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Strategies for Building Stronger Local Associations

These workshops will prepare local Association leaders and interested members to organize, build a strong Association rep structure, form effective committees and teams, communicate effectively, and much more. Many workshops can be combined to meet your needs: just ask!



Local Presidents' Seminar
Each year, the VEA holds a seminar for local presidents who will be in office during the upcoming Association year. During the seminar, local presidents receive information about the structure, programs and services available from the VEA/NEA. Additionally, training is provided in key areas identified by surveys of presidents. The seminar is also an opportunity for presidents to be apprised of issues facing the Association as well as an opportunity to network with other presidents from around the state. Contact: Dr. Antoinette Rogers, 1-800-552-9554.

Association Activist Training
This emphasizes building-level organizing, recruiting new members, and how to be an effective advocate. It is offered each summer to Association members interested in getting more involved in the local Association. Workshops are coordinated around the state by UniServ offices. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Committee Training (4 hours or part of Board Training with Committee Chairs)
This training is designed to assist local Association committees in understanding their roles and responsibilities within the local and VEA. Included in this training are the following components: developing committee long and short range plans, and budget-planning and proposals. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Share the Pride with Five: Motivating and Recruiting Volunteers (2 hours)
Participants will discuss the theory and research behind effective volunteer recruitment, assess their "motivation" style, engage in activities designed to assess their current level of planning for the use of volunteers, and learn practical applications of best practices in volunteer recruitment. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Conflict Resolution for Educators (2 to 4 hours)
This training session is designed to provide Association leaders and members with the skills necessary to manage and effectively resolve conflict. Participants will review various conflict resolution strategies and learn the appropriate use of those strategies in various intergroup and interpersonal conflict situations. This workshop is also appropriate for school faculties involved in site-based decision making. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Team Building (2 to 4 hours)
This training session is designed to assist Association leaders and members in working effectively together to achieve common goals. Specifically, participants will engage in a variety of activities which build esprit de corps and positive interpersonal and intergroup relations.  Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

What Did He/She Say? Effective Communication Skills (1 to 2 hours)
Participants will explore barriers of effective communications and learn skills and techniques to improve communications effectiveness. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Assertiveness Training (2 to 3 hours)
This workshop is designed to provide Association leaders and members with a basic understanding of assertive communication and to assess assertiveness through various inventory exercises. Participants examine assertive, non-assertive and aggressive behaviors, response styles to each behavior and ways of moving to an assertive mode of behavior. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Collaborative Problem Solving: (2-4 hours+)
Designed to assist local association teams in understanding and developing collaboration and negotiation skills as well as strategies for building cohesive teams, it includes best practices in representing members' interests "at the table." Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Managing Differences: Dealing With Difficult People (2 to 3 hours)
Designed to introduce factors that affect the nature of differences, participants in this workshop will identify their preferred personal methods for managing differences, identify behaviors of difficult people in their work lives, and learn their own difficult behaviors and strategies to facilitate effective communication with people exhibiting difficult behaviors. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

The Complete Local Communications Program (1 to 1-1/2 hours)
What are the essential elements of a complete local association communications program? This session will highlight the important communications activities that each local can and should implement. Contact: John O'Neil, 1-800-552-9554.

Developing and Sustaining a Local Association Web Site (2 hours)
You'll learn how to use Blogger to quickly establish a web presence for your local Association or for a campaign or issue. Contact: John O'Neil, 1-800-552-9554.

Understanding Your Member Benefits (2 hours)
Provides overview and explanation of Association endorsed products; guidelines for consumers. (Suggested time of year for delivery: September through December.) Contact: John O'Neil, 1-800-552-9554.

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