Category: Recent News

Madison Teachers Inc Receives Grant from NEA Great Public Schools Fund

Madison, Wisconsin – Madison Teachers Inc. (MTI), an affiliate of Wisconsin Education Association Council and the National Education Association, will use a $615,000 three-year NEA GPS Fund Grant to create support systems for early career educators aimed at diversifying the workforce, increasing teacher retention and efficacy, and closing student achievement gaps. Click here to learn more!

“What’s Next for Our Public Schools? Local Legislators Talk Strategy” October 24th

6:30pm – 8:00pm
Christ Presbyterian Church (944 E. Gorham Street)

Three education-focused groups are co-hosting a forum about public education.  GRUMPS (Grandparents United for Madison Public Schools), WPEN (Wisconsin Public Education Network), and MTI (Madison Teachers Inc.) invite the public to hear from our State Representatives and Senators about what actions they will propose in the next legislative session.
Local referenda are passing at record rates, and public school funding has been at the center of our conversations and concerns.  K-12 education ranks as one of the top issues among Wisconsin voters. Some of the areas to be discussed on October 24 include:  accountability; local control; funding of public education; and privatization.  What new approaches to public education will our state legislators be proposing?
This is a critical time for public education and I want to know what ideas my elected officials have for improving Wisconsin’s public schools,” said Heather DuBois Bourenane of Wisconsin Public Education Network.
All our local legislators have been invited; many have already confirmed their attendance.  The event is free and open to all.
For more Information contact:
Nan Brien: 608-665-3181; cell:  608-206-1779;
Carol Carstensen:  608-255-5931; cell:  608-692-8441
WPEN:  Heather DuBois Bourenane: 608-572-1696
MTI:  Doug Keillor: 608-257-0491

Tony Evers Fundraiser and Tammy Baldwin Rally and Concert


Help pro-public education candidates win on November 6!

Two upcoming events…

Tony Evers / Mandela Barnes Fundraiser
* Pardon the late notice *
Hosted by: 
Ron Duff Martin, WEAC President
Bob Baxter, WEAC Executive Director

Tuesday, October 2nd
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
WEAC Headquarters
33 Nob Hill Road

RSVP or Make a Donation Online!

Senator Tammy Baldwin and Wisconsin’s Bon Iver
Early Vote Rally and Concert !

Date: Saturday, October 20th
Time: Doors open at 7 pm
Location: The Sylvee, 25 South Livingston Street, Madison 

Get Your Tickets Now:

Additional information about the upcoming November 6 election, including voting information and volunteer opportunities are available at the MTI Website – Elections-Fall 2018.   

Stay tuned for more ways to help!

Have a political event or organization you are working with for November’s elections? Submit it to to include on the MTI political action website!  

Stay Current on Educator Licensure Changes

The 2017-19 Wisconsin state budget made major changes to teacher licensing in Wisconsin, and for the last several months the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has been rewriting the rules to match the new laws. WEAC’s licensure specialist has put together a Frequently Asked Questions document to address the questions union members are asking about these changes.

Free Financial Consultations in September and October!

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:   September 25 and 26 (register by clicking the September link below)

                    October 23-25 and October 29-30 (register by clicking the October 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.

 Click here to sign up for a September consultation

 Click here to sign up for an October consultation

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

Teaching About the 2018 Elections – Preparing Students for Political Engagement

University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education Announces a Professional Development Conference for K-12 Teachers and Administrators September 22, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Grainger Hall, UW-Madison campus

What is the Teaching About the 2018 Elections Conference?

Teaching about elections is one of the best opportunities educators have to prepare young people for political engagement. Yet, we know that teachers are often unsure about how to teach about electoral politics in a way that is engaging, respectful to all points of view, and draws upon the best and most current information.

The Teaching About the 2018 Elections Conference is an exciting opportunity for K-12 teachers and administrators to:

  • learn about important election related issues
  • receive training in effective learning strategies
  • be introduced to national civic education programs and their curricula

What should I expect at the conference?

