“Best tip - send your sub a thank you for teaching in your class while you were away.  Let them know how much you appreciate them!”

Kevin Teeley, LWEA President

LWEA Update: News you can use!

  • LWEA UPDATE - Spread the word - LWSD is looking for subs!

    We’re trying our best to get the message out that LWSD is still looking for substitute teachers, but we need your help in sending people our way. If you know of anyone with a teaching certificate who might like to substitute teach here, please encourage them to go to the district website and apply.

    In the meantime, be sure to let your current subs know about the bonus system we just negotiated for them. In addition to the daily rate of $159 ($182 for retired LWSD teachers), subs will receive the following bonus in July:

    Substitute teach 50-69 days $1,000 Bonus
    Substitute teach 70-99 days $1,500 Bonus
    Substitute teach 100+ days $2,000 Bonus

    Days do not have to be consecutive in order to receive the bonus.

    Here are some things that can also help us attract and retain substitute teachers in LWSD:

    Make your building a welcoming place for subs so they want to come back. Be friendly, smile, learn their names, and invite them into conversations in the staff room. Check in on them during the day to see if they need anything. Ask who they’re subbing for instead of asking them, “Who are you today?”

    Foster relationships with 2-3 subs so those subs feel valued and appreciated when you ask them to sub for you. Subs are much more likely to accept a request from someone with whom they feel connected.

    Shortages occur almost every Friday. Consider scheduling doctor’s appointments and annual leave on other days if at all possible.

    For those who conduct DIBELS testing, schedule and secure your subs far in advance. It’s not too early to schedule your MOY and EOY testing now.

    Consider cashing out and/or carrying over your annual leave.
    Secure substitute teachers as far in advance as you possibly can, since we share many of our subs with other school districts. AESOP accepts entries up to 365 days in advance.
    Have clear lesson plans that don’t require substitute teachers to guess what you mean.

    Make sure your seating charts and attendance folders are up-to-date.

    Write down any school/class procedures you’d like the sub to follow.

    Leave instructions for student behavior plans.

    If you have an assigned parking space, be sure to specify it on AESOP so the substitute teacher doesn’t have to go back and move his/her car after checking in.
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  • Bargaining input meetings have started!

    This year is the last year of a four-year contract with the district. We’ll be spending a major part of the school year gathering input from you and negotiating a new contract that will begin in August 2017.

    Starting today and continuing through December, the LWEA President and members of the bargaining team will be holding meetings in every building. They’ll also hold separate meetings for each special interest group, for a total of 60 input meetings altogether.

    It’s very important for you to attend your building and/or special interest group meeting so the bargaining team can hear directly from you. Your thoughts and opinions are extremely important in developing the bargaining agenda.

    In August, the LWEA Bargaining Team and Executive Committee met for three days to study all the input LWEA has received over the past three years. This included all anecdotal information we received from individual members, as well as the more formalized input we received from your building reps last May.

    We’ll be compiling all that with the information we receive from you this fall at your building and special interest group meetings. We’ll use that information to develop an all-member survey as well.

    Here’s the tentative timeline for contract negotiations:

    Sept.-Dec. Building meetings and special interest group meetings
    January LWEA all-member survey
    February 1-3 Joint District-Association bargaining training
    March-May Negotiations
    May 15-19 Sequestered bargaining
    May 23 Tentative agreement presented to Rep Assembly
    May 24 General Membership Meeting
    May 24-31 Voting

    Building reps will be notifying you when your building meeting is scheduled. Meetings for special interest groups will be held at the LWEA office—use this link to see the schedule.
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  • Newbie Nights: A professional development series for newer teachers

    Do you wake up in the middle of the night worried about how to engage that reluctant learner or handle a difficult parent? Do you often wonder if you’ll ever not be so tired? Or how on earth you are ever supposed to get everything done with the limited amount of time in the day? Then this series of professional development opportunities is just for you.

    LWEA is sponsoring 6 evening sessions designed specifically for teachers with 6 or fewer years of teaching experience.

    We’ll provide you with hospitality, dinner, and an opportunity to hear from experts on various topics as they share strategies for surviving your first few years in the classroom.

    Please join us in connecting and collaborating with others new to the profession. Find out how LWEA, WEA, and NEA can help support you in your profession.

    Our introductory session this year will include a panel of experienced classroom teachers who will be available to share strategies and techniques for the classroom. From engaging reluctant learners to navigating the challenges of new curriculum, these colleagues will answer your questions and help you build a support system for a successful year.

    October 6, 2016 (4:30 - 7:00 PM)

    More than Alphabet Soup:
    Understanding your new profession and the acronyms that it brings with it
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