Organizing Institute

Save the date for NEARI’s annual Organizing Institute on May 3 from 5-9pm and May 4 from 9am-3pm.  Empower yourself and further develop your advocacy and organizing skills. 

Two tracks available: Emerging Leaders and Advanced Leaders.

Conference Agenda - 2019

Friday, May 3

4:45- 5:00 pm  Registration 
5:15 - 5:30 pm  Guest Speaker: Maureen Martin, RI AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, RI CLUW President
5:30 - 6:30 pm  Dinner 
6:30 - 8:00 pm  SESSION: Lessons from the RedforEd Movement
  This opening session will explore how public employees can use the lessons of the Red for Ed movement to fight for the common good.
  Facilitators: Erick Carbajal, NEA

 

Saturday, May 4


Emerging Leaders Track:

9:00-930am  Opening Joint Session: Reflections and Debrief
  Facilitators: Mary Barden and Sarah Markey, NEARI
9:30-11:00 am  1-on-1 Conversations
  We will explore and then practice the foundational tool of any good union leader – the one-on-one conversation. When used well, you can use this tool to recruit members to join the union, inoculate your members against misinformation put out by management, find new leaders and build a stronger more engaged membership.
  Facilitators: Tom Pirnie, Chariho ESP; JoAnn Capaldi, East Greenwich ESP
11:00-11:15pm   Break
11:15am-12:45pm Grievances and Representation 
  How to use the grievance process and people’s problems to motivate, mobilize and move your members to bring about the positive changes they want to see in their workplace. 
  Facilitators: Amanda Scott, NEA Portsmouth; Sue Warburton, NEANK  
 12:45-1:30pm Lunch
 1:30-3:00 pm Joint Session: Member Engagement that Builds Power
  Our power comes directly from our members. To successfully build power, we must engage members and understand the issues our members care about.  Organizing principles are the same whether you are trying to invite potential members to join your Association, identify and develop local leaders, rally members to support demands, enlist community help for an issue, or drum up support for a political candidate or platform.
In this session, we will talk about the critical elements of organizing and provide templates for participants to engage in their own organizing of the workplace.
  Facilitators: Sarah Markey, NEARI; Rosanna Campbell, Burrillville EA 

Advanced Leaders Track:

 

 9:00-930am  Opening Joint Session: Reflections and Debrief
  Facilitators: Mary Barden and Sarah Markey, NEARI
9:30 - 11:00 am  Secrets of a Successful Organizer
  Everybody has complaints and frustrations, but an organizer has the power to turn problems into opportunities. Learn how to sort through the issues you hear from coworkers, bring people together, and make an escalating plan to solve the problem.
  Facilitators: Patrick Crowley, NEARI; Brian Nelson, NEASK
11:00- 11:15am  Break
11:15am-12:45pm Community Organizing
  Whether we are state employees, higher education faculty and staff, or education support professionals, there is a community that we serve. This session will explore how our relationship with community members can develop into deep organization alliances. We will examine community organizing best practices, and draw on the trainer and participant experience in the room to identify best practices for engaging allies in our fights. Participants will leave this session with a clear sense of why and how they want to engage with the community.
  Facilitators: Erick Carbajal, NEA; Monika Nixon, NSASSP
12:45-1:30pm Lunch
1:30-3:00pm Joint Session: Member Engagement that Builds Power
  Our power comes directly from our members. To successfully build power, we must engage members and understand the issues our members care about.  Organizing principles are the same whether you are trying to invite potential members to join your Association, identify and develop local leaders, rally members to support demands, enlist community help for an issue, or drum up support for a political candidate or platform.
In this session, we will talk about the critical elements of organizing and provide templates for participants to engage in their own organizing of the workplace.
  Facilitators: Sarah Markey, NEARI; Rosanna Campbell, Burrillville EA

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