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SWOEA Thanks President Richard Packert! For His Service to Public Education and Celebrate His Passion, Dedication, and Devotion!! The Southwestern Ohio Education Association would like to thank President Richard Packert for his service to public education! He is an exceptional leader, teacher, and mentor. His passion, dedication, and devotion are to be celebrated.!

To say Richard has been active is an understatement. He served as SWOEA president for the last 6 years, SWOEA Vice President, Middletown Teachers Association President, Head Building Representative, Contract Negotiation Member, and Butler Health Plan Representative and Trustee. In addition, he has been a delegate to the General Assembly of the NEA and OEA; keeping members informed about current legislative issues at all 3 levels of government. He has taught for 31 years, all but 1 at Middletown: American History at the Middle School for 24 and McKinley Elementary for 6.! He did all of this because he is a teacher, wanting the best for both students and fellow educators. He is passionate about his

President’s Message! It is with bittersweet emotion that I send you my last President’s Message as your SWOEA President. I am proud of the work that we have done and know our members are up for the challenge of the future work of this association. I will begin a new chapter in my life as I prepare to move to Charleston, South Carolina in my retirement.!

craft and most of all loves kids. His example has and will continue to inspire.! SWOEA Vice President Phyllis Bell took a point of personal privilege at the SWOEA Spring RA: Thank you Mr. President for your service to SWOEA, your students, and to public education. You exhibited courage when making tough decisions; did what was right, even when unpopular; and stayed true to our purpose and vision. You believe in the power of SWOEA and helped create a professional organization that members could be proud of. You did it with class and made us all look great. And so we celebrate you Richard Packert! !

Please be supportive of your new leadership team at SWOEA. Phyllis, Mike, and Barb will represent you well. Remember to EDUCATE, ADVOCATE, and AGITATE!! That’s what we do best!! -Richard Packert!



MAY 2014

OEA SPRING REPRESENTATIVE ASSEMBLY The OEA Spring RA was held on May 8-10, 2014. We were reminded of the importance to continue to fight for the right to stand as a union, speak with thunder, and fight when the laws are unjust (Larry Davis’ message from the OEA Spring RA 2011)! So spread the word to elect Ed FitzGerald as Governor because he will work for us.! Many spoke with thunder about current educational concerns. Brad Strong, Mansfield School Employees Association, shared his emotional story of how charter schools have devastated his district. “The reality is that it’s horrible…At the end of the day this will impact people’s lives… People will… suffer… The damage from this, it’s very real.” Joan Lewis, President of West Clermont Education Association, and Jennifer Shelton,

Mt. Healthy EA, spoke specifically about how OTES is hurting educators. Scott DiMauro, OEA Vice President, added “The misuse and overuse of standardized testing harms

children, demoralizes educators and undermines public confidence in our schools.” Delegates voted overwhelmingly for a resolution recommending a threeyear “suspension on all high-stakes decisions” tied to the tests.! Ed FitzGerald announced six principles that will guide his education policy as Governor:! 1. Include Educators in DecisionMaking and Policy Formulation at the State and Local Level; ! 2. Increase State Investment; ! 3. Stop Teaching to the Test;! 4. The Race to Privatize our Public Education System is a Race to the Bottom; ! 5. Address the Development of the Whole Child; and! 6. Invest in Early Childhood Education.! OEA President Becky Higgins shared, “I am so proud of the Delegates to the RA! We had great debates on Resolutions, Legislative Update and 10 New Business Items. You stuck with me and we got the job done! I want the voices of our members to always be heard and today we Stood Strong Together! Thank you for all your support and now let's work together to get the job done this November as we get Ed Fitzgerald elected governor. One Mission, One Goal, One Team! Our students, communities and fellow members depend on it.”!

COMMUNITY CALL TO ACTION: TELL DAYTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS WHY OUTSOURCING IS WRONG! UNSAFE! Outsourcing means dropping unknown people into WASTEFUL! DPS classrooms...unknown people Outsourcing turns public dollars into profit who don’t know our community, for a private company and sends our local don’t know our children, and may not economy in the wrong direction.! have been fully licensed or been properly background-checked before Tell the Superintendent Lori Ward and Board teaching our children.! President Robert Walker of Dayton Public Schools that OUTSOURCING IS WRONG via UNFAIR! EMAIL: and ! Outsourcing is unfair to this! community who entrusts DPS with




the education of their children. It is unfair to the children of DPS who come to school eager and ready to learn, only to be placed under the watch of a temporary worker.!



