Fall drive-ins offer localized trainings

Many of Education Minnesota’s intermediate organizations are scheduled to host professional development sessions in the upcoming months called fall drive-ins.

An intermediate organization (IO) is a regional grouping of locals—both ESP and teacher—working together on issues of common interest.

The function of fall drive-ins is to bring training, relicensure and continuing education unit opportunities to the IO’s members.

Different drive-ins around the state feature different session topics ranging from union leadership, classroom management, professional practice, policy and politics and personal finance and wellness.

Session topics at some of this year’s fall drive-ins include developing nurturing and professional relationships, financial planning for beginners, social media and student safety, bargaining communications, legal updates, treasurer trainings and how to deal with workplace bullying.

One of the main benefits of having these drive-ins is that the sessions are held locally. They also provide members an opportunity to network with other educators in your area.

For more information about fall drive-ins in your area, talk to your local president or Education Minnesota field staff.

Most IOs post their events and professional development offerings on Education Minnesota’s website calendar. Go to www.educationminnesota.org/events.aspx to see a listing of trainings offered in your area.

IOs promote strong, effective locals, and they provide support systems for members at the local, regional and state levels. The IO philosophy is driven by the belief that locals will achieve their objectives most effectively by acting in unison with other locals. Each IO has its own leadership structure, bylaws and dues system.