WEAC President Ron Martin awarded eagle feather

WEAC President Ron Martin, of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is recipient of an eagle feather for his work for Wisconsin’s public school students, educators and schools. The feather was presented to the Eau Claire eighth grade teacher by a Menominee Nation elder in a surprise ceremony at the WEAC Representative Assembly.

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Young delegates find camaraderie, inspiration at NEA Representative Assembly

Approximately 8,000 delegates – including 122 from Wisconsin – will represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession at the NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly this summer in Boston. We asked a few of WEAC’s younger delegates why they have chosen to be NEA RA delegates and they said they want to speak up for their students, get more involved in the association and meet new friends and colleagues.

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Study finds bullying common among U.S. students

About 15 percent of U.S. fourth- graders and 7 percent of U.S. eighth-graders reported experiencing bullying at least once a month, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Department of Justice. Also, third-graders who reported that they were frequently victimized scored lower in reading, mathematics, and science than their peers who reported that they were never victimized or that they were sometimes or rarely victimized.

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Legislative Update – May 12

The Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee continues its work this week, taking up areas such as the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Secretary of State, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, Military Affairs, the Legislature and the Justice Department. Public education is one of the last items it will take up, likely in early June. Beyond the budget, other bills are making their way through legislative channels – such as a bill to change the WRS.

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WEAC’s National Board Jump Start Training is July 24-26 at UW-Eau Claire

Jump Start is an intensive seminar geared for teachers pursuing National Board Certification who intend to submit components in the 2017-18 school year. This professional development opportunity has been designed by NEA members who are Nationally Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs). Over the years these union members have worked with thousands of candidates across the country assisting with component entry.

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