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Important Information Regarding COVID-19

Please visit this page of the PSEA website for the most current resources for our members.

Member Advocate Network

Are you willing to advocate for fellow PSEA members by writing to your school board or speaking during public comment? This survey is for you! Your information will be shared with the of the locals where you live. Thanks for your consideration!

EA Local President Roundtables

Once per month, this virtual event allows our EA local presidents time and space to collaborate, touch base, and discuss the best ways to support our members.

  • September 20th, 2021
  • October 18th, 2021
  • November 15th, 2021
  • January 24th, 2022
  • February 14th, 2022
  • March 21st, 2022
  • April 18th, 2022
  • May 16th, 2022

Featured Event: Will Night

Attorney A. Martin Herring, Esquire is the official provider of will preparation services for Mideastern Region members. Make an appointment to meet with him to create a will or update your current will.

Click on the Learn More box to view upcoming dates and for scheduling information. 

MER Pre-Retirement Workshops

As your retirement nears, it’s time to consider which PSERS monthly income options to choose, as well as how to handle your contributions and interest account. Our workshops are designed for members who are within five years of their retirement date.

To register for upcoming workshops, please visit the link below. Two reminders:

  • Please be sure to click “check out” at the end to finalize your registration.

A link to join the Zoom will be emailed to participants on the day of the event.

2021-2022 Pre-Retirement Virtual Workshop Flier

PSEA Center for Professional Fall 2021 Learning Series

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PSEA's Professional Learning Exchange offers a wide range of online and in-person courses eligible for Act 48 and Chapter 14 hours, alon with a searchable library of publications on issues related to professional issues, teaching and learning, and education policy that affect educators and education support professionals. 

CPL September 2021 Flyer

CPL October 2021 Flyer

CPL November 2021 Flyer

Fall 2021 Book Discussions

Fall 2021 Webinars

Fall 2021 Educator Evaluations

Explore all that the Exchange has to offer by clicking the box below. 

Bucks & Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium Meeting Dates

Trustees of this health care consortium meet in a virtual format on a monthly basis on the dates listed below:

  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Sept. 28th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Sept 30th at 9am (PSEA)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Oct. 26th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Oct. 28th at 9am (BCIU)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Nov. 16th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Nov. 18th at 9am (PSEA)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Dec. 14th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Dec. 16th at 9am (BCIU)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Jan. 25th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Jan. 27th at 9am (PSEA)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Feb. 22nd at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Feb. 24th at 9am (BCIU)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Mar. 29th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Mar. 31st at 9am (PSEA)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Apr. 26th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Apr. 28th at 9am (BCIU)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, May 24th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, May 25th at 9am (PSEA)
  • HCC Labor - Tuesday, Jun. 28th at 5pm
  • Consortium - Thursday, Jun. 30th at 9am (BCIU)

Union Leader Academy

The Mideastern Region would like to welcome all members to join in our new Union Leader Academy. The Academy goals are to build a deeper, stronger, leadership  knowledge base and skill set to support sustainable growth and deliver superior results. Shift focus from tactical managing with a focus on day-to-day problem solving to also leading with vision, inspiration and authenticity. 

  • Thursday, September 30th, 2021 - The Leader Inside of You

    This interactive session will support participants expansion their own leadership abilities. We will focus on characteristics of visionary leaders, identifying our own leadership characteristics, and discuss how leadership through engagement with the members of our local associations help grow our organizations.

MER Coordinated Bargaining

Our Coordinated Bargaining meetings offer time and space for local officers, bargaining teams, and PSEA staff to work together towards our goal of attaining quality salaries, benefits, and working conditions for our members and their families.

  • October 4th, 2021
  • December 13th, 2021
  • February 7th, 2022
  • March 7th, 2022
  • April 11th, 2022
  • May 9th, 2022

MER ESP Division Meetings & Workshops

2021-2022 Meetings & Workshops

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12th - ESP Coordinated Bargaining

  • Wednesday, Nov. 17th - ESP Division Meeting/Workshop/ESP Day Celebration

  • Tuesday, Mar. 15th - ESP Division Annual Spring Meeting/Elections & Workshop

  • Tuesday, May 17th - ESP Division Workshop

Continuing Education Hours are available with District Pre-approval

All ESP members of the Mideastern Region are invited to attend any Division Meeting & Workshop. Pre-Registration is REQUIRED to attend these meetings/workshops. Registration opens 3-4 weeks prior to each meeting.

(Workshop topics, dates, and times are subject to change)

Act 48/Chapter 14 Nights

Upcoming 2021-2022 Mideastern Region Act 48/Chapter 14 Events. All Mideastern Region Members are invited to attend any of the trainings being offered. 

  • Tuesday, October 19, 2021 - Multi-Cultural Curricula - Part 1

  • Tuesday, January 4, 2022 - Multi-Cultural Curricula - Part 2

  • Thursday, January 20, 2022 - COVID-19, Current Drug Trends & What to Expect in The Future

Information on Clearances

Act 153 of 2014 requires school employees to provide or renew State Police/FBI record checks and child abuse clearance statements. Additional changes to the law went into effect July 1, 2015. PSEA wants to ensure that all members understand how this policy affects them. Updated clearances are required every 60 months from the date of the oldest clearance. If you obtained your clearances when this law went into effect, you are approaching the end of the 60 month term. Please reach out to your HR department or visit this website for more information.

