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Reggie Smith Organizing School 2017

If you’re looking to make a difference in your local Association on the issues that matter most, join your colleagues at Reggie Smith Organizing School this summer. This informative and fun event runs July 19-21 at the University of Richmond. Our 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 register for Reggie Smith Organizing School, you’ll either choose one strand or organizing training in three core content areas. This year’s strand is: Promoting Inclusive Policies for LGBTQ Students and School Employees. The three content areas for the general track are political/government relations, strategic growth and mobilization, and professional issues.


•RSOS General Track
Note: You’ll take all of the courses listed if you select this option.

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
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.

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.


•Promoting Inclusive Policies for LGBTQ Students and School Employees
This strand will discuss current issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) students and school employees as well as discuss the LGBTQ policy landscape in Virginia. The strand will help members to develop a detailed action plan for educating and empowering locals to urge school boards and localities to adopt anti-discrimination policies inclusive of LGBTQ students and school employees. This strand will also train local leaders to advocate for and institute inclusive local policies for LGBTQ students and school employees.

You will have the option to check in on Tuesday, July 18 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm or Wednesday, July 19 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.  If you choose to check in on Tuesday, please note that dinner is on your own.

On July 20 from 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, join us for an evening social as an opportunity to build friendships and solidarity!  This is an optional event.

Online registration for Reggie Smith Organizing School is now open. Register now. For more information, contact VEA's Breanne Armbrust, at 800-552-9554. Ext. 334.  The registration deadline is June 30th.



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