FAQ at WEA

  1. Who may join the Wyoming Education Association?
  2. What is the mission of WEA?
  3. What services does WEA provide members?
  4. How does WEA assist members in their classrooms?
  5. How does WEA’s member assistance program work?
  6. What is UniServ and where are the UniServ Offices located?
  7. Can I just join WEA and not belong to my local association/affiliate or the NEA?
  8. What is the date for the annual WEA Representative Assembly?
  9. Does my dues money go to political candidates?
  10. Why are WEA members involved in the political process?
  11. How do I send address changes to WEA? How can I prevent duplicate mailings to my spouse and me?
  12. When do I have to tell my district I plan to resign?

1. Who may join WEA?
WEA members are teachers from every level of public education, including preschool through higher education; prospective educators in teacher preparation programs; administrators; and retired educators. WEA members are educational support personnel such as school secretaries, paraprofessionals and custodians. Public school teachers interested in WEA membership may contact their WEA Building Representative, their area UniServ Office, or call WEA Headquarters at 307.634.7991 or 800.442-2395

2. What is the mission of WEA?
The mission of the Wyoming Education Association is to advance public education at all levels by creating equitable educational opportunity for all learners; promoting the highest quality standards for the profession; expanding the rights and furthering the interests of educational personnel.

In making public schools great for every child, WEA’s strategic priorities are:

  • Student Achievement
    Students with the skills and knowledge to function successfully in school settings and as citizens
  • Staff Quality
    Schools and colleges staffed with highly qualified personnel in all positions
  • School System Capacity
    Structures, resources, and personnel to support student achievement
  • Public Support
    Public, parental, business, and legislative support for public education resulting in the financial, technical, and political environment that promotes student achievement
  • Association Capacity Building
    Infrastructure at the local, district, and state levels that enables the Association to mobilize resources and lead the movement for quality teaching and learning
  • Administrative Services and Program Support
    Administrative and programmatic support necessary to achieve the Association’s goals.

 

3. What services does WEA provide members?
WEA provides professional development, legal assistance, advocacy, special services, and communications. For more information, check out our Membership section.

4. How does WEA assist members in their classrooms?
A major focus of WEA is strengthening the teaching profession, helping teachers teach and children learn. This is accomplished through:

  • Classroom management
  • Mentoring and networking
  • Licensure redesign
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Professional resources
  • Teacher networking programs
  • Safe schools
  • Committees, work groups, and task forces
  • Involvement with state agencies and boards

 

5. How does WEA’s member assistance program work?
WEA’s legal assistance program assists members with employment-related situations. Staff is available locally to answer members’ questions and address their concerns. A member needing legal assistance should first call his/her UniServ office. Members also may call WEA Headquarters in Cheyenne at 307-634-7991 or 800.442-2395 for information.

6. What is UniServ and where are the UniServ Offices located?
The word UniServ stands for Unified Staff Services. UniServ, then and now, provides staff assistance to improve the delivery of services directly to members in their local associations. To contact your UniServ office, go to our  UniServ page.

7. Can I just join WEA and not belong to my local association/affiliate or the NEA?
No. Membership requires members to join their local, state and national affiliates.

8. What is the date for the annual WEA Delegate Assembly?
The date changes year-to-year but is within the first three weeks in April.

9. Does my dues money go to political candidates?
No. No dues dollars are spent on political campaigns. Only voluntary contributions designated for WEA-PAC or NEA’s Fund for Children and Public Education are contributed to candidates who support public schools and the protection of children.

10. Why are WEA members involved in the political process?
WEA members are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Regardless of their political affiliation, WEA’s members are involved in the political process because they care about educating and protecting children and strengthening American public education. The issues that unite us are protecting children, improving public schools and strengthening the teaching profession. These issues drive our involvement in the political process. They are the ruler by which we measure all political hopefuls and lobby our elected leaders.

Because all education decisions – from the statehouse to the White House – are political decisions, we need to ensure that our elected leaders measure up on important issues involving children and public education. WEA members are involved in the political process for many reasons. Among them:

  • To speak out in support of quality public schools and the rights of teaching professionals.
  • To make the case that society must make a greater financial commitment to public education.
  • To use the professional knowledge and skills educators possess to teach people of all ages.

 

11. How do I send address changes to WEA? How can I prevent duplicate mailings to my spouse and me?
Contact the Membership Records office directly by e-mail lbottom@nea.org or by phone 800.442.2395 ext. 102.

12. When do I have to tell my district I plan to resign?
Initial contract teachers must accept the offer of renewal by May 15th of each year. If the initial contract teacher does not accept by May 15th, the “position is declared open.” With continuing contract teachers, the statutes provide that continuing contract teachers may “resign” from employment on or before May 15th.   Under the statutes, if a continuing contract teacher does not resign by May 15th, the law considers that they continue to be employed for the next year.  Before resigning, it is critical to review district policies and consult the appropriate association representative to be sure that you are fully informed of the options.  In some cases, a late resignation may be legally justified for a reason such as illness or other special circumstance which may make penalty policies inapplicable. It could make sense to renew your employment with your current district, but let them know you are resigning to go elsewhere if that is occurring, and comply with the penalty provision. There is a practical problem that the May 15th requirement conflicts with the real world where districts don’t know their openings until after May 15th, but theoretically all employees are making decisions by May 15th. Depending on individual circumstances, there may be options, but the consequences of when and how to resign should be checked out before committing to renewal or resignation.