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SOUTHWESTERN OHIO EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

JANUARY 2013

SWOEA

Happy New Year!

President’s Message

Celebrate accomplishments but continue to face cha"enges

I hope everyone had a happy and healthy Winter Break. As we return to our schools, let us remember why we do what we do. Let us be professional and thoughtful in our words and actions. SWOEA will be presenting many workshops and professional development opportunities for members this winter and in the spring. Please make an effort to attend what interests you. If you have an idea for a workshop, please call and share it with us.

November was a celebration of the re-elections of President Obama and Senator Sherrod Brown; December of a snowy winter season; and January ringing in the 2013 new year. We are thankful for these events, but need to remain mindful. There continue to be challenges to public education and the middle class. Unfortunately there were many officials elected who and issues passed which are anti-public education. One example is the “Right to Work” legislation passed in Michigan. “Right to Work” IS WRONG! It is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class.

There have been and continue to be state and local cuts to the budget.This is very concerning because we are expected to do more with less and be evaluated twice a year, every year with the new Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES). Please reference the links and pass on this information, as we need to talk about it and educate ourselves and others.

STRS UPDATE December 17th the December Board News was sent out through email. In case you missed it, it included information that the 2012 Annual Financial Statement Audit was completed; the Board Amended Administrative Code Rules to Implement Pension Reform Changes, Including

SWOEA has a new website and website address: www.swoea.com.We hope you like the change in format, as well as, us doing our part to “go green” with the electronic newsline. Thanks for doing all you do! -Richard Packert

Rules on Service Credit Services; the Board Discussed Potential Refinements to Defined Contribution and Combines Plans; Retirements were Approved; and Other STRS Ohio News. For the specifics go to the STRS website.

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SWOEA FALL REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY View Elementary School. She has also been awarded Outstanding Recycling Educator by Hamilton County Department of Environmental Services and recognized as a Rising Staff Star by the Norwood Board of Education. Way to go Joy! The FCPE Awards were as follows: Percentage of Participation

The SWOEA Fall Representative Assembly was held on November the 10th at Receptions Banquet & Convention Center in Fairfield. This event awarded the Friend of Education and the Member Scholarship to individuals and the Fund for Children in Public Education to districts. Attendees were also able to gain insight on important issues. Patricia Bruns was presented the Friend of Education Award by Beth Wernery, Chairperson of the SWOEA Awards Committee. Pat was an art teacher in the Northwest Local School District for 30 years, now retired. Her contributions are many. She facilitated professional development opportunities and workshops focused on integrating the arts across the curriculum, as well as, consulted for The Getty Center for the Arts in Education and CET’s Art Connections. Pat has divided her time as an ODE Praxis III Assessor and a supervisor of student teachers at The College of Mount St. Joseph. More recently she worked as a muralist for Artworks Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine and as a member of Art4Artist, a group of female artists who share ideas, techniques, and works and celebrate the arts. Congratulations Pat, You truly are a best friend of education and asset to your community! The Member Scholarship was awarded to Joy Lohrer, by Joan Lewis, Scholarship Chairperson. Joy is a math teacher at Norwood

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Northwest A of E&

18.8%

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Hamilton CTA&&

19.6%

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Mount Healthy&&

25.5%

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Fairfield CTA& &

32.1%

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Middletown TA&

34%

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6.27

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Hamilton CTA&&

7.16

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Middletown TA&

11.06

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11.54

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13.35

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2,539

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2,871

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4,723.70

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7,356.60

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The following reports were also given: Constitution Commission Bob Beers Election Guidelines Damian Dagenbach President Richard Packert NEA Director Gretchen Washington Treasurer Michael Fortman OEA Officer Bill Leibensperger Final of Credentials Committee Connie Arnold OEA Briefing Emily Osterling.

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SWOEA DECEMBER EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING The SWOEA December Executive Committee Meeting was held on the 22nd at Parker’s Blue Ash Tavern. It was a time to discuss official business, review and celebrate our hard work, and enjoy a wonderful meal.

Guests included OEA President Patricia FrostBrooks, OEA Vice President Bill Leibensperger, retired teachers, and SWOEA staff, Executive Committee members and their friends and spouses. A great time was had by all!

