WEA Academy course focuses on the Science of Happiness

Join your colleagues across the state for this blended learning opportunity examining the science of happiness. This unique course focuses on character strengths, positive emotion, resilience, purpose, positive relationships, and creativity. When educators model qualities of compassion, gratitude and mindfulness, and integrate them into lesson plans, we increase students’ joy and engagement while contributing to a healthy classroom environment.

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‘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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NEA School Crisis Guide connects members and school districts with resources

The NEA School Crisis Guide presents resources, tools, recommendations, and evidence-based practices for incorporating best practices in school mental health into school crisis plans. It is organized into four sections: Prevent, Prepare, Respond, and Recover.

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Great World Texts program seeks teacher participants

Great World Texts – an interdisciplinary humanities program that connects high school teachers and students across the state with faculty and staff at UW-Madison in the study of world literature – is seeking participants. The 2018-2019 program is organized around Caribbean-American writer Jamaica Kincaid and her work of non-fiction A Small Place. GWT is seeking teachers from all schools and disciplines, and especially encourages interdisciplinary teaching teams to sign up.

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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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