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DELAY IN RETRO PAYposted May 20, 2020
Contradicting information they previously gave the Association, DoDEA is now saying the retroactive pay adjustment due Overseas bargaining unit members is expected to be paid on June 12, not May 29. Learn more here
Read the May FEA Journal in PDF format
REMEMBER TO FILE YOUR GOODBYE GRIEVANCEposted May 8, 2020
Members leaving FEA's Overseas bargaining unit for any reason at the end of SY 19-20 are reminded to file their Goodbye Grievance now, so you have time to elevate it prior to your last duty day. Read FEA's update to get more information on how to do so
SCHOOLS LOCKED DOWN FOR REMAINDER OF ACADEMIC YEARposted May 1, 2020
The DoDEA Director announced today that all schools worldwide (with the possible exception of those in South Korea) will remain closed to students for the remainder of the current school year. Online learning will continue until the scheduled end of the school year. The situation in South Korea is being evaluated for possible reopening of schools sometime in May.
INCREASES POSTED FOR OVERSEAS SALARIESposted April 27, 2020
Overseas salary schedules for the current school year have been released by the DOD Wage & Salary Division. The AVERAGE percentages of increase in the 2019-2029 salary schedules (across all steps and all pay lanes) for each position in the Overseas bargaining unit are as follows:
Classroom teachers -- 3.22 percent
Speech Pathologists -- 3.10 percent
Guidance Counselors -- 2.68 percent
School Psychologists -- 3.05 percent
Read FEA's update here
DODEA SEEKS TO IMPOSE HARMFUL OVERSEAS CONTRACTposted April 17, 2020
At a time employees are working frantically to educate students despite school shutdowns, DoDEA is moving forward with its effort to impose an incredibly harmful and punitive contract on Overseas employees. Read FEA's Bargaining Update #7 for details.
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATIONFind information from FEA about how coronavirus is impacting Association members at this page
NOTICE OF OVERSEAS DUES DEDUCT ERRORAn erroneous change by DoDEA in the number of payroll dues deductions for Overseas members, of which FEA was not previously informed, has resulted in DFAS withholding an extra dues payment from some Overseas members' March 20 pay. FEA is reaching out to DoDEA management to resolve the problem. Read the update here
NEA DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCESNEA has put out an info paper with critical tips and considerations for educators tasked with developing and implementing digital learning environments in reaction to COVID-19.
These are great resources. There are also links to educational resources. Those resources may or may not all be approved by DoDEA. If you have questions please check with your ET (Educational Technologist) and the approved digital resources.
Remember that the Information Specialist at your local school has a wealth of digital resources available in the DoDEA purchased databases. The Information Specialist can recommend items to support your digital delivery of lessons.
DoDEA Updates Info on RITA Reimbursementposted March 18, 2020
In response to requests from FEA, DoDEA has added some information to its site about expansion of moving tax reimbursements to incoming and departing feds, including contact information for applicants and those with questions. Learn more here
MANAGEMENT APPEALS ARBITRATOR'S RULING ON FEA-SR CONTRACTDoDEA has filed an appeal with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) over an arbitrator's decision that declared the Agency's unilateral implementation of a successor Master Labor Agreement for FEA-Stateside Region educators to be an Unfair Labor Practice.
Read the update from FEA-SR General Counsel Ben Hunter here
DATA-DRIVEN AGENCY CONTINUES TO IGNORE DATAposted December 17, 2019
Once again, DoDEA has dropped in the government's annual survey of "Best Places To Work", slipping from 357 in 2018 to 366 in 2019. Expect the rankings to get worse in the years ahead as a result of management's labor-relations practices. Read more here
BIG WIN FOR FEA-SRThe Federal Labor Relations Authority has sided with the Federal Education Association-Stateside Region over DoDEA management in a dispute concerning employees being denied proper compensation for academic credits earned.
Read the Special Update on this great win here!
STATESIDE MEMBERS: BE SURE TO LOG UNPAID TIMEFEA-Stateside members are reminded to use the Association-provided tracking sheet to log the unpaid hours they were required to work this school year and submit the tracking sheets to FEA-SR, for use in the Association's upcoming arbitration. Read the full update and access the tracking form here.
WE ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR FIGHTNEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia recorded this fantastic message of support and thanks to FEA members worldwide and reminds us that we are not alone in our fight against DoDEA and the federal government for better working and learning conditions. Visit this page (when you are off duty, off government property and not using government equipment) to voice your opposition to DoDEA's unilateral and illegal contract actions in Stateside schools and look for more opportunities to take action in the months ahead.
Hatch Act InformationVisit this page to learn more about the Hatch Act and find examples of activities allowed and prohibited under the law.
Hatch Act Do's and Don'ts
FEA HCR Newsletter and other HCR InfoView the latest issue of The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of FEA's Human and Civil Rights Program, and find other resources by clicking here.
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Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.
Free registration provides access to:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and link to other updates for FEA members here.