2012 Joint Conference Workshops
WS-01—Student Bullying and You! Information and Strategies to Prevent Bullying and Sexual Harassment
Bullying is a deadly serious issue that affects one in three students. Join this interactive workshop to learn about bullying, sexual harassment, cyberbullying, and sexting. You'll gain prevention and intervention strategies you can implement immediately to that stop these bullying behaviors.
WS-02—Drawing Connections: Examining the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Ethnic minority students who are GLBT often face a “tri-cultural” challenge: homophobia, racism, and exclusion from their GLBT and ethnic-minority communities. Learn strategies for addressing the “whole student” and creating a learning environment that can enhance success for GLBT students of color.
WS-03—Ethnic Minorities and Women: How to Organize Around the 2012 Election and Other Urgent Issues
Review key points from the Minority Leadership Training Program organizing module and learn how to organize on critical issues affecting ethnic minorities and women, with a highlight on the 2012 election. After reviewing the hard-won history of ethnic minority and women voters, create an action plan to get out the vote in your community.
WS-04—Women Leading the Profession
Despite the large numbers of educated females, women remain underrepresented in top leadership positions across this nation. Explore the importance of women maintaining an ever-vigilant and visible presence in current labor battles across the nation and engage in activities that will help you take action in your local and state Associations.
WS-05—Developing Cultural Identity
To effectively organize other educators, serve the needs of children, and work with parents and communities, one must first be aware of how our own self-concept, values, and beliefs affect how we think about and behave toward people who are “different.”
WS-06—Red State, Blue State: Minority Communities Influence the Debate
The unprecedented diversity of the 2008 electorate was propelled by increases in both the number and turnout rates of minority voters. Examine the power and influence of these communities to define the debate and determine the outcome in 2012.
WS-07—Workplace Bullying: Hazard to Health & Human Rights
Occupational health studies illustrate the undeniable effect bullying has on adults exposed to unremitting stress. Find out how adult bullying in schools disrupts members’ lives and interferes with teaching and learning, and learn first steps toward prevention and correction.
WS-08—Kill Stress Before It Kills You
Stress is a major problem for educators, and while stress itself may not kill you, it may lead to heart disease and other serious health issues that can. Practice stress management skills, identify strategies local associations can use to change stressful conditions, and create a plan for living a healthy and balanced life in this highly interactive session.
WS-09—Leading the Profession: A Plan for Teacher-Led Transformation
NEA’s plan is to put teachers and the organizations representing them at the head of the table in shaping a new vision of a true teaching profession. Explore how NEA can lead efforts to reform teacher preparation, train and support thousands of teacher leaders, create new teacher career ladders, and implement hundreds of peer assistance and review programs across the country.
WS-10—Dating Violence: Using Video Games to Teach Social and Emotional Skills
Social and emotional learning can be engaging, easy, and effective. Learn how you can use "The Real Robots of Robot High," a video game based curricula, to teach your students how relationships work and how to make them better. Tech novices welcome!
WS-11—Achieving Academic Success for Ethnic Minority Males
Ethnic minority males face unique challenges in school and life. Learn strategies to strengthen student engagement, increase academic achievement, and improve graduation rates for ethnic minority male students.
WS-12—Increasing Minority Student College Graduates: Setting the Goal and Accomplishing It
Ethnic-minority students still represent the lowest percentage of college graduates. What can we to reverse this trend? Explore strategies educators can use to better prepare students for college and boost the number of minority student college graduates.
WS-13—Protect Your Rights! Voter Suppression and the 2012 Election
Find out how to protect your rights, and the rights of your fellow citizens, as anti-voting laws threaten to prevent millions of Americans—particularly minorities, low-wage workers, students, and the elderly—from casting their ballots in 2012. Create an action plan to combat voter suppression and register voters in your community.
WS-14—Stop Genocide and Crimes Against Children!
Human rights treaties on genocide and crimes against children call for our urgent attention. Take action with NEA to get these treaties ratified, and hear internationally recognized leaders in these two movements share their insights and advocacy.
WS-15—How Children of Poverty Can Embrace and Empower Themselves Through Education
Forty-two percent of America's children now live in poverty, and the achievement gap between them and children from wealthy families is growing rapidly. Join Professor Hernandez, himself a child of poverty, in exploring practical ways educators can connect with poor students as human beings, rather than as a statistics.
WS-16—Educating Immigrant Students
As America’s classrooms become increasingly diverse, educators must step up as advocates for immigrant students, many of whom are English language learners, the fastest-growing student population in our public schools. Examine current trends in immigration, learn about resources for identifying those trends in your state and district, and develop action plans for addressing the needs of immigrant students in your school and community.