OEA Summer Academy 2014

Columbus, Ohio
Monday, August 04, 2014

Summer Academy Schools and Courses

School of Association Leadership

Members seeking practical knowledge and leadership skills for strengthening the local association as the chief advocate for education employees and for school quality may choose from three courses. Each course consists of several 90-minute sessions of leadership training, including organizing the local for strength and membership retention. Whether you are a new or experienced association representative or a current or prospective leader in your local, the courses offer knowledge, skills, and strategies for your leadership role. 

1.1 Officers Leadership Development

This workshop is intended for local leaders to help them learn the fundamental skills and strategies to build and maintain an effective local.  

  • Participants will learn basic fundamentals such as:  Constitution & Bylaws; Robert’s Rules of Order, Election Requirements, Grant Writing
  • Participants will learn how to organize members to unleash the local’s power 
  • Participants will learn practical tips for running an effective meeting
  • Participants will learn about OEA resources such as OEA’s Crisis Response Team
  • Participants will learn advocacy skills and updated information related to the legal responsibilities associated with the role of local leaders 
  • Participants will learn the basics of political involvement
  • Participants will learn ways to improve both internal and external communication
  • Participants will learn more about leadership best practices to become a more effective and efficient leader

1.2 Advanced Member Advocacy for Experienced Association Representatives 

Through instruction, simulation and reflective discussion, experienced association representatives will further develop their skills as member advocates as they enhance their understanding of internal communications and organizing. 

  • Participants will learn how to Be an Advocate as they explore members’ rights, the purpose of grievances, the role of advocates, meeting with administration, and settling disputes
  • Participants will learn the Nuts and Bolts of Grievance Processing such as grievance drafting, presentation of grievances up to arbitration, learning the differences:  complaint, grievance, and an Unfair Labor Practice charge
  • Participants will have the opportunity to utilize their newly learned skills to practice and lead up for Let’s Play session
  • Participants will engage in the session, Let’s Play, during which they will practice and apply grievance writing and processing skills through simulation
  • Participants will learn their role in Keeping Employees Out of Trouble by gaining a better  understanding of Ohio’s Professional Code of Conduct, technology-created issues, and when to obtain an attorney
  • Participants will gain knowledge regarding the purpose and use of the Fund for Children and Public Education (FCPE) including the importance of support and involvement

1.3 Member Advocacy and Organizing for Beginners - This session is exclusively for individuals in their first three years serving as a building/association representative.Through exciting instruction, simulation, activities, and instruction, novice building/association representatives will gain/increase their awareness of the importance of communications within their buildings and the local and will develop their abilities and knowledge as leaders and member advocates! 

  • Participants will discover their True Colors and how they can use that awareness to enhance their ability as a local leader and member advocate
  • Participants will develop an Association Representative Tool Box and learn which tools are needed to best represent members as a Building/Association Representative in their local
  • Participants will learn to distinguish between, Gripe or Grievance? or an Unfair Labor Practice and gain an understanding of the basics of grievance processing
  • Participants will learn how Organizing for Improvement can strengthen local affiliates as they gain insight into how best get others involved to make a difference in public education
  • Participants will gain an understanding of educators and The Power of Politics by learning the basics in engaging members in political advocacy and the difference that can make in the work environment
  • Participants will have an opportunity to debrief and/or further explore course topics covered during a Roundtable Discussion 
1.4 Emerging Leaders (By Invitation Only)
The OEA Statewide Emerging Leaders Program offers a unique opportunity for selected individuals in each OEA region to develop their leadership skills. The program targets participants with less than seven years as a member of OEA who have not held a position of leadership higher than that of a building representative and who possess a willingness to attend future leadership training at the OEA Summer Academy.

School of Collective Bargaining
2.1 Fundamentals of Collective Bargaining

This course is divided into several sessions designed to provide OEA members with bargaining-related information, skills and strategies to make the member comfortable participating in the local bargaining environment. The information will reflect both current and anticipated bargaining climates. Completion of this course should enable the member to successfully participate as a local bargaining team/committee member. 

