April 20, 2018  
Hi all, 
Lesson 12 from Secrets of a Successful Organizer gives you a strategy for getting members involved in the union's activities. 
"Ask your co-workers to take a specific action. Choose a manageable task. Don't make it seem like an open-ended commitment. Be clear about how much time it will take, why you're doing it, and how it fits into the overall plan.
Here's an unproductive approach: 'A few of us are carrying the whole burden and doing everything in the union. We really need you to get involved.' (This request has the added disadvantage of being a guilt trip.)
What's a better way? 'We're trying to reach 200 people about the dangerous temperatures in the plant lately. Can you be a part of the phone-bank next Tuesday or Wednesday night?' This request defines the task (make calls), the time (Tuesday or Wednesday night), the goal (reach 200 people), and the issue (dangerous temperatures).
If this co-worker had never phone-banked before, you could improve the request further by explaining what to expect. 'A few of us will sit together for two hours and call our co-workers. You'll have a list of phone numbers and a loose script to help you along, including three questions we're asking everybody. Afterwards, we'll tally the answers and discuss what we learned.'"

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

What's Your Best Story?

Click on the photo above to see how the Fox Valley Technical College Faculty Association in Appleton is making a better working environment.

FVTC-FA's President Jim Reinke (first row, far right) had this to say during WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen's visit:

"Talk to your members and potential members in your work area. We continue to do good things here, and everyone needs to know that it is the Fox Valley Technical College Faculty Association that is making this a better place to work and a better place for students to learn. We have to share our stories."
Region 3 Member Recognized

Check out Region 3 member Sandy Morton a Special Education instructor from Kewaunee Elementary. Her story, along with fellow Kewaunee educators, was highlighted in the April 11 Green Bay Press Gazette.

Congratulations Sandy, and keep up the good work you have done for the students at Kewaunee Elementary! 

--  WTCS Employees Only  --

Recertification Vote for our Tech College Locals ends
Tuesday, April 25th at NOON.

For instructions about how to vote, click on last week's newsletter.

For details about the mid-point election tallies, click here.

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

Just getting started in learning about NBCT?
Get more information here:
National Board Information Session
GBEA office,  2256 Main St, Green Bay
Thursday, April 26
4-5 pm
Contact Sandra Michels to register.
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

This Commission is our best chance at moving past the politics and seeing real change in how our schools are funded. It is an opportunity to show decision-makers what funding equity looks like, and help map out the road to achieving a formula that ensures equal opportunity for success for every student.

Senator Kitchen is leading the charge, and the Commission is coming to hear us!  CLICK HERE for more info from the Wisconsin Public Education Network.

Monday, April 23, 2018
2-6 PM
2300 State Road 44
(920) 233-2372

Happy Hour @ 5 PM
Dinner @ 6 PM

To order, you'll need to provide your last name and the quantity of each entree choice ordered.
Email info@browncountydems.com; 
Get Ready for the WEAC RA
Getting Ready for the April 28 Representative Assembly  
WEAC has posted some important information and documents ahead of the April 28 RA. Go to weac.org/ra for information that includes:
  • The agenda.
  • Statements from candidates for office.
  • WEAC Board of Directors' Recommendations on Proposed 2018 Amendments to the WEAC Constitution and Bylaws
  • Proposed Changes to the 2017-18 WEAC Governance Documents
Check out the raffle baskets in the Children's Fund drawing -- and then donate today to the fund!


ETF Learning Opportunities
Live Webinars Scheduled for May
ETF is offering a series of 30-minute, live, interactive webinars designed to increase your understanding of Wisconsin Retirement System benefits. Individuals can also ask questions at the end of these sessions. Visit their webinar page to learn more about any of the following sessions. 
  • Additional Contributions
  • Returning to Work after Retirement
  • Understanding your Annual WRS Statement of Benefits
  • WRS Effective Rates & Annuity Adjustments
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.
  • Retired Spring Get-Together, April 24, 1-3 PM @ D.J. Bordini Center, Appleton CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS
  • WEAC Region 3 RA - May 12 @ 9:30 am - 2 pm Comfort Suites, Green Bay


WEAC Region 3