Throughout the day, participants will make choices about which breakout sessions to attend. All sessions are designed to be interactive and focused on issues related to the current elections. There will be different types of sessions to choose from:

Pedagogical strategies: These sessions will teach participants how to use particular discussion strategies or other interactive activities in the classroom. Some sessions will be designated as more appropriate for elementary teachers; others will focus on activities for middle and high school teachers.

Issue forums: These sessions are designed to educate teachers about some of the most important issues facing the U.S. and Wisconsin. Issue forums will be led by University of Wisconsin faculty with content expertise about a particular issue. These sessions will be structured to engage participants in discussions of controversial issues.

Featured curricula: Some of the most well regarded civic education organizations from around the country will be leading sessions on how to use their curricula. Participants will learn about a variety of resources and teaching techniques. 

What is the cost to attend?
Regular registration: $35 
UW System teacher education students: $10

Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and access to electronic materials and high quality curriculum to use in your classroom. 

How do I register?
Registration can be completed here: Teaching About the 2018 Elections Registration

Space is limited and spots are filling up quickly! Register as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this year’s event.

Where can I learn more about the conference?
Visit the conference website at for information about featured presenters, schedule, location, parking, lodging, and more.

This conference is funded by the Gibb Democracy Education Fund and the Claudia Grams Pogreba Fund. Mary Hopkins Gibb is a 1955 School of Education alumna. Her husband Bill was a 1953 Wisconsin School of Business alumnus. Claudia Grams Pogreba is a 1970 School of Education alumna. 

Consider Becoming an MTI Leader

Do you have ideas on how to improve your profession or better advocate for your students?  Consider applying your ideas, energy and efforts as an elected leader of MTI.  MTI is a democratic Union with nearly 200 teachers currently serving in an elected or appointed leadership capacity.

MTI Faculty Representative:  Serving as an MTI Faculty Representative is the most common point of entry to Union leadership.  If you are interested in serving as an MTI Faculty Rep at your work location, see your senior MTI Faculty Rep or contact MTI staff.

For those ready to take the next step in MTI leadership, positions are currently available on MTI Board of Directors, Finance Committee, Handbook/Bargaining Committee, Political Action Committee, and Cabinet on Personnel.

Nominations will be received at the September 25 meeting of the MTI Faculty Representative Council to fill MTI Board At-Large positions and Committee vacancies caused by retirement or resignations, and for terms that are expiring.  Nominations for any of the positions described in this article can be called in to MTI Headquarters (257-0491) prior to the September Council meeting, or made from the floor at the September Council meeting by an MTI Faculty Representative.  Pursuant to MTI Bylaws, the election for all referenced positions will be held at the October Council meeting.

MTI Board of Directors.  At-Large terms expire for:

  • Pete Opps
  • Jessica Hotz
  • A vacancy exists due to Michael Jones being elected Vice-President

The MTI Board of Directors manages the affairs of MTI in accordance with the policies established by the Faculty Rep Council, the Joint Fiscal Group and the Cabinet on Personnel.  The Board consists of 9 members.  Five officers are elected by the general membership and four At-Large positions are elected by the MTI Faculty Representative Council.  Meetings of the MTI Board are generally held on the second Tuesday of the month, at 4:30pm at MTI Headquarters.

Finance Committee.  One-year terms expire for:

  • Bruce Bobb (Hoyt) seeking re-election.
  • Holly Hansen (Lapham) seeking re-election.
  • A vacancy exists due to the retirement of Cindy Barbera.

The Finance Committee prepares the annual MTI Budget for consideration by the MTI Joint Fiscal Group. The MTI Finance Committee meets each year and generally completes its business in February, given that under MTI’s Bylaws the Budget is presented at the March meeting of the MTI Joint Fiscal Group and is voted upon at the April meeting.
Cabinet on Personnel.  Two-tear terms expire for:

  • Holly Hansen (Lapham) seeking re-election.
  • Cindy Ball (Jefferson) seeking re-election..

