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MER Executive Committee Meetings

The next Mideastern Region Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Wednesday February 26th, 2020 at 5pm. A light dinner will be served.

Future meeting dates are:

  • March 25th, 2020
  • May 27th, 2020

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, 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-Retired

Are you interested in being a lifelong PSEA member? You can sign up 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 $774, or break that into four payments of $193.50 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, click on the learn more box below.

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!

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

Teachers Academic Award

Enter to Win!

Enter today at teachersacademicaward.com for your chance to win $2,500 to purchase classroom supplies courtesy of our NEA Member Benefits partner, California Casualty. 

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. Please check out our line up of staff presentations for this year!

The next Mideastern Region Coordinated Bargaining Meeting is scheduled for Monday March 2nd at 5pm. Those attending are required to register. A light dinner will be served. 

Future meeting dates are:

  • April 6th, 2020
  • May 4th, 2020

View the Coordinated Bargaining Topics for 2019-2020

MER ESP Division Meetings & Workshops

2019-2020 Meetings & Workshops

The ESP Mideastern Division announces the following meeting dates and topics (please click "Learn More" to access the ESP registration links and more information on each event).

  • Tuesday March 3rd, 2020 - Mideastern Division Annual Spring Meeting & Workshop
    • Workshop Title: Paraprofessionals Working on Group Process Problem-Solving presented by Nate Greenawalt, PSEA Director of Special Field Programs

  • Tuesday May 12th, 2020 - Workshop (only)
    • Workshop Title: What Makes them Tick? presented by Judith Petruzzi, PSEA Director of Ed Services. 

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

The Mideastern Region and Division members will have an opportunity to earn up to 20 hours of Act 48/Chapter 14 credit via evening events this upcoming school year! Please see below for event descriptions and registration:

  • Monday March 9th, 5pm, MER Office - Read Aloud with Confidence

  • Saturday April 4th, 10am-2pm, Philadelphia Zoo Event

  • Wednesday April 15th, 5pm, MER Office - Helping Students Build Connections with "Everyday Hero" Stories (Author Event)

  • Monday April 20th, 5pm, Hurda Learning Center-Spring-Ford High School - Teach Happier

  • Monday, July 20th and Tuesday July 21st, 9am-3pm, Delaware Valley University - Google Educator Level 1 Certification Boot Camp: Fundamentals Training

  • Wedesday, July 22nd and Thursday July 23rd, 9am-3pm, Delaware Valley University - Google Educator Level 2 Certification Boot Camp: Advanced Training

Pre-Retirement Workshops

Is Retirement on your horizon? Let PSEA help you with your planning!

Where: PSEA Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

Time: 4:30pm Registration, Welcome and Dinner
          4:45pm PSEA Member Benefits Vendor Presentations
          5:00pm Understanding Social Secuirty, Kades Margolis
          5:30pm Retirement Options for Your Pension, PSEA Retirement Consultant

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 respondents, spots fill up very quickly. Any PSEA member is welcome to attend and bring one guest, the even fee is $15 per person and includes dinner and dessert. 

Workshop Dates: 

  • Wednesday March 11, 2020 (Session Full)

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Bucks & Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium Meeting Dates

Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Thursday of every month at the following times, unless otherwise noted below. Meetings are held at either the PSEA Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville PA 18936) or at the Bucks County Intermedite Unit (705 N. Shady Retreat Road, Doylestown, PA 18901)

9:00a.m.-10:00a.m. - Governing Body

10:00a.m.-2:00p.m. - Full Trustee Meeting

Future meeting dates and locations for the Bucks & Montgomery County Schools Healthcare Consortium are:

  • Thursday Mar. 19th, 2020 @ BCIU
  • Thursday Apr. 23rd, 2020 @ PSEA
  • Thursday May 21st, 2020 @ BCIU
  • Thursday Jun. 18th, 2020 @ PSEA
  • Thursday July 16th, 2020 @ BCIU (only if needed)

March 23, 2020

PSEA MER Member Benefits Fair

When: Monday, March 23rd, 2020

Time: 5pm-7pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

Are you saving at least $1,500 a year via PSEA Member Benefits? If the answer is no, please stop in our office on Monday, March 23 for a PSEA Member Benefits fair! A variety of vendors will be in attendance to help you AND your family save money on everything from cell phone bills to insurance to hearing aids. The event will be open from 5-7pm for you to talk with representatives, save money, and eat pizza.

