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NEA Foundation Award Applications Deadline Extended to April 21Association members who would like to be considered for nomination for the 2021 NEA Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence now have until April 21 to download the application packet and submit it to FEA's Washington DC office. Our 2020 nominee, Reading Specialist Patricia Hannon from Hohenfels Elementary School, was one of five nationwide finalists for the NEA Foundation's top award. FEA may submit one nominee for the award each year. If you think it should be you, download the form and submit it by April 21 to be considered.
NOTICE OF OVERSEAS DUES DEDUCT ERRORAn erroneous change by DoDEA in the number of payroll dues deductions for Overseas members, of which FEA was not previously informed, has resulted in DFAS withholding an extra dues payment from some Overseas members' March 20 pay. FEA is reaching out to DoDEA management to resolve the problem. Read the update here
THANK YOU AND UPDATE ON FEA DC OFFICE STATUSFEA thanks all members for their incredible work to continue student learning during pandemic shutdowns. The shutdown of FEA's DC office is forcing a delay in tallying votes for three Area officer positions on the FEA Board. See the March 20 update on our Coronavirus info page for more details.
NEA DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCESNEA has put out an info paper with critical tips and considerations for educators tasked with developing and implementing digital learning environments in reaction to COVID-19.
These are great resources. There are also links to educational resources. Those resources may or may not all be approved by DoDEA. If you have questions please check with your ET (Educational Technologist) and the approved digital resources.
Remember that the Information Specialist at your local school has a wealth of digital resources available in the DoDEA purchased databases. The Information Specialist can recommend items to support your digital delivery of lessons.
DoDEA Updates Info on RITA Reimbursementposted March 18, 2020
In response to requests from FEA, DoDEA has added some information to its site about expansion of moving tax reimbursements to incoming and departing feds, including contact information for applicants and those with questions. Learn more here
CORONAVIRUS INFORMATIONFind information from FEA about how coronavirus is impacting Association members at this page
FEA/NEA ANNUAL MEETINGSFind information about this summer's FEA Annual Membership Meeting and NEA Representative Assembly by going to this page
WHITE HOUSE THREATENS BARGAINING RIGHTSposted February 11, 2020
As reported recently by Government Executive, the White House has drafted a memo granting authority to the Secretary of Defense to exempt Department of Defense (DOD) agencies, potentially including DoDEA, from laws guaranteeing workers the right to collective bargaining, in the name of "flexibility."
You can read the full article here for a detailed explanation of the threat to employee rights.
FEA is keeping abreast of the situation and is examining all avenues available to us with the goal of protecting and maintaining our members' rights. We will continue to keep our members informed of any new developments or attacks on their rights.
MANAGEMENT APPEALS ARBITRATOR'S RULING ON FEA-SR CONTRACTDoDEA has filed an appeal with the Federal Labor Relations Authority (FLRA) over an arbitrator's decision that declared the Agency's unilateral implementation of a successor Master Labor Agreement for FEA-Stateside Region educators to be an Unfair Labor Practice.
Read the update from FEA-SR General Counsel Ben Hunter here
VIEW CAMPAIGN FLYERS FROM FEA AREA DIRECTOR NOMINEES
Nominees have been named for the following offices on the FEA Board of Directors:
- FEA Director for DDESS
- FEA Pacific Area Director
- FEA Europe Area Director
Ballots will be mailed to FEA members January 16, 2020, and must be received by March 24, 2020, to be counted.
Read the December FEA Journal in PDF format
DATA-DRIVEN AGENCY CONTINUES TO IGNORE DATAposted December 17, 2019
Once again, DoDEA has dropped in the government's annual survey of "Best Places To Work", slipping from 357 in 2018 to 366 in 2019. Expect the rankings to get worse in the years ahead as a result of management's labor-relations practices. Read more here
BIG WIN FOR FEA-SRThe Federal Labor Relations Authority has sided with the Federal Education Association-Stateside Region over DoDEA management in a dispute concerning employees being denied proper compensation for academic credits earned.
Read the Special Update on this great win here!
STATESIDE MEMBERS: BE SURE TO LOG UNPAID TIMEFEA-Stateside members are reminded to use the Association-provided tracking sheet to log the unpaid hours they were required to work this school year and submit the tracking sheets to FEA-SR, for use in the Association's upcoming arbitration. Read the full update and access the tracking form here.
WE ARE NOT ALONE IN OUR FIGHTNEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia recorded this fantastic message of support and thanks to FEA members worldwide and reminds us that we are not alone in our fight against DoDEA and the federal government for better working and learning conditions. Visit this page (when you are off duty, off government property and not using government equipment) to voice your opposition to DoDEA's unilateral and illegal contract actions in Stateside schools and look for more opportunities to take action in the months ahead.
Hatch Act InformationVisit this page to learn more about the Hatch Act and find examples of activities allowed and prohibited under the law.
Hatch Act Do's and Don'ts
FEA HCR Newsletter and other HCR InfoView the latest issue of The Advocate, the monthly newsletter of FEA's Human and Civil Rights Program, and find other resources by clicking here.
FEA Social MediaFEA members (and anyone else) can follow FEA on Facebook and Twitter. We remind members these are public forums and should not be used to solicit or share legal advice. Members should always begin the process of seeking legal advice and services by contacting their local association representative and not share or reveal any personal information, particularly information pertaining to legal situations, on any public forum or social media site.
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Teaching Channel: Videos that Inspire TeachingThe Teaching Channel website offers a growing library of short videos to inspire K-12 teaching. These video lessons - in English language arts, math, science, and history/social sciences - include lesson objectives, questions to consider, homework ideas, and more.
Free registration provides access to:
- Highlights of skilled teachers teaching a lesson, such as Kick Me: Making Vocabulary Interactive
- Tips and tricks for new teachers, such as Attention Getting Signals: One Spot and Planning Full Days & Practicing Fast Facts
- Featured "Amazing Classrooms," such as Building Community in a Multi-Language Classroom
See the Welcome to Teaching Channel video.
Updates for our MembersRead the FEA President's Report and link to other updates for FEA members here.