January 11, 2019
Hi all,

The Word of the Week is STRIKE. UTLA, the union that represents public school teachers in Los Angeles (a school district that has over 600,000 students) is scheduled to strike on Monday, January 14th.

On the heels of teacher walk-outs in Tennessee, West Virginia, Arizona, and more last year, more teachers are rising up and saying "enough!" in many more states. WHY now? What is going on? You can read more about it in the article links below.

Here is an analysis that says it's more than teacher pay that is fueling the fire:  THE 2018 WAVE OF TEACHER STRIKES

Here are some stats regarding the 2018 strikes.

Here is an analysis that links the walk-outs to the #metoo movement:  WHY TEACHERS ARE WALKING OUT.

Here is an article that talks about how to make walk-outs successful.

There's a theme here. What do you think it is?

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director 

Professional Development

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

Region 3's Organizing Committee has pledged to put on a FREE professional development opportunity for our members on Saturday, January 26, 2019,  at the WR3 office. The conference starts at 9:30 am and ends at 4:30 pm. Mark your calendars and plan to attend for a Winter ReCharge!
What's on the menu? We have presenters for "Managing Student Behaviors," geared specifically for our ESP members, and sessions about "Mindfulness," "Google Expeditions," "Classroom Management," "Math is Fun: Games for Students," and  a "Degrees Not Debt" workshop. We've also got some union-centered presentations on building rep training and "Beating Back the Bully Principal" AND A LOT MORE!

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:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f094da8a628a2ff2-weac1


Teacher Licensing Updates

Background Check

Educators who hold a lifetime license are required to have a background check once every five years. The application to complete your background check is now available at this  link . Educators who hold a lifetime teaching license and have not completed a background check since 2014 must complete their background check on or before June 30, 2019. Failure to complete your background check will invalidate your lifetime license.

The timeline for required background checks coincides with the year in which your previous 5 year professional or 10 year master educator license would have expired. For example, if you last renewed your license in 2015 your background check would be due in 2020. Background check applications are only accepted between January 1 and June 30 each year.

Your background check will include a conduct and competency questionnaire and require a payment of $45. Full instructions on applying for your background check can be found  here . Please contact Region 3 with any questions.

Tiered Licensing Structure

The recent repeal and recreation of PI 34 created a tiered licensing structure.  DPI has created a one-page guide to explain the different licensing tiers.   Please review the DPI Licensing Tiers PDF for information on the tiered structure.

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.

Black History Conference is February 15-16 at Concourse Hotel & Edgewood College in Madison

WEAC is a proud sponsor of this conference intended to provide a venue where community members, practitioners, educators, and families from across the state will be able to share policies, practices and procedures that have proven effective in promoting high levels of achievement for those often underserved in our school systems. Find out more.

Region 3 Locals - this could be a great PR project for  your Local!  Set up a collection box or drop blankets at the Region 3 office. 

Notice of Important Upcoming Deadlines

JANUARY 15 : Nominations are due by January 15 for WEAC President, WEAC Vice President, Alternate NEA Director, NEA Director, Minority Guarantee Representative, and MGR Alternate to the WEAC Board of Directors to be decided at the Representative Assembly in April. All persons desiring to be candidates for these positions shall file their intention in the office of the Executive Director, P.O. Box 8003, Madison WI 53708-8003. Such notice must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2019. Please contact Ann Caruso for paperwork for filing for these positions. She can be reached at CarusoA@weac.org or 800-362-8034, extension 219.

JANUARY 15: The deadline for submitting proposed changes to WEAC Bylaws, Constitution, standing Rules or Resolutions is January 15. Changes should be submitted to the Office of the WEAC Executive Director, P.O. Box 8003, Madison WI 53708.

FEBRUARY 1: The deadline for applying for the four WEAC Scholarships for children of WEAC members is February 1. Scholarship winners will receive grants of $1,450 per year for four years of college or university study, if they remain eligible. Find out more at weac.org/scholarships.

FEBRUARY 1: February 1 is the deadline for nominations for several WEAC awards: the Education Support Professional Award; Friend of Education Award; Lewandowski Award for Humanitarian Activities; Tenia Jenkins Activist Award; and the Cunningham, Dickinson, Watson Staff Award. For details, go to weac.org/awards.

MORE Professional Development!

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.

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