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Free Financial Consultations in April and May!

Attention MTI Members!

Steve Pike is a retired MTI teacher and current Member Benefits Consultant for WEA Member Benefits.  Steve will be onsite to meet with staff.

WHAT:  FREE Financial Consultation

WHEN:  See Below (register by clicking on the link below)

WHERE:  33 Nob Hill Road, Madison, WI

This is ideal if you are just getting started, have specific questions, or would like a quick check-in.  Because these are held onsite, it’s a convenient way to meet with someone face-to-face to get some general help or guidance.

Steve can answer your specific questions on a wide range of financial topics such as:

  • Reasons to start a 403(b) or IRA savings account and how to enroll
  • Wisconsin Retirement System basics
  • Retirement Savings strategies; Pre-tax vs. Roth, 403(b) vs. IRA
  • Investment/Account Fees
  • Budgeting
  • Tips for purchasing personal insurance

Some things to bring along to your consultation include:

  • Recent paycheck stub
  • Recent 403(b) and/or IRA account statements
  • WRS statement
  • Laptop (if available)
  • Other financial information you would like reviewed

Spouses/partners welcome

Sign up here for your consultation in April

Sign up here for your consultation in May

Can’t make it to a consultation but want to talk to someone? Sign up for a 30-minute phone consultation and speak to a Retirement and Investment Consultant. Find a time and day that’s convenient for you at www.weabenefits.com/consults.

Two FREE Upcoming Financial Seminars – Investment Basics and Student Loan Forgiveness

WEA Member Benefits is offering two upcoming FREE financial seminars for MMSD employees! Don’t miss out on them!

INVESTMENT BASICS

April 25 from 5-6pm

The WEA Member Benefits Building at 660 John Nolen Drive

For more information CLICK HERE!

AND

STUDENT LOAN FORGIVENESS SEMINAR

May 6 at 5pm

The WEA Member Benefits Building at 660 John Nolen Drive

For more information CLICK HERE!

Take Kids Fishing Day – June 1

The Building and Construction Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin is holding its 4th annual Take Kids Fishing Day on June 1st at Vilas Park in Madison from 9:00 to 11:30am. This is a FREE event and open to the first 150 kids who register. Each kid who registers gets a FREE fishing pole! A picnic style lunch will follow.

To register, call Dave Branson at 608-256-3161 or click here.

To see a flyer with more information about the event, click here.

Remembering Erica Eide

In 2018, our Shorewood Hills Elementary School community suffered a great loss as we said goodbye to one of our beloved teachers and MTI member, Erica Eide.  Erica will be missed by so many, but her legacy lives on in the lives of the students and families that she worked with over her 20 years of teaching at Shorewood.  To honor her life-long commitment to giving so much, a memorial fund has been set up.  Your donation will be used to purchase a unique set of percussion playground equipment for the students, as well as an engraved stone.  A suggested donation of $20, $50, or $100 is welcome, but any amount you contribute is most appreciated.  Make checks payable to Shorewood Elementary School (1105 Shorewood Blvd. Madison, WI 53705) by April 15 with the memo:  Erica Eide Memorial Fund.   It is with heavy but grateful hearts that we thank you for remembering Erica through your donation and for helping Shorewood honor her memory. 

Restorative Practices Retreat

Back by popular demand, MTI CENTRS is partnering with WEAC to host a second Restorative Practices weekend retreat. The retreat will be HERE at MTI from May 17th-19th. Participants will meet 90 minutes on Friday night, from 9-4 on Saturday and 9-1 on Sunday.  Participants can choose PAC or a $150 stipend from the MTI CENTRS grant. Registration includes training, materials, Friday night snacks, light breakfast, and lunch Sat. and Sun. The retreat is open to members of WEAC, which includes all teacher bargaining unit members. There are only 30 spots. For more information click here or Sign up now!

Black Lives Matter At School Madison -Pledge and Resources

Take the pledge

Check out links to helpful resources

We are a group of educators planning a Black Lives Matter Week of Action in Madison as part of the National BLM Week of Action from February 4 – 8. This is the third year that a growing number of schools and communities around the country have held a BLM week in schools. Our intention for the week is to bring together community members, teachers, parents, students, and union members to put forth a vision for a school system and community that truly values Black lives.

The Black Lives Matter movement recognizes the impact of mass incarceration, poverty, non-affordable housing, income disparity, homophobia, unfair immigration laws and policies, gender inequality, and poor access to healthcare. All of these injustices exist in the intersection of race, class and gender. And they have always existed and continue to exist within our Madison community, including within our own school system.

This is why our Black Lives Matter week is a vital action. It is one that will empower each of us and our students to know that it is possible to eradicate these ills by actively engaging in the truth and never being afraid to share it, even when it is unpopular. If society continues to marginalize, murder, and devalue Black and Brown lives, then there is little hope for America to ever reach her fullest potential.

