‘Dear first-year teachers’: Listen to great advice from these veteran educators

In this short video, veteran educators provide valuable – and inspirational – advice for first-year teachers who are about to enter the classroom, starting with “Welcome to the best profession EVER.” … “There’s so much that you’re not going to be prepared for, and that’s OK!” … “Believe in yourself and believe in the impact that you bring to your class and to your students every day.” … “Find an amazing teacher to mentor you. No one gets through this alone.” … “If you hang around positive teachers in the school building, you’re going to be a positive first-year teacher.” … And finally, they all agree, “You got this!”

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Wisconsin Labor History Society Annual Conference focuses on Women and the Labor Movement

The Wisconsin Labor History Society’s 37th Annual Conference, “Women and the Labor Movement: The Quest for Gender Equity and Lessons for the Future,” will feature a keynote address by Annelise Orleck, of Dartmouth College, prominent historian and author of numerous studies on women and gender equity. Hear testimonies from women unionists about their workplace experiences and discuss the future role of the U.S. labor movement as it seeks gender equity. This conference is open to union members, academics, activists and all interested persons.

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Roger King of Holmen wins $5,000 NEA Foundation Grant

Holmen High School agriscience teacher Roger King has received a $5,000 Student Achievement/Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation. The award, King said, will be used to help Holmen High School educators learn how to instruct farm-to-school techniques in a number of settings.

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WEAC members can now access over 100 free micro-credential courses through WEA Academy

WEAC members can now access over 100 micro-credential courses through the WEA Academy at no charge. Earning a micro-credential is like taking a shortened version of a college course. Micro-credentials are sometimes called digital badges, micro-certifications, or nano-degrees. This free resource is an excellent way for members to hone or expand their professional knowledge and skills with a limited time commitment and at their own pace.

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Nine Wisconsin schools earn national Blue Ribbon honor

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated nine Wisconsin elementary schools that were among 342 schools nationwide named to the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program by the U.S. Department of Education. To be considered for the program, public schools must be among the top schools in the state for overall achievement on statewide assessments or closing achievement gaps between student groups.

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Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit is August 9 in Lake Mills

You are invited to the 3rd Annual Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit – the Wisconsin public education advocacy event of the year: an opportunity like no other to connect with and learn from other supporters of public schools. From parents and grassroots organizers to academics and administrators, the Summit showcases the expertise and experience that all of our statewide partners bring to the important work we do in supporting our students and their public schools.

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Changes in store for online PDP platforms

Since the implementation of PI 34 in 2004 educators who use the PDP (Professional Development Plan) process for license renewal have had two online options to develop their plans, track their progress, upload their artifacts and communicate with PDP team members: Wisconsin Education Career Access Network (WECAN) and The Quality Educator Interactive (QEI). Effective June 15, 2017, WECAN will no longer maintain a PDP platform.

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NEA Foundation highlights Milwaukee urban farming and aquaponics grant program during Earth Week

The NEA Foundation is celebrating Earth Week by highlighting grants that fund special projects such as urban farming and aquaponics in Milwaukee. This NEA Foundation case study and related e-book include valuable insights from two successful STEM projects it funded, in partnership with AT&T, in Milwaukee and New York City. These resources are designed for all educators, whether their districts are rural, suburban, or urban, to grow urban farming or aquaponics programs in their own schools.

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