April 27, 2018  
Hi all, 
From now until August, employees who have never been a member of NEA have the opportunity to participate in an EARLY ENROLLMENT program. These folks who may have been on the fence about deciding to join, can sign up now and not pay dues until September 10th. What do they get for their early enrollment membership? They get access to NEA member benefits. They do NOT get access to representation for disciplinary issues.
If your Local would like to participate in the Early Enrollment program, Region 3 can customize membership forms for your Local that show the dues payments (which would begin September 10, 2018) in monthly increments. For more information about Early Enrollment, contact me at rohdek@weac.org.

Click here for an Early Enrollment flyer.

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director
WTCS Election Results

Congratulations to all WTCS locals whom successfully recertified. Click here for your local's results.

What's Your Best Story?

Participants (Teachers being supported): Bianca Kue, Kewaunee; Emma Eisenschink, Wabeno; James Burton, Sheboygan; Tiffany Diven, Sheboygan; Teresa O'Dell, Sheboygan; TJay Lutz, Sheboygan;
Dylan Penhallurick, Sheboygan
Coaches in attendancePaul Roup, DePere; Ken  Klieman, San Francisco; and 
Local CoordinatorScott Jelinek-Zittel
Region 3 Learning Lab Participants Celebrate Success
Each school year new teachers start the life-long process of growing into the profession. This year several of these new teachers were offered a unique opportunity to be paired up with virtual coaches from throughout the United States. 
April 14th marked the end-of-cycle celebration for this group. The teachers and virtual coaches, along with friends, and family members, all ventured out during our mid-April snow storm to gather in Sheboygan. One virtual coach came from as far away as San Francisco to connect with local participants. Dinner, drinks, and stories of the school year were shared with much laughter. The pairing of new teachers and virtual coaches agree that the process was rewarding and successful.
A bit more on the program: The Early Career Learning Labs is a program developed by the NEA and rolled out by WEAC Region 3. It is designed to support newer teachers through a blended program. Participants meet face-to-face at the beginning, midpoint, and end of cycle. During the online portion, participants are paired with Virtual Coaches, each a veteran teacher and adept at coaching. During this online sessions teachers and coaches work together to process and problem-solve teacher-selected issues within the profession.

NEW - Region 3 Members Only

WEAC Members Eligible for Substantial Discount @ Lakepark Swim & Fitness
Region 3 staff worked with Lakepark Swim & Fitness to arrange for membership discounts for Region 3 members. Lakepark is the Fox Valley's most refreshing health club. Their 27,000 square ft. facility provides the ideal environment for you to meet your personal training and fitness goals.  

Membership Types
Discounted Monthly Dues
Individual (18-61) $37 ($57 regular price)
Single Parent (infant-13 years) $52 ($72 regular price)
Single Parent + (14-21 years) + $5 per child
Family (infant to 13 years) $67 ($87 regular price)
Family + (14-21 years) +$5 per child

No enrollment fees with a 12-month contract (savings of $99)!

Click here for a flyer to share. For further information on all amenities go to their website @   http://www.lakeparkfitness.com

Professional Development

Here at Region 3, we get lots of questions from teachers about the recent licensure changes. When and how can I report successful semesters of teaching? How much does a background check cost? How do I apply for the background check? The wheels seem to be turning slowly as the DPI has not yet finalized processes and procedures for these things.
For the latest info, check out the Licensing Blog.
National Board Certification:  Get a Jump Start!
Mon., July 30 - Wed., August 1
UW-Eau Claire
Developed by a team of Nationally Board-Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from across
the country, NEA Jump Start is a comprehensive, three+ day seminar designed to  provide early support to National Board candidates. Jump Start lays the groundwork  for understanding the certification process by deeply examining component
and assessment center requirements. Time is dedicated to gathering resources and
information needed to become successful in certifying. All of this is provided in a
supportive, constructive, and collegial environment.

Jump Start Modules: Specific focus is placed on the following content: Foundations
(NBCT standards & process overview), Component 1 (content knowledge), Component
2 (differentiation in instruction), Component 3 (teaching practice & learning
environment), and Component 4 (the effective & reflective practitioner).  SEE FLYER
SAVE the Date!
Region 3 is re-vamping the popular "Leadership Boot Camp" and will offer a 
Union Skills Workshop
Tuesday, June 12, 9 am - noon
Thursday, June 14, 1-4 pm

What skills? All the skills you need to strengthen your Local, engage your members, and rectify the balance of power at your workplace!

Stay tuned for details and registration!
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

May 6 - Governor Candidate Forum - Madison
Sunday, May 6 from 6-8 PM
Madison Memorial High School
Sponsored by MTI and Region 6
(Confirmed candidate attendees include: Tony Evers, Matt Flynn, 
Andy Gronik, Mike McCabe, Mahlon Mitchell, Kelda Roys, Paul Soglin,
Kathleen Vinehout, and Dana Wachs)

May 12 - Governor Candidate Forum - Milwaukee
Saturday, May 12 from noon - 3 PM
Miramar Theater - 
also broadcast on 1510 AM (Milwaukee) and 1580 AM (Madison)
Sponsored by Region 7, AFT 212, Schools and Communities United, Resistance Radio, and Citizen Action

For members and staff (and guests only) - Contact Jim Carlson if you want to go. 
All Members are Invited to
an Educator Fundraiser in Support of 

Please stop by to meet Kyle Whelton, 
a strong candidate running for WI State Senate representing the 9th District and enjoy good food, good wine and fantastic conversations!
Where: Home of Maeve Quinn
310 St. Clair Avenue, Sheboygan
When: Sunday, April 29th
4:00 - 5:30pm
Kyle Whelton knows that education is the path to a secure future and will fight to make sure our public schools are fully funded and that every child has access to a quality education .
Learn more at www.kylewhelton.com
Please contact Maeve Quinn at 920-457-9426 with any questions.

Authorized and Paid for by Whelton for Senate, Ryan Sorenson - Treasurer

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.
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, May 17 (and the third Thursday of every month) @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
  • WEAC Region 3 RA - May 12 @ 9:30 am - 2 pm Comfort Suites, Green Bay


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