  • Participants will learn understand the basics of collective bargaining including basic terminology, assessing and communicating members’ needs, and how to develop local negotiations proposals 
  • Participants will understand the relationship between Ohio’s collective bargaining law and the local bargaining process through an Introduction to ORC 4117: Ohio’s Collective Bargaining Law
  • Participants will actively participate in role play communications at the bargaining table as they simulate Collective Bargaining Roles and Communications
  • Participants will explore Alternative Forms of Collective Bargaining such as traditional positional bargaining, interest-based bargaining, and other hybrid methods.
  • Participants will learn the Basics of Health Insurance and Basic School District Finance
  • Participants will explore and dissect the key components of Organizing for Power in the Collective Bargaining Process
  • Participants will learn the importance of including Nondiscrimination Assurances within collective bargaining agreements  
School of Communications, Organizing and Political Action

3.1 Organize, Engage and Activate! 

Participants will gain useful organizing knowledge, skills and techniques in order to effectively engage and activate their colleagues, members and community allies. They will practice and experience proven methods to strengthen their locals and gain a powerful understanding of how to set goals, think strategically, communicate with members, facilitate power assessments, and build energetic organizing teams. 

  • Participants will learn what a local needs to do when Organizing for Change
  • Participants will learn to identify and use the locals’ Power!  What It Is. Why You Want It. How to Get It. 
  • Participants will develop Relational Listening to Build Better Locals 
  • Participants will begin or continue Building Strength from Within their local
  • Participants will learn the importance of Organizing in the Community Environment 
  • Selected participants will learn to utilize a SWOT Analysis and a GOST to strengthen their local during the sessions*:
Using a SWOT Analysis to Achieve Goals* 
Who’s Afraid of a Friendly GOST?* 

*The final two sessions (above) are designed for selected LOCAL TEAMS. The goal is to have them create strong, strategic plans for their locals; utilizing the methods in both of these sessions. Organizers and LRC’s will work with them and critique their plans on Day 3 of the conference and also will discuss and follow up with “next steps.” 

3.2 Messages and Methods to Unify, Organize and Mobilize Local Associations 

Change and challenge rule Ohio schools and colleges. With less funding, larger class sizes, and cutbacks in student opportunities, OEA members need to understand the origin of attacks on our profession and learn how to use proven tools to fight back. This course provides participants with strategies, messages and best practices for organizing and political action. Together, we can turn adversity into power, just as we did in the fight to repeal Senate Bill 5 in 2011.  

  • Participants will learn about recent changes to Legislation and Education Policy – How It Affects You and What You Can Do About It
  • Participants will learn about the opportunities to develop as Member Messengers – How to Communicate Effectively Around Our Issues that we face as education professionals
  • Participants will apply messaging skills and research to the effort to defeat so-called “Right to Work” amendments, the over-reliance on high-stakes tests, and local issues affecting support for public education
  • Participants will learn how to use OEA and NEA resources as ongoing supports for their messenger work with news media and advocacy in their local association  
  • Participants will discover strategies for Building Our Political Power for Campaign 2014 (FCPE)
  • Participants will learn the importance of Protecting Public Education at the Ballot Box by understanding how critical changes to education funding and policy play into the dynamics of the upcoming elections and how to get members involved in determining the outcome
School of Professional Advocacy

4.1 Professional Efficacy  

The School of Professional Advocacy addresses critical topics relative to professional efficacy for Ohio educators. This course is grounded in the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession and provides the opportunity to build professional efficacy while becoming an advocate for the teaching profession. 

  • Participants will engage in critical discussions and collaborative review of changes in key policies and practices
  • Participants will learn how we can reclaim the education profession by speaking up for the profession and those we serve
  • Participants will make deep connections between the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession and the OTES performance rubric
  • Participants will learn how to identify measurable goals that inform instructional planning and student learning
  • Participants will distinguish between formative and summative classroom data and assessment practices
  • Participants will dig deeper into available resources for curriculum, instruction and assessment
  • Participants will learn the importance of building Professional Efficacy and Professional Advocacy for Professional Solidarity
4.2 Professional Issues Advocacy: Common Core Program (Invitation Only)  

The training for the participants of the Professional Issues Advocacy Learning Network is designed to assist selected local affiliates increase influence and voice in school improvement efforts at the local, state and national levels.
  • Participants will gain knowledge and skills to effectively engage in school improvement initiatives
  • Participants will gain knowledge in the basic concepts of organizing members, leaders, activists, educational partners and community members around professional issues
  • Participants will gain knowledge and skills in power analysis, mapping, and building strong teams
  • Participants will gain powerful skills in setting realistic goals and creating a strategic plan

5.1  Local Leader Legal 101 – Enforcing members’ due process requires a knowledge of the law as well as the ability to work with management and vet member issues.  Participants will delve into topics such as criminal investigations, social media legal implications, ULP filing and timelines, teacher misconduct and ODE investigations.

