Professional Development Events

Here are the courses we offer. Consult the PD course book for more details.

21. Anti-Racism and Equity at the Bargaining Table
22. Bargaining Communications
23. Bargaining and Organizing for Workload Relief
24. Bargaining Laws, Rules and Regulations for ESPs
25. Contract 101 for ESPs
26. Conversational School Finance
27. Costing for Education Support Professionals (ESP) Settlements
28. Costing for Teacher Settlements
29. Identifying and Including Special Education Issues in Contracts
30. Internal Communication with Members during Bargaining
31. Language Matters
32. Legal Issues in Bargaining
33. Negotiating Equitable Benefits & A Family Friendly Workplace
34. Negotiations Resources: Online Data and Information to Support Bargaining
35. Organizing Around ECFE & ABE Inequalities
36. Preserving Statutory Protections
37. Rethinking Bargaining Surveys
38. School Funding Research: Creating a Financial Profile for Bargaining
39. Unrequested Leave of Absence Strategies
40. Using a Racial Equity Lens in Bargaining
41. Virtual Negotiating: Moving Bargaining Online

11. A Living Legacy: Lessons From Labor History
12. Community Engagement
13. Digital Organizing 101
14. Financial and Fiduciary Responsibilities for Local Leaders
15. The History of Education Minnesota: Our Shared Legacy
16. Internal Audit Committee Training
17. Internal Communications
18. Meet and Confer
19. Sharing Our Legacy: Telling Our Union Stories
20. Winning Local Referendums

42. Blurred Lines: Addressing Boundaries
43. Considering Staff Safety: Individual Issues and Proactive Steps for a Local
44. Data Practices: Public, Private, Confidential, Nonpublic, Protected. What Does This All Mean?
45. Free Speech Rights of Educators
46. Gettin’ Paid – Common Contract Cases and Economic Legal Issues for Educators
47. Invisible Illnesses
48. Leave Rights Under the Law and Your Contract
49. Legal Basics – Know Your Rights
50. Legal Issues for ESPs
51. Legal Issues for Members Facing Disability
52. Equity and the Law: Legal Protections Against Discrimination
53. Maltreatment and Mandatory Reporting
54. Past Practice: How the Past Can Haunt (or Help) You!
55. Social Media, Legal Issues for Educators
56. Special Education Survival Guide for General Educators and Union Leaders
57. Special Education Survival Guide for Paraprofessionals
58. Special Education Survival Guide for Special Educators
59. Supporting Transgender Students and Staff: Legal Issues and Best Practices
60. Teacher Code of Ethics/Top Ten Reasons for Discipline
61. Teacher Licensing Update
62. Unfair Labor Practices
63. Legal Updates and Q&A with an Education Minnesota Lawyer

86. Current Issues in Health Insurance
87. Degrees, Not Debt: Dealing With Student Loan Debt
88. Energize Yourself
89. How to Find Balance in Work and Life
90. Mental Health Issues for Adults
91. Using Membership to the Max: Member Benefits
92. When Can I Afford to Retire? (For members with PERA pension)
93. When Can I Afford to Retire? (For members with TRA pension)

94. Legislative Session Update/Preview

70. Developing a Student-Centered Mindset
71. Education Minnesota Foundation – How to Apply for Grants to Enhance Your Profession and Classroom
72. Introduction to Restorative Practices
73. Special Educators Working Together: Collaboration Strategies for Special Education Teams
74. Trauma: Understanding Trauma and the Developing Brain
75. Teachers and ESPs: Building a Healthy Working Relationship
76. True Colors
77. Understanding Students With Challenges Related to Homelessness, Mental Health and Adverse Childhood

78. Culturally Responsive Teaching Through a Racial Justice Lens
79. Interrupting Whiteness
80. LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Support Training: Part 1
81. LGBTQ+ Advocacy and Support Training: Part 2
82. Recognizing and Combating Antisemitism in Schools
85. Why is it so Hard to Talk about Race?

64. Cultural Competency 1-4 Series (see PD book for timeframes) (50 max capacity) (satisfies MN relicensure statute of cultural competency)
65. English Learners
66. Positive Behavior Interventions and Instructional Strategies
67. Reading
68. Student Mental Health
69. Suicide Prevention

1. Building Power Through Issue Organizing
2. Building Representatives – Roles and Responsibilities
3. Local Membership Training
4. Meeting Members at Their Interests
5. Navigating and Preparing 1:1 Conversations in a New World
6. Organizing for Safer Schools
7. Shifting to an Organizing Culture
8. Three Frames of Unionism
9. Union Orientation Best Practices
10. Who’s With You? Mapping and Assessing Union Affinity (Support) at Your Site

Certified Negotiators Program (CNP) 
Health Insurance Basics and Beyond
Local and Community Action Team (LCAT) Training
Member Rights Advocacy (MRA)
Peer Review: Strategies for Success

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