September 20, 2019
WEAC Region 3 represents public education employees in a large territory stretching from Florence to Port Washington,
and from Menominee to Washington Island.
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.   
"BLUE WAVE 2020"

Help fuel the Blue Wave while sharing dinner and upbeat musical entertainment with fellow Democrats on Thursday October 17th, 2019!

Join your fellow Ozaukee Democratic neighbors and special guest speakers John Nichols (nationally recognized political journalist) and Ben Wikler (Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chairperson), as well as other Democratic leaders, as we build resources to Elect More Democrats! Net proceeds will fund the election of more Democrats up and down the ticket in 2020 and the ongoing growth of the Democratic Party of Ozaukee County.

We will have an irresistible collection of silent auction items so remember to bring your checkbook!
Thursday, October 17th, 6-8 PM
Cedarburg Cultural Center
Casual Attire, Cash Bar! Please share this event with all your friends!!
Dennis Muehl Public Relations Grant
Your local can plan a public relations event/project that reaches outside your membership to promote your union and/or public education. Grants of up to $300 are awarded.

Click here for an application.

WEAC Microgrants
Locals that want to welcome new hires and ask them to join the union can apply for grants up to $1500.
Partner Local Requirements:
  • Create and share a qualifying membership & new hire orientation plan;
  • Submit a simple, line-item budget;
  • Offer two networking or professional development workshop opportunities, (fall and winter/spring);  
  • Collect Interest Cards from new hires; and
  • Participate in a membership or organizing training program.

Click here for an application.
Click on the image above for a flyer that you can use to advertise the
UP Connection in your Local. Click here to register:  

WEAC Offers
Presidents' Meeting
Location: WEAC building in Madison

Friday, October 11 – NEW PRESIDENTS
Saturday, October 12 – ALL PRESIDENTS

Click here for details and registration information.
Region 3/GBEA National Board Support Sessions

WEAC, Region 3 and GBEA have organized ongoing monthly National Board Support for the 2019-2020 cycle. Generally, the first portion of the session will feature a presentation on a topic or issue and the second portion of the session will be reserved for working with candidate concerns and questions. Sessions will be held at the WEAC Region 3 Office, 1136 N Military Ave, Green Bay. We have a new facilitator, Sarah Johnston (Marinette).

We have added the option of joining us via Zoom if you are unable to
attend in person! Pre-registration is not required but appreciated - light dinner will be served.

Fall Member Professional Learning Opportunities
As the 2019-20 school year kicks off, WEAC is highlighting fall union led professional development opportunities available to members:

The New Teacher Institute will bring members in their first 5 years of teaching together on Saturday, October 5 for a day of professional learning and networking in New London. More details and a registration link can be found here:

SIGN UP TODAY! Registration ends September 27!

In case you haven't noticed, this workshop is being held in REGION 3!

The WEAC Professional Development Institute (formerly the Professional Issues Conference) format allows Aspiring Educator, ESP and teacher members to select from over 30 sessions applicable to their practice. This year the Institute will be in Oshkosh, November 1-3. Details and registration can be found here:

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking is a statewide virtual book study. Details can be found at:

Micro Credentials continue to be a popular option for self-directed, specific professional learning. There are 100s of options including a recent release of micro credentials specific to ESP work categories. Details can be found here:

National Board support cohorts in Milwaukee, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Brookfield, Madison, Racine, Eau Claire, and possibly Watertown. A full day NBCT facilitator training will be held on Saturday, October 12 at the WEAC Building. NBCTs interested in supporting candidates can register here:

Degrees Not Debt! is a self-guided course which provides an overview of student loan forgiveness programs. Registration can be found at:

Defense Against the Dark Arts: The Science of Happiness continues to be one of our most popular courses. It is a blended learning course with 4 online modules and 1 face-to-face session. Fall semester face-to-face sessions have been scheduled for Madison, St. Croix Falls, Rhinelander, Baraboo, Janesville, and LaCrosse. Course registration is at this link:

FoRT Preparation . This course aims to prepare Aspiring Educators as they obtain their initial certification by passing the FoRT (Fundamentals of Reading Test). This course is also helpful to in-service educators who wish to add certain Wisconsin teaching licenses to their existing provisional, lifetime, or master educator license.

Coming Soon: Heart Health for Educators This courses will launch sometime in September on the WEA Academy website. Check out the WEA Academy site from time-to-time to see what’s new.

The WEA Academy Calendar is a resource available to all MEMBERS: ( ). It is updated regularly to reflect professional development opportunities around the state.
The 2020 NEA Convention will be held July 2-6 in Atlanta, Georgia; the 2021 NEA Convention will be held July 2-6 in Denver, Colorado; and the 2022 NEA Convention will be held in Dallas, Texas. Members of WEAC will elect delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly for a three-year term in February 2020. Members planning to seek election as delegates are required to file their declaration of candidacy in the office of the WEAC Executive Director, postmarked no later than December 1, 2019. 

Nominations of Wisconsin PK-12 teachers and principals can now be submitted online at  for the 2020 Herb Kohl Educational Foundation teacher Fellowship and principal Leadership awards. Awards are $6,000, with an additional $6,000 grant going to the school of each selected teacher and principal. Deadline is October 8. The Department of Public Instruction is a co-sponsor of this award program.
Financial Planning Complimentary Consultation
WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, the third Thursday of every month @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Andrea Hartwig 800-279-4030, ext. 4228.
Hello all,

Well, it's obvious that all I'm going to talk about for the next four months is the class I'm taking. The class is called: "Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling, and Action." Over 100 participants from over 30 different countries are attending this online class that is conducted by the organizing guru, Marshall Ganz .

Oh my goodness! What an amazing experience my first week of class has been! My teaching fellow for the section lives in Jordan! Rahaf and I had a 1-1 conversation via Zoom. Isn't that amazing? And I get to listen to Marshall Ganz lecture. He's an amazing storyteller. And that's the whole point of the class. Storytelling is a fundamental component of leadership. It's how we connect with people's emotions and motivate them to act. Our stories come from the heart .

During this class, I will be learning about and practicing telling my story of self (who am I?), our story of us (who are we together?), and our story of now (why is there an urgency to do something?). Be prepared - I'm likely going to share these stories here.

--Kathy Rohde
Uniserv Director
Region 3 WEAC