December 8, 2016, FEA Europe Update

Retirement Articles

January Teaching Idea Websites

Read Across America

The NEA Foundation Global Learning Fellowship

NEH Summer Programs

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

Happy Holidays!

Retirement Articles:

Thrift Savings Plan Issues 2016 Year-End Processing Schedule

Thrift Savings Plan Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds 
Updated: December 2, 2016

January Teaching Ideas:

READ ACROSS AMERICA:  Members can request the Read Across America calendar at this link:  Further information for planning Read Across America events:

(Thank you to Brian Chance for sharing.)

 2018 Global Learning Fellowship  The World is Your Classroom:  FEA would like to share information regarding a wonderful program sponsored by the NEA Foundation---its Global Learning Fellowship Program, where the World is Your Classroom. The NEA Foundation recognizes that in order for students to prepare for the global age, the educator must first be equipped with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to teach in the global age. By participating in the Global Learning Fellowship program, educators have an opportunity to lead the profession by acquiring the necessary skills to integrate global competence into their daily classroom instruction, advance pedagogy in their school/district, prepare students to thrive in the flattened global age, and thus contribute to the closing of the global achievement gap.  For more information or to apply to be a part of this program, follow this link:

Applications for this wonderful opportunity for NEA members are being accepted now through 28 February 2017.

NEH Summer Programs in the Humanities for School and College Educators:

Each year, NEH offers tuition-free opportunities for school, college, and university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. Stipends of $600-$3,300 help cover expenses for these one- to four-week programs. For more information and application instructions, please visit the websites for individual programs The list of the workshops/seminars is attached.

Brian Chance has participated in these activities in the past and offers these comments:   

I have participated in several NEH Summer programs over the years. They are staffed with experts and most offer the opportunity for credit. The suspense date for the application is generally on March 1, 2017 -- but prepare to submit early.  The application may require you to gather some items for submission.  Each program has specific requirements listed at the individual websites

(Thank you to Brian Chance for sharing this information.)

 Junior Science and Humanities Symposium: The Junior Science and Humanities Symposium paper submission portal is now open!   Students can submit a research paper by visiting the JSHS Europe Website,  Requirements for the paper can also be found on the website. Please note that all papers must be submitted by January 9 to be considered for the regional event.  The European Regional event will take place in Riedstadt, Germany from March 6-8. Please contact Ryan Goodfellow, with any questions about the application process or JSHS in general. 


Happy Holidays: Holidays fill us with lots of feelings: anticipation of days off, time for shopping in the sales, dinner parties, religious inspiration, the joy of giving, Christmas cheer, celebrating with friends and loved ones, especially children, wonders, angels, snow, blessedness, forgiveness, peace and goodwill, humanity, and compassion. This is our time to rest and regroup and prepare to complete a little more than the second half of a school year.  You deserve a break---enjoy it.

I recognize that our teachers are under a great deal of stress at work these days, with CSI, Collaboration, Reassignments, Excesses, Festivals, Tournaments, Professional Development, Recertification, Transfers, Retirement Decisions, etc., being just a few of the reasons for such. I hope that each of us can take the time to stop, think, and remember all of the good things in our lives as well as look forward to a new calendar year. Let us remember what is important and let go of those things that bring us down. Remember too that there are people here to help you, listen to you, and defend you if necessary.  No one is in this alone and your FEA leadership will not forget you.

As Alice Cooper once said, "The two most joyous times of the year are Christmas and the last day of school."  Therefore, let's have a joyous Christmas and make it through to celebrate the last day of school.

Have a GREAT weekend! Happy Holidays a little early!

Lisa Ali

FEA Europe West Area Director

Isles, Wiesbaden, Stuttgart, Cuba