March Institute

NEARI March Institute

NEARI will be hosting the March Institute on March 10-11, 2017, at Whispering Pines Conference Center on the URI Alton Jones Campus. The March Institute is designed to help local and new/emerging leaders develop strategies to strengthen their locals. All costs of the Institute are covered by NEARI.

This year there will be 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.  

Emerging Leaders Track Agenda

Friday Agenda

5:00 pm  Opening/Welcome 

5:30 pm  Guest Speaker: Steve Murphy, IBEW
  Introduced by Bob Walsh, NEARI

5:45 pm  Dinner
   

 


 

7:00 pm  Power 
  Description here in italics
  Facilitators: Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, VTNEA
Kristi Taylor, WEA

 

8:30 pm  Discussion: Secrets of a Successful Organizer
  Public education is under attack. Teachers are being scapegoated and our unions are under siege. Secrets of a Successful Organizer is a guide for union members who are ready to do something about privatization, budget cuts, toxic testing, bullying principals and the vicious cycle of more work for less pay and fewer benefits. Come hear what strategies rank-and-file teachers and union leaders are using to go on offense and fight for schools our students deserve. 
  Guest Speaker: Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes 

9:00 pm  Closing
  Followed by social


Saturday Agenda

8:30 - 10:00 am  1-on-1 Conversations
  Description here in italics
  Facilitators: Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, VTNEA
Vin Levcowich, NEA Chariho

 


 

10:15 am - 11:45 pm  Grievances 
  Description here in italics 
  Facilitators: Amy Mullen, NEA Tiverton
Crystal Bergantine, CCRI ESPA 

 


 

12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch 

 


 

1:15 - 2:45 pm  How to Engage Others 
  Description here in italics 
  Facilitators: Kristi Taylor, WEA
Mary Barden, NEARI 

 


 

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Cross Local Dialogue 
  Description here in italics
  Inter-track session for all participants 

4:00 - 5:00 pm  What happens when you organize? 
  Guest Speaker: Merrie Najimy, MTA 
  Introduced by Amy Mullen, NEA Tiverton


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Advanced Leaders Track Agenda

Friday Agenda

5:00 pm  Opening/Welcome 

5:30 pm  Guest Speaker: Steve Murphy, IBEW
  Introduced by Bob Walsh, NEARI

5:45 pm  Dinner


7:00 pm  Power 
  Description here in italics
  Facilitators: Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, VTNEA
Kristi Taylor, WEA

 

8:30 pm  Discussion: Secrets of a Successful Organizer
  Public education is under attack. Teachers are being scapegoated and our unions are under siege. Secrets of a Successful Organizer is a guide for union members who are ready to do something about privatization, budget cuts, toxic testing, bullying principals and the vicious cycle of more work for less pay and fewer benefits. Come hear what strategies rank-and-file teachers and union leaders are using to go on offense and fight for schools our students deserve. 
  Guest Speaker: Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes 

9:00 pm  Closing
  Followed by social


Saturday Agenda

8:30 - 10:30 am  Option A: Labor, Race & Gender 
  Description here in italics
  Facilitators: Mike Araujo, RI Jobs With Justice
Andrea Gomez, Institute for Labor Studies & Research
  Option B: Democratic Unionism
  Description here in italics 
  Facilitators: Patrick Crowley, NEARI
Amanda Scott, NEA Portsmouth 
  Option C: Secrets of a Successful Organizer:
                 Turning an Issue Into a Campaign
  Everybody has complaints and frustrations, but an organizer has the power to turn problems into opportunities. Learn how to sort through the issues you hear from coworkers, bring people together, and make an escalating plan to solve the problem. 
  Facilitators: Chris Brooks, Labor Notes
Samantha Winslow, Labor Notes  

 


 

10:45 am - 12:15 pm  Bargaining for the Common Good 
  We will analyze the political and economic moment we are in and how it impacts public education. We will explore how Bargaining For the Common good is a path forward helping us engage members and community partners to fight for economic and social justice at the negotiations table. 
  Facilitators: Sarah Markey, NEARI
Amanda Scott, NEA Portsmouth 

 


 

12:15 - 1:15 pm  Lunch 

 


 

1:15 - 2:45 pm  Social Media & Communications 
  Explore how to engage your audience for maximum reach of your message using the web, social media platforms, and other digital communication. 
  Facilitators: Stephanie Mandeville, NEARI
Ray Sullivan, NEARI 

 


 

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Cross Local Dialogue 
  Description here in italics
  Inter-track session for all participants 

4:00 - 5:00 pm  What happens when you organize?
  Guest Speaker: Merrie Najimy, MTA 
  Introduced by Amy Mullen, NEA Tiverton

REGISTER NOW

 

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