive seminar geared for teachers pursuing National Board Certification who intend to submit components in the 2017-18 school year. This professional development opportunity has been designed by NEA members who are Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Over the years these union members have worked with thousands of candidates across the country assisting with component entry.

In the Jump Start seminar you will be provided with important information about the certification process, time to examine component and assessment center requirements, the opportunity to plan how to meet requirements as well as time to collaborate and gather resources needed to pursue your certification. All of this in a supportive, constructive, and collegiate environment. Find out more and register now.

WEA Academy
Don't Miss Out! Online Restorative Justice Class Begins Next Week!

It's not too late to sign up for high-quality professional development.

WEAC members receive deep discounts on relevant professional development, like this opportunity beginning next week! Visit WEA Academy to register and see all the courses!

Restorative Practices is an emerging social science that values relationships and includes a variety of practices for building community and repairing relationships. When used with authenticity and fidelity, this strength-based and trauma-informed practice has had an impact on:
  • Decreasing behavior concerns
  • Decreasing staff and student mobility
  • Increasing academic achievement
  • Improving Social Emotional Learning competencies
  • Improving attendance
This online course is designed to provide an interactive and reflective experience for those interested in learning what Restorative Practices means, and how the practices can be used in schools. Throughout the course there will be several opportunities to assess what this framework means to you and how it aligns or does not align with your pedagogy.

Earn 3 graduate credits available from Viterbo University.

Visit  WEA Academy to register and see all the online courses available as a benefit of membership!

Member Benefits
Solidarity Day at the Ballpark
Green Bay Bullfrogs vs. Battle Creek Bombers
Joannes Park, Green Bay
Friday, July 21  
Gametime 7:05 pm, Gate opens 6:00 pm
$21 / person (You get game tickets, all you can eat & drink-soda, brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken salad sandwiches, chips, plus 3 beers)
Registration Form  due by July 11 
Online Educational Program Builds Financial Muscles
Flex your financial muscles with ETF's 2017 Financial Fitness Program, a free online financial education and awareness program available to all Wisconsin Retirement System members.

Want to create and work within a budget? Learn how to build emergency savings? Increase your retirement savings sources? Learn more about your benefits as a Wisconsin public employee? 
Special Retirement Considerations for Women
While both sexes are living longer than ever before, a longer life expectancy can impact women even more in retirement due to a number of issues. (Continued from last week's article, "Will your retirement plan last a lifetime?")

Learn more about what women can do to maximize their retirement savings.

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:

  • WR3 Office Closed - July 3, 4, 5

WEAC Region 3