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January 9, 2015 FEA President's Report

TO: FEA Members Worldwide
FROM: Chuck McCarter, FEA President
RE: FEA President's Report
DATE: January 9, 2015

TRANSFERS
We are being told by DoDEA Headquarters that they are working on setting up the online application software for the transfer program and they hope to formally announce details of the program sometime next week. FEA will of course post the transfer announcement as soon as it is released.

VSIP/VERA
DoDEA is expected to release information on VSIP/VERA offerings and the application process next week as well, probably a few days prior to sending out the transfer program announcement. Next week is shaping up to be a busy one!

REPORT VACANCIES
FRS's and Building Reps: Please make sure that your District Reps or Local Presidents are informed of any confirmed vacancies in your buildings so that they can forward the information up to our DC office. We want to ensure that every possible vacancy is available for the transfer round and the placement of excessed educators.

CHANGES
Recently, the Stars & Stripes headlined an article about further base closures in Europe. At this point, these projected closures are several years away and the impact on our schools is unclear. We will work closely with DoDEA and will keep members informed as soon as we can confirm any impact on our schools and our members.

NEW STANDARDS FOR PK-5 MATH
This coming week a work group is meeting to develop a plan to implement the PK-5 College and Career-Ready Math Standards next year. The Association will be working to ensure that this process allows teachers the time and the training needed as we move to these new standards.

ATTENTION ASSESSORS
DoDEA Headquarters has informed us that they will be sending out the latest version of the Woodcock-Johnson to all Assessors. While the use of this new version is not mandated right now, FEA would appreciate feedback from any Assessors about the change in the tests and any additional training you feel is needed for this new edition.

NPR STORY
The new year started off with another great story on NPR in praise of our DoDEA schools, with a special focus on DDESS. This piece highlights the unique and supportive environment in our schools as well as the valuable experience of our teachers, and the amazing resiliency of our students. Follow this link to read or listen to this story.

RESOURCES FOR TEACHING
As always, the NEA website is a great resource for teaching materials. Check out this link for resources for grade appropriate resources for teaching about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
Also, since this March marks the 50th Anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery March, NEA also has resources for teaching about this important historic event.

READ ACROSS AMERICA
NEA's Read Across America, the annual celebration of reading and the memory of Theodore "Dr. Seuss" Geisel, is coming up on March 2, 2015. As always, many FEA members throughout DoDEA will participate in this educator-driven event, making this a truly global happening. I encourage you to visit NEA's Read Across America page to find information and resources you can use to help plan your reading celebration. In addition, FEA encourages its members to use the customizable article/press release available at this link (right click to download) to let your local media know about your Read Across America events. And don't forget to send pics of your events to us at fea@feaonline.org.