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Southwest Organizing Institute 2017

If you’re looking to make a difference in your local Association on the issues that matter most, join your colleagues at Southwest Organizing Institute this summer. This informative and fun event runs June 20-22 at the Holiday Inn Bristol Hotel & Conference Center. This year’s theme is, “Educate, Agitate, Organize!”

You will leave our three-day organizing institute with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to improve the working and learning conditions where you live and work. Veteran organizers and seasoned colleagues will lead the training. Consider attending with several of your Association colleagues as a team!

When you attend Southwest Organizing Institute, all participants will receive the same content focusing on four content areas.

Political Action and You
Every decision in your school started as a political one. Join us to learn the basic principles of political action including how to target your message. You will also get an overview of current legislative and political issues that are headed our way. This isn’t about Democrat or Republican, it is about protecting our public schools and our communities. You will leave ready to take action!

Organizing Around Instructional Issues
The Office of Teaching and Learning will provide important updates on instructional policy issues that are currently being reviewed by decision-makers.  Find out more about these issues and organize to affect change on the state and local levels.

Organizing & Mobilizing 101
No one wants to live in a house with a shaky foundation.  So why organize and mobilize that way?  No, you don’t have to be Bob Villa.  We will give you the tools you need and we’ll show you how to use them.  You will fill your toolbox with the assessment tools necessary for the foundation of a successful campaign. Together we can build a plan that has the pieces necessary to support all of us! 

New Ed Organizing
The NEA indicates that “the top reason new educators leave the profession in the first five years is because they don’t feel supported.”  The VEA has a specific focus on ensuring that we all build relationships with new and early educators throughout Virginia. You’ll receive an update on the VEA’s statewide plan for 2017-2018 New Educator Organizing.

Online registration for Southwest Organizing Institute is now open. Register now. For more information, contact VEA's Breanne Armbrust, at 800-552-9554. Ext. 334.  The registration deadline is June 2nd.



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