January 28, 2009 FEA European Update

1. Staffing Documents
2. Transfer Program
3. IT Concerns
4. FEHB Open Season
5. "NEA's Read Across America"
6. Mid-Atlantic Conference
7. Area Director Travels

1. Staffing Documents - Staffing Documents have been released to the schools. FRS's should work with Administration to identify any concerns about these documents and to determine the impact of the projections on current staff. FRS's should contact their District Reps if there are questions.

2. Transfer Program - FEA has been working with DoDEA to finalize the details of the 2009 Transfer Program. Watch for information about the Transfer Program in Michael Priser's President's Report dated February 1. (It should be going out late Friday, Jan 30th.) If you would like to receive the President's Report directly, go to and click on the "Information Updates for FEA Members" at the top.

3. IT Concerns - FEA continues to hear concerns about problems and delays dealing with IT issues. With such delays, it is understandable that educators are frustrated. FEA will continue to advocate for a system with appropriate local control and rights and which serves the educational process in a more timely and efficient manner. Please continue to forward unresolved concerns through the IT system as well as keeping FEA informed through your FRS, District Reps, and Area Directors.

4. FEHB Open Season - The Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Open Season ends January 31, 2009.

5. "NEA's Read Across America" - Though literacy and reading are a focus all year long, many DoDDS-E schools are gearing up for their annual celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss' birthday. The official day is March 2nd, but whatever day you plan to celebrate, go to for all the information and resources available for this great event. If you or your school are planning to celebrate "Read Across America" (and who isn't?!), you can go to the Read Across America Pledge Page to "pledge" your work. It is VERY quick and easy and is our chance to make everyone know that "Read Across America" is really "Read Across the WORLD!"

6. Mid-Atlantic Conference - I was fortunate enough to attend the NEA Mid-Atlantic Leadership Conference last week in Charlotte, NC. I attended excellent trainings on such diverse topics as Leadership, Mentoring New Teachers, and School Crisis Preparedness. All of us who attended will be using and distributing information from the conference as appropriate.

7. Area Director Travels - I returned from the Mid-Atlantic meetings on Monday. Wednesday, along with Heidelberg District Rep Nancy Almendras, I am traveling to Robinson Barracks ES/MS in Stuttgart. Next week I will be heading to AFNORTH and Geilenkirchen ES. I will be trying to schedule other school visits as time permits. As always, please forgive any delay in responses to your emails while I am traveling.

Thanks for all you do,


Chuck McCarter
FEA Europe Area Director
Tel/Fax: 0611-44756234 or
0611-44756131 or DSN 337-6251