Political Conference


Our 2017 Political Conference is scheduled Nov. 17-18 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Online registration now open!

The conference will provide legislative, organizing and political training and be an important part of our efforts to prepare for the 2018 legislative session and election. This is another great opportunity to use your voice as an educator to advance good public policy.

Breakout session themes will include:

  • ESP power – Building capacity for education support professionals to increase member voter turnout and political action. 
  • Worksite political action leaders – Information for members looking to lead at their worksites to increase voting and political action with colleagues.
  • Organizing for early voting – Understanding new early voting laws and trends, and taking advantage of early voting organizing opportunities.
  • Local election power – Learning from local union success stories in school board elections and levies.
  • Integrating digital organizing into union political action – Harnessing the power of social media to increase political action and voter turnout.
  • Millennial voter power – Building new political power with millennial members.
  • Higher education engagement – Increasing faculty and student voting on our campuses
  • Political action to solve the student debt crisis – Building a political movement to end student debt for educators.

The conference will also feature a gubernatorial candidate forum. All declared candidates have been invited. Members can submit questions for the candidates when they register or via social media.

Conference: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55403
Lodging: Minneapolis Hilton, 1001 S. Marquette Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403 (Skyway access to the convention center is available from the hotel)

Friday, Nov. 17, 6-9:30 p.m.
Friday night will kickoff with a boxed dinner with your Political Action Committee Board member, feature 
a general session and end with a gubernatorial candidate forum.

Saturday, Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday will feature breakout sessions, lunch and conclude with a general session.

Full and partial scholarships are available through an application process. Scholarships will be awarded with first priority to members who commit to participating in political action in the 2018 campaign. Full details are available on the scholarship application page.

Education Minnesota will pay all conference and lodging fees for ESPs and Education Minnesota student members. Members of color and millennial members are especially encouraged to attend.

In coordination with each local union’s leadership, Education Minnesota will provide one hotel accommodation at the double occupancy standard room rate (including tax) and the first registration for free per local. Mileage will be reimbursed per the rate outlined in Education Minnesota policy.

Friday and Saturday participant, with hotel: Includes all sessions on Friday and Saturday, meals, parking and a single hotel room. One member from each local will be fully funded by Education Minnesota - $80 (see below for more details.
Friday and Saturday participant, without hotel: Includes all sessions on Friday and Saturday, meals, parking (no hotel) - $40
Friday only: Dinner on Friday evening, parking and admission to the gubernatorial candidate forum - $20

  • Education Minnesota fully funds one member from each local. This includes conference registration, meals, parking and one single hotel room. See your local president for a discount code to enter on the payment page of registration.
  • All ESP and Student Program members are fully funded by Education Minnesota for conference registration, meals, parking and a single hotel room. Please select the ESP or student member registration type when you begin the registration process.
  • Full and partial scholarships are available. Please see more information and submit an application here.

Mileage and child care reimbursement

  • Attendees will be reimbursed for mileage at the rate of 20-cents per mile (per Education Minnesota financial policies). Reimbursement forms will be available at the conference.
  • Attendees are also eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $60 for child care costs (provider-signed receipt required). 

Regional political conference
A regional political conference will take place in Bemidji on Feb. 2-3, 2018, at Bemidji State University. Pre-registration for this conference is now available here.

Questions? Contact Anna Brelje via email or at 651-292-4841.