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Foundations of Organizing for Local Strength

Foundations of Organizing for Local Strength
October 4 - 7, 2017 
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EBR Institute Interest Assessment Oct. 2017 deadline to apply is Aug. 17, 2017
November 15 - 18, 2017
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EBR Institute Interest Assessment Nov. 2017 deadline to apply is Sept. 22, 2017
February 28 - March 3, 2018
Audience: Local affiliate teams

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EBR Institute Interest Assessment Feb. 2018 deadline to apply is Jan. 5, 2018

East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators (EBRPAE) is the largest local education association in the state of Louisiana. EBRPAE is currently on the growth edge of local ESSA implementation, early career leader engagement, and social justice organizing. The local, despite many external challenges, is growing in strength and numbers. They have resilience and heart!

This three and a half day training will provide participants with an opportunity to participate in a true field learning experience focused in the challenging setting of competing organizations, economic injustice, and institutional racism. Additionally, EBRPAE has been involved in the formation of The Louisiana Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools (LAROS) and will share the benefits of a parent, community, and civil rights coalition.

Participants will work through numerous organizing skills and theories in a classroom setting focused on building strong worksites, while also having a chance to practice these skills in the field with EBRPAE members and potential members. The training aims to achieve the following goals:

  • Train participant teams in organizing skills
  • Practice those skills in the field in an active local organizing campaign
  • Write an organizing plan to create positive change in the day-to-day lives of your members, potential members, and communities as a whole

All participants will be required to participate in multiple field experiences throughout the training. This could range from participating in worksite visits, going door to door to talk to members/potential members and community members, and other activities that help move the local

Affiliate members, leaders, and staff are encouraged to attend as teams with three to four members. The teams may consist of local leaders and members and we strongly encourage the inclusion of a local or state association staff. Individual staff or member participants and participant pairs are also welcome to attend. Each participant should come with a commitment to advance a project in their organization. Participants will be expected to share their progress and success after the training.


Foundations of Organizing for Local Strength
Host – East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators
Offered: October 4–7, 2017
Future Trainings:
November 15–18, 2017
February 28–March 3, 2018


"Thanks for including team participants from across several NEA Regions. The briefing and use of the MiniVan, as an organizing tool, was extremely helpful. Also, the Reception with the EBRAE local leaders the night before the school site visits was very helpful for volunteers as we prepared to enter buildings."

" This was one of the best Institutes that I have attended in the last year. I am grateful that my team was selected and even more grateful for the information and strategies that I can share with current leaders and with leaders yet to be identified."

"I have worked in UniServ for more than 20 years and I was energized and engaged. The trainers were knowledgeable and entertaining--important qualities in training adults! Thanks for the experience."

"This was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and to train with a member from my district. I greatly enjoyed learning about education and educator issues in LA. This knowledge will help me forming ways to approach issues in my own state."

"Very interesting experience. The Presenters were well prepared and this made the experience very helpful. LET'S DO IT AGAIN!"

"This experience was wonderfully organized and everyone did a great job presenting."

"My hope is that we remember the collective energy that we felt from this experience and project it to inspire our states and locals to create positive and necessary change."

"My hope is that we can draw on this experience for energy as we move forward to build power and create change in our communities back home. I imagine a world in which teachers are respected, trusted, and empowered to educate the whole child."

"My hope is for us for everyone who has attended the training to keep the fight. Don't lose your momentum. Even if you encounter hick ups. Know that what you are doing is worth the fight."