November 10, 2017   
Hi all,

I don't have kids, and my student loan days are long past. (I have a vague memory of paying off my undergrad education well before 1990 and I paid for subsequent grad work class by class with the help of a waitressing job while teaching.) Whew.

And yet, student loan debt, and the worry of it, is weighing heavy on me. Why? Because I am the co-signer for my niece.  She's up to $28,000 and she's got another year and a half to go. "Oh my gosh," I think, "I hope she doesn't default!"

Do you want to get up-to-date on Federal Loan Forgiveness and Cancellation programs? Please sign up to attend one of our Region's "Degrees Not Debt" Workshops. I'm the presenter. All the workshops will run - there are enough people signed up already and it's not too late for you to join us. See details below.

Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

And, f or the latest teacher license developments coming from the DPI, check out their  licensing blog .

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Kay McLain is Named Wisconsin Rural School Teacher of the Year

The Wisconsin Rural School Association (WiRSA) Board of Directors and its Executive Director, Kim Kaukl, recognized Florence County High School business education teacher and Fab Lab director, Mrs. Kay McLain, as the 2017 Rural School Teacher of the Year at its annual conference. The award was presented at the Glacier Canyon 
WiRSA Board Member Julie Kodl, left, with Kay McLain, center, & WiRSA Executive Director Kim Kaukul presenting the 2017 Rural School Teacher of the Year Award.
Conference Center on October 30 in Wisconsin Dells during a luncheon at WiRSA's annual conference. WiRSA annually recognizes one rural teacher statewide who makes significant contributions to their school district, most importantly to the students they serve. McLain is automatically a semifinalist for the Na
tional Monsanto Fund Rural Teacher of the Year competition sponsored by the National Rural Education Association.
McLain was nominated by Florence School District Administrator Ben Niehaus who said she far exceeded criteria for the award. "This award acknowledges the devotion of Kay, along with her supporting colleagues, to never be satisfied with the status quo in the interest of student success and opportunities...the persistence of Kay's leadership is contagious throughout the high school," said Niehaus.

Kay is a member of the Florence County Education Association.

How is YOUR Local Celebrating American Education Week November 13-17?

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Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members
Honoring Democratic Leaders of Brown, Outagamie & Winnebago Counties
Friday, December 1st
Fox Valley Area Labor Temple
157 South Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI 54956
Honorary dinner co-chairs:  Rep. Amanda Stuck, Rep. Eric Genrich, Rep. Gordon Hintz; e mcees Peg Lautenschlager and Paul Willems; with special guest Tia Nelson, Gaylord Nelson's daughter.

Schedule of Events
4:30 p.m. - Registration and photos of specials guests. Silent auction and Hors d'oeuvres. Political memorabilia displays.
6 p.m. - Welcome. Invocation by Senator Dave Hansen
7 p.m. - Program honoring our past and shaping our Democratic future for the 2018 and 2020 elections
8:15 p.m. - Large group photo

$30 per person
Reserved tables of eight $300
Reserve tickets online at:

Make checks payable to 8th Congressional Democratic District
Send to: Dr. William Perloff
9527 North Bay Drive, Baileys Harbor, WI 54202

All proceeds will equally benefit the Brown, Outagamie and Winnebago County Democratic Parties.

Authorized and Paid for by 8th Congressional Democratic District. Design donated.

Professional Development Opportunities

DnDWEAC Region 3
Financial Workshops
November 2017  

ALL DnD Workshops will run - there are enough registrants at each of the four sessions. It's not too late to add your name to the list. If you want to attend and receive a copy of the materials, please REGISTER.

REGION 3's offering of Degrees Not Debt  is for folks saddled with student loan debt, or those who are anticipating student loan debt for yourself or for your kids. Come get a basic understanding of federal student loans, repayment plans, and loan forgiveness programs. You'll be armed with the right questions to ask of your lender and loan servicer as you navigate this issue.

Sign up here.
National Board Certification for Teachers
It's a great way to distinguish yourself as an educator AND receive extra salary!

Region 3 will host GBEA member and Nationally Board Certified teacher Sandra Michels as she presents an overview of the NBCT process. Region 3 will provide member NBCT candidates with:
  • Individual coaching
  • Access to NEA Jump Start curriculum (at Summer Leadership Academy July 30-August 2)
  • Assignment of personal mentor
  • Regular candidate support sessions
  • Access to the expertise of NBCT union members
To learn more about it, come to the Information Session
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Available in person at the WEAC Region 3 office in Green Bay, or virtually through ZOOM.

Click here for the flyer. Help spread the word!

WEAC Professional Conference Call for Proposals!

W EAC members are invited to submit an interactive, engaging presentation proposal for the Winter Professional Issues Conference. Share your favorite unit, pedagogical expertise, or unique school program with your colleagues across the state. Fill out this presenter application form no later than NEXT MONDAY , November 13.

The 2018 Professional Issues Conference is March 2-4 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. Save the Date!

Check out this WI DPI resource!

NEA edCommunities
Have you been looking for a great online community where you can collaborate with colleagues both in Wisconsin and throughout the nation?  NEA edCommunities is the place for you! At NEA edCommunities, you can collaborate with school and community stakeholders and join groups on specific education topics and  issues - or start your own. (See attached flier.)
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, Thursdays, November 16 and December 21 @ WEAC Region 3. To make an appointment contact: Brenda Echeverria 1-800-279-4030, ext. 3300

WEAC Region 3