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Reggie Smith Organizing School 2018

Are you looking to retain and grow your membership in your Local Union? Well, we’ve got the opportunity for you! Join your fellow union members at the Reggie Smith Organizing School. This informative and fun event runs July 18-20 at the University of Richmond. Our theme is, “Educate, Agitate, Organize!”

You will have the option to check-in on Tuesday, July 17, from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm or Wednesday, July 18, from 7:00 am – 10:00 am. (Note: If you choose to check-in on Tuesday, dinner is on your own.)

We have two optional events available this year!  (Pre-registration required.)

  • We will offer a special workshop called “Finding Peace Within” that will feature deep relaxation (Yoga Nidra), deep breathing (Pranayama), meditation, self-massage, and stress management strategies.
  • There will be an evening social offered so that you can unwind and spend time with your Union Brothers and Sisters.

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

When you register for the Reggie Smith Organizing School, you’ll either register as a first year or second year.  If you attended last year’s RSOS General Track, you’re considered a second year. Here’s what you’ll take, depending on your placement:

RSOS 1st Year Program

Note: You’ll take all courses listed. Participants in the RSOS 2017 LGBTQ Strand are considered “1st years” and should register for the 1st year program.

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 & 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!

Organizing Around Instructional Issues
VEA’s 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.

RSOS 2nd Year Program

Note: All individuals that attended the 2017 RSOS General Track will take this option.

Influencing Elections and Electeds
This training will focus on the power of Political Action Committees to influence elections and using lobbying skills to influence elected officials. You will learn how building a strong PAC will increase your ability to influence elections at the local, state, and federal level. Whether you are part of a strong, local PAC or have no PAC at all, you will leave with real skills to help you strengthen your PAC and your candidate recruitment and recommendation processes. We will finish our training with a focus on lobbying skills to help effectively influence your elected officials to create real change.

Understanding and Taking Ownership of the Evaluation Process
You have power in the evaluation process! Through this workshop you’ll gain a better understanding of the evaluation process for educators to be able to take charge of your goal setting and professional growth.  You’ll also walk away with tools to educate members of your Local about how they can ensure their evaluation process is positive and not punitive. 

Cultivating Justice – Exploring Racial Bias
We are witnessing racism being normalized in our country. We see it in the media, in our laws, and in our institutions. We experience it in our daily interactions, and we see our politicians use race to further polarize our country, divide us, and weaken us. Come join us as we explore why VEA/NEA cares about Racial Justice and why we have a long-term commitment to it. In this highly interactive workshop, we will also learn about the “brain science” behind implicit bias and racial bias, and we will explore our own biases by using tools like pictures, videos, and fun tests. You will walk away with an understanding of how you can join our fight for racial justice in schools and communities.

Great Local Association Communications: The Building Blocks
You can’t grow your local Association’s influence, win a campaign, or build your members’ commitment without effective communications. Learn the basics of effective messaging and how to put together a communications program that gains you support and loyalty.


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 2018-2019 New Educator Organizing.

Digital Organizing
Should my local Association have a Facebook page or a website? What’s the best platform for emailing our members? We’ll answer these and other questions you have about using digital tools to support your communications conversations. Also: We’ll introduce you to Action Network, a tool you can use to email members and the public, support a rally or event, target an elected official, and much more. 

For more information, contact VEA's Breanne Armbrust, at 800-552-9554, Ext. 334.



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