February 26, 2014 FEA President's Report

To:FEA Members Worldwide
FROM: Chuck McCarter, FEA President
RE: FEA President's Report
DATE: February 26, 2014

FEA has posted answers to some frequently asked questions about the DoDDS Excess Placement program. You can find that Q&A document on the FEA Web site at this page.

DoDDS employees may register for the Excess Placement Program and VSIP/VERA consideration by going to this page.

The deadline for DoDDS employees to apply is Tuesday, March 4.

The deadline for DDESS employees to apply for VSIP/VERA consideration is March 3.

Those who apply for VSIP/VERA will receive an estimate of the amount they would receive, should they be extended an offer under either program. If, after reviewing your estimate, you definitely know that you would not accept a VERA/VSIP offer were it extended to you, please inform management that you wish to withdraw from consideration. You can do so by emailing DoDEA. Also, please copy FEA's Connie Shanaghan at so she can confirm your application is withdrawn.

By removing yourself from consideration as soon as you are certain you are no longer interested, you will help to speed up the process for others who are still awaiting word on VSIP/VERA or their placement as an excessed employee.

It's here! March 3 is Read Across America Day. As always, we're so proud of our members worldwide for embracing this annual celebration of reading and the incredible work of Theodor "Dr. Seuss" Geisel. Read Across America was begun by educators and remains an educator-driven event. That's important to remember; especially when we're constantly being bombarded my directives from management. You can still find ideas for your reading events by going to NEA's Read Across America page. Be sure to share your photos with us by sending them to Have fun!!

The entire month of March is designated as Women's History Month. You can find great information, including resources you can use in your classroom, by going to the Library of Congress page on Women's History Month, here, or NEA's page at this page.

My predecessor as FEA President, Michael Priser, is back in Germany, doing excellent work as a school psychologist. Recently, Michael, along with six students at Vilseck High School he meets with to discuss deployment concerns, decided to create a coloring book and other information to help younger students of deployed parents. You can read about their efforts by going to the U.S. Army Web site, here.

This is a fantastic example of students and staff going above and beyond to accomplish something for themselves and others. Bravo to Michael and especially to the students who worked on this fantastic proect!

Over the weekend of Feb 21-23 I was lucky enough to attend the Eastern NEA Leadership Summit with 14 FEA members from around the world. It was a weekend full of great information and training on leadership and communication. It was also a chance to share information among our members. And it was great to hear how often NEA leadership and even guest speakers acknowledged FEA and the important role DoDEA educators play in the lives of our military families. NEA truly recognizes the challenges we face and stands up for us!

Have you ever had one of those conversations with someone who is NOT a teacher, but thinks they know everything about how to teach? Here is a great article about listening to teachers..