December 14, 2018  
Hi all,

They say that "laughter is the best medicine." In times of stress (like the last couple of weeks before the holiday break, upcoming semester end, and the winter blues) it can be very helpful for us all to try to gain perspective and laugh a little. 

I remember my lunch breaks at Edgerton High School - we had rules* about what we could and could not talk about during lunch. Students? No. People that annoyed us? No. (If anyone said anything bad about someone else, they immediately had to then say something good about that person.) I looked forward to that lunch break every day because it was a sunny spot when I knew my friends and I would have fun, and often funny conversations. Were there times when I was so busy that I felt I didn't have time for lunch? Yes - - but I never missed lunch. Taking care of myself was too important. 

In January, we'll be offering a session on "Mindfulness." Strategies in that presentation might help you keep perspective during a busy day at school. Then in February, there's a session on "The Science of Happiness." That sounds promising!

What works for you to keep you laughing (and healthy)?

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director 

*kudos to Fred Maves and the Green Frog Cafe!

Professional Development

Registration NOW OPEN!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
WR3 Office, 1136 N. Military Ave., Green Bay

This FREE FOR MEMBERS Professional Development Conference will have sessions geared toward all of our members - ESP and teachers - on topics of wide interest for all.

Click HERE for a brochure that details the sessions.

Click HERE for a 1-page flyer that you can use to advertise the Conference in your school.

Click HERE to register!

Also available on Saturday, January 26: FREE 1-hour meetings with WEA Member Benefits Consultants. If you have questions about WRS, retirement, student loans, general budgeting questions, insurance, etc., sign up here:

Dare to Think National Board Writing Retreat is March 1-3 in Wisconsin Dells
Join  Wisconsin National Board candidates for a weekend of mentoring and component writing March 1-3 in Wisconsin Dells. Many NBCTs will be available to provide guidance and direction as you prepare for component submission in spring of 2019. Registration includes access to mentors, breakout sessions, materials, double occupancy lodging, snacks and all meals with the exception of Saturday dinner.   Read more and sign up now.
The Science of HAPPINESS

In Milwaukee at the MTEA office on Tuesday, February 5th!

In Green Bay at the Region 3 office
on Wednesday, February 20th!

"Join your colleagues across the state for this blended learning opportunity examining the science of happiness. This unique course focuses on character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creativity. When educators model qualities of compassion, gratitude and mindfulness, and integrate them into lesson plans, we increase students' joy and engagement while contributing to a healthy classroom environment."

Check the WEA Academy calendar  for statewide  professional development events, including other dates/venues for "The Science of Happiness."

What's Your Best Story?


Add to Your Local's Strength
Plan for Your Personal Financial Future!

If you sign up 3 new members in your Local Association, you can earn $250 toward an individual financial planning session with WEA Member Benefits.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Click HERE for the flyer and application form.
Click HERE for a brochure that details WEA Member Benefits fee-based financial consultations.

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, the third Thursday of every month @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 800-279-4030, ext. 3300.
WEAC Region 3