Education Advocate Leaders (EALs) are members! They strengthen their local associations legislative and political grassroots capacity year-round, by engaging fellow members around legislative and political campaigns.

Each local can have up to three Education Advocate Leaders one to represent primary, intermediate, and secondary educators or one to represent the different classifications in a classified local, SCOPE or Higher Ed. Central OEA/NEA will provide a $100 stipend to each local Education Advocate Leader.

To become an Education Advocate Leader apply online: www.centraloeanea.org/eal

A list of criteria for receiving the Education Advocate Leader stipend follows.
Mandatory Criteria:
  • Communicate with your local/colleagues on education issues
  • Contribute to the OEA Fund for Children and Public Education
  • Recruit at least 10 colleagues to receive Central ACE's emails and send their addresses to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Attend an Education Advocate Leader training session

Strongly Recommended:
  • Play an active role in local election activities
  • Attend at least 1 OEA phone bank or canvass
  • Like and Share Central Social Media Content
Stipends are paid in December to Education Advocate Leaders who have completed all the mandatory requirements.

Education Advocate Leader training details: Three (3) training opportunities are available:
May 14, 2020 @ 5:00pm at the Simon Kenton Inn, Springfield
May 19, 2020 @ 5:00pm at the Central Office
Jun 15, 2020 @ 2:00pm at the Airport Marriott

Register for a training by logging in to your Central account, where you will be taken to a list of events, then select "Going" from the drop-down of the training session you wish to attend.

Topics covered will include:
  • Communication & Involvement (sign up colleagues to ACE’s list, disseminating info to your local)
  • How to deliver an effective message
  • 10 Reasons to belong to OEA
  • Cyber lobbying, and engaging Central, OEA, NEA Social Media
  • Understanding what FCPE is & is not
  • Statehouse lobbying
  • EAL Stipend Criteria
  • Campaign 2020
  • NEA Strong Public Schools

To apply to become an Education Advocate Leader apply online: www.centraloeanea.org/eal