December 11, 2020
Ryan Marx
Tom Wanamaker
Appleton East Educators Doing Good Work

Fox Valley schools are exploring vertical hydroponic farming with the help of two Region 3 members, Ryan Marx and Tom Wanamaker.

See the Appleton Post Crescent article here.
Winter Recharge, has shaped up to be a well-rounded day. It's refreshing to have something fun to share. Now, let's get you registered.

You can check out the list of all workshops on Region 3's Facebook event page at:
*If you're a member and not part of the Region 3 Members Only Facebook group you're missing out on a valuable opportunity to network with other leaders throughout the region!

And here is the link to register for specific workshops: https://forms.gle/tghDtQnPMb8MBMbr5
Trauma Informed Care

We have been hearing a lot of "catch phrases" over the past 8 pandemic-filled months. "Unprecedented times" and "We're in this together" are just a few. It is time to recognize the trauma we as educators are experiencing and how every day is a new challenge. The Green Bay Education Association (GBEA) Organizing Committee has been working diligently to organize an educational opportunity for all members. Please join GBEA members for a special professional development event featuring Ms. Jen Alexander on Saturday, February 6, 2021, from 9am-noon. Ms. Jen is a nationally known speaker on Trauma Informed Care. Her morning will focus on the trauma that educators are feeling as a part of working in this pandemic and ways to cope. Materials are being purchased through a generous grant from the National Education Association. Registration closes January 23rd, 2021!

Please use this link to sign up for this amazing Professional Development event. If you have any questions please contact GBEA member Rachael Poppe
WEAC Join Now ONLINE
Member Sign Up
WEAC online member sign-up, Join Now, is now available to provide a convenient and fast way for educators to become members of our union.


In a series of simple screens, educators can enter their information to become a member. This feature is especially useful during one-on-one membership conversations. While the process is entirely online, it is recommended that organizers and leaders stay with educators through the sign-up process to answer any questions that might arise.
For an overview of the Join Now experience, click here.
WEAC
NEA
Also added is the ability for members to update payment info, phone, address, etc. See the graphic below for details.

If you have trouble logging in, it may be because WEAC revamped their website, meaning members will have to register a new account using their member ID. If you don't know that number, please contact Region 3 via email or at 920-496-2440.

Questions? Call WEAC Membership at 800-362-8037, ext. 507 or Membership@weac.org.
You are Invited!
WR3's ALL-MEMBER
Virtual Gathering

Wednesday, January 13
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Please note that you need to PRE-Register for the meeting by clicking on the link above. Then an email will be sent to you with the login link.

We look forward to SEEING you!
On Wednesday, December 16, be sure to register for, Deeper Learning In 4K: The Foundation of Success in Every Grade. Take a virtual tour of a 4K classroom to discover how the principles of deeper learning are used to guide the planning process, create the learning environment, and scaffold student learning. Make connections between the foundation of deeper learning in 4K and learning in subsequent grades.

A complete listing of the webinars and the registration link can be found HERE.

Region 3/GBEA National Board Support Sessions
WEAC, Region 3 and GBEA have organized ongoing monthly National Board Support for the 2020-2021 cycle. Sessions will be held virtually until further notice and facilitated by Sarah Johnston (Marinette).
Find the schedule with registration links HERE. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the meeting. Please save this email. 
WEAC Scholarship Applications Due February 1

WEAC offers scholarships for future teachers, along with a variety of awards for members. The deadline for submitting nominations is February 1, 2021.

WEAC
Important Deadlines

JANUARY 15: Nominations are due by January 15 for WEAC Secretary-Treasurer, NEA Director, Seat #1, Alternate NEA Director, 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 given no later than January 15, 2021. 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.
Region 3 has added a COVID-19 INFO tab on our webpage: https://region3.weac.org/

Clicking on that tab gives you access to a Google Drive with all kinds of updated information. We have posted a document with links and resources, recordings of virtual gatherings, an Excel version of our survey data, and more.
The Wisconsin Labor History Society announces its Essay Contest for the 2020-2021 School Year for Wisconsin high school students (Grades 9-12). Win cash prizes up to $500. Write essays of about 750 words on the topic:

"Unions have been important to my family and my community because. . ."

If you're having trouble logging into your WEAC members only account to access the WEAC Savers Club, because WEAC revamped their website, members will have to register a new account using their member ID. If you don't know that number, please contact Region 3 via email or at 920-496-2440.
ETF
5 Basic Steps to Your Retirement

Thinking about retiring in the next 12 months? ETF will walk you through the process.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Choose a termination date.
  • Request a retirement estimate.
  • Read the retirement estimate.
  • Schedule a retirement appointment.
  • Submit a retirement application.

Wed, Jan 6, 2021 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Thu, Jan 14, 2021 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wed, Jan 20, 2021 6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fri, Jan 29, 2021 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

To register, go to: