Course descriptions

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2019 Summer Seminar Session Catalog
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Breakout Session 1: 1:45 – 3:15 p.m.
2019 Legislative Session Update*: This session provides an overview of the 2019 Legislature and how its work will impact our members. We also provide a preview of the 2020 legislative session. This session promises to provide a lively discussion on a wide variety of topics and answers to your questions.

A Living Legacy: Lessons from Labor History: The history of labor and unions has much to teach us. This workshop highlights eight ongoing themes from labor history that continue to play out in union work today—themes that help us understand better how to engage members and organize the unorganized. In addition, this session includes a short video on the history of education unions in Minnesota that highlights milestones in our shared history.

Aligning Bargaining and Legislative Demands to Use Our Full Power*: The #RedforEd movement has swept the country as educators are demanding more for their students, communities and classrooms. So, are we using our power as a union to win on the issues about which our members care deeply? How can our organizing focus on both getting the resources our students need from the state and directing them to the solutions we believe in? This session focuses our thinking about how to win big by building on the political power we built during the election and channeling it into powerful bargaining and legislative organizing.

Creating Excitement in the Classroom with Hyperdocs: Have you explored using hyperdocs in your classroom? Attend this session for an introduction to hyperdocs and see their uses in the classroom. We will also look at examples and locations of already created hyperdocs so you can start planning the school year immediately.

Do you Work with English Learners? We have some Strategies for YOU! [R]: This fun and interactive session includes learning about second language acquisition and practicing strategies participants can use with English Learners.

Educator Speech Rights: Can my district discipline me for political opinions I express on social media? What about criticism of my district or administrators? Does the First Amendment protect my ability to express political opinions in lessons? Do I have the academic freedom to teach controversial topics without administrative or parental interference? These topics have never been more timely and will be discussed in an interactive session.

Health Insurance Basics and Beyond (1/4): With rising costs and new laws in place, it is important that our members have an understanding of health insurance in general and how it works. Participants will gain knowledge around the various components and terminology of insurance, the laws that deal with insurance, and the skills necessary to make comparisons between insurance plans, as well as how to utilize a district insurance committee to its maximum potential. Topics covered in this training include group insurance, legal rights and responsibilities, side-by-side comparisons and an effective insurance committee. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Just for New(er) Presidents (1/4): This track is designed to provide new(er) local presidents with the knowledge and skills to have a successful term of office. Some of the topics include the role of the local president, constitution and bylaws, collective bargaining agreements, communication, membership and the value of belonging, and the Janus decision. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Labor-Management Collaboration*: This session explores the benefits of union-management partnering to improve the quality of teaching and learning for students.

Licensure Update*: This session covers recent changes to licensure laws, including any changes that may come out of the 2019 legislative session. It also covers new requirements related to the process of renewing licenses.

Managing Your Money so You Can Plan for the Future: Sometimes it seems impossible to stretch your paycheck for your bills, student loans, and other debts, let alone save for the future. Session topics include budgeting, paying down credit cards, savings including 403(b) and Roth IRA, saving on daycare expenses using flex money, and more.

Members of Color (1/7): Cultural Relevancy: Honoring Ancestors, Living Values, Building Community*: This session is part of a seminar-long track for members of color. In this first session we will build community while exploring personal and culturally relevant ties and approaches to comprehensive unionism. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Mobilizing Members: How to Go from <10-100> Participants: During this workshop learners will be actively
engaged in exploring how to connect with members, especially early career educators, and how to mobilize them to take action. Members will leave with an action plan their local can use in order to communicate effectively with membership, sustain and increase membership engagement, and build leadership capacity, which are paramount for holding a successful organizing event.

NEA360 for Local Leaders*: This session is a training for local leaders on how to use NEA360. This will include logging in, using reports, looking up people, and other tools. This is generally for those in locals that do not have anyone trained in NEA360. Presidents and membership chairs would benefit from this training.

Soothing the Amygdala: How Trauma Affects Learning and What We Can Do about It*: Over 50 percent of our learners (and their families) have experienced trauma: this significantly affects their brains, behavior, and ability to learn. Come workshop strategies for creating safe, sane, and effective learning environments.

The Inspired Classroom*: If you are motivated to have a successful classroom and want concrete strategies to structure your classroom from the first day of school to the last, then this session is for you! As teachers and educators, we are competing with so many things to keep our students’ attention. Teachers will help you develop a plan for the upcoming school year that will inspire students and excite you to the point you will want to start the school year early.

Train-the-Trainer: English Learners*: The ability to offer robust, quality Minnesota Educator Academy professional development sessions is due in part to our member trainers who are willing to share their instructional experience and talents. Have you ever considered putting your skills to work as a member trainer? Consider being an MEA PD English Learners trainer. Participants learn how to deliver a training to tap into the strengths that English learners bring to the classroom.

Breakout Session 2: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Building a More Successful and Effective Local Union*: Strong and viable unions play a necessary and important role in our schools today more than ever before. Building strong unions in today’s economic, political, and social environments can either be difficult or an opportunity. The effectiveness of any union is directly tied to the level and quality of the participation of its members. This session gives you tools and ideas to create a more powerful, effective, and inclusive union.

Certified Negotiator Program: ESPs (1/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to ESP bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, proposal preparation, delivery and organizing for settlement. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Certified Negotiator Program: Teachers (1/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in
foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to teacher bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, costing, and proposal preparation and delivery. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Degrees Not Debt: Student debt is overwhelming, and navigating the options can be frustrating. This session covers the education debt burden and provide straightforward information on what loan forgiveness options may be available to you.

Education Minnesota Foundation Data Collection Training*: Collecting data for a project can be confusing and intimidating. This session is for Education Minnesota Foundation grantees who have received a Foundation ClassroomFocused grant within the last year. The focus is on how to collect the data acquired throughout your project and translate it for the mandatory final project report, and how to use it to relay your findings to other education professionals.

Facing Inequities and Racism in Education (FIRE) I: Building a FIRE – An Introduction to Racial Equity Work*: Is there an increasing need to talk about race in your community, but you don’t know where to start? Is there a common belief in your community that race isn’t an issue? This session forms the foundation that will hopefully open up minds and hearts to racial equity work within your community.

Health Insurance Basics and Beyond (2/4): With rising costs and new laws in place, it is important that our members have an understanding of health insurance in general and how it works. Participants will gain knowledge around the various components and terminology of insurance, the laws that deal with insurance, and the skills necessary to make comparisons between insurance plans, as well as how to utilize a district insurance committee to its maximum potential. Topics covered in this training include group insurance, legal rights and responsibilities, side-by-side comparisons and an effective insurance committee. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

How to Obtain the Minnesota Voluntary Paraprofessional Credential: This session assists educational support professionals/paraprofessionals in the complex process of obtaining their “Voluntary Paraprofessional Credential” offered through the Minnesota Department of Education. We will do so by sharing our varied experiences, providing resources, and teaching organizational strategies.

Increasing Student Engagement Through Culturally Responsive Teaching*: In this session participants will explore how to increase student engagement by strategically validating and affirming cultural behaviors as they teach.

Just for New(er) Presidents (2/4): This track is designed to provide new(er) local presidents with the knowledge and skills to have a successful term of office. Some of the topics include the role of the local president, constitution and bylaws, collective bargaining agreements, communication, membership and the value of belonging, and the Janus decision. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Managing Member-to-Member Conflict*: Leaders are often put in a position where they must deal with conflicts between members or groups of members in their local. This session helps leaders identify and work through the challenges that come with managing these conflicts within a local. Participants will learn about a variety of strategies and tools to navigate member-to-member conflicts, including resources and skills (prior to mediation) that are part of the Roadmap to Resolution program.

Meet the Educator Legislators: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a legislator? Or why certain laws were passed and others not? Or, what were the politics behind funding schools, school safety, licensure, or pensions? Attend this session and ask your question directly to educator legislators. Most of this session is a dialogue between members and legislators. It is always interesting!

Member Rights Advocacy: I & II (1/6): Member Rights Advocates serve as a local resource to respond to member concerns. A Member Rights Advocate learns to resolve issues using a variety of options and strategies. One of the goals of Education Minnesota is to have a Member Rights Advocate in every work site and in larger sites, one Member Rights Advocate for every 50 members. At the conclusion of the training, those attending are certified as Member Rights Advocates. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Members of Color (2/7): Members of Color Navigate the System*: Participants will understand how to access opportunities for union involvement and leadership in governance, member rights, negotiations, professional development, and social justice. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Sharing our Legacy: Telling Our Union Stories: Knowing where we’ve been helps us decide where we’re going. One common issue locals and leaders face is how to help members understand both their local labor history and their personal union history. When members have historical context, they understand better the reasons to be involved. In this session, we focus on strategies for locals to begin to capture their histories and for members to share their own union stories.

Teaching Reading and Writing to Emerging Bilinguals in K-2* [R]: How are reading and writing taught to emerging bilinguals in K-2? In this session, we share some of the literacy strategies used to reach students in a dual language immersion classroom through a culturally and linguistically responsive approach. We will also review resources that deal with pedagogical strategies and issues of constructivism, biliteracy, and culturally and linguistically responsive teaching in the classroom.

The Academic Metric Needs a Partner!*: One of the more continuous challenges of an effective teacher is to find ways to sustain student engagement during academic lessons. Because letter grades are a lagging measure, they are not very effective in promoting student engagement. To improve student motivation and engagement, the academic metric should partner with an effort metric. Effort is a leading measure that provides opportunity for immediate change. This session demonstrates how to emphasize effort through the use of the three-part E4Effort System.

Train-the-Trainer: Positive Behavior Interventions*: The ability to offer robust, quality Minnesota Educator
Academy professional development sessions is due in part to our member trainers who are willing to share their
instructional experience and talents. Have you ever considered putting your skills to work as a member trainer?
Consider being an MEA PD Positive Behavior Interventions trainer. Participants learn how to deliver a professional development session that focuses on effective strategies that lead to increased student engagement and achievement.

Using Membership to the Max: Member Benefits: Education Minnesota ESI works to bring quality programs and services to members and their families. Through a member-led advisory committee and board, programs and services go through a review process before sponsorship. Learn about ESI, NEA, and AFT sponsored programs including identity theft protection, financial resources, and shopping discounts. There are programs for members at every stage in their career. In fact, there are many ways for members to save the cost of their dues and more.

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Breakout Session 3: 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Arbitration and Court Case Update*: Hear from Education Minnesota’s General Counsel about the latest cases we’ve taken to arbitration and pursued in the courts, as well as other significant developments in education, labor, and employment law. We’ll walk through key decisions and how they might apply in other locals, and local leaders who have been through the arbitration process will share insights and tips based on their experiences.

Certified Negotiator Program: ESPs (2/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to ESP bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, proposal preparation, delivery and organizing for settlement. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Certified Negotiator Program: Teachers (2/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in
foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to teacher bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, costing, and proposal preparation and delivery. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Ditching that Textbook: Going Textbook-Free for FREE!*: With the advent of 1:1 technology, there are many
disadvantages to textbooks. However, making the switch to 100 percent digital can be intimidating and overwhelming. In this session, we review free resources which may help secondary teachers switch from a textbook-based classroom to a digital environment. The session covers curriculum/text sources and delivery methods, as well as real-life examples.

Emerging English Learners Science* [R]: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping) is a self-tool that can help teachers and students move through all kinds of blocks to academic and personal success, including test and performance anxiety, low self-esteem, limiting beliefs, unreasonable fears, and negative memories and thoughts. In this workshop, participants learn a simplified form of EFT Tapping and various ways to introduce it to children and teens. Reduced anxiety in school leads to increased resiliency and better grades.

ESP Cohort (1/5): Mapping Out Your Professional Growth*: This session provides an introduction to the ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) developed by the National Education Association. The PGC serves as a map for ESPs to grow professionally in eight universal standards: communication, cultural competence, organization, reporting, ethics, health and safety, technology, and professionalism. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Facing Inequities and Racism in Education (FIRE) II: Understanding and Overcoming Racial Bias and White Privilege*: To help all students learn, effective educators adopt teaching dispositions and strategies to engage students. This session helps you recognize unconscious bias and privilege in an effort to develop awareness of unconscious perceptions of yourself and others. We will also connect bias with culture and review how we all can strive for intercultural competence.

Financial and Fiduciary Responsibilities for Local Leaders: Education Minnesota, its affiliates, and intermediate organizations must comply with all applicable local, state and federal laws, rules, and regulations. We also must follow the governing documents and policies of our national affiliates. In this session, you learn what these requirements are and what Education Minnesota can do to assist you in meeting your fiduciary obligation to carry out these responsibilities.

Health Insurance Basics and Beyond (3/4): With rising costs and new laws in place, it is important that our members have an understanding of health insurance in general and how it works. Participants will gain knowledge around the various components and terminology of insurance, the laws that deal with insurance, and the skills necessary to make comparisons between insurance plans, as well as how to utilize a district insurance committee to its maximum potential. Topics covered in this training include group insurance, legal rights and responsibilities, side-by-side comparisons and an effective insurance committee. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Helping Transgender Students Navigate the School Environment*: The legal landscape is currently in flux when it comes to the rights of transgender students. Many courts and agencies are recognizing that discrimination based upon gender identity and expression is sex discrimination, but there are many areas where the law is unclear. Despite this uncertainty, there are best practices emerging for schools and educators dealing with questions such as name changes, pronouns, bathroom and locker room access, and other accommodations. Resources will include legal cases, scenarios, and MDE’s transgender toolkit.

How Top 20 Strategies Made Me a Better Educator (and Person!)*: Top 20 Strategies (https://top20training.com/) aren't revolutionary ideas, but they can reframe the way you think, learn, and communicate with students, parents, staff, and loved ones. In this session, your presenter will share how he uses Top 20 Strategies at work and at home to be the best version of himself. Learn how Reframing and Above the Line/Below the Line awareness make a difference in your presenter's professional and personal life and how it could possibly positively impact yours.

Immigration: Who Are "They" and How Did They Get Here?*: Immigration is one of the major social and political issues in the U.S. today, but is not well understood by many Americans. This seminar explains the distinctions between different types of immigrants, including such questions as: What is a "refugee," and how do people qualify for refugee status; what are some other ways people can enter the U.S. legally; what is the Diversity Visa Lottery (DVL); what is Temporary Protected Status (TPS); and what is DACA? We will look at some important immigration policies and practices since World War II that have significantly affected American society, and review a few of the recent changes to immigration. And, of course, bring your questions with you!

Just for New(er) Presidents (3/4): This track is designed to provide new(er) local presidents with the knowledge and skills to have a successful term of office. Some of the topics include the role of the local president, constitution and bylaws, collective bargaining agreements, communication, membership and the value of belonging, and the Janus decision. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Listing, Charting, Mapping, Oh My! Logistical Planning To Meet, Engage, and Mobilize Members: It is crucial that we are aware of who our members are and how they connect to others in their worksites and in their union. Mapping and charting are methods that allow us to identify the strengths (and weaknesses) in our membership, so we can efficiently and productively connect with our members.

Member Rights Advocacy: I & II (2/6): Member Rights Advocates serve as a local resource to respond to member concerns. A Member Rights Advocate learns to resolve issues using a variety of options and strategies. One of the goals of Education Minnesota is to have a Member Rights Advocate in every work site and in larger sites, one Member Rights Advocate for every 50 members. At the conclusion of the training, those attending are certified as Member Rights Advocates. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Member Rights Advocacy: III (1/4): This track is limited to members who have completed Member Rights Advocacy: I & II. Building on these phases, participants refine and expand their skills with more focused exploration and skill practice with organizing, member representation, and grievance processing. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Members of Color (3/7): Decolonized Leadership: Identifying Whiteness in the System*: Using basic organizing skills like 1:1 conversations and 10-minute meetings, participants will use what they have learned to address a scenario in which they must chart a path and come up with a plan to address a challenge. Participants will present their findings to the group and receive feedback and additional ideas from session leaders and fellow participants. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Organizing "SparkNotes"*: What are some of the ways to build stronger sustained local engagement? This is the quick introduction to some organizing tools locals can use to strengthen their local and move beyond just mobilizing members in times of crisis. This session is good for those who have never heard or organizing, those who want a quick refresher or those looking for a few more tools in the toolkit.

Problem Based Learning (PBL): An inquiry-based lesson will be modeled to demonstrate how real world problemsolving can increase inquiry in the 8-12 social studies classroom. Attendees of this presentation will be shown how to teach an inquiry lesson using provided resources. This high student interest/hands on simulation can be effectively used in economics, civics, and geography.

Vocabulary Instruction in the Classroom* [R]: We will review and enhance our knowledge of vocabulary instruction in the classroom by reviewing how we expose our students to vocabulary. We will gain and engage in fun ideas on how to make oral and written vocabulary instruction meaningful and understandable to our students.

When Can I Afford to Retire? (For Members with a TRA Pension): The answer to this question depends not only on how well you have planned financially, but also on what your plans are in retirement. While you are working, your income comes from your paycheck. In retirement, your income will come from three sources: your pension, social security, and any savings you have accumulated in accounts such as 403(b)/457/IRAs and savings. In this session, members will learn how defined benefit pensions work and how income in retirement is calculated based on the pension option you choose. Participants will also learn about various investment plans and the differences between them.

Breakout Session 4: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Another Committee? How to Make the Most of Your Time: This session describes effective committees and their functions, including the roles and responsibilities of committee members. We will discuss and reflect on professional leadership characteristics and explore the do’s and don’ts of both belonging to, and leading, a committee. In addition, we will explore ways to proactively put an end to the bad, unproductive meeting.

Blurred Lines: Addressing Boundaries*: Educators are passionate about doing what's best for their students. This can sometimes lead to situations that cause professional boundaries to be blurred. This session discusses the legal consequences of blurring those boundaries.

Catch of the Day? Don't Get Hooked [R]: Educators on average are losing 5-9 hours a week on lower-level discipline challenges. Low-level disruptions are stealing precious instruction time. Academics and discipline go hand in hand. You can be the best content instructor, but without the ability to control the classroom the best lessons remain undelivered. Participants will learn how to avoid "debate bait"—how to eliminate warnings and multiple requests. Participants will learn how to increase academics, decrease discipline challenges, gain parent support, and empower all educators. Participants will be encouraged and challenged to implement strategies and techniques that will change the classroom and campus climate immediately.

Certified Negotiator Program: ESPs (3/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to ESP bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, proposal preparation, delivery and organizing for settlement. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Certified Negotiator Program: Teachers (3/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in
foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to teacher bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, costing, and proposal preparation and delivery. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Digital Organizing 101*: A digital revolution is underway in our society, and members and locals are eager to harness the power of social media and digital organizing tools to increase member engagement and affect change in bargaining and local elections. This session provides an overview of new texting, social media, and video tools and detail how locals may use them.

Dyslexia in the Classroom: Until recently, government agencies and school districts treated dyslexia as both a medical condition and part of a larger framework of reading disabilities. Experts are now reframing the ways educators and clinicians can and should help students identified as dyslexic. In particular, this training covers the recent legislative changes that will transform the way special educators and schools will work with students with dyslexia. Experts and classroom practitioners will guide participants through current research and best practices.

Educating the Digital Native*: What are digital natives, and how do they communicate? Learn how one teacher transformed her classroom from traditional to digital to prepare students for today’s digital world. Walk away from the session with some tips and tricks (for teacher learners of all levels) you can implement tomorrow to help boost your students’ digital literacy.

Education Minnesota Foundation: Ideas + Applications = Successful Grants: Have you ever wanted to apply for a grant, but you didn’t know where to start or felt intimidated by the process? Bring your ideas and questions and we will supply the answers and applications. With emphasis on Education Minnesota Foundation Classroom-Focused and Professional Development Grants, you will learn how to write a grant for yourself, classroom, or school.

ESP Cohort (2/5): When Can I Afford to Retire?: The answer to this question depends not only on how well you have planned financially, but also on what your plans are in retirement. This session provides ESP members with an understanding of how defined benefit pensions work and how income in retirement is calculated based on the pension option you choose. Participants will also learn about various investment plans and the differences between them so you can plan what is best for you. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Facing Inequities and Racism in Education (FIRE) III: Interrupting Racism in Our Learning Communities*: What do I say? What do I do? Have you ever wondered what you can do to disrupt racism as it happens? This session helps participants recognize microaggressions and strengthen their skills to speak up. We will also examine how to restore relationships to repair communication breakdowns.

Health Insurance Basics and Beyond (4/4): With rising costs and new laws in place, it is important that our members have an understanding of health insurance in general and how it works. Participants will gain knowledge around the various components and terminology of insurance, the laws that deal with insurance, and the skills necessary to make comparisons between insurance plans, as well as how to utilize a district insurance committee to its maximum potential. Topics covered in this training include group insurance, legal rights and responsibilities, side-by-side comparisons and an effective insurance committee. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Internal Audit Committee Training: Your local’s internal audit committee plays a critical role in maintaining the
integrity of the local’s financial reporting. Having the right knowledge and tools will help your committee manage this important responsibility in the most efficient way possible. We’ll take you step-by-step through the internal financial review process.

Just for New(er) Presidents (4/4): This track is designed to provide new(er) local presidents with the knowledge and skills to have a successful term of office. Some of the topics include the role of the local president, constitution and bylaws, collective bargaining agreements, communication, membership and the value of belonging, and the Janus decision. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Learn to BrainDance With Rhymes and Songs to Make a Difference With Your Young Students Ages 3-6*: The BrainDance is a set of movement patterns that develop the brain during the first year of life. Continuing these patterns encourages healthy brain development and makes a big difference for young children that enhances their bodies and brains. It is a perfect purposeful brain break for your classes. This session is especialy useful for members who work with students ages 3-6.

Member Rights Advocacy: I & II (3/6): Member Rights Advocates serve as a local resource to respond to member concerns. A Member Rights Advocate learns to resolve issues using a variety of options and strategies. One of the goals of Education Minnesota is to have a Member Rights Advocate in every work site and in larger sites, one Member Rights Advocate for every 50 members. At the conclusion of the training, those attending are certified as Member Rights Advocates. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Member Rights Advocacy: III (2/4): This track is limited to members who have completed Member Rights Advocacy: I & II. Building on these phases, participants refine and expand their skills with more focused exploration and skill practice with organizing, member representation, and grievance processing. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in
the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.


Members of Color (4/7): Decolonized Leadership: Organizing Around Whiteness in the System*: Using basic organizing skills like 1:1 conversations and 10-minute meetings, participants will use what they have learned to address a scenario in which they must chart a path and come up with a plan to address a challenge. Participants will present their findings to the group and receive feedback and additional ideas from session leaders and fellow participants. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Successful Issue Organizing: Tales from Members in the Mix*: We talk a lot about issue organizing, but what does success really look like? This session features a panel of members who were part of issue organizing campaigns that resulted in real change for their local union and its members.

The Busy Educators' Wildly Prescriptive and Slightly Presumptuous Guide to Writing Persuasively*: Imagine you need to write a letter to the editor, Facebook post, testimony to the Legislature, op-ed for the newspaper, or a short speech to your school board. Now imagine writing this stuff isn’t your day job. This session presents a systematic process for focusing your argument and expressing it in 250-word or 750-word pieces. We’re leaving the theory for another day and drilling down to a few key concepts, a sturdy essay structure that travels well, and a couple rhetorical flourishes from the speechwriters’ toolkit.

Update for Continuing Education Committee Members*: This session is designed for members of local continuing education committees, and will provide updated information about the renewal process, the new online system for entering hours, and any relevant changes to renewal that come out of the 2019 legislative session.

Working With Our Most Challenging Students: Understanding our students is key to forming relationships and supporting learning. This session provides an overview of some of the biggest challenges facing students today. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the issues facing homeless/highly mobile youth, mental health, and special education. Participants will learn how these issues impact student learning and what resources educators can use to support students such as trauma‐informed and restorative practice concepts, and behavior de‐escalation techniques. The session ends with how to prepare an effective organizing plan to address student, building, and community issues.

Using Blended Learning for Differentiation and Personalization*: Blended learning is a teaching concept that encompasses many delivery methods. All methods have the common goal of allowing teachers and students to personalize learning as much as possible including delivery method, time, place, and pace. This session goes over the basics of blended learning, a few traditional delivery methods, technology which allows this to occur, and real-life secondary classroom examples. This session is best for secondary teachers who have a 1:1 classroom.

Breakout Session 5: 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Addressing Tiered Licensure Issues in Bargaining*: The session provides an overview of how the new tiered licensure system impacts bargaining. This session is intended for members of negotiations teams.

Bringing a Love of Reading Back to the Secondary ELA Classroom with Independent Reading* [R]: Many secondary ELA teachers struggle to engage students in meaningful independent reading. However, research shows that all students need in-class time to read, reflect on their reading, and talk about what they've read. This session goes over how a middle school has transformed its reading reading program from an extrinsic motivational system done outside of class, to an intrinsic in-class independent reading system that has begun to engage more students in a love of reading. The session focuses on the overview of the program, the implementation, technology used for bookkeeping and student engagement, written reflection, and the current outcomes.

Case Study in Setting Local Priorities: Mounds View*: Is the vision and mission of your local union reflected in its actions? Learn about the process one local union used to cultivate change and shift its priorities to be representative of members' shared values.

Certified Negotiator Program: ESPs (4/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to ESP bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, proposal preparation, delivery and organizing for settlement. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Certified Negotiator Program: Teachers (4/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in
foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to teacher bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, costing, and proposal preparation and delivery. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Combating ACEs with REACH and Trauma-Informed/Responsive Education: Students who have had Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) bring significant challenges to our classrooms. In this session, participants will learn more about the effects of ACEs and trauma-informed education as well as gain resources to further their understanding of ACEs and how to make personal connections with students dealing with them. The case study of REACH Stewartville will be shared. REACH Stewartville is making positive connections with students through Relationships, Education, Accountability, Character, and Hard work. Session resources focus on assisting schools in making personal connections, providing character education, understanding the effects of ACEs, and building a culture of giving and empathy for others.

ESP Cohort (3/5): ESPs and ACEs: Supporting Students with Toxic Stress*: In this session, participants learn general information about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), how toxic stress alters students’ brains and ability to learn, and learn core strategies for how ESPs specifically can support students challenged by toxic stress. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Facing Inequities and Racism in Education (FIRE) IV: Strategies for the Anti-Racist Educator*: Are you an antiracist educator ready to make change at a bigger level? This session highlights important strategies as you start this part of your racial equity journey. We will go over definitions and characteristics of equity literacy, examine pitfalls of activist burnout, and provide time for attendees to plan realistic next steps that they can take back to their learning community.

Living the Post-Janus Dream: Impacts on Bargaining*: This session covers changes locals should consider making to both their contracts and their constitutions and bylaws in the wake of the Janus decision eliminating fair-share fees. The session also addresses how to use the bargaining process to show members and non-members the value of belonging to and engaging with their unions.

Local Treasurer Forum: Whether you are balancing the checkbook, filing IRS forms, or preparing for an audit, the realities of a local treasurer can be challenging. In this forum, a panel of experts is available to answer your questions and offer advice. This session is especially beneficial for new treasurers.

Managing the Fog: Trauma and Dissociation in the Classroom*: Dissociation is defined as “a disruption in the usually integrated functions of consciousness, memory, identity, or perception of the environment” (APA, 2000). Dissociation impacts our most vulnerable students as it is considered to be a response to childhood maltreatment and trauma. Dissociative symptoms can cause significant problems in day-to-day functioning, and these symptoms pose an even greater challenge in our schools because they can interfere with students’ ability to function both academically and socially (Putnam, 1993). This presentation looks at what dissociation is, how it appears in the classroom, and best practices in how to teach and support students who are experiencing dissociative episodes.

Member Rights Advocacy: I & II (4/6): Member Rights Advocates serve as a local resource to respond to member concerns. A Member Rights Advocate learns to resolve issues using a variety of options and strategies. One of the goals of Education Minnesota is to have a Member Rights Advocate in every work site and in larger sites, one Member Rights Advocate for every 50 members. At the conclusion of the training, those attending are certified as Member Rights Advocates. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Member Rights Advocacy: III (3/4): This track is limited to members who have completed Member Rights Advocacy: I & II. Building on these phases, participants refine and expand their skills with more focused exploration and skill practice with organizing, member representation, and grievance processing. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in
the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.


Members of Color (5/7): Decolonized Leadership: Leading Around Whiteness in the System*: Using basic
organizing skills like 1:1 conversations and 10-minute meetings, participants will use what they have learned to address a scenario in which they must chart a path and come up with a plan to address a challenge. Participants will present their findings to the group and receive feedback and additional ideas from session leaders and fellow participants. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Moving is the Key to Learning! Learn the BrainDance for Yourself and Your Students Ages 6-10*: The
BrainDance is a set of movement patterns that develop the brain during the first year of life. Continuing these patterns encourages healthy brain development and makes a big difference for young children that enhances their bodies and brains. It is a perfect purposeful brain break for your classes. This session is especialy useful for members who work with students ages 6-10.

Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) & Implicit Bias Decoded*: Lately the terms racist, bullying, white privilege, and white supremacy have been prevalent in the media. But what is true racism? How can someone who believes in equality and not see race as a factor be racist? We will explore courageous conversations and how to navigate through them in the classroom, especially when students of color tell their truths, which may be hard for educators to hear. The perfect preface to this class would be to read Dr. Joy DeGruy’s book Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome as we will work from that text to explain and delve deeper into understanding what our roles are as educators.

Shifting Bystanders to Union Activists*: How do you share your enthusiasm for your union work with others? Being an engaged member is critical in today’s environment. We have to be able to discuss our union’s values and our union’s goals with the same passion as we talk about being an educator. We also need to move beyond talk and into action. This session focuses on organizing skills and a few different ways to move people from bystanders to active members who see themselves reflected in the work of the union.

Train-the-Trainer: Reading*: The ability to offer robust, quality Minnesota Educator Academy professional
development sessions is due in part to our member trainers who are willing to share their instructional experience and talents. Have you ever considered putting your skills to work as a member trainer? Consider being an MEA PD Reading trainer. Participants review the research and exemplary practices that help students acquire strong reading comprehension skills.

Winning Local Referendums: This session covers the tools, resources, and help available to locals that are working to pass operating, building, or technology referendums. The session includes valuable information for new and veteran leadership on how to create and execute a successful referendum campaign. The session also explains what resources Education Minnesota offers, how to evaluate your community’s climate on referendums, and how to work with other community and labor organizations such as parent groups and AFL-CIO Area Labor Councils. Learn from other locals on the do’s and don’ts of winning a referendum campaign.

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Breakout Session 6: 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.
Awareness of Eating Disorders in the Classroom: You Can’t Tell by Looking* [R]: Do you ever wonder if a student in your classroom is struggling with an eating disorder? What do you look for when trying to identify one? What help and treatment options are available for adolescents with eating disorders? How can you support an adolescent upon returning to school after eating disorder treatment? This training helps professionals who want to learn more and utilize the 3C’s: curious, consider, communicate and hear.

Certified Negotiator Program: ESPs (5/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to ESP bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, proposal preparation, delivery and organizing for settlement. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Certified Negotiator Program: Teachers (5/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in
foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to teacher bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, costing, and proposal preparation and delivery. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Constitution and Bylaws: This session addresses constitution and bylaw issues, updates, and legal ramifications. It includes a review of recommended language, as well as a review of "potential member" issues that should be addressed. Participants examine examples of constitution and bylaws language. This session is most effective if you bring your local’s constitution and bylaws.

Differentiation in the High School Regular & AP Classroom*: In this session, educators learn how to differentiate for students in the secondary classroom to allow all students to grow (with examples from all core subject areas).

ESP Cohort (4/5): Special Education Dilemmas*: Designed specifically for ESPs working in special education, this session provides participants with an opportunity to share and learn from one another to improve their professional practice. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Formative Assessment Tools: Tech Resources to Save Time and Boost Engagement*: As educators, it's critical that we understand what our students know and what needs reteaching. But regular quizzes can be a chore to develop, distribute, collect, and grade. In this session, we share some tech tools that make formative assessment engaging for students and actionable for you.

How to Take Effective Notes During Meetings and Negotiations: Notetaking by locals in a variety of situations is an important component in maintaining a permanent record, as notes are often relied upon for future contract interpretation. Notes are critical in grievance disputes as well as member issues documentation. This session focuses on the skills and strategies used when taking notes. The session also provides some different formats for notetaking and an opportunity to apply these methods during a notetaking scenario.

Incorporating Developmental Writing Principles in Early Childhood and Early Elementary Classrooms*: Have you heard about Learning Without Tears (previously known as Handwriting Without Tears)? Heard there are a lot of materials and they are expensive? Want to try alternative ways to teach early writing skills? Looking for foundational motor development that promotes handwriting? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this class is for you. Learn how an ECSE teacher and occupational therapist use strategies to get kids started using great writing habits, incorporating literacy, and developing fine and visual motor skills. These strategies are fun, engaging, and make a tremendous difference with kids—especially those who struggle with motor activities.

Meet and Confer: Many members do not know what Meet and Confer is or how to use it to communicate effectively with administration. This session discusses guidelines, common practices, and ideas to use Meet and Confer as a problem-solving process.

Member Rights Advocacy: I & II (5/6): Member Rights Advocates serve as a local resource to respond to member concerns. A Member Rights Advocate learns to resolve issues using a variety of options and strategies. One of the goals of Education Minnesota is to have a Member Rights Advocate in every work site and in larger sites, one Member Rights Advocate for every 50 members. At the conclusion of the training, those attending are certified as Member Rights Advocates. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Member Rights Advocacy: III (4/4): This track is limited to members who have completed Member Rights Advocacy: I & II. Building on these phases, participants refine and expand their skills with more focused exploration and skill practice with organizing, member representation, and grievance processing. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in
the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.


Members of Color (6/7): Leaders of Color: We Are Whom We Have Been Waiting For*: Participants will explore leadership and organizing through a number of decolonizing techniques that take into account the historical and current trauma of living as people of color. Participants will choose one topic to organize around and begin to create a plan. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Membership Contact Training: Attendees learn how to document, record, and monitor membership information, as well as discuss case scenarios that will be helpful in their day-to-day duties as membership contacts. There will be an opportunity to review membership materials and learn how to complete membership forms and submit membership changes. Case scenarios will help to demonstrate the day-to-day issues that locals experience in dealing with membership concerns.

National Board Certification: Are you Ready for the Challenge?: Now more than ever, teachers must prove
themselves in a constantly changing education landscape. National Board Certification allows teachers to hone their practice, showcase their talent in the classroom, and demonstrate their dedication to their students and their profession. Find out why more than 112,000 teachers have chosen to pursue National Board Certification and why they say it’s the best investment of time and money they’ve ever made. This session gives an overview of the process and benefits of National Board Certification and give participants a chance to explore how this might fit in their professional development journey.

PEIP Advisory Group: Participants in this session discuss the Public Employees Insurance Program. 

Train-the-Trainer: Student Mental Health*: The ability to offer robust, quality Minnesota Educator Academy
professional development sessions is due in part to our member trainers who are willing to share their instructional experience and talents. Have you ever considered putting your skills to work as a member trainer? Consider being an MEA PD Student Mental Health trainer. Participants review the research in understanding the key warning signs of earlyonset mental illness in children and adolescents.

True Colors: True Colors has been created as a vocabulary through which people can communicate the expression of their character. True Colors is an easy, entertaining way to identify your character spectrum to better understand yourself and others. True Colors uses four colors to identify distinct perspectives and personalities. True Colors establishes a common language by which we communicate core motivations, needs, and behaviors. Once you recognize the True Colors in yourself and others, you will be able to respond more appropriately and concisely in your varied communication settings. School employees will be able to understand their students and will communicate more effectively with students, parents, and colleagues after attending the True Colors training.