CINCINNATI BALLET DISCOUNT FOR ROMEO & JULIET Cincinnati Ballet will be performing one of the greatest love stories of all times on Valentine’s Day and weekend. What better way to spend time with a loved one than at Romeo & Juliet, February 14-16 at the Arnoff Center for the Arts?The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will perform with the Cincinnati Ballet to create a beautiful event. As SWOEA members you will receive a 20% discount. Tickets start at $31. Order Early- Prices subject to change based on availability. No refunds or

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exchanges. Orders received by February 8th, 2013 will be held at Will Call. &

For Tickets:

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PROMO CODE G1213SUNNYD

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Online: cballet.org

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Click on: BUY TICKETS

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Go to: Promotions

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Enter code: G1213SUNNYD

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Phone: 513.621.5282 or 513.562.1114

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CALENDAR EVENT DETAILS February 1st and 2nd, 2013

Calendar January 15th 2013 Committee Chairs Meeting January 16th, 2013 Committee on Organizational Development Meeting January 23rd, 2013 Officers Meeting January 24th, 2013 Peace and Civil Rights Workshop January 28th, 2013 Executive Committee Meeting January 30th, 2013 Constitution and Bylaws Committee Meeting February 1st and 2nd, 2013 Collective Bargaining Conference February 12th, 2013 Student Learning Objective Workshop February 13th, 2013 Resolutions Committee February 14th-16th, 2013 Romeo and Juliet at the Arnoff February 15th, 2013 District Leaders Council Meeting February 16th, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting February 19th, 2013 Grant Writing Workshop February 20th, 2013 Officers Meeting February 25th, 2013 Executive Committee Meeting February 27th, 2012 Postmark Deadline for Martin Luther King Essay Contest

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING CONFERENCE

The 5th Annual Collective Bargaining Conference is at the Hilton Downtown Columbus, 401 North High Street. SWOEA will be awarding 10 scholarships to attend. This will cover registration, 2 nights lodging, and mileage. Meals will be provided at the conference. It is the responsibility of the the applicant to register and prepay conference fees, $100/person. Online registration began on November 8, 2012. Scholarship recipients will receive an SWOEA expense voucher at a debriefing following the conference on February 2nd. Priority will be given to 1st time attendees. No more than 2 members per local. The application is located on the SWOEA website. Click on link, select workshops, and RCC Match Scholarship App. Then fill it out and email to Veria or fax to 513.771.6674. February 12th, 2013 STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVE (SLO) WORKSHOP

Questions about SLO’s? Unsure what to do or even how to get one started? Take a few hours to attend an introductory workshop on SLO Writing! This will take you through what needs to be changed each year, what can stay, and finishes with how to begin writing a student growth measure. The workshop will be presented by Tim Adams, President of Fairfield Classroom Teachers’ Association, a 6th grade science teacher, and part of the team who is setting up the process for Fairfield City Schools. He has received extensive training through Hamilton County Education Service Council. Registration begins at 5:00pm with light refreshments; workshop begins at 5:30pm at the SWOEA Office, 270 Northland Blvd. February 19th, 2013 GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP

Come for a light dinner at 5:00pm; workshop begins at 5:30pm. Our presenter has experience with landing and administering classroom and school level grants. You will learn basic skills and tips on writing grants and come away with a start on a grant you are interested in pursuing. Begin thinking about possible ideas and tentative grantors before you come! RSVP to the SWOEA Office or email Veria by February 13th, 2013. February 27th, 2013 DEADLINE FOR MLK ESSAY CONTEST

The SWOEA Peace and Civil Rights Committee invites you to commemorate the legacy of Dr. King and those he has inspired. This year’s entries focus on his proclamation ” I believe that love is a transforming power that can lift a whole community to new horizons of fair play, good will and justice.” and how a person can live its message. Entries may be any of the following forms: collage, personal essay or letter, photography, podcast, poetry, Power Point, sculpture, video, or visual/graphic art. Biographies are not appropriate. Levels are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. There will be 8 student winners along with submitting teachers. Grand prize is an e-reader; other prizes $25 gift cards. Each entry must be clearly marked with all of the following: student’s name, home address, telephone number, grade level & age, as well as, name & address of district, superintendent’s name, student’s school, and teacher’s name. Schools are invited to submit the 3 best projects. They must be postmarked by February 27th or brought to SWOEA Office by the 28th. Winners will be displayed on April 13th at the SWOEA RA and can be picked up after.

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FREQUENTLY REQUESTED CONTACTS National Education Association (NEA)

School Employees Retirement System of Ohio

www.nea.org

www.ohsers.org

202.833.4000

866.280.7377

NEA Member Benefits

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System

www.neamb.com

www.opers.org

1.800.637.4637

1.800.222.7377

Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

Ohio Board of Regents

www.ode.state.oh.us

www.regents.ohio.gov

General Information 877.644.6338

614.466.6000

Licensure Information 614.466.3593

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Ohio Education Association (OEA)

www.dodd.ohio.gov

www.ohea.org

1.800.617-6733

1.800.282.1500 State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)

www.strsoh.org 1.888.227.7877

Officers and Staff RICHARD PACKERT President PHYLLIS BELL Vice President MIKE FORTMAN Treasurer VERIA MAXBERRY Office Manager MINDY FARMER Webmaster

SWOEA Office 270 Northland Boulevard

DANIELLE SCRASE Newsline Editor

Suite 224 Cincinnati, Ohio 45246 www.SWOEA.com www.facebook.com/SWOEA 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175

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