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FWEA Focus M A R C H 2 0 1 6
4/12 PRC License Renewal
Workshop; 4:45 pm; FWEA
4/12 FWEA/FWCS Joint
Special Education Discussion;
4:15 pm; Grile
4/13 Region 8 District
Council Meeting; 6:00 pm; FWEA Office
4/13 Pre ISTA-RA Confer-
ence Call; 7:00 pm
4/18 FWEA RA; 4:45 pm;
4/20 FWEA/FWCS Joint
Discussion; 4:45 pm
4/23 ISTA Rep Assembly;
5/10 FWEA/FWCS Joint
Special Education Discussion;
4:15 pm; Grile
5/16 FWEA Final
Rep Assembly; 4:45 pm; FWEA Office
5/18 FWEA/FWCS Joint
Discussion; 4:45 pm
5/26 Last teacher work day
5/31 4th Quarter grades due
@ 8:00 am
FWEA Members Lobby Legislators at the State House
NOMINEES NEEDED!!!! FWEA will soon be recognizing members who have excelled in various ways throughout their career and within the organization. Please email our office at [email protected] to nominate individuals that you believe should be honored by FWEA in May for the fol-lowing categories: Millie Meese Award- Given to a 15-16 retiree for outstanding Association Service Judy Koester Award- Given to someone who displays strong advocacy for
public education Community Service Award- Given to someone who volunteers in our community Elementary Building Rep of the Year Middle School Rep of the Year High School Rep of the Year Special Area Rep of the Year
Many Bills were introduced this short session that were directly related to public educa-tion. Please check out the status of this legislative session on the website blog @ista-in.org. If you ever questioned the power, presence, or relevance of our Association, this blog should enlighten your understanding of how strong we are when UNITED! Thank you to everyone that sent a letter, text, email, or made a call to a legislator. We are very grateful to the following members for traveling to Indianapolis to discuss our concerns with elected officials:
Mary Krieinbrink Jennifer Walker John Koryl Margaret Belch Andrew Fultz Marissa Rittenmeyer Lisa Deck Jennifer Davis Juli Dominguez & son Joey Laura McCoy Robert McComb Julie Hyndman
FWEA/ISTA retired members: Jim Clauser Nancy Mack Loraine Bickford
Last month four FWEA members were selected by ISTA President Teresa Meredith, to attend the NEA Leadership Summit in Dallas. Here are a few excerpts FWEA attendees shared about their experience: “The Leadership Conference was so empowering. I feel like I got important, specific information on how to better serve FWEA, ISTA, and my students. It was inter-esting to connect with so many diverse people who had the pas-sion and core values of educating every child. It was a lot of FUN, and I learned to use Uber!”
- Amanda Blackman
“I attended a sessions on Teach-er Leadership, Asking Political Questions, Using Improv in the Classroom, and Closing the Achievement Gap with African American Males. Each of these sessions was extremely beneficial to not only my building, but FWEA and ISTA.”
- Stacy Conner “I got to skype with a superin-tendent from a district that had developed a relationship of trust and respect between its union and corporation. I also attended a super fascinating seminar on the science of body language by Chris Ulrich. I learned a lot about how a keen awareness of a per-
son’s physical behavior might reveal more to the story than he/she is leading on. Having a heightened ability to know more about what a person is trying to say can be extremely useful when talking to students or corporation representatives.”
- Christian Ashby “This conference was a wonder-ful opportunity for growth in both my leadership and classroom skills. As a Union, the more we combine our efforts, the clearer our message becomes, the better the learning environment im-proves for our students, and all stakeholders. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity.”
- Judith Abram-Odigboh
FWEA Members Attend the NEA Leadership Summit in Dallas
HS Graduations Snider – Friday, June 3rd
@ 6:00 p.m.
Wayne – Friday, June 3rd
@ 7:30 p.m.
North Side – Saturday, June 4th
@ 10:00 a.m.
South Side – Saturday, June 4th
@ 12:00 p.m.
Northrop – Saturday, June 4th @ 1:30 p.m.
The ISTA Summer Leadership Confer-
ence will be held June 14th to the 17th, at
the Marriott East in Indianapolis. In-
formative workshops are offered each
day at no cost to members. Members
will receive free meals and accommoda-
tions when sharing a room with another
member. Registration is now available
on the ISTA website @ista-in.org.
FWEA Members Recognized FWEA Lilly Grant awardees, Jennifer
Walker and Lisa Deck, along with
FWCS Teacher of the Year, Laura
McCoy, were recently recognized at
the February 23rd, ISTA Evening of
Excellence! Only 27 teachers were
recognized from across the state.
Congratulations Laura, Lisa, and
F WEA is offering a workshop to ALL MEMBERS on Indiana Teacher License
Renewal on Tuesday, April 12th at 4:45 pm, at the FWEA office– 2990 E. Coli-
seum Blvd, Suite 100, Fort Wayne. ISTA Professional Resource Center Manager
Mark Shoup, will lead teachers through the process of IDOE License Renewal.
Bring a wireless device to start your application process. Please RSVP by April
11th to [email protected].
ISTA Foundation Scholarship
The ISTA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, committed to continuing education
and training of teachers and other school personnel. The ISTA Foundation promotes public educa-
tion by engaging community partners and sharing the success of Indiana’s public schools.
