Summer Leadership Academy participants urged to ‘be relentless’

“Be relentless; never give up.” That’s what NEA Executive Committee member Earl Wiman told participants this week at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy, where dozens of members gathered for inspiration and guidance in supporting public education and children. “Push farther and do more than you’ve ever done before,” Wiman said in a keynote presentation in which he emphasized that public education is about helping all children succeed, no matter their zip code.

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The union helps give educators ‘a voice in what matters to students,’ WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen says

Educators know best what students need in the classroom, and WEAC helps give those educators “a voice in what matters to our students,” WEAC Vice President Peggy Wirtz-Olsen said Monday in an address at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy. Educators from throughout the state gather annually at the WEAC Summer Leadership Academy for training how to lead the profession and strengthen public education to benefit students. This year’s Academy is at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

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Young delegates find camaraderie, inspiration at NEA Representative Assembly

Approximately 8,000 delegates – including 122 from Wisconsin – will represent state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession at the NEA’s Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly this summer in Boston. We asked a few of WEAC’s younger delegates why they have chosen to be NEA RA delegates and they said they want to speak up for their students, get more involved in the association and meet new friends and colleagues.

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WEAC is learning from the past and building for the future, WEAC President says

Inspired by the legacy handed down by our past leaders and encouraged by the incredible promise of our current and aspiring educators, the future of WEAC is very strong, WEAC President Ron Martin said Saturday at the 95th WEAC Representative Assembly. Despite what some media say, “It’s an exciting time to be a union member,” Martin said at the daylong Assembly in Stevens Point.

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How to take your advocacy to the next level in 2017

It’s never been more important for educators to fill the role of advocates for public education and students, and 2017 can be the year for you to take that important next step. “Last year, you might have signed online petitions, shared a social media graphic or sent emails to your elected officials,” Education Votes noted in a new article offering ideas for how you can strongly speak up for kids. “This year, think about how you might take your online advocacy to the next step. You might speak at your school board meeting, attend a rally, write a letter to your local newspaper, distribute information door to door, or participate in a phone bank.”

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