Legislators as Educators - October 1 - 31, 2017

How many times have you said to yourself, peers or administrators, “I wish legislators could see the impact of their decisions on our students”? 

Whether it be increasing class sizes, changing diversity and needs of students, continual budget cuts, decreasing personnel or hours/days/weeks of standardized testing, we all struggle to personalize and maximize each student’s educational experience with the mandates legislated upon us. If only legislators could spend one day in my shoes…  

Central OEA/NEA has developed a toolkit enabling associations to easily invite local, state, and national officials to spend a day as an educator.  The toolkit provides all of the information associations will need to successfully invite and host elected officials to spend the day in a classroom or multiple classrooms: a staff recruitment memo, a tip sheet for cooperating teachers, forms for invitations/press releases/thank you letters and a checklist to ensure a day of success.  

We are intentionally offering a wide window (any day in October) to allow districts to determine the best date to facilitate the Legislators as Educators event. You can download the toolkit here.

If you have questions please contact your Political Action Coordinator and they will be more than happy to assist you.

On a three-year rotating basis, Central OEA/NEA will provide locals with a laptop (PC/Windows based) or iPad to assist with organizing and communicating with their members. To receive a laptop, a local officer must complete the Technology Award online registration by October 2 AND have a local officer present at the November All Area Meeting to pick it up. If a local officer cannot attend the All Area Meeting, the laptop will not be awarded.

You can apply here.

Please note: Computers will no longer be provided through Growth and Development Grants.

The Local Emergency Grant Program was created by a new business item at the Spring RA to assist local associations with projects of an immediate or emergency nature. Community initiatives like school district levy or bond campaigns are examples of activities that align with the intended target of these grants.

These grants should not focus on leadership development or other association building initiatives which should be addressed in a Growth and Development Grant proposal.

Grants will be awarded on an as needed basis. The grant will be a one-time award and the awarded grant will be for one year or less.

The grant will be paid on a reimbursement basis. All expenditures must be submitted on the Local Emergency Grant voucher form. The voucher will require a separate page for each proposed goal and include:
  • a brief narrative of the activities for the specific goal;
  • the date/s the activities were completed;
  • an itemization of the individual expenditures for goods or services for the specific goal;
  • the itemized cost/s of the purchased items or services;
  • and, an attached sheet bearing the original receipts verifying the delineated expenditures.
Per Central vendor policy, unionized firms or suppliers, if available, shall provide goods or services.

The information provided in this reimbursement report is vital to the continuing improvement of the Local Emergency Grant Program; it will enable Central to assist in providing other local associations with examples of grants that correctly align with this grant.

If a local has a special need to receive grant funds prior to completion of an activity, advancement of grant funds will be considered upon request. Priority will be given to first time applicants, but this does not prohibit locals applying yearly for new projects.

Click here to complete the online Local Emergency Grant application.

Click here to go to the Documents Library where you will find the Grants Folder containing the Local Emergency Grant Voucher forms.

In order to continue to expand Central’s professional development and leadership development programs throughout the entire Central region, Central offers incentives to any Central Local Association that hosts an off-site workshop in their area.

Central will arrange for a workshop presentation or presentations to hold on your chosen site. Further, Central will advertise the session and setup online registration for the participants.

Your local association will arrange for a room or rooms in a facility of your choosing. This may be a school building, a church, a community center or the like. On the day of the event you will need to setup a registration table to welcome the participants. Central will provide you with materials to handle registration at the event, including sign-in sheets and name badges. If a continental breakfast or box lunch is requested by Central, you will need to coordinate the ordering and pickup of the refreshments locally. Central will pay for the food expenses and other approved expenses.

For your association's services, Central will make monetary grants on the following basis directly to your association:

One session (equaling 60 to 90 minutes in duration)
  • $100.00 for a single workshop session;
  • $25 each, for up to two (2) additional concurrent workshops during the given session time frame;
  • Maximum = $150.00
Two sessions (equaling 120 to 180 minutes in duration)
  • $150.00 for 2 consecutive workshop sessions;
  • $25 each, for up to four (4) additional workshops during the (2) given session time frames;
  • Maximum = $250.00
Three sessions (equaling 181 to 270 minutes in duration)
  • $200.00 for 3 consecutive workshop sessions;
  • $25 each, for up to six (6) additional workshops during the (3) given session time frames;
  • Maximum = $350.00

Click here to complete the application form.

Completion of the application will place your association in a pool of available sites for this program expansion. At this time it is not known which workshop events Central will be scheduling nor on what dates the committee intends to schedule events.

Central is appreciative of your willingness to partner with us in developing, expanding and enhancing the professional and leadership development opportunities for all Central members.

For more specific information on these opportunities, contact one of these Central committees:

Leadership Development
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