I encourage everyone to take a look at the summer conference program, August 3-7 in Williamstown, MA. This is a conference put on every year, with different "tracks" for various member needs. The General Conference has over 100 teacher and para PD opportunities and workshops like " Using Music in your subject area" and "Research projects that strengthen learning." There is also a popular EdCamp-style "unconference" and "EdTalks" -- which is our own version of TED talks!
In addition, there are training tracks for Union "Emerging Leaders," "New Members" (first 5 years), and "Grassroots Political." These training tracks are grant funded by the MTA, and need to be signed up for ASAP. For the General Conference the fee is $50 per day, $40 per day for the campus meal plan (it is very good!), and $130 per night for a dorm room. In the past WEA members have elected to not stay in the dorm, and instead stay at a nearby hotel called The Orchards.
Let me know if you are interested or have any questions. As of today there are about 7 members who will be there. You must register and pay yourself, but the WEA has funds available to reimburse a portion of your tuition, room, and board, depending on how many members attend. Last year the members who went were fully funded, but there is no guarantee, and it depends on how many apply for funding. You can expect to get at least half of the cost subsidized by WEA. Williamstown is a beautiful spot in the Berkshires, so in the past members have planned family vacations during the conference.
Here is the link to the Orchards http://www.orchardshotel.com/ and here is the link to the Conferencehttp://www.cvent.com/events/2014-mta-summer-conference/event-summary-d4a87ef8b323469fa1442b9a03b9b19f.aspx
Conference Guides are available at the WEA office, or if you'd like I can interoffice mail one to you. The meal plan cost increases slightly after June 20, as does the dorm fee, so keep this deadline in mind.
Please take a moment to consider this opportunity!
President - WEA