OEA Summer Academy 2016

Columbus, Ohio
Monday, August 01, 2016

New for Summer Academy 2016:
In previous years, Summer Academy has followed specific “tracks,” and attendees attended all sessions in that track. This year, all sessions are electives.  Each session is categorized under one of seven topics: (1) How to Organize Your Local, Build Lasting Relationships, and Inspire Others; (2) New Officer Training; (3) Early Career Educators; (4) Building a Strong Local; (5) Professional Issues; (6) Building Member Power and Opportunities for Stronger Public Schools; and (7) Cultural Competency and Equity.  These topics are in parentheses after the session title.  You may elect to take all seven sessions in one topic area, or you may elect to choose sessions from a variety of topic areas. 

Topic Areas:
How to Organize Your Local, Build Long Lasting Relationships, and Inspire Others! (Organizing)
New Officer Training 
Early Career Educators 
Building a Strong Local
Professional Issues
Building Member Power and Opportunities for Stronger Public Schools (Government Relations)
Cultural Competency & Equity

Monday, August 1, 2016:
Session 1: 11:00-12:30

Planning for Your Future – Assessing Your Local’s Needs! (Organizing) 

The OEA Organizing Department recently released their Local Assessment Tool. Learn how to use this tool to build your local’s capacity, power and collective strength.  Working through a series of local indicators, learn to identify and enhance your local’s ability to effect change. The results of this process should guide the local through the yearly planning cycle and identify areas of growth and how to prioritize them based on member input and engagement.  Learn how to create an assessment team that will help shape the future for your local. 

Trainer: Andrés Becerra, OEA Director of Organizing

Visions Program. (Building a Strong Local) 

In this session, you will learn how to bring the Association Visions Program to your local. The ability of the Association to become more agile, responsive, and relevant to its members will be the difference between a strong, vibrant public education system and one that is a “pay to play” education system.  OEA is offering the Association Visions Program as a tool to engage and understand our members’ visions, while providing a concrete direction to both the local and state association on how to better meet those visions. 

Trainers: Eric Urban & Airica Clay, OEA Labor Relations Consultants

Exploring Multicultural Issues in the Classroom: How to Connect with Students. (Cultural Competency & Equity) 

Ask anyone if they’re prejudiced, and their response will be “no” – that they’re forward thinkers without bias. But we all have biases: some based on fear of the unknown, some on traumatizing experiences, others are culturally ingrained, and yet others are so subtle we don’t know they exist. Everyone has biases, whether they are aware of them or not. Participants will discuss the relevance of implicit bias and its damaging effects on academic achievement. 

Trainers: Dr. Antoinette Miranda, Associate Professor & Program Director of School Psychology at the Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology

OEA 101/Laying the Foundation. (New Officer Training)

Participants will learn the basic structure of OEA/NEA and how it works. Participants will learn the importance of the local’s Constitution and Bylaws, ensure that they are in compliance with OEA’s standards, 990’s and Membership.
Participants will learn about the OEA’s election procedures and OEA/NEA Regional Assemblies.
Trainers: Lynn Davis, OEA Labor Relations Consultant; Kristy Spires, OEA Assistant Executive Director of Business Services; Jim Capehart, OEA Director of Membership; & Carol Price, OEA Conference and Elections Coordinator

Dealing with Difficult Behavior. (Early Career Educators)

All educators will encounter students who have challenging behaviors. The key to a successful school year is identifying those behaviors, understanding what needs a student is trying to meet when exhibiting those behaviors, and having strategies and tools that will create positive outcomes for everyone.

Trainers: Daria DeNoia, OEA Education Reform Consultant & Torian Hodges-Finch, OEA Labor Relations Consultant 

Maximize the Impact of Professional Learning

Effective professional learning leads to improved teaching practice and increased student achievement. In this session, Learning Forward Executive Director Stephanie Hirsh shares tools and strategies that promote collaborative educator professional learning grounded in a cycle of continuous improvement. Discuss the essential elements of educator learning that leads to improved practice and better results for students, and see how your educators can become part of a true learning system.

Presenter: Stephanie Hirsh

Understanding New Education Policies – How They Affect You and What You Can Do About It. (Government Relations)

This session will provide background on key legislative and policy issues. The session will focus on the impact these issues have on public education and the importance of effectively advocating for change. 
  • Participants will learn about how recently passed legislation will impact their jobs. 
  • Participants will learn about the effects of decisions made at the state level on their profession, schools and students. 
  • Participants will learn what they can do to advocate for change at the state and local levels.
Trainers: Melissa Clark, Robert Davis, & Matt Dotson, OEA Lobbyists

Session 2: 1:30-3:00

Identifying New Leaders - The Top Three Things We Have Learned About Birdwatching and Leadership! (Organizing)

You have wanted to increase the activity in your local association for some time now. Recognizing that this is a huge hurdle without involving and engaging targeted members, you begin to seek out new potential leaders. This session will focus on strategies on targeting new leaders by:
  • Attending Building Meetings
  • Discussing Leadership Roles
  • Bringing Issues to the Union
  • Community Activity Involvement 

Trainer: Bob Matkowski, OEA Organizer

Community Engagement. (Building a Strong Local)

Having partners in the community is essential for successful public schools; community support and involvement is the backbone of successful public education. Participants will be provided with the tools necessary to build a community ally structure and create and maintain an effective community dialogue about public education and their local association. Session attendees will learn how to have a partnership with the community to ensure student success and support for the public school employees in your local. 

Presenter: Makia Burns, OEA Organizer

Gender and Sexuality 101. (Cultural Competency & Equity)

Let’s explore how school climate issues impact lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning students. Come join a conversation about how you can make your school safe, inclusive, and empowering for LGBTQ students. The session will assist educators to develop an awareness of the issues facing LGBTQ people in schools. 

Trainers: Amelia Woodward & Jeff Kestner, OEA Labor Relations Consultants

Getting Rich by Organizing - Rich in Power, New Leaders, and Active Members. (New Officer Training)

Participants will learn tools and best practices for assessing member concerns and local organizational needs. They will also discuss how to move from the practice of member assessment to discernment and strategic planning with your leadership team. Finally, they will explore effective means of identifying new leaders and activating existing members.

Trainers: Matt Ides and Jeremy Baiman, OEA Organizers

Communication: It’s More than Typing and Talking. (Early Career Educators)

Educators need to be effective communicators to ensure they are creating effective learning environments. In this session, you will learn how to communicate effectively with students, parents, colleagues and the community. Participants will explore and discuss effective speaking, writing, social media and listening skills. 

Trainer: Dee Groman, OEA Labor Relations Consultant
How and Where to Advocate for Quality Professional Learning at the Local Level. (Professional Issues)

This session will teach attendees how to identify the current level and quality of professional development, target three critical needs within their system, and provide examples of actions to accomplish necessary change at the local level.  As Ohio enters its last year of Safe Harbor from employment decisions based upon collected data, ensuring all educators have access to quality professional development is critical.

Trainers: TBD

OEA Campaign 2016. (Government Relations)

As President Obama ends his tenure in office, OEA gears up for another landmark election that will have a definite impact on public education and labor policies at all levels – national, state and local.  Educators in Ohio are poised to have a distinct impact on who will be the next U.S. President, and will also play a vital role in electing public education friendly candidates to the U.S. Congress, the Ohio General Assembly, the State Board of Education, and local Boards of Education.  
  • Participants will learn about OEA’s electoral targets for the 2016 election;
  • Participants will learn how OEA plans to work to elect public education-friendly candidates across Ohio and at all levels of the ballot;
  • Participants will be trained on how to organize colleagues around OEA’s electoral goals.

Trainers: TBD

Tuesday, August 2, 2016:
Session 3: 9:00-10:30

Organizing Committees: How to Build a Self-Perpetuating Organizing Culture. (Organizing)

You’ve identified some new leaders and have taken a relaxing vacation. Your next step is to embed leadership development into regular activities of your association, so you decide to form an organizing committee. This session will walk through the benefits of a standing organizing committee, provide a template of its first meetings, and discuss how it can provide support for your association’s professional and political activities. Your next vacation will be even more relaxing, and people will flock to your Facebook feed of Alpine retreats and tropical island cocktail hours.

Trainer: Matt Ides, OEA Organizer

Membership Engagement and Recruitment. (Building a Strong Local)

With political attacks imminent and ongoing, it is more important than ever for our rank-and-file members to increase their involvement in local associations. By connecting the values, interests and needs of its membership, your local will position itself to withstand any political landscape. Participants will not only gain a foundational understanding of power and its uses, but will leave with the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct successful relational conversations as part of a proactive membership strategy. 

Trainer: Todd Jaeck, OEA Membership Consultant & OEA local member(s) 

Trauma-Informed Teaching: Addressing Non-Academic Barriers to Teaching. (Cultural Competency & Equity)

Every day, the students in our community face significant environmental challenges beyond the academic barriers they encounter in our classrooms. St. Vincent Family Center exists to address those adversities and the resulting behavioral and mental health needs of each child. We hope to share with you how we work to create a therapeutic school environment for all of our students, establishing a knowledgeable skillset and identifying classroom strategies to help recognize behavioral origins, refocus attention and prevent conflict. The adverse situations that often impair our students are not always easy to perceive, leading us to create judgments and consequences that may work against our goals. We hope to educate and enlighten you on the unfavorable circumstances our students face, how to acknowledge them, and how to teach them in the most effective and productive manner. You each play a significant and powerful role in the lives of our children, and we simply hope to add another valuable tool to your educator tool box! 

Trainers: Sara Russell, Community Relations Liaison & Janelle Miller, Education Coordinator, St. Vincent Family Center

Communication and Public Relations. (New Officer Training)

Participants will learn how to effectively communicate with members and the community at large through various media.  Participants will learn the importance of building a more effective local and organizing members through communication.  

Trainer: Michele Prater, OEA Media Relations Consultant 

The 411 on Your Union. (Early Career Educators)

Unions provide opportunities to grow in your profession, to lead in your profession, and to act upon the political and social issues that affect your communities. This session will introduce new educators to possibilities and perks offered by unions today. 

Trainer: Diedri Raines, OEA Labor Relations Consultant

Opportunities for Action with ESSA Implementation. (Government Relations)

With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA), decision-making for our nation’s education is returned back to where it belongs – the hands of local educators, parents and communities.  As the legislation is unpacked at the federal and state levels, local associations have the opportunity to set the tone for ESSA implementation in their communities.  Participants will: 
  • Learn about the gained opportunities and possible challenges with the passage of ESSA;
  • Learn how to use ESSA implementation at the local level to organize members, the greater community and their local elected leaders; 
  • Learn how to lead the charge on local initiatives like auditing tests or using the school board resolution process to advocate for ensuring ESSA is implemented correctly in Ohio.

Trainers: Dan Ramos, OEA Political Advocacy Consultant & OEA local leaders

Are There 'Educators Rising' Chapters on Your Horizon? (Professional Issues)

The Educators Rising Program guides young people interested in education onto the path of the teaching profession. Interested in starting a chapter in your local? Want ideas to support an existing chapter? Interested in connecting with the state and national efforts to suppor the next generation of teachers and colleagues? Come found out how in this session.

Trainers: TBD 

Session 4: 10:45-12:15

Organizing Coalitions: How to Build a Tent Made Up of Community Friends. (Organizing)

This session will focus on ways to engage leaders and members outside the school district walls. It will also show you how to relate to and influence community members.  You will learn how to “build a tent,” identify respected organizations and leaders, and discuss mutual interests in order to build long lasting relationships for long term support.  

Trainers: Bob Matkowski, OEA Organizer & Bill Wyss, Louisville Education Association-Retired.

Community and Site-Based Power Mapping. (Building a Strong Local)

Educators are more knowledgeable and better positioned to improve the learning conditions of students than anyone else. In order to affect positive change, locals need to be aware of the union membership power structure in their buildings. Worksite mapping is a tool that leaders can use to analyze union membership at the worksite level. Through power mapping, locals will be able to identify and locate active members and potential members; recognize membership trends within the worksites; and utilize this information to develop membership recruitment, retention and engagement strategies to strengthen their union. Locals that intentionally develop imaginative recruitment and retention strategies and influence others to become more actively involved in what they believe have more potential to positively impact the lives of their students and improve the working conditions of their members. 

