Upgrades from referendum make major difference for Sauk Prairie agriculture classes

Thanks to a successful 2014 school referendum and a grant, ag students, teachers, and a few animals, are a lot happier this year at Sauk Prairie High School. “The district gave a lot of consideration to my thoughts and ideas, as well as the students,” teacher Troy Talford, a member of WEAC Region 5, says in an article in the Sauk Prairie Eagle and wiscnews.com.

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Art students working with technical education students create ‘metal arts’

West Salem High School teacher Paul Liethen has discovered that bringing art students into his metal and welding classes creates a new dimension of learning. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Liethen, who is a member of WEAC Region 4, says in a La Crosse Tribune article. “Half of these kids love art and the other half love industrial studies. We’re reaching a different audience with this course that may not otherwise be involved with welding, and at the same time, the art kids are showing the metals kids how to think outside the box and be creative. It’s pretty cool.”

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Eau Claire’s Yvonne Novak recognized for involving students in Holocaust research project

A WEAC member’s classroom project to gather information about how the Holocaust was reported locally in the 1940s has caught the attention of local media. Eau Claire South Middle School social studies teacher Yvonne Novak has involved her students in a project sponsored by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. “Americans from all over are doing research and looking at how the Holocaust was reported in everyone’s communities,” Novak told the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.

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NEA applauds MTEA for fighting for Milwaukee public schools and kids

In its latest newsletter, the NEA Center for Organizing applauds members and leaders of the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association for the work they have done to improve students’ test scores and divert efforts by Republican legislators and private interests to take over schools. “If we don’t resist, we won’t win,” the newsletter states. “Milwaukee has proven, even against all odds, that if you do resist, you can win.”

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Black River Falls teacher Brad Markhardt helps launch ‘agtivity’ area for students

WEAC member Brad Markhardt, the Black River Falls High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor, is getting some kudos from the local media for working with his students to create a unique “agtivity” area to foster agriculture education. The space, according to the Jackson County Chronicle, is an extension of the classroom and used for horticulture, conservation and animal science projects while also incorporating Native American culture.

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