Veteran educators and educators-to-be celebrate the profession, learn and network at WEAC Professional Issues Conference

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Some of Wisconsin’s best teachers and education support professionals joined dozens of future educators over the weekend to share their knowledge and insights at WEAC’s annual Professional Issues Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

The inspiration came from both camps as active educators shared their experiences and future educators – college students who are members of the Student WEA / Region 9 – shared their excitement about entering the profession and making a difference in the lives of students.

The conference featured sessions that ranged from classroom management to tools for helping students create and learn to creating Professional Development Plans, and much more.

At one of the joint sessions, three recent Wisconsin Teachers of the Year shared their advice for future educators but were reminded that these young people just about to enter the profession have a lot to offer as well.

“I’ve been so impressed with the young teachers who come into the profession that I’m going to tell the experienced teachers out there that my advice to you is to talk to the young teachers. They are amazing,” said Rick Erickson, of Bayfield, a 2014 Teacher of the Year.

Also part of the conference was an ESP Academy for Education Support Professionals, including paraeducators, school secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and food service workers. National ESP of the Year Janet Eberhardt from San Francisco reminded the ESP that they play a pivotal role in children’s education and in making a difference in their lives.

“Keep tapping into the gifts that our children bring to us,” she said. “From the time they set foot on our campuses, walk through those doors, they come with special gifts and special needs that need to be addressed. And we as ESPs know how to build relationships and build rapport with students. I tell you, it’s so important in making a difference in children’s lives.”

Here is additional coverage of the 2016 Professional Issues Conference:

Be passionate, caring and dynamic, Teachers of the Year tell future educators – WEAC

Be passionate, get to know your students, and always go the extra mile. That was just some of the advice offered Saturday by three recent Wisconsin Teachers of the Year who spoke to a roomful of teachers-to-be at one of the dozens of sessions at the 2016 WEAC Professional Issues Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

National ESP of the Year says Education Support Professionals play pivotal role educating the whole child – WEAC

Education Support Professionals play a pivotal role in children’s education and in making a difference in their lives, National ESP of the Year Janet Eberhardt told Wisconsin ESP Friday at the WEAC Professional Issues Conference in Wisconsin Dells.

 

Briana Schwabenbauer wins WEAC award for member activism – WEAC

Student WEA / WEAC Region 9 President Briana Schwabenbauer – who WEAC President Betsy Kippers says is a “true treasure in our association” – was honored Friday as winner of the 2016 WEAC Tenia Jenkins Award for member activism.