We call all of our colleagues, administrators, students, families and community members to partner with us as we engage in the National Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Feb 4-8, 2019. We commit to analyzing and challenging both our personal and systemic or institutional racialized beliefs and practices. This work is urgent and long overdue. This week is one action embedded in the lifelong work of creating a society and school system where all of our students, staff, and families experience respect, equity, and justice.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday Events & Organizing Opportunities

History shows that workers have been advocating for a day of recognition
honoring King’s legacy since 1968. It may come as a surprise that the holiday
began as a union demand in contract negotiations. He was an advocate for
working people and a pillar of the civil rights movement. 

All Madison schools will be closed and all MTI-represented employees will
receive a paid holiday on Monday, January 21.  Madison will host multiple
events to recognize, honor, and renew the struggle for racial equality and
economic justice that was Dr. King’s life.  MTI encourages members to
participate in these community-building opportunities.
 
* Friday, January 18, 4:30-7:00 p.m.:  MLK Free Community Dinner,
Gordon Commons, 770 W. Dayton Street in downtown Madison. Dinner
served buffet style from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. There is NO COST to attend. Info at King Coalition Facebook page.

* Sunday, January 20, 7:30-10:00 a.m.: 35th Annual Urban League
Outstanding Young Person Breakfast, Edgewood High School. Middle
and high school students are nominated by schools from across Dane Countybased on their academic performance, community service, and extra-curricularparticipation. Tickets are $10 and available online.

* Monday, January 21, 5:00 p.m.: 34th annual Madison & Dane County
King Holiday Observance, Overture Center in downtown Madison. Freedom songs in the Overture rotunda at 5:00 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm. NO
COST to attend. More info available on King Coalition Facebook page.

Labor History Essay Contest for Wisconsin High School Students

Encourage Wisconsin high school students (grades 9-12) to participate in a Labor History Essay Contest.

Students are invited to write 750 words on the following theme: “Unions have been important to my family and community because….”

Students are urged to interview family members, neighbors, friends, or others about their connection to work and labor unions. The contest is easy to enter and is an opportunity for high schoolers to learn more about the labor movement.

Applicants could win up to $500! Essays are due on Feb 15.

Visit the wisconsinlaborhistory.org for contest rules and more details.

Join MTI’s Equity & Diversity Series

Come prepare and PLEDGE to participate in MTI’s Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Feb 4-8.

January 12 9AM -12 PM at MTI

ENROLL HERE

In October, the MTI Faculty Representative Council adopted the motion below:

MTI’s Equity and Diversity Committee, in partnership with NEA and WEAC, will  promote the Black Lives Matter at Schools week of action February 4-8, 2019.

Student advocacy and equity are a part of MTI’s mission and beliefs:

Madison Teachers, Inc. is a member-led organization which advocates for its members and students in order to advance quality public education for all students.

Public schools have a moral responsibility to provide a quality education, broad and equitable in nature, to all students with no exceptions, exclusions, or disparities.

  • Come learn about and sign the pledge for action!
  • Get resources, lesson plans and time to plan age appropriate lessons with colleagues
  • Find out how to participate in community events occurring during the week
  • Choose which presentations and discussion to attend
  • WIN DOOR PRIZES

2018 Winter Break & 2019-2020 School Calendar

One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you.
 

Thank you to all MTI members for your hardwork and your dedication to MMSD students. MTI is successful because of YOU.As a member-led organization we advocate for MTI members and students in order to advance quality public education. We appreciate all that you do for students and for the goodwill of our organization. 

We hope you are excited for some well-deserved time away from school. 

As a friendly (and happy) reminder: WinterBreak for school year employees lasts from Monday, December 24 though Friday, January 4, 2019. 

MTI is dedicated to ensuring members (both school year and 12-month employees) have vacation, holiday, and floating time to enjoy the holiday season. As we ring in the New Year we would also like to share the 2019-2020 School Calendar. 


Highlights of the School Calendar 2019-20

  • We have retained a 2-week winter break; 
  • There will continue to be 6 Staff Only days throughout the year;
  • Together, we secured a 1-week spring break; 
  • New Teacher days will be August 21-23, followed by the Staff Learning/Prep days August 26-29, and the Voluntary day on August 30; 
  • The student year will begin the day after Labor Day, September 3, 2019 and end on June 10, 2020, with the last Staff Only day on June 11, 2020; 
  • Parent-teacher conferences for middle and high schools will be held during the third and fourth full weeks of November, and the comp day will continue to be the day before Thanksgiving (November 28 is Thanksgiving); and 
  • Teachers will have an additional day off on February 28, 2020. 

Thank you for continuing to stand together in solidarity on important issues that impact your profession. Feel free to contact MTI’s calendar committee members or the MTI office should you have any questions about the upcoming year. 

May you soar into 2019 filled with health, happiness and prosperity!

Solidarity &Happy Holidays from all of us at MTI. 

School Calendar 2019-20!