March 26, 2020

MER Night at the Movies

When: Thursday, March 26th, 2020

Time: 6pm

Where: Collegeville Movie Tavern (140 Market St., Collegeville, PA 19426)

Join the Mideastern Region for Opening Night of Disney's Mulan! Tickets are $6 per person. Space is LIMITED so grab your tickets early!

March 26, 2020

Cheese & Weingarten Event

When: Thursday March 26th, 2020

Time: 4:30pm-7:00pm

Where: Crossing Vineyards and Winery (1853 Wrightstown Road, Newtown, PA 18940)

Please join us on Thursday, March 26th from 4:30pm-7pm at Crossing Vineyards in Newtown to learn about your rights as a Union Member! Attendees will learn information about our Weingarten Rights, when to use them, and what to do in a variety of situations in which members may find themselves. The event is open to all EA and ESP members in our region/division. Registration is $20 and includes two drink tickets (beer or wine) and plenty of food: cheese and fruit, filet tenderloin crossiants, shrimp cocktail, baked goods, and much more! 

Sign up early: enrollment is capped at 60 members.

We hope to see you there!

Labor Information Night

When: Wednesday April 1, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

An introduction to the NLRB, its purpose, and the effects of its decision on employees, unions and employers.

Presented by Patrice Tisdale, Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board

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April 16, 2020

PSEA-PACE School Board Candidate Recommendation Information Night

When: Thursday, April 16, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

Are you interested about learning the process by which your local can make a PACE recommendation for school board candidates? Have you gone through the process in the past but would like an update on procedures new for the next election cycle?

This event is for you!

Join members of the PSEA Government Relations staff, our region PACE director, and fellow EA and ESP local leaders for an evening to help you learn about navigating the recommendation process.

April 27, 2020

ACE Training

When: Monday April 27th, 2020

Time: 10am-1pm

Join the elite PSEA members grassroots advocacy program. Learn to share your stories and educate legislators on the policies and issues that impact public education. 

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New Leader Symposium for New EA/ESP Officers

2019-2020 New Leader Symposium

The New Leader Symposium is a program created for newly elected EA and ESP Officers.

The goals of this program are to help participants:

  • Identify the characteristics of effective leadership and relate them to the role of union leaders
  • Identify the tools and needs for local association organizing
  • Gain an understanding of compensation and healthcare
  • Understand their role as an advocate, contract enforcer and grievance processor

Schedule of Meetings - Meetings will be held from 5pm-7pm

  • April 30th, 2020 - COHORT Meeting #4 - Introduction to Grievance Writing, Contract Enforcement and Advocacy

Interested officers should register through the link below.

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May 07, 2020

Student Mental Wellness

When: Thursday May 7th, 2020

Time: 5pm

Where: Mideastern Region Office (601 Bethlehem Pike, Building C, Montgomeryville, PA 18936)

In November, we gathered a group of PSEA members at our office to begin discussing how we can all work together to help our students be healthy and successful.

On Thursday, May 7th at 5pm we will continue those solutions-oriented dialogues. The event will feature a model of how PSEA members worked together to collect data and support their students, an update on advocacy and legislative efforts in Harrisburg, and time to work with a team of professionals from your local to begin developing your own path to improved student mental wellness.

For this event, we are asking you to bring a TEAM from your local that may include: school counselors, psychologists, nurses, social workers/home and school visitors, dental hygienists, health/PE teachers, and support staff professionals. Additionally, you team needs to include a strong advocate – someone who is comfortable having direct conversations with administrators and school board members about the needs of your students (think local president or other officers). 

Registration for this free event is open to all EA and ESP members and includes dinner.

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 Career & Technical Education Networking Group Meetings

The Mideastern Region Career and Technical Education Networking Group is a chance for the leadership of Mideastern Region's 6 CTE's to work together to create positive change and strength for their union. 

Upcoming Meeting:

  • Tuesday May 26th, 2020

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June 23, 2020

Advocacy Day on the Hill

When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

Time: 8am-1pm

Where: 400 North 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17105

Advocacy Day on the Hill (the artist formerly known as Lobby Day) will take place on Tuesday, June 23rd for our Mideastern Region Members. This event is a great opportunity to create or maintain your relationship with the legislators representing you in the PA House and Senate, meet our PSEA Government Relations team, and spend some time in PSEA Headquarters. (Look how close it is to the Capitol!) Attendees can choose to stay overnight in Harrisburg on the evening of June 22nd or simply  drive to Harrisburg for the day, which typically goes from 8am-1pm. To register click below. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jen Statler at jstatler@psea.org

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Executive Committee

Information for members of the PSEA Mideastern Region Executive Committee.