Trainers: Jay Riggs, OEA Labor Relations Consultant & Todd Jaeck, OEA Membership Consultant 

School to Prison Pipeline: From Zero Tolerance to Restorative Justice. (Cultural Competency & Equity)

What do school suspensions, zero tolerance policies, and school policing have in common? They all contribute to a system that pushes marginalized students out of school and into the criminal justice system. Participants will begin to examine the root causes and repercussions of the school-to-prison pipeline on today’s youth; understand the impact race, gender, and poverty have on this epidemic; and empower participants to make changes in their schools and communities. 

Trainers: Deloris Rome Hudson, Facilitator, NEA GPS Network; Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, Executive Director of Racial Justice NOW! (RJN)

Going Local with our Political Action. (Government Relations)

More than ever, member engagement at the local level is important to protecting members’ contracts, providing programs and services for all students, and protecting public education from additional funding cuts. Many more local associations are taking action in support of local levies, building relationships with community leaders to push a local school board resolution, and/or electing better members of their local school boards as a means of strengthening public education in their communities.
  • Participants will learn about lessons from OEA Local Association local campaigns; 
  • Participants will learn how to “power map” their communities as a first step in developing a local political action plan;
  • Participants will learn how their local association can take an active role in:
    • Lobbying members of their local school board, the General Assembly, and/or the State Board of Education;
    • Recruiting and supporting local candidates for a local school board;
    • Planning, executing, and supporting local levy campaigns.

Trainer: Dan Ramos, OEA Political Advocacy Consultant

Practical Tips for Officers and Leadership. (New Officer Training)

Participants will learn the roles and responsibilities for Local President/Association leaders, the OEA Legal Services Program, Duty of Fair Representation, Unfair Labor Practices, tips for successful meetings, etc. Participants will learn the basics of processing grievances and the importance of maintaining standard committees listed in the local’s Constitution and Bylaws. Participants will learn the importance of NEA Member Benefits.
Trainer: Lynn Davis, OEA Labor Relations Consultant
An Issue of Equity in Ohio: English Language Learners and Their Educators. (Professional Issues)

Enrollment of students learning English continues to increase in urban, suburban and rural districts across Ohio.   With many districts having thin-to-none resources, this session will help the regular classroom teacher advocate for, and meet the needs of, these learners.   Applicable federal and state laws designed to ensure equity will be discussed.

Trainers: TBD

Kids Count: Understanding Students and Their Communities. (Early Career Educators)

Who are Ohio’s students? Using data on child and family well-being in the State of Ohio, participants will learn how to guide their classroom instruction and their interactions and relationships with students and their families. 

Trainers: Torian Hodges-Finch, OEA Labor Relations Consultant & Daria DeNoia, OEA Education Reform Consultant 

Session 5: 1:30-3:00

Organizing Campuses - Tackle the Mascot: Creating Sustainable Relationships Through Organizing. (Organizing)

A student group demonstrates to preserve good paying staff jobs on campus. Faculty members attend sessions that address massive student debt and exploitive part-time adjunct work. Staff members join with faculty and students to address the lack of state funding for higher education. This session will help your association tackle the mascot. By focusing on pressing educational concerns, campus coalitions can reframe the university’s activities towards bettering the learning and earning conditions on campus. Through the coordination of campus stakeholders, campus coalitions can address both local inequalities and play a role in demanding greater resources for classroom instruction at the state level. Plan to see many high fives. 

Trainer: Matt Ides, OEA Organizer

Back to School/New Teacher Orientation. (Building a Strong Local)

Does your Union take advantage of opportunities to engage with new employees on, or even before, the first day of school? Enroll in this session to discover new and exciting tactics that your union can use to make a powerful first impression with potential and new employees. Members will be asked to participate by sharing programs and ideas that they are already using that invite and engage new members. 

