Saturday, July 18, 2015
The strength of our union can be measured by our numbers, the number of members engaged in union activities. Local leaders are constantly fighting for our members’ time and energy while these members are overburdened with the ever-increasing demands placed upon them by the education system. Come share in some practical methods to improve member outreach, engagement and retention so that we can strengthen our union!
Special presentation with Eric C. Heins, CTA President.
Please note: this session will NOT be live streamed, but will be available in the archive after the conference.
In this workshop, CTA staff will provide presidents with an update on the latest efforts occurring across the country to undermine public education and education unions, what we can do locally and proactively to counter these assaults, as well as some tangible tools to help build strong locals with engaged members. Participants will also have the opportunity to hone their organizing skills by practicing organizing conversations around membership and overcoming membership objections. This workshop is participant centered, so come prepared to participate.
This session will review Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) components and purposes and focus on how chapters select, develop and advocate for the priorities important to improving teaching and learning. Special emphasis will be placed on the President’s role in bargaining, consultation and community engagement. Participants will discuss actual LCAPs to gain a greater understanding of the process and outcomes.
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Truly healthy associations must continuously engage in ways to win the hearts and minds of their members. Thriving associations have members who feel an authentic sense of belonging. But, how do we encourage everyone to become full CTA members? And how do we move people who are already members to feel really connected to their association community? This elective will provide specific, detailed and comprehensive plans, tips, ideas and resources to do just that.
The future effectiveness of our local chapters will depend in part on our understanding of the unique blend of generations that comprise our current workforce. Each group has a vital role to play yet approaches unionism from their generational perspective. While our shared values are our greatest asset, learning about our Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers will foster understanding that will help us build a union ready to take on the challenges we continue to face in defense of public education.
Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Founding director of the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC and co-directs USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration.