October 20 2008 FEA Pacific Update

OCTOBER 20, 2008

Debra Degalis, FEA Pacific Area Director

Area Director Activities -- The Fall Trainings (Joint Labor Management Training, FRS Training) in Korea, Okinawa and Japan as well as the PAL Council have been completed. Your school FRS and district officers are working diligently on your behalf. I want to thank the District Presidents, Xavier Flores, Betty Gossett and Melanie Horton, for taking such great care of our FEA leaders and yours truly.

This update will be short. I'm currently in Washington, D.C. to attend the FEA Board of Directors Meeting. Keep tuned for details.

Please contact Michael Bauernfeind, Uniserv, for emergencies and please forgive delays with email responses.

VERA for SY 08-09: Fifty-five VERA slots have been offered in the Pacific. Retirement has to be no later than August 19, 2009. See your school administrator for details. Also see your school administrator for the ELWOP and ARR applications.

Gradespeed and EXCENT Online: Both issues continue to be a priority by the FEA leadership. Continue to keep us informed.

2008 NEA Representative Assembly: See FEA members in the October 2008, NEA Today magazine as well as the RA in action: Start thinking about RA Assembly next July in San Diego, California.

American Education Week: Mark your calendars…American Education Week is November 16-22.

Other Information:

Open Season for FEHB will be November 10 -- December 8.

NEA President's Newsletter

Update: Access to the NASDTEC to check if DoDEA has a reciprocity agreement for teacher certification with stateside schools has changed. Above is the address to find the interstate agreements including DoDEA . Make sure you scroll down and find the dropdown window.