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  • #1321

    JimBoice
    Keymaster

    For early career ESP members:

    Early Career ESP Discussion
    Sunday February 5th

    – Introductions (1-2 minutes each. Offer a piece of advice.)

    – Who is in the room? Opening question.
    – Why are we here?
    – What is the Early Career Network?

    – Discussion

    – As early career members, who or what is helping you succeed the most?
    – As early career members, what obstacles are you running into?
    – Are you interested in events that bring early career ESP member together? What would these events look like?

    – Next Steps

    – Email to share harvest.
    – Goals of this group.
    – Event geared specifically towards ESPs to meet some of the group’s goals.
    – Future events in collaboration with North/Central/South teams.
    – Follow-up meeting. (End of the school year? Pick one of these three dates.)

    #1322

    JimBoice
    Keymaster

    Growing your local association with more involved members 2.0
    120 minutes.

    In this two hour workshop, network and share with others to learn together. What gets members involved? Find strengths you never knew your local association had, and learn how to more clearly see the local association that you want your members to be a part of.

    Materials:

    • Bulls eye handouts.
    • Join Our Network palm cards.
    • Podcast show palm cards.
    • Understanding your local association.
    • Hosting a new member orientation event.
    • 200 plus ways to engage members (postcard).

    1. Begin in circle:

    • Background on circle.

    • Principles and practices.

    • Check in: what brought you here today?

    • Open question in circle: How many of you consider yourselves organizers, and in what ways are you organizers?

    • Teach on World Cafe.

    2. World Cafe question 1: Where would you like to be in your organizing?

    • Distribute the blank bulls eye handout and offer a teach. Give the informational bulls eye handout afterwards.

    • Members work on the bulls eye handouts at their tables.

    3. Question 1 (use initials, not names): In the center is your core group: the people (maybe you?) who are always thinking about organizing and how to get others involved, even on their time off. They might be elected leaders or shop stewards, or not.

    4. Question 2: In the first ring are the activists who can be counted on to help when an issue heats up. They will take responsibility to get the word out and will ask other people to take action, too.

    5. Question 3: In the second ring are supporters: people who will wear a button or sign a petition, but don’t take responsibility for getting anyone else involved.

    6. Question 4: In the third ring are the people who appear most disengaged. They don’t see the union as a factor in their lives, so they don’t participate.

    • There are also people outside the circle who aren’t just uninvolved–they’re hostile to the union. Don’t waste your time arguing with the haters. Maybe one day something will open their eyes, but it’ll probably be an experience, not a debate, that does it.

    • Activity share out: who are the people in your bulls eye? Any surprises?

    7. World Cafe question 2: now that you have identified these people, start in the center and branch out. How far are you willing to go to reach them and organize with them? And how can you reach them?

    • Harvest.

    • Teach: “Mobilizing” vs. “organizing.” (“Organizing” is becoming an overused word.)

    8. World Cafe Question 3: Is anyone here from your local? Sit with them, or find someone from a local like yours or near yours? What would your next steps look like — steps that you can beginning tomorrow? What’s the goal and work backwards from a tentative date. Goal. Purpose or intentions. Move backwards. Draw it.

    • Harvest.

    9. Come back to circle and check out.

    • How do you feel about what you are walking away with? Be honest? Are you uncomfortable?

    • Teach on The Groan Zone if applicable and time permitting.

    Growing your local association with more involved members 3.0
    120 minutes.

    • Ice-breaker: Squad Rock-Paper-Scissors
      • How did it feel to have a whole team rooting for you?
      • How did it feel to be alone?
      • Dialogue:

     

    • Teach-in on “Right to Work”
      • What is it? How are we as members affected?
      • Understanding the greater community’s connection to the school
    • How does this impact the larger community (school/outside community)

     

    • Community Mapping 

     

    • Who are the players in your community? (school or where you live)

     

    • What are some baby steps you could do in your agency to form relationships that could lead to engagement, change, and involvement?

     

    • Check-out:
      • How do you feel about what you are walking away with?  Be honest?  Are you uncomfortable?
      • Teach on The Groan Zone if applicable and time permitting.
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    #2407

    JimBoice
    Keymaster

    Needs:

     

    • Chart packs
    • Markers
    • Large Post-Its (Open Space)
    • Painters Tape
    • Medium Post-Its (BRAG)
    • Kit
    • Early Career Network Cards
    • Why NJEA?
    • Your Association Simplified

     

     

    Room Set-Up:

     

    • Opening/Closing Circle
    • Round tables – 4-5 per table.

     

     

    Agenda:

    • Introductions / Check-In Question (10 Minutes)
      • When thinking about your early career member organizing, what is one thing that you’re really proud of that you would like to share with the group?
    • Open: BRAG (30 Minutes)
      • Today you’re going to talk about your local and how you can bring your early career organizing to next level. To talk about your Association, you need to know what it stands for:
        • B (Benefits) – What do you get for belonging?
        • R (Resources) – What are the sources of the Association’s strength?
        • A (Accomplishments) – What has the Association achieved?
        • G (Goals) – For what does the Association stand?
    • AoH overview (10 Minutes)
      • What is World Café? How does it work?
      • We aren’t doing that. We’re ready for next step.
      • What is Open Space? What are we doing today?
    • Open Space (45 Minutes)
      • Theme: Connecting with Early Career Members
        • What are the needs of our early career members and how can we meet those needs?
        • How can we make our Association work for them?
    • Harvest (10 Minutes)
    • Open Space experience recap (5 Minutes)
    • Early Career Network (5 Minutes)
    #2519

    JimBoice
    Keymaster

    Engaging Early Career Members/Building Early Career Networks

     

    • Check-in question: On a scale of 1 to 10, describe your member’s level of engagement? Engagement might mean different things to each of you. Your member’s ability to organize. How closely they are paying attention to the issues. How many members come out to events, workshops, and meetings, etc.  

     

    Or

     

    • Check-in activity: play squad rock-paper-scissors.
      • How did it feel to have a whole team rooting for you?
      • How did it feel to be alone?

     

    • Introductory discussion: engaging early career members at the local level:
      • 1: Why is this important?
      • 2: Once we realize that we want to do this, how do we move forward?
        • Start from within yourself: suspend judgement.
          • Never assume that an early career member does not want to participate.
      • 3. What do early career members want?
        • Ask them!
        • Building support systems have been in demand across the state.  
      • 4. Mentorship.
        • Identifying early career members who could step up to support your effort.  
      • 5. Local labor history.

     

    • 3 questions: let’s consider best practices that local associations just like yours are utilizing to engage their early career members.  

     

      • Question 1: where would you like to be in regards to engaging your members?

     

      • Question 2: How far are you willing to go to reach your members and organize with them? How can you reach them?

     

      • Question 3: Is anyone here from your local?
        • Sit with them, or find someone from a local like yours or near yours.
        • What would your next steps look like — steps that you can beginning tomorrow?
          • Identify the goal and work backwards from a tentative date.
            • Goal.
            • Purpose or intention(s).
              • Move backwards. Diagram it.

     

    • Telling the story of the regional early career networks.  

     

    • Check out: how do you feel with what you are walking away with?

     

    • Optional activity: BRAG.  
      • Today you’re going to talk about your local and how you can bring your early career organizing to next level. To talk about your Association, you need to know what it stands for:
        • B (Benefits) — What do you get for belonging?
        • R (Resources) — What are the sources of the Association’s strength?
        • A (Accomplishments) — What has the Association achieved?
        • G (Goals) — For what does the Association stand?

     

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