WEAC celebrates ParaPros in Wisconsin Public Schools!

Wisconsin’s public schools work because educators give their all every day. WEAC has launched a new campaign to celebrate the role of one group of those educators – the paraprofessionals – or ParaPros! Watch for our campaign on YouTube, Facebook and even Pinterest – and when you see it, please share. It’s up to all of us, working together, to celebrate the great work of every public school educator.

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Sun Prairie couple – both WEAC Retired members – honored by Assembly

Pete and Terry Twedell – both retired Sun Prairie teachers and both WEAC Region10/Retired members – were honored recently as “Hometown Heroes” by the State Assembly. According to an article in the Sun Prairie Star, the Twedells were nominated by their State Representative, Gary Hebl (D-Sun Prairie), for their years of continued commitment to their community. The Star said Pete Twedell was active in Sun Prairie education and athletics as a math teacher and football and basketball coach, creating a positive environment for students both academically and athletically. Terry Twedell taught elementary school and volunteered her time at numerous organizations that benefit the community.

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Spotlight on Locals: South Milwaukee Education Association

In her latest “Spotlight on Locals” column, WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen visits with leaders of the South Milwaukee Education Association and quickly discovers the passion they have for their students, their schools, and their union. “We recruit our best and brightest to be our leaders and the faces of our local association,” Heather Hanson tells Peggy. Heather is a 17-year social studies teacher, born and raised in South Milwaukee, who is serving as a Co-President of the SMEA. Heather works alongside Brittany Jadin, her Co-President in her seventh year of teaching, who was recruited as a second-year teacher to join in the work of her local association. 

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70 WEAC members earn National Board Certification

At least 70 WEAC members have earned national certification in 2017, and at least 22 more renewed their certification through the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. “WEAC congratulates these outstanding educators who have committed themselves to making sure they are the absolute best they can be,” said WEAC President Ron Martin. “WEAC is extremely proud to play a role in helping educators achieve this tremendous honor.”

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The so-called ‘Teacher Protect Act’ would ‘supersize the school-to-prison pipeline’ while failing to provide resources to create safety, legislators told

Concerned Wisconsinites gathered at the State Capitol Thursday for a press event followed by a public hearing on AB693, known as the ‘Teacher Protection Act,’ to express their concerns about the proposal’s effects on vulnerable Wisconsin students. While everyone agrees that teachers and students deserve a safe environment for teaching and learning, the ‘Teacher Protection Act’ offers no new resources or ideas for bringing safety through improved relationships and behavior, according to two organizations leading the charge against the bill – Wisconsin Family Ties and Disability Rights Wisconsin.

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