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

Upcoming dates of 5pm meetings via Zoom:

May 10

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.

Our meeting dates for this year are as follows:

May 10

MER ESP Division Meetings & Workshops

2020-2021 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).

  • May 11th, 2021 - MED Workshop - Anxiety

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)

PSEA Center for Professional Learning

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Spring Offerings from the PSEA Center for Professional Learning. Click on each month to view new postgraduate credit opportunties, NEA microcredentials, and webinars.

May Flyer

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. 

Act 48/Chapter 14 Nights

Check this space soon for information about professional development opportunities in our region. There are many, many education opportunities available for members available via PSEA's Center for Professional Learning.

  • MER Book Discussions - New Kid by Jerry Craft - Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

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. 

Upcoming Meetings and Topics:

  • May 20, 2021 - Reflect on the Past, Transform for the Future: Reflection, Relationship Reinforcement, and Membership Growth and Retention

View the Flyer

May 20, 2021

Minority Affairs Committee Meeting

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When: Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Time: 5pm

Where: via Zoom

Please join us on Thursday, May 20th at 5pm to celebrate our locals that have begun implementing elements of the "Catalyst for Change" framework with their members! Click below to register!

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 2021 or December 2021.)

  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 $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, visit this website.

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:

May 25, 5pm, Labor Trustees

May 27, 9am, All Trustees

June 22, 5pm, Labor Trustees

June 24, 9am, All Trustees

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:

May 26

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. 

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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!

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.