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November 2014 FEA Stateside Newsletter

Jane Loggins - FEA Director for DDESS
Dorothy L. Lee - FEA-SR General Counsel

Happy American Education Week!

Happenings-

  • Travels-This month I have had the opportunity to visit our schools at West Point, NY along with FEA President Chuck McCarter. We had a wonderful visit and had lots of opportunities to meet and talk with members.
  • This week is American Education Week! We support and celebrate our schools and public education. Wednesday, November 19, is a special Day to recognize our Educational Support Professionals! We would like to recognize our Educational Support Professionals (ESP) employees for all of the work they do in our schools each day to support education.
  • Speak Up Survey-The agency is requesting teachers complete the Speak Up Survey to examine technology needs and usage in our schools. This survey is voluntary for our bargaining unit members.
  • Fed View Survey-Many of you may have received an email about the Fed View Survey. This survey is again voluntary and should be anonymous.
  • DODEA Initiatives-FEASR is currently working on bargaining MOU's in the areas of LIMS Curriculum, Schoology, Crisis Management Trainings and more! We have not seen any slow down in the momentum in initiative from HQ.
  • DDESS Initiatives-Reflection Tools in AP Math, Technology and Positive Behavior Support. These tools are not to be used for teacher evaluation but form program evaluation. If you have questions, please talk with your local president.
  • Federal Health Benefits Open Season-November 10-December 8-If you would like to make changes to your federal health benefits, now is the time. For more information go to http://www.opm.gov/healthcare-insurance/healthcare/
  • In the near future, be on the lookout for information on the nomination process for the NEA Representative Assembly. It will be held this summer in Orlando, Florida.

Have a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving! Enjoy family and friends and take time for yourselves! Thank you for all of the hard work you do supporting our schools and students.

Jane