The Cabinet on Personnel oversees MTI’s employment relations with its staff. The Cabinet meets on an as-needed basis.
Political Action Committee (MTI VOTERS).  Two-year terms expire for:

  • Kathryn Burns (Shorewood) seeking re-election.
  • Sandy Welander (Schenk) seeking re-election.
  • Liz Donnelly (Elvehjem) seeking re-election.
  • Three vacancies exist due to retirements/resignation.  Nobel Perez (Muir/Crestwood) and Abby Morrison (Olson) have been nominated for two of the positions. 

MTI’s Political Action Committee usually meets once per month, and additionally as necessary to interview candidates for election in Wisconsin’s primary and general elections. The Committee recommends endorsements for consideration by MTI members.
Handbook/Bargaining Committee.  Nominations for two (2) positions on the MTI Handbook/Bargaining Committee. 

  • One vacancy exists for a student services high school representative due to a resignation. The term expires May, 2021.
  • A second vacancy exists for an elementary school representative due to a reassignment.  The term expires May, 2019.

The Handbook/Bargaining Committee researches and makes recommendations on issues to bargain/discuss and selects participants to engage in: 1) negotiations with the District over Collective Bargaining Agreements, and 2) discussions over revisions to the Employee Handbook. The Committee meets annually on an as needed basis.

If you have any questions about these vacancies or would like more information, please contact MTI President Andy Waity or MTI Executive Director Doug Keillor.

High School Scheduling Update

MTI staff and MTI Faculty Reps from each comprehensive high school met with the District to discuss potential changes to the high school bell schedule across the district.   In the meeting the District explained the why and need for exploring other models and provides information in this Executive Summary.

 In addition to the student-centered criteria identified previously, the MTI Reps advocated that criteria also be established to ensure that educators receive sufficient planning and preparation time, as well as a reasonable number of class prep assignments, in the consideration of any revised bell schedule. 

MTI Reps will be working with high school teachers this fall to identify and share those professional needs and concerns as part of Employee Handbook discussions as well as the quarterly collaboration meetings. The MTI Reps also requested that the District provide all high school staff with and update of this work, as well as identify continued avenues for employee voice as these changes are considered.  

The District will also be administering a survey to inform educators of the options being considered and collect feedback. This feedback will be shared with the MTI-MMSD High School Scheduling work group, as we meet quarterly to continue the discussion. MTI encourages all MTI-represented high school staff to complete the survey to share their thoughts and perspectives.

Enter to Win VIP Badger Experience

WEAC is partnering with the UW Badgers to celebrate Wisconsin Public School educators.

Nominate yourself or a deserving Wisconsin Public School educator to be recognized for an Outstanding Educator Award. In appreciation for their dedication to students, winners will be treated to a VIP Experience at a Badger home game, and be recognized statewide on the Badger Radio Network and

Click here for more info and to enter!


2018 WEAC Professional Issues Conference October 26-28

-at the KI Convention Center in Green Bay-

This conference brings together hundreds of Aspiring Educator Members, Educational Support Professionals and Teachers for a weekend of learning and professional networking, as well as the opportunity to think, dialogue, and learn more about the professional issues you face daily. 

The Friday night keynote is Brian J of GSAFE WIsconsin.  Brian is the state’s leading expert on fostering safe schools and learning environments for LGBTQ+ youth.  Saturday and Sunday are filled with 65 concurrent sessions led by respected members and UW instructors from multiple campuses.  Breakout sessions are designed to help enrich your practice and find solutions to the most pressing educational issues, including trauma informed care, improving instruction, culturally responsive pedagogy, social-emotional learning, and support for early career educators.

With lodging, meals, and top-notch presentations, there is no better value in professional development than the annual WEAC Professional Issues Conference.

Click here for more information and to register!