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November 1 2010 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members and Local Leaders Worldwide
From: Michael Priser, FEA President
Re: FEA President's Report
Date: November 1, 2010


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT/UDDI -- FEA has reached an agreement with management for DoDDS teachers on the implementation of UDDI for this school year. The MOU will be posted on our website within the next few weeks. Over the next few months, a half day of in-service training will be provided to all educators to give them a broad overview of principles underlying Using Data to Differentiate Instruction. It is important to understand that UDDI is not limited to "using data" or just "differentiating instruction." The underlying principles are a number of sound pedagogical techniques (many that were covered in The Study of Teaching). There will be a follow up training second semester that will allow educators to be grouped in their curricular areas and be provided with an opportunity to receive training and to network those principles as it applies to their subject areas. At the end of the school year, FEA and DoDDS will survey educators to get meaningful input from the field in assessing these trainings and planning for future professional development needs.

SCHOOL ACCREDITATION REQUIREMENTS -- FEA and Management have agreed to assess what is occurring in the field when it come to the process that schools are going through in attempting the meet the requirements for accreditation. It appears that what is happening in the field has become very labor intensive. FEA has also asked for a clarification on data walls and how they are to be properly used in school improvement. It is FEA's goal that a way be found to demonstrate schools meet accreditation requirements without imposing unnecessary tasks on those in the field.

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS CURRICULAR BUY MATERIALS -- FEA has asked for a complete list of curricular materials that were purchased for the ELA program by grade level. This will assist us in making sure that all schools have the materials they need, and that if there are shortages, they can be addressed quickly. FEA will post those curricular lists on our website. FEA and management have agreed to work together on this for all future buys as well.

100 PERCENT -- Croughton Elementary School in England has become the latest building to achieve 100 percent membership in the Association this year. Congratulations and a very big "thank you" to all the members and the local leaders at Croughton for reaching this milestone. Any other schools who have reached 100 percent and not already been recognized in this update are urged to let us know at fea@feaonline.org so we can celebrate your accomplishment as well.

TRAVELS -- I will be traveling to DDESS school during the week of November 15-19. I will be visiting schools in Fort Bragg, Fort Jackson and Camp Lejeune. As soon as I have firmed up my itinerary with local Presidents, we will notify schools. I am looking forward to visiting with our members and seeing the exceptional programs they provide for our children.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK -- American Education Week will take place November 14-20. An especially important part of this week-long celebration is the day dedicated to recognizing the hard work of our Educational Support Professionals (ESPs). That day will be Wednesday, November 17. The hard work of all our educators can never be sufficiently recognized, but American Education Week is certainly a well appreciated (and very well earned) pat on the back for all that you do throughout the entire school year. If you are looking for ideas or materials to help celebrate AEW in your building, please visit NEA's Web site.

HEALTH INSURANCE OPEN SEASON -- Just a reminder that the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Open Season runs from November 8 through December 13. Visit www.opm.gov/insure/health/ for information and resources you can use in making your choices about coverage.

I hope you have a great week!