JOIN US ON FACEBOOK: stopoutsourcingindaytonpublicschools




MAY 2014

SWOEA SCHOLARSHIP FOR OEA SUMMER ACADEMY The SWOEA scholarships offer the ability for emerging and prospective leaders of the association to obtain funding and participate in the 2014 OEA Summer Academy. This year’s theme is Rise, Reclaim, and Renew. Courses on key association leadership knowledge skills, and strategies: Officers Leadership Development, Membership Advocacy and Organizing, Collective Bargaining, Professional Issues Advocacy, and Hot Topics and Electives. It will be held August 4-6, 2014 at the Columbus Hilton Downtown, 401 High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. ! General Guidelines: Scholarships will pay for the conference registration fee of $100, reimbursement of mileage and meals within the OEA Policy Guidelines with receipts up to $250, for a total scholarship value of $350 per recipient. Recipient is responsible for completing the registration process for the conference at this This link will go live on May 1, 2014. ! Scholarship pays for lodging for Monday and Tuesday nights only. Recipient is responsible for contacting the Hilton Downtown Columbus and reserving a room for overnight lodging, either at the above link or by phone 614.384.8600. Please refer to OEA Summer Academy Group Block to assure you are getting the OEA room rate. ! First priority will be given to members who have never attended the Summer Leadership Conference. Second priority will be given to locals who have not received a scholarship within the last

three years. Third priority will be based on the date of application submission. ! The application is available on the SWOEA website. Simply click on Application button to download, fill out the required information, and follow the given submission instructions. Deadline for the scholarship applications is Friday May 16, 2014. If there are more applicants than scholarships, a waiting list will be maintained should there be a cancellation. Scholarship winners will be notified by email by Friday May 23, 2014. !



Supporting the FCPE is more important than ever as districts around the state battle unfriendly laws and those who make these laws. The FCPE provides funds to support the election of legislators who support public education. These funds also support the efforts of our lobbyists to work with elected legislators in order to create and amend legislation that is supportive to public education. Your dues dollars, by law, cannot be used for political action. Therefore, pledging support to an FCPE campaign is more important than ever! Give on-line at by clicking on the Political Action tab and then clicking on the FCPE tab. Fill-out the form and hit enter. SO Easy! !

For Tips for Running a Successful Drive contact Stacy Recker ( from the SWOEA Legislative Committee.



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Calendar! May 7th, 2014 Scholarship Committee May 8th-10th, 2014 OEA Spring Representative Assembly May 12th, 2014 Officers Committee May 16th, 2014 Deadline for SWOEA Scholarship Application for OEA Summer Academy May 20th, 2014 SWOEA Retired Committee May 23rd, 204 Notification of SWOEA Scholarship Winners for OEA Summer Academy June 7th, 2014 NEA Caucus June 9th and 10th, 2014 Professional Development Committee Workshop June 13th, 2014 SWOEA Retired Committee June 23rd, 2014 Executive Committee July 1st-6th, 2014 NEA Representative Assembly August 4th-6th, 2014 OEA Summer Academy


SWOEA Retired will be presenting an informational session on changes from STRS Health Care for 2015-2016. This is also the annual meeting at which new officers will be elected. It will be held at the SWOEA Office. Light refreshments at 5:00pm; program begins at 5:30. To reserve a place please email Claudia Miller at! June 9th and 10th, 2014 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WORKSHOP

assessments, and a Word compatible electronic device.! Workshop at Kings Education Center from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided. To register email Veria. Cost to SWOEA members $125. Register and pay before May 15 for only $75. Ashland University credit also available for an additional $175. For questions contact Marti Huss, Chair of PD at 513.385.6470 or email!


The SWOEA Professional Development Committee is sponsoring following workshop: Classroom Assessment for Student Learning: Doing It Right- Using It Well! The presenter is Michelle Clapsaddle; an Educational Consultant at Hamilton County ESC; a Formative Instruction Specialist for the State of Ohio; and an Assessment Literacy Specialist.! Does a classroom in which students “own their learning” sound appealing? Do you aim to construct high quality, purposeful assessments that yield accurate data that can be used by both teachers and students? Do you strive to provide effective and timely feedback to learners? Rekindle the excitement in both teaching and learning as you deepen your understanding of the “five keys” to Assessment Literacy. Recognize the “hows and whys” of clear learning targets, know the major components of assessment design and how to use them, learn ways to improve feedback practices and finally, ascertain methods to promote student ownership of learning. Put the theory into practice with your peers and ready yourself for the up-coming school year. Attendees should bring: content Standards, several

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National Education Association (NEA)

School Employees Retirement System of Ohio!!



NEA Member Benefits

Ohio Public Employees Retirement System!!



Ohio Department of Education (ODE)

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General Information 877.644.6338!


Licensure Information 614.466.3593!

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

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1.800.282.1500! State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio (STRS)! 1.888.227.7877!

Officers and Staff! RICHARD PACKERT! President! PHYLLIS BELL! Vice President! BARB CALTON! Treasurer! VERIA MAXBERRY!

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