IFIE offers scholarships through area ISTA district councils. The scholarship dollar amount is
$700 per district council.
The ISTA Foundation also offers support in the form of scholarships for The National Board for
Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) which is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting excellence in ed-
ucation by enhancing overall educator effectiveness and recognizing and rewarding highly accomplished educators who
meet high and rigorous standards.
ISTA Foundation partnerships to promote education include:
The Indiana Youth Institute—An organization that promotes the healthy development of children and youth by serving
the institutions and people of Indiana who work on their behalf. IYI’s website at: www.IYI.org is a great resource for
those who work with youth.
D.R.E.A.M. Alive, Inc.—The Indianapolis-based 501(c)(3) group offers programs in Indianapolis urban schools for stu-
dents in grades seven through 12. The D.R.E.A.M. Alive organization was founded by Tarik Glenn, a former offensive tack-
le for the Indianapolis Colts. Learn more at: www.dreamaliveinc.org.
All-Star Reading Team—The community-based reading program is of-
fered by the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. Members of the Pacers All-Star
Reading Team visit area schools along with ISTA state officers to read
with students along with the help of Pacer mascot Boomer. For more
information, go to: http://www.nba.com/pacers/community-relations-
Candidate must be a child, stepchild, grandchild or step grandchild of an ISTA member.
Candidate must have at least a C average in high school.
Candidate graduated from a public high school in December or will graduate in May/June.
Candidate will continue his/her education at a formal accredited training program (apprenticeship, trade school, cosmetology, etc.) or will attend a 2 to 4 year accredited college or university.
Candidate does not have to attend high school in the same ISTA dis-trict where the member teaches.
Candidate does not have to live with the ISTA member.
Nomination forms are due April 1 to the office via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to 2990 E. Coliseum Blvd, Ste 100, 46805.
www.ista-in.org > Member Benefits > Scholarships and Grants
2 FWEA Members Awarded Lilly Grant Renewal
Lisa Deck/Waynedale Elementary For my five week Lilly Grant Renewal ex-perience, I will begin by taking a one week drawing course here in Fort Wayne. Then I will travel to the lands of my origin, Swit-zerland, Germany, and France, for the re-maining four weeks, sketching and drawing things that are beautiful to me. I will immerse myself in these cultures, ending my experience with a one week painting course in Paris. Jennifer Walker/Snider High School “Find My Way Along the Ring of Fire”- to study volcanoes, geology, and Marine sci-ence in Galapagos Islands.
Fort Wayne Education Association
Indiana State Teachers Association
2990 E. Coliseum Blvd, Suite 100
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: (800) 382-4037
Fax: (800) 434-1138
Julie Hyndman, President
[email protected]; ext 3740
Angela Miller, UniServ Director
[email protected]; ext 3738
Danielle Kraft, UniServ Assistant
[email protected]; ext 3735
DID YOU KNOW?
You can find savings through the ISTA/NEA web sites? You will find savings
on new/used cars, travel arrange-ments, theme park admissions, refi-
nancing, and so MUCH MORE!
You can save on places like Kings Is-land, Great Wolf Lodge, Indianapolis Zoo, and Sea World! ISTA also offers
discounts on hotels and car rentals, so you can save money when planning
Visit www.ista-in.org and once you’re logged in, click Member Benefits >
Benefits> Shopping & Discounts
Don’t forget about the Attorney Referral Program! ISTA provides to its members two, 30-minute consultations with an ISTA-affiliated attorney at NO COST! Contact our office or go to the ISTA web site for more information!
SICK BANK Guidelines You Need to Know Teachers need to donate to the Sick Leave Bank every year during
the official enrollment period.
The Sick Bank is available to teachers only for long-term illness or
Teachers MUST use all of their own personal illness & business
days before utilizing Bank days.
Teachers MUST use all personal benefit days and have at least 15
consecutive days away from the classroom before using Bank days.
A letter must be submitted to HR requesting Sick Bank along with a
note from a doctor.
If you have signed six or more teaching contracts with FWCS, a
maximum request of 320 hrs/40 days may be made.
If you have signed 1 to 5 contracts with FWCS, a maximum request
of 160 hrs/20 days may be made.
If you sold back ANY personal illness hours/days following the pre-
vious school year, you may only request a maximum of 120 hrs/15
days from the Bank.
FWEA RECOMMENDATION: ALWAYS DONATE ONE (1) DAY EACH YEAR.
DO NOT SELL BACK YOUR BENEFIT DAYS. YOU MAY NEED THE ADDITION-
AL DAYS ALLOTTED, AND YOU DON’T RECEIVE ENOUGH $$ FOR THEM.
Do you need help in your classroom? Members of the Allen County ISTA-Retired Chapter have offered to
make themselves available to assist classroom teachers in whatever
capacity needed. Please contact our office at if you would like help
from many of our former teachers.
Are you retiring? When you are cleaning out your classroom, please remember that
FWEA can use any of the following:
Professional Literature for the FWEA Member Library
Gently used children’s books for free giveaways during Associ-
New or gently used items that could be used at our RA meet-
ings as giveaways like bulletin board border, pocket charts,
games, center activities, or desk items.