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November 1 2011 FEA President's Report

To: FEA Members and Local Leaders Worldwide
From: Michael Priser, FEA President
Re: FEA President's Report
Date: November 1, 2011


HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE ASSESSMENT MOU -- FEA and DoDEA are in the process of finalizing an amendment to our existing MOU on the Science Needs Assessment. The assessment asks high school science educators to evaluate existing science-related technology and equipment in the classroom and asks for input on what further resources would be useful for science education. FEA encourages its members who teach science at the high school level to fill out this Science Needs Assessment. The amendment to the MOU makes it clear, however, that filling out the assessment is completely voluntary and is not to be done during your non-instructional prep time. Those wishing to complete the assessment are to be given one hour of release time to do so. If you want to complete this voluntary assessment, please talk with your building principal about setting up release time. This amended MOU will be posted shortly on the FEA Web site at www.feaonline.org/mous.htm

GREAT ONLINE RESOURCE - Being online is now part of the daily life of tweens, teens, and adults. Through bNetSavvy.org NEA members and other educators can get access to high quality information and resources. Visit the site at www.bnetsavvy.org to learn more and sign up for the monthly newsletter.

AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK and ESP DAY -- American Education Week this year is November 13-19 and Educational Support Professional Day is November 16. This year marks the 90th anniversary of the founding of American Education Week by NEA and the American Legion. Learn more about the history of this week and the events that surround it, including ESP Day, by going to http://www.nea.org/grants/19823.htm

CELEBRATE NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE -- November is recognized as Native American Heritage Month. Visit http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov for information and resources you can use.

COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN -- FEA is working collaboratively with DoDEA in developing the new Community Strategic Plan. I mentioned in my last Update that I wanted our members engaged in this process. Our first step will be to look at the proposed Mission, Vision and Guiding Principles. Below is the draft of what is being proposed by the CSP committee. If you have any feedback, please send it to me by this Friday, November 4, at feapresident@nea.org. Thanks!
Mission: Engage, Educate & Empower Each student to thrive in a dynamic world.

Vision: To be the world's leader in PK-12 education, enriching the lives of military-connected students and the communities in which they live.

Guiding Principles:
* We Believe students are at the heart of all we do
* We Believe each child has the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential
* We Believe learning environments are ambitious, invigorating, and relevant
* We Believe high performing teachers and leaders make a difference in students' success
* We Believe parental engagement is vital to their children's education
* We Believe in engaged partnerships that enrich the lives of our students
* We Believe our diversity creates resilient, open and innovative opportunities for our students