MSEA ESP OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS: DEADLINE ISTUESDAY
MSEA is accepting nominations for the statewide ESP of the Year Award.Nominations are due by June 20, 2017 and the winner will be announced at the MSEA RA in Ocean City in October. If you have a local ESP of the Year, you may nominate that person or other eligible members from your county. Click here for the criteria and guidelines.
REGISTER FOR MSEA MEDIA TRAINING: AUGUST 15 IN ANNAPOLIS
Registration is open for MSEA’s annual Media Training for local leaders. Want to get more comfortable speaking with reporters? Eager to develop and deliver a message that resonates with your members and community? Then this hands-on training is for you and anyone in your local who may interact with the press or help shape public relations plans. We’ll cover how to get press coverage, how to write a media plan, and how to nail an interview with a reporter (including lots of time for practice!). Register at https://marylandeducators.wufoo.com/forms/mseas-2017-media-training/. Registration deadline is August 7.
MSEA CANDIDATE TRAINING: AUGUST 17 IN ANNAPOLIS
MSEA is running a free training on August 17 in Annapolis to train members to run for office, including school board, county council/commission, central committee, and General Assembly seats. Sessions will include fundraising, message development, voter contact, and other critical skills. To learn more and apply, click here:https://marylandeducators.wufoo.com/forms/mseas-2017-member-candidate-training/. Registration deadline is July 24.
2017 MSEA SUMMER LEADERSHIP: REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY AT 5:00 PM
Educators Lead: The 2017 Summer Leadership Conference will be held July 18-21, 2107 at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD. This year there will be nine different schools offered: Advocacy, Conflict Resolution, Emerging Leaders Academy, ESP, Leadership, GO Teams, Organizing, Bargaining, and Professional Issues-Restorative Practices. Following are highlights from a few of the schools this year: 1.) Theadvocacy school is localizing the training so members can learn to resolve conflicts and enforce contracts on-site before reaching the formal grievance process including roleplays relevant to a member’s actual contract. 2.) The organizing school has been revamped this year so that local leaders will walk away knowing how to build membership, relationships, and use those to bring actionable change to their local. 3.) The NEW bargaining school will look at collective bargaining in Maryland from a macro level. This is the first part of a two-part training on bargaining (look for the second part at SLC 2018).
Reminder: If your local has not utilized its Professional Development and Training grant funds those funds can be used for the Summer Leadership Conference. Additional details are included in the attached letter.
MSDE SURVEY: INNOVATIVE SCHOOL SCHEDULES
MSDE is looking for feedback from educators on the innovative school schedule recommendations that were developed by the Innovative School Schedule Workgroup. The recommendations and survey responses will be shared with the State Board of Education. MSDE is looking for feedback from a variety of stakeholders including, but not limited to, teachers, parents, local school board members, representatives from institutions of higher education, and central office staff. Please share the survey and report. Preliminary survey results will be shared with workgroup members on June 7. The deadline to take the survey is June 19.
Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/innovativeschedules
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2017 MSEA CONVENTION WORKSHOPS
MSEA is seeking presenters for the annual MSEA Center for Professional Learning professional development workshops held on the mornings of October 20 and 21, 2017 during the MSEA convention. The workshop themes are:
- Instructional Strategies
- Classroom Culture
- School Counseling Topics
- Early Career Educator Topics
MSEA is especially seeking workshops on best practices for digital learning, equity, cultural competency, students receiving special education services, classroom management, and behavior management.
If you know a member involved in an outstanding program or initiative you would like shared across the state, encourage him/her to submit an online application. Click here for the link. For more details on workshop specifics and a promotional flyer, visit the website.
The application deadline is July 1.
2017-2018 LOCAL STRATEGIC PLAN
The 2017-2018 Local Strategic Plan is attached for your local. The plan is due by September 30, 2017 and the old format is no longer available for use. If you need assistance completing your plan, please contact your UniServ director or field manager. Please submit your Local Strategic Plan via email to: email@example.com.
MEMBERSHIP EARLY ENROLLMENT IS BACK AGAIN!
Early Enrollment Details:
MSEA is once again participating in the NEA Early Enrollment Program that began on April 1, 2017. This program provides “no cost” access to Educators Employment Liability (EEL) Program insurance benefits from the date of application through August 31, 2017. Additionally, the Early Enrollee will have immediate access to NEA Member Benefits including insurance programs, car rentals, credit card programs, and magazine services. Attached are forms and the application.Eligibility is limited to:
- Individuals who sign up and pledge to pay unified Active membership dues as a first-time Active member beginning September 1, 2017, or
- New NEA Student Program recruits who sign up and fully pay the $30 Student Program dues for the 2017-18 membership year at the time of enrollment.
Note: For membership counts and governance representation purposes, early enrollees are non-members until the membership year begins on September 1, 2017.
MSEA BOARD OF DIRECTORS’ ACTION MEMO
Attached is the MSEA Board of Directors’ action memo from its May 19 meeting.
Please distribute the attached MSEA Membership Involvement Form to members and encourage them to become involved with the association.