March 2 2011 FEA Europe Report

1. NEA's Read Across America
2. Transfer News
3. Already Placed?
4. Vacancies
5. Area Directors' Travel
6. Keep Informed
7. Climate Survey
8. March Events
9. E-10 Gasoline
10. "What's Wrong With This Picture?"
11. Dates to Remember

1. NEA's Read Across America -- Today is the day! Grab your hat and read with the Cat!
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild,
To pick up a book and read with a child.
You're never too busy, too cool, or too hot,
To pick up a book and share what you've got."
If you take pictures of YOUR Read Across America celebrations, please share them with us at

2. Transfer News -- For those of you participating in the World Wide Transfer Program, this explanation from FEA Transfer Guru, Connie Shanaghan, might be interesting:

"The transfer committee has found that it is more efficient to go through the vacancy list and look for applicant matches against each vacancy. For example, if the first vacancy on the vacancy list is Ansbach ES 101 (Bavaria District), we would, starting with the most senior person in Group A+, look for the first person who requested this location and category. Let's say Ms. Smith is the first match. We would write her name against this vacancy. Then, later, let's say we move to the Lakenheath vacancies (Isles District) and there is a 104 position. Ms. Smith is again identified as the first person (based on group and SCD) who matches this vacancy. Lakenheath is a higher location choice on her application than Ansbach so we erase her off the Ansbach vacancy and match her against the Lakenheath vacancy. The Ansbach vacancy is now open. We would then identify the next person after Ms. Smith (based upon transfer group and SCD) who matches the Ansbach vacancy.

The important factor in this process is that every applicant (in group and SCD order) is considered for every vacancy. I have been doing the transfer program for 22 years and this is the best way to conduct a transfer round!"

Reminder: Applications can be amended until March 9, 2011. The transfer round will begin on March 14, 2011. You can link to the online application through In addition to checking out the Transfer Tips and FAQs, if you are an FEA member, we hope you will take advantage of FEA's Transfer Application Verification Service.

If you mail (address below), fax (202-822-7867), or email ( a copy of your application to us, we will verify that your application is included in the Transfer Program. We do not need your Social Security Number so feel free to remove it from the copy that you provide to us.
Our address is…
ATTN: Transfer Verification
1201 16th Street, NW
Suite 117
Washington, DC 20036

If you are an FEA member and have any questions, please feel free to contact Connie Shanaghan at

3. Already Placed? If you were an excessed educator who has already been placed within your district, please remember to withdraw your worldwide transfer application if you had already submitted it.

4. Vacancies -- Please continue to report vacancies to your District Reps. We want to make sure every possible vacancy is reported for the Transfer Program.

5. Area Directors' Travel -- Alex and I will both be traveling to Washington DC at the end of next week for the BOD meeting March 14-18. I will be staying on for the Transfer Program and Alex will be attending a Staffing Task Force meeting. During the week of the BOD meeting, there will not be an Update. Please excuse delays in responding to your e-mails during these very busy next few weeks.

6. Keep Informed -- It is a good idea to periodically check the FEA and NEA websites for news and information from your home computer. It is important that we all stay informed. While at the FEA site, FEA members are encouraged to go to to sign up for the FEA President's e-mail report. We suggest using your personal (non DoDEA) email address to do so. The March 1st President's Report contains lots of information that could be important to YOU.

7. Climate Survey -- FEA has worked with DoDEA on the Climate survey to be launched March 7th and we encourage members to take time to complete this survey during the two week time period when it is available.

8. March Events -- Besides NEA's "Read Across America" March is "Music in Our Schools Month", "National Nutrition Month", and "Women's History Month." Resources for all of these are available on the NEA website.

9. E-10 Gasoline -- We have heard a lot on the radio about the introduction of E-10 Gasoline. The following website may have information that is useful to you concerning this implementation:

10. "What's Wrong With This Picture?" Why do I hear so many complaints from teachers who feel they do more testing and documenting than they do actual teaching? Testing and documentation need to serve instruction, not the other way around. Much this seems to come from the AdvancEd process. FEA will continue to advocate for reasonable school improvement procedures and especially for "time to teach."

11. Dates to Remember -
4 March -- Transfer vacancies to be posted
9 March -- Deadline to amend Transfer applications
14 March -- Transfer Round begins
14 -18 March -- FEA BOD Meeting, Washington DC
14 April -- Poem in Your Pocket Day (
28,29 April -- European Area Council, Wiesbaden
30 April -- FEA Europe Association Day, Wiesbaden
3 May -- National Teacher Day

Thanks for all you do,

Chuck McCarter
FEA Europe Area Director
Tel/Fax: 0611-44756234
0611-44756131 or DSN 335-5373/69