Union Orientation Best Practices*: Inviting new hires to join the union at the beginning of their employment has been a long-standing successful practice for building and maintaining the strength of unions. A quality, well-planned orientation along with thoughtful, intentional follow-up practices will increase the likelihood that new hires will recognize the value of belonging to the union and choose to join. This session gives you the latest research-based tips and tools you need to develop a successful new hire orientation program for your local.

Breakout Session 7: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Certified Negotiator Program: ESPs (6/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to ESP bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, proposal preparation, delivery and organizing for settlement. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Certified Negotiator Program: Teachers (6/6): The Certified Negotiator Program trains new negotiators in
foundational skills that will make them effective at the bargaining table, with a focus on issues and strategies relevant to teacher bargaining groups. The program covers the legal basis for bargaining, surveying members, research, costing, and proposal preparation and delivery. Local presidents are asked to send a team of at least two participants to this training if possible. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Delivering Effective Professional Development*: When it comes to professional development, knowing content is essential, but the success of any training hinges on its delivery. This session is structured to facilitate the knowledge and skills of anyone who would like to support adult learners, increase member engagement in their local, and build collaborative structures to support professional learning within their local.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) Tapping to Support Emotional Resiliency and Better Grades: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT Tapping) is a self-tool that can help teachers and students move through all kinds of blocks to academic and personal success, including test and performance anxiety, low self-esteem, limiting beliefs, unreasonable fears, and negative memories and thoughts. In this workshop, you learn a simplified form of EFT Tapping and various ways to introduce it to children and teens. Reduced anxiety in school leads to increased resiliency and better grades.

ESP Cohort (5/5): Organizing for ESP Power*: What is power? How much of it do you already have? How can you build more of it? How can you leverage it to affect change in your life, your workplace, your profession, and your union? This session breaks it all down and shows you how relational organizing can build individual and organizational power. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Hi, I’m New Here! Mentoring New to the District Staff*: Does your district have a need for a teacher-led new
teacher mentoring program? Join us to learn strategies for implementing and sustaining a mentor program for all new to your district. Topics discussed include welcoming new members to your building, inviting them into your union, practicing Love and Logic techniques, and team-building activities.

Increasing Creativity in the Secondary Classroom*: In this session, educators learn about teaching strategies that promote fluency, flexibility, originality, and elaboration. Creativity strategies can help grow creativity in all students and can be used in all subjects. These strategies will help teachers differentiate for creative learners.

Invisible Illnesses*: This session focuses on “invisible illnesses.” Invisible illnesses include a large and varied number of conditions, from depression to migraines to fibromyalgia. People who suffer from invisible illnesses often don’t look sick, and because of that their illnesses are sometimes not believed. We will discuss the legal protections available to these individuals, and how those protections may coincide or diverge with contract language. We will also discuss how we can best represent and support fellow educators who suffer from invisible illnesses.

Local Secretary Training: This session includes information for local secretaries. Attendees discuss the role of the local secretary. How do you prepare for meetings? What should be included in meeting documents? How long should you keep records? New and experienced local secretaries benefit from this session.

Member Rights Advocacy: I & II (6/6): Member Rights Advocates serve as a local resource to respond to member concerns. A Member Rights Advocate learns to resolve issues using a variety of options and strategies. One of the goals of Education Minnesota is to have a Member Rights Advocate in every work site and in larger sites, one Member Rights Advocate for every 50 members. At the conclusion of the training, those attending are certified as Member Rights Advocates. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

Members of Color (7/7): A Legacy: Where and Whom Do We Lead From Here?*: Participants will explore
leadership and organizing through a number of decolonizing techniques that take into account the historical and current trauma of living as people of color. Participants will choose one topic to organize around and begin to create a plan. This session is part of a multi-session track. If you take one session in the track, you must take all of the other sessions in the track. The number of sessions per track is listed in parentheses in the session title.

PEIP for Locals that Want to Know More!: Want to know more about the Public Employees Insurance Program (PEIP)? This session is an informative discussion and explanation of the PEIP program, including what it is and how it works. A review of PEIP’s benefits and cost history will also be shared.

Roles and Responsibilities of Building Representatives: Building representatives are the eyes and ears of the local. This session defines the role of building reps and provides ideas for them on how to connect with members, conduct short informational meetings, and advocate on behalf of the members they represent.

Suicide Prevention [R]: Since 2016, the Legislature has required at least one hour of suicide prevention best practices for relicensure. Participants receive an overview of mental illness and components of suicide prevention.

Take Care of Yourself! Educator Self-Care*: We all know that educators are overworked and overwhelmed. The complexities of being an educator in 2019 can be emotionally draining. In this session, we take time for educators to reflect on their own current self-care strategies; we also present ways to promote and prioritize self-care for educators, and we provide a forum for educators to share strategies for self-care.

Want Increased Student Engagement? Take Them Outside!*: Hear how one teacher from Northwestern Minnesota utilizes outdoor spaces near the high school to keep students engaged and motivated in science lessons throughout the year. Lessons and ideas shared will be specific to 7-12 science classes but could be adapted for elementary classes as well as other subject areas.

Yes, Improv Makes Union Stronger: Want to try something different that demands agility, resilience, ease with
ambiguity, and quick thinking? Improv principles taught in this session help you improve cooperation, collaboration, and support in your union. It will help you capitalize on failure to achieve larger successes. You will learn to be equally comfortable ceding control to others and playing a more supportive role and filling gaps. You will be doing improv in this session.