April 13, 2018  
Hi all, 
I attended the Labor Notes conference in Chicago last weekend. If you've been reading this newsletter regularly (or even sporadically) in the past few months, I've been dishing out lessons from " Secrets of a Successful Organizer." Well, Labor Notes is the author of that terrific resource and the conference is the every-other-year event that brings union folks together from all sectors and from all over the world. Over 3,000 union activists packed a full 3-day schedule of events. I came home inspired and full of great ideas and ready to help Region 3 Locals succeed in their fights for justice.

Pictured above is a 6-teacher panel of West Virginia teachers talking about their successful 9-day strike. If Brandon's head on the right-hand side of this photo wasn't in the way, you could have seen me sitting in the front row of this standing room only crowd. WHAT AN ENERGIZING EVENT! Click here to see the 1.5 hour presentation.

I also attended a session called "Beating Back Bullying Principals." Does that title interest anyone out there? Here is something I learned there: There is NOTHING we can't change. Reach out to me if you want to find out how.

So, the main question I want to leave you with is "do we want to keep living this way?"

--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

What's Your Best Story?
Region 3 Member Recognized
Check out Region 3 member April Moran from Cormier Elementary in Ashwaubenon. Her story was highlighted on Fox11 news on Monday April 9.

Congratulations and keep up the good work you have done for the students at Cormier Elementary! 

--  WTCS Employees Only  --

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!
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 practioner).  SEE FLYER
Donate new or gently used children's books to benefit Reach Out & Read® Wisconsin and other local organizations. Books will be distributed to children 6m - 5 years old at pediatric clinic appointments throughout the greater Green Bay area.  SEE FLYER FOR MORE INFO
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

Wisconsin is on the national radar after Tuesday's election, and WEAC's Election Update lays out more about school referendum questions and local races, along with what's next in a busy election year. Don't forget to sign up for WEAC Election Updates!

Dan Schierl has thrown his hat in the ring, and in addition to a Mike McCabe for Governor Kickoff signature collection April 15, those in District 55 are welcome to come sign Dan's nomination papers.  
Signatures and Taco Bar
Schierl House
Sunday, April 15
Mike McCabe livestream at 3:30 PM and 5:30pm
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!


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.
  • WEAC Pre-RA Meeting -  April 17 @ 5 pm @ Sheboygan North High School
  • WEA Member Benefits Financial Planner, Thursday, April 19 (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