Is Retirement in Your Near Future?

If you are retiring at the end of the school year or calendar year here are steps that you should be taking with your district and PSERS:

  1. Carefully read your contract for information about when you need to provide notification to your district.
  2. Request a retirement estimate from PSERS. You can ask for up to two different scenarios (ex: retirement date of June 2022 or December 2022.)

  3. Call the Southeast Regional PSERS office in Warminster (215.443.3495) to schedule Exit Counseling.

You can also sign up to be a PSEA-Retired member if you are in year one or year 35 of your career - or anywhere in between! The earlier you sign up, the more money you will save on dues. You can enroll in PSEA-Retired FOR LIFE with a one-time dues payment of $790, or break that into four payments of $197.50 over a two-year period. This is a great way to continue to stay involved and engaged with the work of the association as well as continued use of our member benefits. For more information and to enroll, visit this website.

Save on your Prescriptions

No matter what type of insurance you have or who provides it, this group has the potential to save you and your family money! Give it a try... this will go one of two ways:

  1. You enter your information, discover that there's a savings, and use the coupon

  2. You enter your information, discover that the prices listed are not less than your current copay, and continue to use your insurance for the prescription as you have in the past.

In short, you can use one method, but not both, to get the lowest price available. GoodRx operates this website as well as an app.

PSEA Health & Welfare Fund

Hillendale Associates - New Voluntary Life & Disability Program Enrollment Portal

The PSEA Health and Welfare Fund is offering two new important insurance programs to members: Voluntary Long Term Disability and Group Term Life. Having both of these coverages helps to ensure the financial stability of your household. For more information, please contact the vendor directly. 

Insurace Plan Handout

Life Insurance Brochure

NEA Center for Social Justice

NEA’s Center of Social Justice (CSJ) represents the intersectionality of the Association’s racial, social and education justice values. CSJ advances NEA’s vision of great public schools for every student through professional supports, partnerships and activism that equips educators to be powerful advocates for teaching, learning and living conditions students and members deserve. We provide guidance and support efforts to build capacity and take strategic action to disrupt and eventually eradicate all forms of oppression in our schools and beyond.

Click here to learn more

Council for the Advancement of Public Schools

Be sure to check on the website and Facebook page of CAPS! Help us spread the word about the amazing things happening in our public schools, thanks to the hard work and dedication of PSEA members. If you have a PR item that you'd like us to feature, please send photos and a brief description to MideasternRegion@gmail.com

Delaware Valley Consortium for Excellence & Equity

The Delaware Valley Consortium for Excellence and Equity currently serves 38 school districts in Greater Philadelphia along with three county intermediate units and the Pennsylvania State Education Association. They are part of a regional network of school districts in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware committed to working together to enhance the achievement, well-being, and future success of their struggling diverse students and close the districts’ pervasive and long-standing opportunity and achievement gaps.

Working intensively over the past fifteen years they have developed a unique, cost-effective and self-sustaining regional school district consortium model for addressing priority areas, all of which are focused around inter-district collaboration and shared learning for continuous improvement in closing the preparation, opportunity, and achievement gaps observed for disproportionate numbers of students of color and/or students coming from economic disadvantage.

CAPS applauds these districts in Bucks and Montgomery Counties that are working with this Consortium: Abington, Bensalem, Colonial, Centennial, Central Bucks, Cheltenham, Council Rock, Hatboro-Horsham, Jenkintown, Lower Merion, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Norristown Area, North Penn, Spring-Ford Area, Springfield Township, Upper Merion, and Wissahickon.

If you are a member in any of these districts, please take a moment to thank your school board for their commitment to eliminating achievement and attainment disparities defined by race/ethnicity, economics, gender, or (dis)ability.

For more information about the programs and opportunities available to participating districts, please visit this website.

PSEA Member Benefits

Did you know your PSEA membership can help you save money on things such as contact lenses, Verizon Wireless, and even college?

Take a minute to check out the full line up!

NEW CalCas $2,500 Jackpot Giveaway


California Casualty, the provider of the NEA Auto & Home Insurance Program, is offering PSEA Members eight chances to win cash in 2021. The $2,500 Member Jackpot giveaway was created to bring a little excitement to members across the country. The timing could not be better.

Winners for the $2,500 prize will be randomly selected every three months of the year with two winners chosen each round. No obligation to enter. Enter Today!

MER Executive Committee Meetings

Our Executive Committee meetings offer time and space for our local leaders, committee chairs, and PSEA staff to collaborate, conduct the business of the region, and support our members. This year we will be meeting on the following dates at 5pm:

  • September 29th, 2021 (Virtual) 
  • October 27th, 2021
  • January 26th, 2022
  • February 23rd, 2022
  • March 30th, 2022
  • May 25th, 2022

Upcoming Events

Join us on Facebook

Join the PSEA Mideastern Region or Mideastern ESP Division Facebook group to find information and updates on region events, education policy, and legislative happenings in Harrisburg and Washington.

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Resources

For members

 

Executive Committee

Information for members of the PSEA Mideastern Region Executive Committee.