Training

Minority Leadership

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Training Details
Training Time:
  • Modules range from 1 to 4 hours.
  • Sessions can also be tailored to the needs of the state or local affiliate.
About

Recognizing that NEA’s ability to influence public education is in direct proportion to an engaged membership, the Minority Leadership Training Program prepares ethnic-minority members to be strong leaders, activists, and full participants in Association life. NEA staff deliver MLTP training sessions in two phases—the first for emerging leaders and the second for experienced leaders—in all state and regions.

Objectives

The Minority Leadership Training Program has 2 learning phases. Each phase has 8 accompanying modules which can be delivered separately or together:

  • PHASE 1: EMERGING LEADERS
  • PHASE 2: EXPERIENCED LEADERS
Phase 1: Emerging Leaders

Developing a Vision

4 hours needed
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Developing a Vision

Learn about the importance of having a vision for individual
and organizational growth; the relationship between leadership and the visioning
process; and the mechanism by which a clear, shared vision can instill leaders
with passion, energy, power, and creativity

Understanding the Association

2 hours needed
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Understanding the Association

Explore the structure and workings of NEA—including the relationship among
governance, staff, and programs—to better understand the various leadership
levels (local, state, and national), utilize Association programs, and identify where
you can increase your involvement.

Communication Receiving

1 hour needed
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Communication Receiving

Enhance your communications receiving skills by learning to identify and
overcome barriers to effective listening and by sharpening your ability to digest
and interpret information presented verbally

Communication Sending

1 hour needed
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Communication Sending

Enhance your communications sending skills by identifying various methods of
sending messages, using each method appropriately, and being clear, concise,
and lucid when communicating verbally.

Decision­-Making

1 hour needed
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Decision­-Making

Explore the effect of individual differences on group decision making and learn
which decision-­making processes foster effective group decisions.

Assertiveness for Emerging Leaders

1 hour needed
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Assertiveness for Emerging Leaders

Learn to differentiate among passive, assertive, and aggressive behaviors;
assess your present level of assertiveness; and assert your individual rights
without violating the rights of others.

Running for Office

2 hours needed
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Running for Office

Get practicable, step-­by­-step intelligence on putting together a winning election
campaign: from learning how to leverage resources and choose key personnel,
to identifying management styles that achieve the best results.

Leadership

2 hours needed
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Leadership

Learn to recognize and develop a) the six essential principles and skills you need
to be an effective organizational leader and b) other members who may be ready
to advance in the Association.

PHASE 2: Experienced Leaders

Organizing

2.5 hours needed
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Organizing

Explore effective strategies for recruiting new members or bringing divergent
groups and/or individuals together—on a long-­term or short-­term basis—to
grapple with education issues.

Power Language

2.5 hours needed
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Power Language

Explore language as a medium for power and leadership in various social
settings; examine which words convey strength and confidence and which
convey the opposite; study the denotative and connotative meaning of certain
words; and learn how to frame language to achieve a goal.

Parliamentary Procedure

2.5 hours needed
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Parliamentary Procedure

Examine the specific structure, process, and mechanism of presiding over and
participating in large, orderly meetings, such as the NEA Representative
Assembly, using Robert’s Rules of Order as a vehicle for making your voice
heard and getting your motions passed.

Message Development for Public Education Advocates

2.5 hours needed
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Message Development for Public Education Advocates

Explore how modern advertising, namely message development, can alter public
attitude toward public education; learn to develop print and electronic media
messages that can be used for virtually any education issue; and learn how to
examine various education messages for content, validity, structure, and
effectiveness.

Political Action/Lobbying

2.5 hours needed
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Political Action/Lobbying

Identify the connection between political action and positive education reform;
learn how to launch a successful political action campaign and effectively lobby
policymakers on education issues; and gain a better grasp of the various
elements, strategies, and techniques involved in setting a legislative agenda at
the local, state, and national levels.

Developing Community Partnerships

2 hours needed
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Developing Community Partnerships

Learn how to work with communities to garner support for public education by
becoming an integral part of a community and developing relationships/
partnerships that serve as a resource for meeting education challenges and
establishing broad­-based issues.

Assertiveness for Experienced Leaders

2.5 hours needed
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Assertiveness for Experienced Leaders

Develop a better understanding of the dimensions of assertive behavior; assess
your present level of assertiveness; and hone your skills for developing assertive
attitudes, messages, and personal styles. Learn how to identify passive,
assertive, and aggressive behavior in others and how to give and receive
feedback, including how to handle “put­-downs.”

Running for Office/Advanced

4 hours needed
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Running for Office/Advanced

Get practical, step-­by­-step intelligence on putting together a winning election
campaign: from learning how to leverage resources and choose key personnel,
to identifying management styles that achieve the best results.

Growing Leaders & Activists

NEA’s Human & Civil Rights Department works to prepare educators to lead confidently and consciously by focusing on a student-centered agenda and social justice issues that impact their students, schools and communities.