March Institute

NEARI is hosting the March Institute on March 9-10 2018, at Whispering Pines Conference Center on the URI Alton Jones Campus. The March Institute is designed to help advanced and new/emerging leaders develop strategies to strengthen their locals. All costs of the Institute are covered by NEARI.

There are two tracks; one for new/emerging leaders and one for advanced leaders. 

Generally, new/emerging leaders may:

  • Have little or no organizing experience or training
  • Are new to a leadership position and/or are building representatives
  • Are ready to take the next step in union involvement.  

Advanced leaders may:

  • Have some experience and training in organizing
  • Have attended previous NEARI March Institutes or NEA's Northeast Institute
  • Have been in a union leadership position for a few years
  • Are ready to take the next steps to explore issues in more depth.  

The Institute is an overnight retreat-style learning experience. Participants will be expected to arrive Friday afternoon and stay through the last session on Saturday at 5pm. Accommodations are two attendees per room. Check-in at Whispering Pines begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. 

Conference Agenda - 2018 (in formation)


3:00 - 5:00 pm  Check In 
5:15 - 5:45 pm  Guest Speaker: Barbara Mandeloni, Massachusetts Teachers Assoc.
  Introduced by Bob Walsh, NEARI
5:45 - 6:45 pm  Dinner 
7:00 - 8:30 pm  Power 
  We will examine local organizing and advocacy and how we use power currently. We will expand the conversation to understanding power dynamics at play on a national scale and why it is important to scale up and build power collectively outside local actions.We will also explore how members contribute to building power on an individual and local level. 
  Facilitators: Patrick Crowley, NEARI
Marjorie Delbonis, NEARI Ponaganset ESP
9:00 pm  Closing 
  Followed by Social



Emerging Leaders Track:

8:00 - 8:30 am  Breakfast 
8:30 - 10:00 am  Rethinking Leadership
  Facilitators: Sarah Markey, NEARI; Kristin Chase, NEARI East Providence Teacher Assistants; Amy Mullen, NEARI Tiverton
10:15 - 11:45 am  1-on-1 Conversations
  We will explore and then practice the foundational tool of any good union leader – the one-on-one conversation. When used well, you can use this tool to recruit members to join the union, inoculate your members against misinformation put out by management, find new leaders and build a stronger more engaged membership.
  Facilitators: Mary Barden, NEARI
Donna Allinson, NEARI Westerly Teachers Assoc.
12:00 - 1:00 pm   Lunch 
 1:00 - 2:30 pm Organizing Your Worksite 
  Facilitators: Michelle Couture, NEA-NH; Carmen Cales, RI Dept. of Health PSA
 2:30 - 4:00 pm  Community Outreach
  Facilitators: Marcelle Grair, SEIU Local 509
 4:00 pm Debrief 

Advanced Leaders Track:

8:30 - 10:00 am  Rethinking Leadership 
  Facilitators: Sarah Markey, NEARI; Kristin Chase, NEARI East Providence Teacher Assistants; Amy Mullen, NEARI Tiverton 
10:15 - 11:45am  How to Elect Your Boss 
  Facilitator: Ray Sullivan, NEARI Government Relations Director 
12:00- 1:00 pm  Lunch 
 1:00 - 2:30 pm  Race & Gender
 2:30 - 4:00 pm  Community Outreach and Organizing
   Facilitators: Marcelle Grair, SEIU Local 509
 4:00 pm  Debrief


Facilitators and Speakers


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