WPEN Summer Summit is August 5 in La Crosse

The Wisconsin Public Education Network Summer Summit will be held August 5, 2019, at Central High School in La Crosse and will be hosted by the La Crosse Education Association. All parents, students, educators, administrators, school board members, and community supporters of Wisconsin public schools and their students are invited to attend.

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Call for proposals: WEAC Professional Development Institute

WEAC members are invited to submit an interactive, engaging presentation proposal for the annual Professional Development Institute. Please submit your proposal no later than Wednesday, July 31, 2019. The Institute is November 1-3 at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Oshkosh.

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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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WEA Academy offers Degrees Not Debt course

Developed in partnership with WEA Member Benefits, the WEA Academy’s new course Degrees Not Debt has been designed to help those with educational loans better understand them and to learn strategies to help manage or reduce their debt. Through short videos, readings, and access to online resources, participants will become familiar with loan details and federal forgiveness programs. This is a free, self-paced course and is meant for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal, financial, or tax advice.

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Publications help educators recognize and address children’s mental health issues

The Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health (MACMH) has created publications designed to help educators recognize and address children’s mental health issues. The publications are: An Educator’s Guide to Children’s Mental Health, A Guide to Student Mental Health and Wellness, Children’s Mental Health Resource Guide, Children’s Mental Health Classroom Activities, and SuperMe: A Campaign to End Hurtful Teasing. To find out more about these publications and to order them online, go to: www.macmh.org/books.

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Educators’ guide to identifying human trafficking now available

An educator’s guide to identifying and stopping human trafficking is now available from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Education. The guide is part of an NEA online toolkit designed to explain how human trafficking impacts schools, recognize the indicators of possible child trafficking, and develop policies, protocols, and partnerships to address and prevent the exploitation of children.

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