Mideastern Region PSEA

December Newsletter

Welcome to the Mideastern Region newsletter! Each month we will be featuring information to help our members stay informed, get involved, and advocate for our profession.

Our region represents the 15,168 public school educators across the 35 school districts and two intermediate units of Bucks and Montgomery Counties. Your hard work and the power of collective bargaining help to bring an exceptional education to the 195,426 students in our buildings.

PSEA House of Delegates

Thank you to all of our members who made the journey to Pittsburgh on December 6-7 for the PSEA House of Delegates! Among the business of the meeting: honoring Maria Bennett, an instructional assistant in New Hope-Solebury and the 2019 Dolores McCracken PSEA Education Support Professional of the Year.

Information about New Business Items considered at the event is available near the bottom of this website. Save the date for the next House on May 15-16, 2020 in Pittsburgh!

ESP Division Meeting and Holiday Dinner

Our ESP Division members enjoyed another successful holiday dinner at our office! Thank you to everyone who attended and brought a toy for the Toys for Tots program! The Division was once again recognized by the US Marine Corps Reserve for outstanding support of the charity. Save the date for the next Division meeting and workshop on Tuesday, March 3.

Holiday Happy Hour

All PSEA members are invited to join our legal services partners, Cordisco & Saile, for their annual holiday happy hour at La Stalla Restaurant on Wednesday evening next week! Please RSVP to get your name on the list for food, drinks, and live music: email info@cordiscosaile.com or call 215.642.2335.

Working with your EA and ESP Colleagues

In this interactive workshop, teachers and support staff will discuss the important relationship they share in their buildings. This workshop will challenge participants to talk about how their personal paradigms and attitudes impact their ability to work together. Participants will be asked to consider how their communication styles impact their work in the classroom. It will be on Tuesday, January 7th at 5pm at our region office in Montgomeryville. Registration is FREE and includes dinner!

QPR Suicide Prevention Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- three simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans are saying "yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, neighbor, or student. Please join us on February 4 for this 90-minute Act 48/Chapter 14 event presented by PSEA members Mike Fiore, Stephanie Warshaw, and Joe Werner, certified school social workers in our region. The event is FREE and includes dinner - click here to register.

Student Achievement and Poverty

This session examines socio-economic status and student achievement and takes a look at approaches and interventions that are being implemented to help "close the achievement gap" for students around the country. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of the facts and helpful knowledge and resources related to poverty and student achievement.

The event will be facilitated by Dr. Chris Clayton, PSEA Assistant Director for Student Services, on Monday, February 10th at 5pm at our region office in Montgomeryville. Registration is FREE and includes dinner.

CB South Brew Crew

The CB South Brew Crew is a coffee shop run by hardworking students utilizing employable skills to build pride, culture and relationships. Mike McGlinchey of the San Francisco 49ers recently purchased a collection of Brew Crew merchandise for his teammates to support and rep on the road. Mike's younger brother is part of the CB South Brew Crew. Thanks to the awesome members who help to make this program possible!

ACE Training

Are you interested in making better connections with your elected officials? Does this sound like a good idea but you have no idea how to make it happen? You're in luck! We are hosting ACE training at our region office on Thursday, January 23rd at 5pm. This event is open to any EA or ESP member in the region/division. Please consider joining us!

CAPS Christmas Choir Competition

Congratulations to Indian Valley Middle School! Their school's choir, under the direction of Souderton EA member Diane Ramage, is the first place winner in the K-8 Division of B101 Philly's Christmas Choir Competition! For a big smile, take a look at the moment that they found out that they were the champions. They will receive $5,000 for their school's choir, have their song played on Philly's B101.1 throughout the holidays, and performed with The Philly POPS at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on December 11th! Kudos also to the Springfield Township Middle School choir, who won third place and will receive $1,000!

In the grades 9-12 contest, congratulations to Council Rock EA Member Corey Axler and the CR South Vocal Ensemble on their second place finish! They will be donating their prize to the Don Ketterer Fund which helps students with financial needs rent musical instruments.

Cheese and Weingarten

Please consider joining us on Thursday, March 26th from 4:30-7pm at Crossing Vineyards and Winery in Newtown to learn about your rights as a union member! Attendees will learn information about our Weingarten Rights, when to use them, and what to do in a variety of situations in which members may find themselves. The event is open to all EA and ESP members in our region/division. Registration is $20 and includes two drink tickets (beer or wine) and plenty of food: cheese and fruit, filet tenderloin croissants, shrimp cocktail, baked goods, and much more! Sign up early: enrollment is capped at 60 members. We hope to see you there!

Click here to register.

Presidential Candidate Forum

This Saturday, NEA Today will be co-hosting the Public Education Forum 2020! Eight presidential candidates will be taking the stage to answer questions from educators, students, and parents. Use this link to view the event.

PACE Awards

Congratulations to Pennsbury EA and Central Bucks EA for being recognized at the PSEA House of Delegates for their contributions to PACE! If you are interested in conducting a PACE drive in your local, please get in touch with Theresa Prato, our region PACE director (theresaprato@gmail.com).

School Employee Background Checks

Act 153 of 2014 requires school employees to provide or renew State Police/FBI record checks and child abuse clearance statements. Additional changes to the law went into effect July 1, 2015. PSEA wants to ensure that all members understand how this policy affects them. Updated clearances are required every 60 months from the date of the oldest clearance. If you obtained your clearances when this law went into effect, you are approaching the end of the 60 month term. Please reach out to your HR department or visit this link for additional information.

Read Aloud with Confidence

Be prepared to get up on your feet and learn how to be clear, engaging, and comfortable reading in front of an audience of your students and colleagues! Through a series of fun exercises and improvisation games you will learn to apply simple techniques used by voiceover artists and actors to hold audience attention and interest. Reading aloud to students both slows down and simultaneously intensifies the classroom experience. In a world of sound bites and half-formed ideas expressed quickly in electronic formats, students benefit from hearing complete ideas, expressed with originality and attention, such as one finds in literary language. This event will be presented by Emlyn McFarland, Actor/Voiceover Artist/Comedian, on Monday, March 9th at 5pm at our region office. Click here to register!

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PSEA-PACE School Board Candidate Recommendation Information Night

Are you interested about learning the process by which your local can make a PACE recommendation for school board candidates? Have you gone through the process in the past but would like an update on new procedures for the next election cycle? This event is for you! Join members of the PSEA Government Relations staff, our region PACE director, and fellow EA and ESP local leaders for an evening to help you learn about navigating the recommendation process. This event will take place on Thursday, April 16 at our region office in Montgomeryville. Click here to register!

Save the Date

We are working on a great Act 48/Chapter 14 opportunity at the Philadelphia Zoo on Saturday, April 4! Sessions for educators and their families will showcase the programs available at the zoo, including:

  • Amazing Animal Adaptations - grades preK-2
  • Endangered Species and Conservation - grades 3-5
  • Habitats, Ecosystems, and the Environment - grades 3-8

Stay tuned for registration information after the holidays!

New Leader Symposium

There are two more meetings of our New Leader Symposium after the holidays:

· February 20th, - Introduction to Salary Schedules, Bargaining, and Healthcare

· April 30th - Introduction to Grievance Writing, Contract Enforcement, and Advocacy

Watch this space, our Facebook group, and your email for registration information!

PSEA Mideastern Region

Bill Senavaitis, President (bsenavaitis@psea.org)

Alan Malachowski, President- Elect (amalachowski@psea.org)

Bill McGill, Vice President (wmcgill@psea.org)

Kathy Hornberger, Treasurer

Susan Brown, Secretary

Theresa Prato, PACE Director

Debbie Lee, NEA Director