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Developing Your Leadership Skills

Ready to take your leadership skills to the next level? We'll teach you all about the Association while equipping you to lead and to problem-solve in a team environment. Check out our other offerings under "Strategies for Building Stronger Local Associations" and "Effective Association Governance."



Emerging Leaders Training
This training is designed for new or inexperienced members who want to learn about the Association and how  to become involved.  Participants are given an opportunity to become familiar with the Association terminology, structure, program and decision-making process.  Skills training for the seminar  include effective communication and analysis of one’s leadership potential.  Participants examine their leadership styles, gain skills in understanding group dynamics,  issue organizing and using the tools of the delegate and representative assemblies. Participants also develop action plans for their involvement in the Association. This workshop is conducted by members of the VEA MLT Cadre and is appropriate for all members. Contact:  Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Time Management (2 to 3 hours)
This is a process workshop designed to help educators maximize their time use. It involves intensive self assessment, goal setting, ways of establishing priorities for time use and strategies for building will-power and banishing nonproductive time use patterns. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554.

Interest-Based Process (3 hours)
Designed to help members understand the basic process of interest-based problem-solving. Learn the basic stages of this collaborative process and the fundamentals you will need in order to move forward with this program. Contact: JoAnn Karsh, 1-703-352-7300.

Improving School Climate: The Impact of Intergroup/Interpersonal Relations (2 to 4 hours)
This workshop provides participants with information and training needed to build and maintain positive school and classroom climates.  This session focuses on adult interactions. 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.

Advanced Leadership Skills Seminar (1 1/2 days)
Designed for members who have completed the Emerging Leaders Training or have had equivalent training at the UniServ, state or national levels. Participants refine leadership skills, further develop lobbying and group dynamic skills, learn about the Association budget, participate in a mock election campaign for Association office and review governance and staff leadership role options. This workshop is presented by members of the VEA MLT Cadre. Contact: Office of Field Support, Organizing & Minority Engagement, 1-800-552-9554.

Group Process Skills (GPS)
This training is designed for both men and women who currently hold leadership positions in the Association. It focuses on those skills needed to help groups of people achieve a common goal (i.e. responsive, inclusive and initiative leadership skills). The training is delivered during a weekend workshop for up to 25 men and women. Contact: Beblon Parks, 1-800-552-9554. 

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