Trainers: Katie Boerger & Laura Rakay, OEA Labor Relations Consultants

Environmental Justice: Understanding Environmental Inequality. (Cultural Competency & Equity)

What is environmental justice and how does it affect students and their learning environment? Participants will examine cultural and institutional forces that create social and environmental inequities. We will also discuss connections between race and poverty and how our communities of color are more likely to be unhealthy places to live, work and play.

Trainers: TBD 

Millennials and the Generational Divide. (Early Career Educators)

Participants will understand the characteristics of various generations in the workplace and the importance of membership engagement across the generations. 

Trainer: Matt Whitman, OEA Education Research Development Consultant 

Member Messengers – How to Communicate Effectively Around Our Issues. (Government Relations)

Participants will learn about the opportunities – in media interviews, member meetings, public events, online communications, and social media – to become active spokespersons for OEA and their local associations.
  • Participants will learn how to use their personal stories in media interviews and in social media messaging;
  • Participants will learn how to incorporate OEA and NEA messages into discussions that underscore our commitment to student achievement;
  • Participants will apply research driven messaging in the effort to educate the public on key issues;
  • Participants will learn how OEA and NEA resources can support their interactions with the media and as advocates for their local associations.

Trainers: Michele Prater, OEA Media Relations Consultant, Stacy Recker & Gina Daniels, OEA Member Messengers

Supporting the Appropriate Student Opportunities Within College Credit Plus While Preserving Bargaining Unit Expertise and Positions. (Professional Issues)

According to the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the College Credit Plus program’s purpose is to “promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wide variety of options to college-ready students,” which helps students with higher education costs.  As all Ohio districts are required to provide this program, come learn how to support college ready students while preserving the expertise and teaching positions of both 7-12 and higher education educators.

Trainers: Amber James, OEA Labor Relations Consultant & Kevin James, Columbus State Community College 

Political Action. (New Officer Training)

Participants will learn the importance of the Fund for Children and Public Education and how to run a successful drive, the importance of Educator Advocates at the local level, and the importance their local’s involvement in politics (levies, school board elections, elected government officials). 

Trainer: Dan Ramos, OEA Political Advocacy Consultant

Wednesday, August 3, 2016:
Session 6: 8:15-9:45

Transforming Our Union: How Can Your Local be a Force for Social Justice? (Organizing)

How can teachers, parents, students, the community and education allies unite to demand a voice in education and school improvement issues? Let’s explore what social justice is and how it’s relevant to the students and community we serve. Participants will discuss educational transformation efforts that are occurring across the country and strategize on how a local can build lasting community relationships to organize for change in your community.  

Trainer: Makia Burns, OEA Organizer

Best Practices in Local Associations. (Building a Strong Local)

What makes an effective Association? What should all local Executive Boards be doing to be sure that they are leading a union that is able to effectively advocate for their members in the work place and in public education? Participants will learn how to take the lead on professional issues and will hear from local leaders about what they do to make their union successful in meeting the needs of their members and in promoting their association in the community as more than “just a union.” 

Trainers: Susan Dodge & Donna Christman, OEA Labor Relations Consultants and a panel of OEA local leaders

Education, Engagement and Empowerment for Student Success Through Community Learning Centers. (Cultural Competency & Equity)

The session is designed to help participants learn strategies for family and community engagement to support student achievement by addressing non-academic barriers to student success.  Participants will have an opportunity to collaborate with members from other OEA locals. 

Trainer: Demetrice Davis, OEA Education Reform Consultant 

The OEA Crisis Response Team & Effective Meetings. (New Officer Training)

Participants will learn about the OEA’s Crisis Response Team and how to utilize this valuable resource for your local in a true crisis. Participants will also learn how to utilize Robert’s Rules of Order and parliamentary procedures in order to hold an effective meeting. 

Trainer: Sam Radel, OEA Labor Relations Consultant 

Establishing Quality Conditions for Quality Classrooms. (Early Career Educators)

Rules and routines should be regularly taught, reviewed, and reinforced for quality learning to occur. In this session, participants will be introduced to and will discuss student and educator behaviors that affect learning environments and will learn how to modify those behaviors to ensure classroom success.

