News and Information for Education Professionals
HELP US WELCOME OUR NEW MEMBERS!

Jacob Macholl, River Falls

Ron Borchers, Bayfield

Julia Thomson, Fall Creek

Samantha Hanson, Plum City

Adam Coykendall, Washburn

Keith Karr, CVTC

 


Dear Members,

I still remember when I was in eighth grade, it was the end of the school year and I was talking to Mrs. LaBissonaire, my phy. ed. teacher. We were talking to each other. I was probably saying goodbye for the summer. She looked me in the eye and said, "I will miss that special smile of yours. You have a sparkle in your eyes and I will truly miss that!"   She was probably very busy getting work done and cleaning up her room. She took time to sit and talk to me and I have never forgotten those words she said to me. Such a simple statement. I can still see her face. I don't know what happened to her but I will never forget her. We teach children, but it is not the lessons we teach that they remember, but the way we teach them. Teacher's who teach from the heart are not forgotten. Not every student remembers you. But if you treat each and every child like they are the most important person in the world, they know it.   Hopefully that is what all teachers do.
 
I have spent most of my life observing people from all walks of life but especially those people who have been through struggles in their life and I have come to an interesting conclusion. There are people who struggle with health or major life problems but have the absolute best attitudes in the world helping others even when they are in need and/or there are people who struggle in life but are often focused on themselves and everything that is wrong. When their focus is on themselves they see everyone who has done them wrong, they continue to have things go wrong. When people change their thinking and start focusing on helping others, their lives begin to change. Instead of thinking about themselves and change their focus to helping others all of the sudden things start turning around. Teachers, in general, are people who help others. We are the ones who spend our entire life trying to make other's lives better. We should be the happiest people on the planet. I do believe that there are extenuating circumstances like a bad administrator, a colleague that drives you crazy. Sometimes life presents us with unhappy circumstances. Stop and ask yourself what can I do to change my situation and make it better. Take a moment and think about something good. Something that makes you happy. It might turn your day around.   Take a day, and come learn more about how to keep mentally healthy as a teacher or just as a person. Come hang out with us at the Lismore! See you on Feb. 23rd! You won't regret it.

Debra H. Bell
President Region 1


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* Upcoming Events *
Ongoing Statewide Professional Development Calendar Available (including NBCT Renewal Workshop)

  HERE!

We highly recommend checking out this calendar if you haven't done so yet!

A New Day In Wisconsin
February 20
4:30 pm
Rice Lake Office & Zoom
16 W John St
*SEE DETAILS BELOW!


Region 1 Board of Directors Meeting
February 20
6:30 pm
Rice Lake Office & Zoom
16 W John St


Learning & Growing Professional Issues Conference
February 22-23
Lismore Hotel, Eau Claire
333 Gibson St
SEE MORE INFORMATION BELOW!

ACROSS THE REGION

Every Teacher a Leader NW Summit a Huge Success

Summit Leaders & Organizers (L to R): Amy Traynor (Eau Claire), Rick Erickson (Bayfield), Barb Van Doorn (Lake Holcombe)
Teams from across Region 1 gathered at the Heartland Retreat Center in Trego, WI last month to create plans while working with critical friends, and in many cases administration, to implement teacher-led school improvement. There was nothing but rave reviews. If you haven't already, plan on attending next year's summit. 

The Northwest Summit is the first of what DPI hopes will be statewide regional summits designed to include teacher voice in district programs and planning.


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A New Day In Wisconsin!

A Workshop That Answers The Question - What Next?
 
Tony Evers is now the governor of Wisconsin. 

If you have been wondering 
  • "What will the governor propose?" 
  • "How will that affect me?" 
  • "What can I do to make good things happen?"
Then this workshop is for you!
 
Get the inside scoop on the future by joining us:

February 20, 2019 
4:30pm
Region 1 Office in Rice Lake 
OR via a Zoom webinar


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FYI! - 2019 Representative Assembly Information

MEMORANDUM
 
TO:                       WEAC Region 1 Presidents/Unit Directors
FROM:                   Deb Bell, President
                           WEAC Region 1
 
DATE:                   February 6, 2019
 
RE:                        2019 WEAC RA - April 27, 2019 (Oshkosh)
                            2019 NEA RA - July 2-7, 2019 (Houston, TX)
 
The following will provide information for members wishing to be delegates to either the 2019 WEAC Representative Assembly or the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly.
WEAC Representative Assembly Delegate Election
Any Region 1 member wishing to serve as a delegate to the WEAC Representative Assembly (1 year term) must be elected in order to do so. In some units local constitution and bylaws may stipulate how the delegates are elected and in other units the single local constitution and bylaws specify election of delegates from the units that make up the single local.

