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February 6, 2015 FEA Europe Update

Lisa's FEA Europe Update

06 January 2015

Transfer Program
HR Customer Service Representatives
RAT Information
Retirement Articles
Classroom Resources
In preparation for Tax Season, a little humor

Transfer Application Deadline Extended: By now most of you will have seen the following announcement. Please be sure to check the FEA online website for the latest transfer program news.

Due to problems educators are experiencing accessing the transfer program database because of server issues, DoDDS has extended the deadline for educators to apply to the Transfer Program until 5:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 10. There have been no changes to the other dates concerning the Transfer Program. The deadline to amend applications remains March 9th.

If you or your teachers are having any issues with the Transfer Web site, send an email to Transfer.Program@hq.dodea.edu stating the specifics of the problem.

HR Customer Service Representatives: Listed below are Human Resources Customer Service Representatives for Europe. These folks are the first contact at the Area Office for questions regarding Human Resource needs, including LQA and other entitlements.

Bavaria/Isles: Ciprian Nicoara
Kaiserslautern: Catherine Polomski
Retirement & Benefits: Yolanda Deutschmann

RAT Information: Below is information received from management regarding RAT for this year.

For an educator who arrived and began teaching at the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year for schools using the standard DoDDS school calendar shown on our web page, I calculated the teacher would have to teach through June 1, 2015, in order to fulfill the 175 days of classroom instruction for eligibility for RAT travel. The earliest RAT can commence for educators at DoDDS Europe and Pacific is June 2, 2015 except AFNORTH, SHAPE, and Bahrain.

AFNORTH ES/HS:

For an educator who arrived and began teaching at the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year for schools using the AFNORTH school calendar shown on our web page, the teacher would have to teach through June 8, 2015, in order to fulfill the 175 days of classroom instruction required for eligibility for RAT travel. The earliest RAT can commence for educators at AFNORTH ES/HS is June 9, 2015.

SHAPE ES/HS:

For an educator who arrived and began teaching at the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year for schools using the SHAPE school calendar shown on our web page, the teacher would have to teach through June 11, 2015, in order to fulfill the 175 days of classroom instruction required for eligibility for RAT travel. The earliest RAT can commence for educators at SHAPE ES/HS is June 12, 2015.

Bahrain ES/HS:

For an educator who arrived and began teaching at the beginning of the 2014/2015 school year for schools using the Bahrain school calendar shown on our web page, the teacher would have to teach through June 7, 2015, in order to fulfill the 175 days of classroom instruction required for eligibility RAT travel. The earliest RAT can commence for educators at Bahrain ES/HS is June 8, 2015.

NOTE: Educators requesting RAT commencing prior to the last day of school must provide approval from their Principal before orders are initiated.

Retirement Articles: Links for retirement and other information are below:

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) Returns: Monthly and Annual - G, F, C, S, I and L Funds
Updated: February 3, 2015
Click here

Proposed OPM Rule Provides FEHB Enrollment Options Following Termination of a Plan
Click here

Two 2014 Court Decisions Affect Federal Employees' Treatment of IRAs
Click here

Get a Free Subscription to the My Federal Retirement Email Newsletter
Click here

Links to Classroom Resources:

PBS Learning Media: Journey to the far corners of the world with new classroom resources from the PBS series, EARTH A New Wild. These curriculum-targeted videos, lesson plans, and interactives offer K-12 students a fresh look at humankind's relationship to the natural world. Check out resources at pbslearningmedia.org for more!

Read Across America Links:
NEA Read Across America
NEA RAA Facebook
Read Across America Online Toolkit
(Thank you to Brian Chance, NEA Director for FEA for sharing this information.)

University of San Diego

Read, Empower, Act, Discover Part I/Arts Education - Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series) Engage Individually with Literature to Make a Positive Change in the Classroom. Launch a critical dialogue using Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series). Engage individually with the subject matter in this book to make a positive change in the classroom. Read and analyze this book to equip yourself with a new point of view within the field of education. This course allows you to engage individually with literature to make a positive change in the classroom. It is one of many in the University of San Diego's R.E.A.D. Series that allows you to complete your reading and assignments at your own pace and when it is convenient for you! After completing a R.E.A.D. Part I course, you have the option to journey further into the subject matter by electing to then enroll in the corresponding R.E.A.D. Part II Series course for an additional two-units.

Website: http://PCE.SanDiego.edu

Character Education Development Certificate - Online Be a changemaker in your students' lives: make social and emotional learning a part of your classroom. View the Upcoming Spring Courses!

* Instructional Strategies in Character Education - Mar. 17

* Character-Based Classroom Management: Strategies & Practices - Mar. 17

* Character Education: Curriculum & Programs - Mar. 17

Learn more about the Character Education Development Certificate!
(Thank you to Terese Sarno for providing this information.)

Money/Taxes: A boy is playing with a coin when he gets it stuck in his throat and starts to choke. His mother runs into the street calling for help and a passing man offers his assistance. The man grabs hold of the boy, puts his mouth over the boy's mouth and skillfully sucks the coin out of his throat. "Thank you doctor," says the woman. "Did you learn to do that at medical school?" "I'm not a doctor," replies the man. "I work for the IRS."----from Man Walks into a Bar

Have a great weekend!
Lisa Ali
FEA Area Director
Isles, Kaiserslautern II, Stuttgart, Cuba