5.2  What ACA Means for ESPs, DD, Higher Ed and Teacher Contracts 
Members and their families will be impacted by various elements within the Affordable Care Act and how they are bargained.  During this session, participants will gain an understanding of what should be considered when bargaining insurance issues.

5.3  Ohio’s New Learning Standards, OTES, and Other School Reform Initiatives
Participants will explore the latest updates about Ohio’s New Learning Standards, OTES and other school reform initiatives including the implications that these will have on schools and local affiliates.

5.4  What’s New and What’s Not in Ohio’s Local Report Card and Teacher Reports
The Ohio Local Report Card and the Teacher Reports in EVAAS will receive a “reboot” in 2014-2015.  While the look of the reports will be new, many of the components will not. Participants will engage in a guided walkthrough of the new “dashboards”.

5.5   Ensuring Safety, Fairness and Equality for Members and Students 
Non-discriminatory language is just one step in ensuring a safe and supportive school environment for all.  It is up to all of us to make the teaching, learning and working environment one that is safe and fair for students and colleagues. During this session, participants will gain a better understanding of how to shape a system in which equality is embraced within diverse contexts.  

5.6  Exceptional Children – Expectations and Compliance
Participants will explore current issues relative to the education of exceptional children.  Topics to be addressed include seclusion and restraint, PBIS, special education compliance and the proposed accountability measures for gifted education.

5.7  Association Representative Tool Box – Participants will learn how to develop the tools needed to best represent members as a building/association representative.

5.8 Building Strength from Within - Every local has the opportunity to grow its capacity through an internal organizing campaign. Participants in this session will begin by identifying goals for their local (increasing member activism, leadership development, providing new skill trainings) and how to assess and build capacity through purposeful listening and communication with members. 

NEA Member Benefits

6.1 23 Financial Mistakes You Can’t Afford to Make 

This presentation helps members understand many financial mistakes commonly made by Americans in areas including home financing, life insurance selection, retirement savings, high-debt interest, taxes, auto purchasing, and many more.

6.2 Getting the Most for Your Dues Dollars  

Designed for general membership meetings, this session focuses on ways to use NEA Member Benefits to enhance the value of Association membership, sometimes saving members (and their families) more money than the cost of dues!

6.3 When Can I Afford to Retire… or am I Just Going to Die at My Desk?

Designed generally for members with 15 or more years of service, this presentation increases members’ awareness of their retirement system, their pension payout options, health care costs, and more.  Participants will be able to determine if they are on the right track in their retirement preparations and, if not, what are their options, including sheltering severance pay and purchasable service credit options.

6.4 NEA Academy: On-line Learning for Your Life  

An introduction to the best in online professional development, continuing education opportunities, and graduate programs available through the NEA Academy.  By providing quality, peer-reviewed courses to meet the needs of ALL education employees, the NEA Academy combines the convenience of self-paced study with opportunities for interaction with instructors and fellow students and offers a wide range of courses designed to fit the budgets, schedules, and lives of NEA members.

Special Events

Monday, August 4

5:00 PM – ESP Reception
6:30 PM – Cocktails Before Dinner
7:00 PM – All Academy Dinner & District's Event
8:00 PM – Networking / District Leaders Event

Tuesday, August 5

5:30 PM – Campaign 2014 Event
Dinner On Your Own

Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • A choice of online credit card payment or check payment is available during the online registration process.

    If you wish to pay by check, please print the invoice found at the end of this registration process. Then mail the check or money order made out to the Ohio Education Association, along with a printed copy of your registration email confirmation by July 12th, to:

    Attn: Kelli Shealy
    225 E. Broad St.
    Box 2550
    Columbus, OH 43216

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