Ideas to reach ALL members!

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 24th, 2013, 3:02 pm

120. Consider creating a timeline for your new members, listing important dates that they should adhere to during their first year. When brainstorming your list, speak to your second and third year members to determine what to include. Consider things like:

 The disability insurance deadline. As you may know, the state does not provide disability insurance to our members. New members can sign up for disability within their first 90 days and not have to answer any questions about their health history. NJEA recommends that all its members take advantage of the great plans that Prudential provides. Learn more by calling 800-727-3414 or visiting www.educators-insurance.com.
 Tuition reimbursement deadlines
 Deadlines connected to the mentoring program
 Marking period ending dates
 Parent conferences and back to school nights
 Important association functions such as PRIDE events, social gatherings, etc.

As always, feel free to reach out to your NJEA UniServ field representative for more ideas.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 24th, 2013, 3:03 pm

121. Make sure that your new members are aware of the need for disability insurance. Consider passing this message on to your new members:

Do not allow yourself to run out of sick pay. Enroll in the NJEA Disability Program in your first 120 days for guaranteed acceptance without health questions. Call 800-727-3414 or visit http://www.educators-insurance.com. The state does NOT provide income protection to new employees.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 27th, 2013, 2:56 pm

122. One of our retired UniServ field reps gave us this idea. . .

It's no surprise that members are wary of the new evaluation system being implemented by the NJ Department of Education (DOE). Add to that the DOE's new mandate for Student Growth Objectives (SGOs) as well as any number of new initiatives that superintendents, principals, and department supervisors are implementing, and members become understandably stressed because their jobs have changed so drastically this year. Adding to this is the simple fact that it's unclear if the (SGOs) will have any improvement upon students' learning. . .

One idea to combat the stress and hear members' concerns is to have them participate in a fun activity that could be called "we're still here." Here's what our retired field rep. recommends:

"At an association meeting, members could be encouraged to brainstorm all the reforms and initiatives that they have endured within their careers. It might surprise newer members to know that every couple of years a new model comes into favor, lasts for a couple of years, and is replaced by the district or the DOE. It might also be interesting (and empowering) to discover if, years ago, the district implemented something that works and is still in effect. This activity may also help to keep track initiatives that superintendents often refer to as 'pilot programs' that sometimes seem to be 'piloted' for years and years.

This activity may also empower members to voice their concerns about a certain reform, mandate, program, etc. to the administration, who can begin passing these concerns on in the hopes that they may eventually reach DOE staff.

This activity could be completed by encouraging members to list initiatives, mandates, reforms, etc., and a facilitator could post them on a screen for all to see.

This may help your members to realize that reforms come and go, but the members themselves continue to remain effective in their jobs because they hold true to their principles. Members may realize that their support of each other is what carries them through. It's our members who know what real student success looks like, and they'll outlast the latest round of reforms and fads because they are the ultimate experts."

PS: this activity refers to the new evaluation system and SGOs model. Learn more about the new evaluation system here: http://www.njea.org/issues-and-political-action/evaluation

Here's an interesting NJEA blog entry on the topic of SGOs: http://www.njea.org/blogs/2013/april/the-student-growth-conundrum-part-ii

PSS: before implementing this idea, it would be prudent to run it by your NJEA UniServ field representative for suggestions and advice. :mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » August 28th, 2013, 1:22 pm

123. How do you honor and remember your retirees?

This activity can be consider a companion to our thread on Best Practices for a Retirement Celebration: http://www.njea.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=91

We were with a senior UniServ field rep last night who had this idea. He encourages his locals to write a brief story on each retiree and place the stories in the association newsletter. Locals could also post the story on their social media outlets. The story is a short biography of the member's work in the district. Oftentimes the newsletter editor, webmaster, or other association member will conduct a brief interview with the member.

The field rep stated that he encourages locals to do this for any member who worked in the district for any amount of time. Oftentimes locals will also publish the member's reason for leaving in the story (if not retirement) and their future plans, too.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 2nd, 2013, 2:32 pm

124. Track members who attend your events!

It's nice to take attendance at your association meetings, events, and activities. This way, you can:

-- recognize your members who step up and come out.
-- follow up with members who missed something.
-- see what activities draw the most interest.
-- etc.

Try it! :mrgreen:
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 2nd, 2013, 4:09 pm

125. Help your newer members get out of student loan debt!

Offer this information to your new members. They'll appreciate your help!

Debt got you down?

Here are some new options for repaying federal student loans—or eliminating debt altogether.

Pay As You Earn: To be eligible for Pay As You Earn, you must have taken out your first federal loan after September 30, 2007, and you also must have received a loan after September 30, 2011. (The plan is targeted to recent graduates.) Another requirement: You must also owe more than ten percent of your discretionary income. Payments will be capped at ten percent (lower than other repayment plans). As income rises, payments grow larger. A drop in discretionary income will likely mean a drop in payments.

The Income Based Repayment Plan: A precursor to Pay As You Earn, this program is also for federal loan holders, including Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct and Stafford Loans. Payments will never exceed 15 percent of income. Most borrowers in IBR plans will have their loans forgiven after 25 years, but public school employees will likely end their repayments sooner, thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: following ten years of employment in public service, and 120 on-time loan payments, many public service employees will see their federal loan debt disappear, thanks to this program, which was approved by Congress in 2007. Only direct loans qualify, and you must be working in public service for the entire ten years.

The Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program: “Highly qualified teachers” at “high poverty” schools many qualify for some debt forgiveness after five years. Under the regulations, teachers are “providers of direct instruction in classrooms or classroom-type teaching in non-classroom settings.” Most teachers who qualify will be relieved of $5,000 in debt. Science and math teachers and teachers of children with disabilities may qualify for up to $17,500 in forgiveness. Perkins Loans can be cancelled under similar terms.

For details, including a debt calculator that will help you to calculate your monthly payments under the income-based plan, visit the US Department of Education’s website at http://www.studentaid.ed.gov.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 13th, 2013, 2:03 pm

126. When placing information into members' mailboxes, it may help if you write the members' name on top of the material (flier, brochure, etc.). It would help a lot more if an association officer or head building rep wrote a little message in the corner (something to the effect of, "John--We'd love to see you at the event on Wednesday night. I'll stop by to talk with you later to see if you can make it."). These little, personalized messages go a long way with members sometimes. Try it!
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 13th, 2013, 2:13 pm

127. When rewarding members with a certificate, remember that a piece of paper, even a certificate, is likely to be filed away in a drawer, but a framed certificate will be hung up on the wall--serving both as positive reinforcement for the recipient and good advertising of that person's commitment to the association and the association's appreciation of its members and leaders. A frame may cost $5, but a member contributes to all employees' welfare for years and years.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 16th, 2013, 2:46 pm

128. Encourage all of your members to join your district's Home School Association (PTA, PTO, etc.).

Although this is also a community organizing idea, encouraging your members to do this can have an impact by making them feel like they are a part of this special group. Your HSA will no doubt appreciate the involvement and support.
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 23rd, 2013, 1:27 pm

129. Thank your members with . . . CHOCOLATE!

This idea comes to us from the Sussex-Wantage EA. A local leader tells us that every year SWEA surprises members with special M & M chocolates that can't be bought in stores. It's called an M & M "White Box." The local gives members the boxes with a cute note attached that reads something to the effect of, "Here's some sweet appreciation for our sweetest members." This activity could be tailored to a certain demographic of members or group (i.e. ESPs, etc.).
Jim Boice
UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
180 West State Street
Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
609-599-4561 ext. 2236

http://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE
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