March 16, 2018  
Hi all,
The lessons on relational organizing continue with this seemingly obvious tenet: It all starts with respect.

Last week's lesson stressed the importance of talking to each other. Talking builds relationships. Relationships build strength.

From Secrets of a Successful Organizer:  

When you have self-respect, it means you won't  put up with bullying or exploitation. When you respect your co-workers, it means you value their experience and know the y have something important to add to the plan for solving problems at work....

Why do we have to make it personal? Because organizing is scary for most people-at times even ourselves. No one wants to get in trouble for rocking the boat. The most effective way to address that fear is to link people together. When relationships are tight, everyone feels safer and it's easier to take risks. Superficial connections won't withstand management's pressure tactics.

For previous lessons in organizing from Secrets of a Successful Organizer, check out previous issues of "The Connection."
--Kathy Rohde
Regional Director

P.S. For information about student protests and your first amendment rights, click here.

Celebrate Success!

Wabeno EA  has successfully certified as the bargaining agent for the teachers, with 75% voting unanimously for union representation.

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Attention Retirees

WEAC-Fox Valley Retired would like to extend an invitation to all WEAC Region 10/Retired members within the Region 3 geographical area to attend their spring get-together on April 24, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
D J Bordini Center,  5 Systems Drive,  Appleton, WI
(Located across the street from  Fox Valley Technical College on  Bluemound Drive)

Two good presentations are in store.  CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members

Election Day is Tuesday, April 3rd
This may be spring break for you!
Many of you will have local school board and/or referendum elections on your ballot along with county and municipal races.

On the statewide ballot are two important elections that impact our daily working lives as public school educators:
  • Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • State Referendum question to eliminate the office of Treasurer.

Please click the picture below to get more information about voting (registration, early voting, absentee voting) and about recommended choices from WEAC.

Watch for upcoming canvassing opportunities too!!

Backpacks Full Of Cash
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
4:30 PM-6:30 PM
De Pere Cinema,  417 George Street,  De Pere, WI 54115

Join us for a showing of the film "Backpacks Full of Cash." All GBEA, Region 3, Aspiring Educators, and community members are welcome.

Before the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the appointment of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, filmmakers Sarah Mondale and Vera Aronow couldn't have known that the national education debate would dramatically shift to the very issues at the heart of their film: charter schools, vouchers and privatization. Now, this timely new documentary takes viewers into the world of market-based education "reform."

Professional Development Opportunities

What's the latest on teacher licensing?
The state's biennial budget passed in September 2017 included a host of changes for teacher licensing. The Region 3 office gets a lot of calls asking about the changes.
  • Professional educators holding current licenses as of 9/2017 will automatically see those licenses turn magically into licenses without expiration (lifetime licenses). Teachers holding professional licenses do NOT need to do ANYTHING. No professional development, no PDPs, no applications, NOTHING. The fact that the DPI has not yet made the changes in their database to reflect this new reality may be concerning, but please be assured. You do NOT need to do anything, even if your current license is due to expire in June of 2018.
  • Teachers holding initial licenses as of 9/2017 are responsible to record, and to have their employing district verify, six (6) successful semesters of teaching in order to obtain a non-expiring (lifetime) professional teaching license. It has been determined that successful semesters of teaching completed PRIOR to 9/2017 WILL count toward the total six semesters. This means that a 3rd- or 4th- or 5th-year teacher with an initial license can be eligible to obtain a lifetime professional license. Initial educators also do NOT need to complete professional development, PDPs, or apply for a professional license. Unfortunately, the DPI is still in the process of creating a system to report and verify the successful semesters of teaching. It's an anxious time, but all we can do at this point is wait.
  • Another provision in the new legislation requires teachers to initiate periodic background checks. Instead of applying for license renewal, teachers will "apply" and pay a fee to have the DPI conduct a background check. The DPI has promised to implement a notification system that will let teachers know WHEN and HOW to initiate this process. Again, it hasn't happened quite yet, and all we can do is wait
To keep up to date on the developments from the DPI, you can check out this blog:

If you have additional questions about teacher licensing, please call the Region 3 office at 800-472-5582.
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, 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.
WEAC Region 3