Units from WEAC Region 1 that have their constitution and bylaws on file and will elect their delegates independently are:

 
Local/Unit
Delegates Allowed
 
Local/Unit
Delegates
Allowed
 
Local/Unit
Delegates Allowed
Altoona
2
Frederic
1
River Falls Para-Prof
1
Amery
1
Gilman
1
St. Croix Central
1
Bayfield
1
Grantsburg
1
Siren
1
Bayfield ESP
1
Hudson
2
Siren ESP
1
Boyceville
1
Luck
1
South Shore
1
Bruce ESP
1
Mellen
1
Stanley-Boyd
1
Cadott
1
Mellen ESP
1
Spring Valley
1
Cameron
1
Menomonie
1
Spring Valley ESP
0
CESA #12 Assoc.
1
Northwood
1
Washburn
1
Cornell
1
Northwood ESP
1
Washburn ESP
1
Cumberland
1
Pepin
0
Webster
1
Drummond
1
Plum City
1
Webster ESP
1
Drummond ESP
1
Prairie Farm
1
 
 
Fall Creek
1
Prescott
1
 
 
 
 
River Falls
2
 
 
 
THE ABOVE UNITS WILL RECEIVE DELEGATE REPORT FORMS IN THE MAIL FROM WEAC. YOU WILL ONLY RECEIVE THESE FORMS IF YOU HAVE A DESIGNATED LOCAL PRESIDENT AND SECRETARY ON FILE WITH REGION 1 AND WEAC. PLEASE CALL THE REGION 1 OFFICE IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING YOUR LOCAL OFFICERS.

These units will need to hold an election in accordance with their bylaws. All interested members should be included in the elections. Delegate report forms are mailed directly to WEAC, however, election results must also be reported to the WEAC Region 1 office via email at holzmana@weac.org by March 22nd to receive Region 1 funding for their delegates. When reporting your election results, be certain to report ALL members participating in the election to become a delegate (not just the elected delegate(s)) and the unit being represented. Those members running but not elected in their local unit will be included as a successor delegate to fill any delegate openings within Region 1. Delegate confirmation letters from Region 1 will be sent out March 25th. Successor delegates will be notified as soon as delegate positions open up.

All units not listed above are a part of the single local and do not have constitution and bylaws on file. Any member of the single local (any unit not listed above) wishing to have their name on the ballot for election as a delegate to the WEAC Representative Assembly must notify the Region 1 office via email at holzmana@weac.org by March 1st to have their name included on the single local ballot. Please provide your name, address, local unit, and you're running for WEAC RA delegate. One ballot for all single local delegates will then be sent out to each unit with instructions on the number of delegates to be elected and a tally sheet to record the numbers of votes for each delegate. Results of each unit's vote must be reported to the Region 1 office in accordance with the instructions included with the tally sheet by March 22nd. Delegates will be notified of election on March 25th. Successor delegates will be notified as soon as delegate positions open up.

NEA Representative Assembly Delegate Election

All units within WEAC Region 1 are clustered together in accordance with NEA regulations for representation at the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly in Houston, TX. Any member wishing to have their name on the ballot for election as an NEA RA delegate (1 year term) must notify the Region 1 office at holzmana@weac.org by Friday, March 1st. Please provide your name, address, local unit, and that you're running for NEA RA delegate. All names will be placed on a single ballot for distribution to all Region 1 units for election. Included will be a tally sheet to record local votes and reporting instructions. Vote totals must be reported to the Region 1 office in accordance with the instructions included with the tally sheet by March 22nd. Elected delegates will be notified by mail March 25th.
ACROSS THE STATE



WEAC Board votes to recommend Judge Lisa Neubauer for State Supreme Court in April 2019 election

The WEAC Board of Directors has voted to recommend Lisa Neubauer, the chief judge on the state appeals court, for Wisconsin State Supreme Court in the April 2019 election.

The Board's vote followed a period during which WEAC members provided feedback on the recommendation of the WEAC Political Action Committee. Member feedback was overwhelmingly in support of Judge Neubauer.

ACROSS THE NATION


Denver Teachers Strike Over Base Pay

Matthew S. Schwartz, NPR.org

David Zalubowski_AP

Denver schoolteachers are going on strike over how their base pay is calculated. The teachers union and the school district failed to reach an agreement after more than a year of negotiations.

It is the first teachers strike for the city in a quarter-century, and it affects about 71,000 students across 147 schools,  Colorado Public Radio reports.

Black History Month Lessons & Resources

Integrating African-American Culture & History into Your Curriculum
By Phil Nast, retired middle school teacher and freelance writer

To help you integrate Black History Month into your classroom, we offer a selection of lesson plans that cover a variety subjects and that can be adapted to fit multiple grade levels.
Did You Know?
This Month's Member Benefits Highlight

Beware of Grant Scams

Sometimes, it's an ad that claims you will qualify to receive a "free grant" to pay for education costs, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. Other times, it's a phone call supposedly from a "government" agency or some other organization with an official sounding name. In either case, the claim is the same: your application for a grant is guaranteed to be accepted, and you'll never have to pay the money back.

But the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation's consumer protection agency, says that  "money for nothing" grant offers usually are scams, whether you see them in your local paper or a national magazine, or hear about them on the phone or social media. 


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