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February 1, 2017 FEA President's Report

TRANSFER PROGRAM

The DODDS transfer round began last Monday (January 23) and is expected to last at least through this week. Per our standard agreement with DoDEA, FEA cannot release any information on transfers made until the round is concluded and all transfer notifications have been sent out.

I spent several days at DoDEA Headquarters last week, monitoring the transfer round along with FEA's transfer guru, Connie Shanaghan. Connie will remain there throughout the remainder of the transfer round (thanks Connie!). Connie asks that I remind our members who e-mail her with questions once the transfer round is concluded to be sure to include their transfer group and SCD in their messages.


PRESIDENT'S TRAVELS

As this Update goes out, I have just attended the NEA Women's and Minority Leadership Conferences in Tampa, Florida, along with 8 FEA members from Stateside, the Pacific and Europe. This was a great opportunity for us to meet as a group, to network, and to take part in excellent Professional Development.

In mid-February, I will travel to Japan for some school visits (details are still being finalized) and then continue on to Guam with FEA Director for DDESS Jane Loggins and UniServ Ben Hunter.

Your FEA leaders realize the experts in our system are in our schools and we want to hear from you, so it is always great to have a chance to speak with members during these visits.

While I am out of the office, please excuse any delay in responding to your emails.


HIRING FREEZE

No additional specifics or guidelines have been provided to us about the freeze on hiring civilian federal employees imposed by President Trump last week. We continue to seek clarification on a number of points and to argue that DoDEA schools play too vital of a role in the support of our military families to be included in the hiring freeze to begin with. We will update members whenever we get more information.


BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is Black History Month and NEA offers numerous resources you can incorporate into your observation. Go to NEA's Black History Month page for more information.


SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK

National School Counseling Week runs February 6-10 and highlights the role counselors play in supporting students in their immediate and future endeavors. Get more information at National School Counseling Week.


READ ACROSS AMERICA

March 2 is NEA's Read Across America Day, celebrating the birthday of Dr. Seuss and the joys of reading. Visit NEA's Read Across America site for ideas to help you celebrate.