WOEA to Offer IPDP Workshop for Teachers

An IPDP is an Individual Professional Development Plan. It is the educator's plan for what learning they will achieve and in what professional development activities they will participate within that particular licensure renewal cycle to improve their practice.

Writing an IPDP is part of the standards for the teaching profession and licensure requirements for the state of Ohio. Every educator must have a "plan" in place that drives their professional development activities. This plan keeps the activities focused and meaningful to the educator, tying them district, building, educator, and student needs.

Wayne Wlodarski, Labor Relations Specialist with OEA, will present a workshop on how to maintain and organize your IPDP portfolio. Because there are many ways how to earn hours for renewal, his suggestions and advice will help teachers keep on top of their file.

If you have an IPDP, please bring it with you to the workshop.

Food is included with the workshop. Certificates of participation will be given to attendees.

Deadline to register is Monday, Feruary 23.


WOEA Nomination Form/Letter of Intent for Elections at the WOEA 2015 Spring Representative Assembly

The following WOEA Board of Director positions will be filled in elections during the WOEA Spring R.A. on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at Wayne High School.

     WOEA President
     WOEA Vice President
     WOEA Area 2 Representative
     WOEA Area 3 Representative
     WOEA Area 4 Representative
     WOEA at-Large Representative
     WOEA ESP at-Large Representative
     OEA/WOEA Unit 1 Representative

The term for the WOEA officer positions runs from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2017. The other positions run from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2018. Members interested in serving in any of these capacities should submit a letter of intent to the WOEA office by March 1, 2015 in order to appear on the ballot at the Spring R.A. Candidates for the OEA/WOEA Unit 1 position must also submit the OEA form available from the office of Carol Price, pricec@ohea.org. Download Letter of Intent.

WOEA Members Awarded Scholarships

WOEA's Collective Bargaining Committee has awarded scholarships to attend the OEA Collective Bargaining Conference February 5-7. Receiving scholarships are: Marti Cain (Covington E.A.) Elizabeth Adegbile, Brett Collins, Lori Moodie, Karen Robinson-Jeter, Karroll Robinson, and Becki Schwab (all Dayton E.A.); Jeffrey Whited (Fairborn Classified E.A.); Pete Ziehler (Greenville E.A.); Amy Baldauf, Lori Hedberg, and Laura Schweim (from Sidney E.A.); Dan LaForce and Jimmie Tipton (West Carrollton Classified E.A.); and Merita Adams, Nola Brooks, Frankie Graham, Brandy Mullins, and Sherri Verdier (all from Xenia E.S.P.).

The NEA ESP Conference to be held March 6 - 8, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Scholarship recipients are Merita Adams, Nola Brooks, Frankie Graham, Sandra Hutchinson, Brandy Mullins, Sherri Verdier (all Xenia ESP members),and Lori Balmer, Kathy Hammonds, Susan Lanich (all Beavercreek CEA members).

The NEA National Summit Leadership Conference will take place February 27, 2015 through March 1, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. Scholarship recipients are: April Braun (St. Marys EA), Marty Hammonds and Brian Shimko (Beavercreek EA members) and Lori Moodie (Dayton EA).

Don't forget WOEA has several opportunities for members - visit the WOEA website regularly!   

OAESP 2015 Statewide Conference - Scholarships

The 2015 OEA Statewide Education Support Professionals Conference will be held the evening of March 27, 2015 through March 28, 2015. Accommodations and evening reception on March 27, 2015 will be held at the Mansfield Holiday Inn, 116 Park Avenue W., Mansfield, Ohio 44902. The Conference on March 28, 2015 will be held at the Mansfield Senior High School, 124 N. Linden Rd., Mansfield, OH 44902.
Topics offered for the sessions include Creating Safe Schools for All Youth, I'm Not a Nurse but I Play one at School, Retiring with SERS: What you need to Know, Turning Down the Heat - The Art of Defusing Conflict, Organizing Around Privatization and Building a Stronger Local - How to Write an Organizing Plan/Grant.
Six (6) scholarships up to $167.00 to attend the conference will be awarded to WOEA members. Preference for all scholarships will be given to OAESP Members and those individuals attending the conference for the first time.

All participants are responsible for their own conference registration, travel and hotel accommodations. The scholarship will reimburse members up to $167.00. Deadline to apply for a scholarship is Monday, February 9, 2015 by noon.

Scholarship Guidelines:

  • The general scholarship will cover the conference registration fee of $25, room fee (based on double occupancy) for Friday, mileage per driver (carpooling is encouraged) and meals provided at the conference. The recipient will be responsible for all other expenses incurred. Scholarship recipient may request a single room but will be responsible for the difference of the cost of double occupancy in the amount of $43.50 plus tax. The deadline for scholarship applications is January 30, 2015. Please note that no applications will be accepted past the deadline.
  • It is the responsibility of each scholarship recipient to register by mailing the attached form per the information below. Scholarship recipients will receive an expense voucher and Conference Attendance form. They need to be returned to the WOEA office along with itemized receipts no later than thirty (30) days following the conference.

  • Scholarships will be awarded first to those who have never attended the ESP Statewide Conference, then by OAESP members, and then in the order received. If there are more applicants than scholarships, a waiting list will be maintained should there be a cancellation prior to the deadline.

  • You will be notified via email by Wednesday, February 11, 2015, if you have received a

Pre-Retirement Planning Workshops
WOEA-R and WOEA are hosting three workshops for WOEA teachers and ESP's to help them understand the importance of planning for retirement. These workshops are for those considering retirement as well as those recently retired. Click on the flyer to the left for a copy to print and share with others.

At each workshop there will be a representative from STRS, SERS, NEA Member Benefits, and a local attorney. There is NO COST to attend a workshop. This is a member benefit provided to you. Snacks and drinks will be provided but advance registration is needed to plan for food, drink, and materials. The dates and locations of the workshops are below - please note the deadline for registering. You can register online by click on the button below, or you can email woearpat@gmail.com, or call Phil Long at 419-733-6947. If you use email or phone to register, please include your name, phone number, email, district you are retiring from, and whether you use STRS or SERS retirement systems.

March 11, 2015 from 4:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Preble County Educational Service Center
587 Hillcrest Dr., Eaton, OH 45320
registration deadline is March 5, 2015
March 16, 2015 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Richardson-Bretz Building
Mercer County Civic Foundation
119 West Fulton St., Celina, OH 45822
registration deadline in March 12, 2015