Trainers: TBD 

Building Power Through the Fund for Children and Public Education (FCPE). (Government Relations)

With the OEA working to elect education friendly candidates this year to federal, state and local offices, OEA member participation in the OEA-FCPE is more important than ever.  During this session, participants will learn:
  • How OEA-FCPE helps elect education friendly candidates for elected office; 
  • How they can build OEA-FCPE membership and political capacity in their local associations through leadership development;
  • How to use the newest tools for developing their fundraising plans, engaging members in political action and building political capacity in their local associations.

Trainer: Dan Ramos, OEA Political Advocacy Consultant

Achieving Victory of Professional Issues. (Professional Issues)

This is a call to action for those educators who are tired of professional issues which zap their energy and enthusiasm for education!  Hear and see how a local association took control of a professional issue and “named it, claimed it … and changed it!”  Learn their strategies, thoughts, motivations, challenges and successes so you too can achieve local victory!

Trainers: Members of the St. Mary’s Education Association

Session 7: 9:50-11:20

ESP Organizing – So What’s Your Story? (Organizing)

Everyone loves a good story. By sharing our passion for the critical work we do every day, we can use our story of self to connect with and challenge our colleagues, communities, and administrators. In this session you’ll learn about how ESP locals are using “story banking” to organize internally, beat back outsourcing attempts, and settle fair contracts. We’ll strategize about how your local can use story banking to engage members and win!  

Trainer: Jeremy Baiman, OEA Organizer

Communications with Members and the Community. (Building a Strong Local)

What should you be communicating to your members? To the community? To the media? Best practices have changed over the years. Find out some of those best practices for internal and external communications. This session will focus on face-to-face, print, and electronic communications, including social media. 

Trainer: Michele Prater, OEA Media Relations Consultant; Susan Dodge, OEA Labor Relations Consultant; & OEA local leaders. 

Student Activism: Teaching to Lead for Social Change. (Cultural Competency & Equity)

Activism helps students connect learning to the real world and make an impact.  Learn how to uncover your students’ passion for a cause and assist students in advocating for social justice.

Trainers: Amber Evans & Tammy Fournier Alsaada, Juvenile Justice Coalition

Best Practices/Wrap-up for New Officers. (New Officer Training)

Participants will discuss issues that are facing them today and in the future. Participants will have the opportunity for question and answer session with leaders and other association representatives. 

Trainers: OEA staff & local leaders

Techniques: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. (Early Career Educators)

Whether you are a pre-service teacher or a 30-year veteran, there is always something new to add to your teaching toolkit. Participants will review research based best practices for lesson planning, effective questioning, data collection, and small group instruction. Participants will be given tools to enhance what they are already doing in the classroom and will share their promising teaching practices.

Trainer Jess Attilli, OEA Labor Relations Consultant 

Know Your Charter. (Government Relations)

This session will focus on the OEA’s continuous work through the Know Your Charter Campaign to fix Ohio’s broken charter school system, which is hurting local school districts. 
  • Charter schools are failing to deliver – 3 of 4 charter schools are performing at or below the state’s lowest performing districts;
  • The way the state funds charter schools forces many local school districts to use local revenues to cover some of the costs of students who transfer to charters;
  • The current system provides little oversight and accountability for the nearly $1B that went to charter schools in the last school year;
  • Participants will learn about the steps that are being taken to fuel local support for proposed statewide reforms of Ohio’s underperforming charter schools.

Trainers: TBD

The Assault on Educators: Push Back Personally and Professionally. (Professional Issues)

According to the US Department of Education, in 2011-2012, 20% of public school teachers suffered verbal abuse from students, while 10% reported physical assault.  Other data indicate 8 out of 10 teachers feel physically and mentally exhausted by the end of each work day.  Coupled with well-funded political and media campaigns blaming public educators for a plethora of societal ills, we are under assault.  Learn how to push back this offensive, personally and professionally, to reclaim education as the “source of all professions.”

Trainers: TBD

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    Attn: Laura Simonini
    225 E. Broad St.
    Box 2550
    Columbus, OH 43216

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