September 27, 2019
WEAC Region 3 represents public education employees in a large territory stretching from Florence to Port Washington,
and from Menominee to Washington Island.
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 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.

Heart Health for Educators: Each year more educators die from cardiovascular disease than any other disease including cancer. This course has been designed to provide educators with information and strategies to improve their heart health in an effort to mitigate against heart disease. Course registration can be found here:

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. 

Joint Wisconsin-Minnesota Retired Conference is November 19

WEAC retired members are invited to join other teacher and support staff retirees in our first Joint Wisconsin and Minnesota Conference! It will be held at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center in Eau Claire on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, from 10:30 to 3:45.
This unique one-day conference will feature Sarah Borgman, president of NEA-Retired.
Besides a special Keynote Speaker, there will be break-out sessions on Identity Theft, Traveling, a special moderated forum of both state leaders, and a special upbeat and fun session by Sarah Borgman.
In addition, there will be a delicious lunch and time to Mix and Mingle with colleagues and friends you haven’t met yet from your neighboring state.
If you need a room for the night, that’s available, too.
Join us on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at the Best Western Plus Hotel and Conference Center in Eau Claire for a day of fun, socializing, and learning!
Register yourself and your guests at this link: .
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.
Member Benefits
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.
Political Action
This is an 11.0101(10)(b)(1) communication with WEAC members.   
NEA launched the Strong Public Schools campaign to provide educators and their communities with information and insight into the 2020 presidential candidates. Now, with the help of its Candidate Comparison tool, you can see every single candidate’s position on the issues that matter to you, like education funding, class size, early childhood education, and voucher programs. Check out the tool and see what positions each candidate takes on the issues affecting students, educators, and public education .
Join Wisconsin Progress for a 3 to 4 hour training on the basics of running a campaign in Wisconsin!

Thursday, October 3
5:30 PM
Location TBD

Here's the sign-up link. As always, this training is free and open to the public.

Wisconsin progress is also working on putting together a Kitchen Cabinet training in November for people who want to learn more about supporting a candidate rather than running for office themselves. Watch for more info.
"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!!
Hello all,

Week two of "Public Narrative: Leadership, Storytelling, and Action" has been a challenge for me. I thought I knew quite a bit about storytelling and I had some familiarity with Ganz's strategies and the reasons for telling stories. But when you have to tell your own story, it's a little daunting. TWO MINUTES is all you get. So, this week, after an inspiring lecture and some interesting reading, I had to submit my own 2-minute story of self. At the heart of the story should be the answer to why do I do the work I do now? Tough assignment.

The thing I've been pondering the most is the graphic above.

Tell me what you think it means. Really. Reply to this email and give me your opinion. It will help me.

--Kathy Rohde
Uniserv Director
Region 3 WEAC