December 1 2011 FEA President's Report

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

CONGRATULATIONS --Just after my last update was sent out on November 15, it was announced that Marilee Fitzgerald has had the "acting" removed from her title and is now the official Director of DoDEA. On behalf of the entire FEA membership, congratulations to Marilee! During her tenure as the Acting Director, DoDEA began using pre-decisional involvement on workplace matters to ensure those in the schools and in the classrooms have more input into how decisions are made at DoDEA Headquarters. Marilee has also visited a large number of DoDEA schools during her time with the agency and has made a point of hearing directly from teachers, staff and students, not just administrators. FEA looks forwarding to working collaboratively with Marilee to continue making improvements.

HS SCIENCE TEACHERS' SURVEY EXTENSION -- Due to the Thanksgiving break, the notification of the High School Science survey was delayed in reaching teachers. DoDEA Headquarters has agreed to extend the deadline for participation in this survey by two weeks (December 15). FEA has an MOU on this survey posted on our website and encourages participation.

NAEP SCORES -- Earlier this month, results of the most recent round of NAEP tests were released and once again, DoDEA students performed admirably. Our students exceeded the national average on all four tests (reading and mathematics in fourth and eighth grades). Furthermore, DoDEA's minority achievement gaps continue to decline as our minority students once again outperformed their peers in nearly every U.S. state. Congratulations to our students, their families, and the outstanding faculty/staff who educate them.

CSP WORK CONTINUES -- I continue to work with DoDEA Headquarters on the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) for DoDEA, as mentioned in my last two FEA President's Reports. Any ideas or feedback you have on the CSP can still be sent to me at

TRAVELS -- A very big "thank you" to the members and local leaders at Fort Benning, Maxwell Air Force Base, and Fort Rucker for their gracious southern hospitality during my recent visits to those DDESS locations. The work they are doing at those bases is exemplary and it is always uplifting for me to see firsthand what they are achieving.

MORE TRAVELS -- After a quick Thanksgiving dinner, I hopped on a plane to Europe to get in more visits with members prior to the holiday break. My visits this week include AFNorth, Spangdahlem, Bitburg, Baumholder and Kaiserslautern. The rest of my schedule for visits in December is as follows:
* December 5 -- Heidelberg
* December 6 -- Ansbach
* December 7 -- Hohenfels
* December 8 -- Vilseck
* December 9 -- Netzaberg/Grafenwoehr
* December 12 -- Bamberg
* December 13 -- HQ teleconference meeting
* December 14 -- Schweinfurt
* December 15 -- Wiesbaden
I look forward to meeting with and hearing from many members during these visits.

OPEN SEASON -- Don't forget to review your Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) plan options and make any changes/renewals/adjustments necessary by the end of this year's open season on December 12. Go to for more information.

NEW JOURNAL -- The December FEA Journal was mailed just before Thanksgiving, so it should be arriving in our mailbox any day now if it hasn't been delivered already. Look for useful information on dealing with deployment issues, school bullying and more. You can also find the current and past issues of the FEA Journal on our Web site

It's hard to believe it's December already. I hope you are having a great school year!