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MER CAPS Yard Sign Contest

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Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!  We thank you and we wish you all the best for a great week.  While you are celebrating, consider participating in our CAPS Yard Sign Contest to win one of twenty-five $25 WAWA Gift Cards.

With Teacher Appreciation Week upon us, PSEA’s Mideastern Region would love to see CAPS Educator Appreciation Signs pop-up all-over Bucks and Montgomery Counties during the month of May. With your help, we can show that our neighbors support our educators and education support professionals. These signs are available from the region office and many of the locals. Members who place these signs (with permission, or course) can submit a picture of the sign to be entered into a drawing for $25 WAWA cards.

We are going to randomly select 25 winners. That’s $625 in prizes for members. Only PSEA MER members are eligible to participate and win. 

 A photo and the address must be uploaded into the google form to be counted as an entry.  Multiple entries are permitted, and they increase your chances of winning a WAWA card.

(No fair taking one sign and running up and down the block with it.)

 Here are the details:

  1. Individual members must submit pictures & addresses of planted yard signs here – one entry per sign.  Multiple entries increase your chances of winning.
  2. Signs can be placed in non-member yards with owner permission, but only members can be entered into the drawing for WAWA cards. (You can place signs in a neighbor’s yard, again with the neighbor’s permission, and then take a picture to claim it for the contest.)
  3. Signs may be placed and uploaded during the entire month of May.  Drawing will be held in June.

To get a sign, contact your local president or Alan Malachowski, MER President

If you have any questions, please contact Alan at amalachowski@psea.org.

If you have any technical difficulties with the submission form, please contact Danielle Gross at dgross@shelly-lyons.com

Region Newsletter- May

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, 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)

MER Executive Committee Meetings

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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:

  • May 25th, 2022

Act 48/Chapter 14 Nights

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

PEARL - Professional Education and Resources for Learning

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PEARL is PSEA’s new hub for our online learning programs.

PEARL (Professional Education and Resources for Learning) is a Moodle-based learning management system that will allow us to greatly expand PSEA’s asynchronous learning opportunities. On PEARL, members can find videos, documents, and presentations packaged into clear, easy-to-follow learning progressions and courses in an array of new formats.

Whether you’re a teacher, education support professional, student, associate, or any other category, your membership gives you exclusive access to this resource so you can start exploring and taking courses immediately. 

*PEARL will replace the Professional Learning Exchange in mid-November.

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. 

Dates for the 2022-2023 will be shared at a later date.

MAC Committee

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The Minority Affairs Committee (MAC) is a BIPOC-led space where allies are welcome. We explore the unique experiences and priorities of our members of color and work in concert to improve cultural responsiveness and representation in our unions.

PSEA Center for Professional 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. 

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

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 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.

Check back for dates for the 2022-2023 year soon!

Special Program: PSEA Personal Legal Services

PSEA has a Personal Legal Services Program for members and their families. The program provides discounted rates and two 30-minute consultation sessions free during each membership year with the designated law firms below. The areas of concentration are:

Please take advantage of this special program.

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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

Why Choose the PSEA Health & Welfare Fund?

The PSEA Health & Welfare Fund is a separate legal entity with the focus of providing benefits to Pennsylvania school employees. It is our goal to provide an opportunity for school employers and employees to purchase competitively priced programs.   We understand that both school district and employee budgets are tight. The Fund can provide a tremendous opportunity for significant savings.

The Fund puts customer service as a top priority, and we believe in providing employers and employees with the same high level customer service. The Fund does not get involved in labor/management issues such as negotiating labor contracts or grievances. Our sole purpose is to provide benefits to Pennsylvania school employees.

The Fund works to customize plans to meet specific district needs. The dental, vision, life and disability plans offered by the Fund can be tailored to match the specifics of each district even if they have multiple plans covering multiple groups. Additionally, the Fund can cover all employees including administrators, bargaining unit employees and non bargaining unit employees.

By choosing the PSEA Health & Welfare Fund, districts can optimize savings through the Fund's large purchasing pool, gain the ability to cost out benefit changes, choose self-funded or fully-insured programs, ease the burden on district staff with billing and enrollment functions and receive a high level of customer service including help with potential carriers and/or coverage issues.

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 Danielle Gross at dgross@shelly-lyons.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 NEA $10,000 Staycation Dream Giveaway

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California Casualty’s $10,000 Staycation Dream Giveaway

California Casualty, the provider of the NEA Auto and Home Insurance Program, wants to help you escape the everyday with $10,000 to spend your way! Get that hot tub you’ve always wanted, create your dream kitchen, turn your backyard into an oasis, add a media room the whole family can enjoy – the possibilities are endless, but only if you enter to win. You give back every day… now it’s time to take care of yourself!

The winner for the $10,000 prize will be randomly selected in October. No obligation, click here to enter today: www.membergiveaway.com/NEA

MER ESP Division Meetings & Workshops

2022-2023 Meetings & Workshops

Please check back for more information about the 2022-2023 Division Meetings and Workshops. Thank you!

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)

Upcoming Events

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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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Executive Committee

Information for members of the PSEA Mideastern Region Executive Committee.