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OEA President Becky Higgins’ Message" About Her Listening Tour of Five Locals in SWOEA

President’s Message" As I write this message, election day is upon us. I hope that all of our endorsed candidates were victorious and our school levies and bond issues were successful. The SWOEA Fall Representative Assembly is this Saturday, November 9. We will be conducting the business of the association and presenting our FCPE Awards, as well as our Teacher Scholarship. I always enjoy the RA because it is the work of the association and people who are the leaders that inspire me the most."

" " It was good to be in the SWOEA District on October 30th. Your President, Rich Packert planned a very meaningful and engaging day for me in Southwest Ohio. It was the fourth stop on my Listening Tour and throughout the day I listened, spoke and listened some more to educators letting me know their thoughts and concerns. From Teachers talking about issues surrounding the Common Core Standards and their implementation to Support Staff who are worried about bargaining it is clear to me that your shared concerns are not unlike those I have heard around the state on my other LT stops. " As I went from Springboro to

Middletown, then from Bethel-Tate to Indian Hill and finally ended at the Cincy 10 Uniserve Council Meeting at Sycamore, it reaffirmed what I have always know….GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN OUR CLASSROOMS! I was so impressed by the dedication that was evident. Even in these times of intense changes, great teaching and learning are taking place. Two times I was given the opportunity to read to children and it gave me great joy. Even though my role in OEA is different now, I am, and always will be, an educator. " Like I told those I met with, I have no magic wand to make all the harmful mandates go (Cont. page. 2)

In March of 2014 we will be holding our annual FCPE drive across Ohio. It is this money that we donate that is used to support candidates who support public education. We now have an endorsed candidate for governor, and his name is Ed Fitzgerald. I have met Ed on several occasions and I must say I am impressed with his background and his desire to put public education at the front of his agenda to make Ohio great. " Please join me and the leadership team of SWOEA in helping elect Ed Fitzgerald to be our next governor 365 days from today!" -Richard Packert"




OEA BECKY HIGGINS’ PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CONT. " away because right now all the pathways to any real change are blocked. But this past weekend the FCPE State Council screened candidates for Governor and FCPE State Delegates came together at the FCPE State Convention to endorse. As you probably know by now the State Convention endorsed Ed Fitzgerald. He will be speaking at the OEA RA in December so I hope you will be able to attend. It will take all of us, working together, to get him elected . I know you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed and frustrated. But the reality is that to get any real change we need to change who is in charge at the Statehouse.



" " I am so proud of all of you! Your personal stories about the CCS and the good things that are happening in your schools are examples I can use when talking with those who say nothing good is happening or that everything is fine. You are the experts and I want to let them know what the experts are saying. " " Thank you for all you do for your students each and every day. My day spent with you was heartwrenching at times but also truly inspirational. YOU are OEA and that is what makes OEA great!"

OSTERLING ANNOUNCES CANDIDACY FOR NEA DIRECTOR #1 Emilly Osterling announces her candidacy for NEA Director #1. Her pledge is to be the voice that makes the difference for association members and their students. This includes: working on electing pro-public education candidates to office, lobbying for education funding, fighting to keep Right-to-Work legislation out of Ohio, and ensuring the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. " Emilly is a former educational professional and for the past eleven years has been teaching special education. Her teaching experience began with the creation and development of the Transitional Options Program. Its mission: to provide participants with individualized instructional content in the areas of personal and social adjustment, daily living, occupational development, and selfadvocacy in order to facilitate successful transition to independent living and employment. She currently serves as an Intervention Specialist and Department Chair at Liberty Junior High. " Emilly has shown leadership and her passion for public education by serving as a member on the OEA Board of Directors; SWOEA Executive Committee; and Lakota EA

Building Representative, and Crisis Team and Negotiations Committee. She fought to defeat Senate Bill 5/Issue 2 and supported levies by phone-banking, canvassing and attending rallies." A vote for Emilly Osterling means a stronger OEA and NEA! For more information visit"

HONEYBAKED HAM SALE With the upcoming holidays, SWOEA-Retired is offering a special discount for HoneyBaked Ham. " HoneyBaked offers not only ham, but also variety of other products. Full menu and locations at Coupon order "


form is available on the SWOEA website. It is for members to use or to give as gifts at any HoneyBaked Ham store location. Simply download, complete, and follow the payment and mailing instructions. Orders " must be received by October 15 for a November 1 delivery."





Calendar" November 1st, 2013 Rural Education National Forum November 5th, 2013 Election Day November 7th, 2013 Peace and Civil Rights Committee November 9th, 2013 SWOEA Fall Representative Assembly November 14th, 2013 Peace and Civil Rights Workshop November 18th, 2013 Professional Development Workshop November 18th, 2013


December 7th, 2013



Credential letters will be mailed out by November 1st. If you do not receive them by November 5th, call the SWOEA Office 513.771.3319 or 1.800.346.2175. " There will be a Silent Auction to raise money for the Fund for Children and Public Education (FCPE). Please start collecting items now: gift cards, wine, children’s books and toys, handmade crafts, sports collectables, theme baskets, vintage jewelry, unwanted gifts, teacher stuff, and baked goods. Bring item(s) to a Legislative Committee member at the RA and fill out the bid sheet." The RA is at Receptions Banquet & Conference Center, 5975 Boymel Drive, Fairfield, Ohio 45014. Breakfast at 8:00am and assembly beginning at 9:00am."

Officers Meeting


November 20th, 2013

November 14th, 2013

Legislative Committee


November 25th, 2013

The PCR Committee is sponsoring the 4th module of NEA’s National Training Program on Safety, Bias, and LCBT Issues: Drawing Connections: Exploring Intersections of Gender, Race & GLBT. It is designed for all school personnel and explores the relationship and commonalities between gender, race and GLBT issues. This workshop emphasizes enhancing race and gender awareness when addressing GLBT issues in schools. Presenters are Bonnie Augusta, Wisconsin EA, and Sam Smith, Missouri NEA. "

Executive Committee December 6th, 2013 OEA Board of Directors December 7th, 2013 OEA Fall Representative Assembly December 9th, 2013 Officers Meeting December 13th, 2013 SWOEA Retired Committee December 16th, 2013 Executive Committee

Pre-registration is required; email Veria. Light refreshments at 5:00pm; workshop from 5:30-7:00pm at SWOEA Office. SWOEA members are free; guest $15. CEU’s available; raffle at the conclusion. "

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This will be held at the Veterans Memorial, 300 West Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. 614.221.4341." February 27th, 2014 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 ”Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy” 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, 4-8, and 9-12. " There will be 6 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 12th at the SWOEA RA and can be picked up after." "







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