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February 1, 2010 FEA President's Report

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


TRANSFER PROGRAM -- Remember, the deadline for applying for the SY 2010-2011 DoDDS Transfer Program is February 12. The first round is scheduled to begin on March 8. Staffing documents should now be available in your school. FEA is working with DoDEA Headquarters to ensure that the documents are complete and that time is allotted for your FRS to work with the building administrator to determine what vacancies should be submitted to the Transfer Program. It is equally important that careful consideration be given to the excess process. Any irregularity should be reported to FEA immediately for quick resolution. FEA is committed to a fair and equitable process in both determining excesses and submitting vacancies.

NEW KOREA SCHOOL ADDED -- A new school in Korea, Casey Elementary School, was recently added to the location list on the online transfer application. Any teacher who lists "Korea" as a location on their transfer application will be considered for this school in addition to all the other schools in Korea. If you do not wish to be considered for Casey ES, you must remove "Korea" from your transfer application and list only the individual schools in Korea that you desire as possible transfer locations.

TRANSFER VERIFICATION -- FEA members are encouraged to take advantage of our Transfer Verification service: send a copy of the FINAL version of your transfer application to FEA and we will verify that you are included in the transfer program. The copy of your transfer application must be received by FEA by March 4.

Important Reminder: Sending a copy of your transfer application to FEA does not mean you have applied for the DoDDS Transfer Program. To apply, you must submit your application and any other necessary materials through the DoDEA Web site by the February 12 deadline.

To participate in FEA's Transfer Verification service, FEA members should send the final version of their transfer application to FEA via email (feaadmin@nea.org), via fax (202-822-7867) or by regular mail:
FEA
Attn: Transfer Verification
1201 16th St. NW, Suite 117
Washington, DC 20036

TRANSFER TIPS AND OTHER INFORMATION -- FEA members can sign-in to read Connie Shanaghan's FEA Tips for Transfers, as well as find links to the transfer application and lots of other information and resources, by going to FEA's Transfer Program Information Page

100 PERCENT -- FEA sends its congratulations and a very big "thank you" to the faculty and staff at Bamberg Elementary School in Germany for achieving 100 percent membership in the Association this school year. And to the local leadership at Bamberg ES: great job!!

READ ACROSS AMERICA -- FEA/NEA's annual celebration of reading and all things Dr. Seuss-related is barely a month away. Visit www.nea.org/readacross for information on the March 2 Read Across America celebration, including ideas for how you can participate and a link to the Read Across America Facebook page. While you're there, be sure to use the "Pledge to Particpate" link in the left-hand column to share with others your reading event plans. And please plan to send a photograph or two of your event to FEA at fea@feaonline.org

HAITI RELIEF -- FEA's parent organization, the National Education Association (NEA), is working with the Education International Solidarity Fund to channel financial support directly to educators in Haiti and their families. The funds will be used first to secure lives and second to support the resumption of education in Haiti. Those wishing to donate can do so by sending a check, made out to "National Education Association", to this address:
Haiti Earthquake Recovery
National Education Association
1201 16th St. NW, Suite 614
Washington DC 20036

All funds received will be immediately forwarded to Education International for humanitarian assistance to educators in Haiti.

THANKS TO MEMBERS AT CAMPBELL AND KNOX -- Many thanks to all the members at Ft. Campbell and Ft. Knox for making the visit to those schools very memorable. It was great to see all the innovative educational programs going on with children excited about learning. The extra time and effort put forth by our members truly makes a difference in the lives of these children and their military families.

LEADERS IN TRAINING -- FEA had nearly 20 members attend the recent NEA Mid-Atlantic Leadership Conference in Cincinnati. There were many great discussions and presentations covering fairness and equity in education. My thanks go to these members for giving their time to attend these important meetings.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH -- February is Black History Month and NEA offers links to a number of resources to help our members celebrate and observe this event. You can find that information at www.nea.org/home/12937.htm

Have a great week!