When it comes to public education, WVEA members are the experts, and they need to be heard. WVEA members are working together to provide a quality public education to every student regardless of the ZIP code.
Every student has a basic right to a great public education that’s why our Association is about more than salary, rights, and benefits. We’re about creating schools and supporting educators who are growing tomorrow’s inventors, thinkers, artists and leaders.
Our efforts are far more successful when our members are informed and involved. Our collective voice affords us the strength to do more together than we can by ourselves. Our collective actions advance our profession and improve public education.
Together we can be heard on the important decisions that affect education employees, our schools and our students.
There are several ways to keep informed and make your voice heard.
WVEA TODAY and other Association publications. The WVEA TODAY is published regularly throughout the year and is also posted online. During the Legislative Session WVEA posts a daily Lobbyline to keep you informed of the day’s events and a weekly WVEA Legislative Update that recaps the week’s activities.
E-mail blasts. WVEA regularly sends out email blasts to members to make them aware of particular issues and to request some type of action from our members. We use the email address listed for you in our membership database so please keep us apprised of any changes to your personal email address. You can update your membership information by completing our online form.
Text/SMS alerts. Particularly during the Legislative Session, WVEA uses texts to keep you informed of breaking news and important activities or to request you to contact legislators on important issues. We promise not to bombard you with texts. If you are a member please make sure your cell phone number is included in our database. You can update that information by completing the member update form.
Social media. WVEA is active on social media and uses the medium to post breaking or important news. “Like” WVEA on Facebook and Follow WVEA on Instagram and YouTube. Then share WVEA’s posts with your social media network to help spread the word.
WVDE policy updates. Keep abreast of the latest from the WVDE by checking the ‘State Board Policy' section of our website. There we post the proposed changes to WVBE policies and provide links to make your voice heard on the revisions.
Legislative contacts. WVEA provides phone numbers and email links for you to contact your legislators on issues of importance. Your legislators need to hear from you on the issues that impact our public schools.
WVEA website. WVEA’s website, www.wvea.org, is also a good place to find breaking news in greater detail. WVEA.org is a ‘responsive’ site that will adjust to whatever platform you are using. While the look might be different on a mobile phone, a tablet or a computer, you will still have access to the entire site and all the content. A mobile app of the WVEA website is in the works and should be available in the fall.
NEA’s Legislative Action Center. Check out the NEA Legislative Action Center for analysis of federal legislation that affects educators and students. You can also access NEA’s Congressional Report Card and the Ten Golden Rules of Lobbying, a list of great pointers on communicating with legislators. You’ll also find tips on drafting effective letters to the editor.