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NEA's Center for Organizing Leadership Institute of Support: Calendar Announcements 2017-18

We are pleased to share the 2017-18 calendar for our training Institutes.

In partnership with local affiliates, NEA Center for Organizing will run three training Institutes. Each Institute will host trainings for local teams. Applications will be accepted eight weeks prior to the Institute start date. Detailed information is listed below.

Foundations of Organizing for Local Strength
Host – East Baton Rouge Parish Association of Educators
Offered: September 13–16, 2017
November 15–18, 2017
February 28–March 3, 2018

Building Educator Led Community Schools
Host – Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association
Offered: October 5–8, 2017
November 2–5, 2017
February 22–25, 2018
March 22–25, 2018
April 19–22, 2018

Organizing to Bargain for the Common Good Contract Campaigns
Host – St. Paul Federation of Teachers
Offered: November 1–3, 2017
December 6–8, 2017
April 19–21, 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’s campaign forward.

Affiliate members, leaders, and staff are encouraged to attend as teams with three-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.


Building Educator Led Community Schools
Offered: October 5–8, 2017
November 2–5, 2017
February 22–25, 2018
March 22–25, 2018
April 19–22, 2018
Audience: Local affiliate teams

Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association (MTEA) is the largest teachers union local in the state of Wisconsin. MTEA’s campaign to promote and expand community schools and improve our professional practice in those schools is a key component of the union’s efforts to promote public schools and oppose privatization.

Currently, MTEA’s Center for Teaching, Learning and Public Education leads the work around Community Schools and is proud to host the Community Schools Institute. This Institute is a three and a half day training that will provide participants with an opportunity to engage in an interactive adult learning environment focused on developing campaigns to grow and sustain high quality community schools and developing the organizing and social justice frames to build membership and union strength.

Participants will work through numerous skills and theories in an interactive classroom setting while also having a chance to practice these skills with colleagues from affiliates throughout the country.
Participants will leave the training with a demonstrated understanding and action plan around:
• The narrative of community schools, how to win them and how to implement them;
• Building the fight against privatization by owning the school transformation space;
• Organizing for the Six Pillars and Four Mechanisms;
• A concrete strategy for their worksite, including building a stakeholder board/organizing committee with members, community groups, parents, admin, and students that moves the campaign forward.

Affiliate members, leaders, staff, community members, and school administration are encouraged to attend as teams with three-five members. 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.


Organizing to Bargain for the Common Good
Offered: November 1–3, 2017
December 6–8, 2017
April 19–21, 2018
Audience: Local affiliate teams

Saint Paul Federation of Teachers (SPFT) is a union of teachers and educational support professionals that is a national leader in innovative, social justice unionism. Through the St. Paul Institute, we use both the SPFT experience and the SPFT rank-and-file leadership to train, engage and support NEA affiliates from across the country.

The St. Paul Institute, will support locals interested in developing an organizing culture in their union that increases member engagement, provides leadership development, increases parent and community engagement, and includes bargaining for the common good.

This training is for leaders and staff who want to plan and execute a comprehensive contract campaign that engages members and the community around a racial and social justice agenda for students. Topics covered include:

• Identifying issues with the community
• Campaign planning and strategizing
• Organizing members and developing your unions internal structures
• Escalating and choosing tactics to advance your priorities
• Using contract campaigns to strengthen your union and community relationships and advance common goals

Participants will learn from St. Paul leaders who have led and participated in their own campaign, look to other case studies for inspiration, and discuss the challenges inherent in this type of work. Teams will start the process of creating their own campaign plan and calendar during this training.

Local affiliates are required to attend as teams with three-five members. The teams may consist of role-alike or diverse role groups, each with a commitment to start the process for planning a comprehensive contract campaign. Teams should consist of individuals that will play a role in organizing or bargaining during future contract negotiations for their local. Each member of your team should come with a commitment to advance the project in their organization.


Hihglights from the campaign victory that the Feb and March 2015 Organizing Campaign Launch Training teams worked on with the Loudoun Education Association (LEA). Both helped LEA achieve their first fully funded county-wide school budget since 2001.


TESTIMONIALS

"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."