Ideas to reach ALL members!

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » June 4th, 2013, 10:06 am

71. Start a support small businesses program! Ask your local businesses to offer a discount to your members. All its takes is a visit from a local leader working under the maxim, it never hurts to ask! Businesses that offer a discount to members can be advertised via an association-sponsored list. Businesses that agree to enter the program can be encouraged to hang a sticker, sign, or window cling in their windows as a way to identify themselves to members. Your members will appreciate the savings that your efforts provide, and your community’s businesses will appreciate the advertising and new customers.
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New Jersey Education Association
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » June 4th, 2013, 11:09 am

72. Create memes of your members.

What is a meme? Find out here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_meme

Here is a nice Mashable article on the history of memes: http://mashable.com/2013/06/01/meme-infographic/

Do you have a member who is known for a saying that they commonly use, which is motivational in nature? Do you have a member who said something encouraging in a recent faculty or association meeting? Member a member made an impassioned speech on behalf of a colleague at a retirement dinner.

Create memes of your members by attributing pro education quotes and/or motivation statements to them. Members may feel proud that something they said is being shared in an effort to help educate, encourage, and/or motivate others.

Before creating any memes, check with the member to ensure that the project is OK.

You could distribute your memes in members’ mailboxes, at meetings, etc. You could also share the memes via social media outlets such as Facebook and Instagram. At the bottom of your meme, it would be nice to include the name of the association and/or the association's logo.

Have fun! Feel free to share your memes with your NJEA UniServ field representative.
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 » June 4th, 2013, 8:19 pm

73. Establish an SOS program in your local!

SOS,or Support on Site, is a program for local associations. It is designed to:

• Reduce teacher turnover
• Rejuvenate veteran teachers
• Motivate nontenured members to get involved in the association
• Build a positive relationship with your administration

Support on Site is a program offered within each school building to provide support for new teachers, those new to the school and nontenured teachers. While it is ideal to have support from district and school administration, the program can be implemented by the association alone.

The program consists of monthly meetings. A facilitator selects a topic for each month’s gathering and can choose from a list of modules or create a unique agenda. NJEA has prepared modules on several topics, such as communicating with parents, classroom management, and technology integration.

Woven into each module is a discussion of educator rights and responsibilities. Participants are also given an opportunity to discuss any current concerns and share their success stories.

SOS relates to topics relevant to teachers and is designed around teacher job descriptions. However, an association can modify SOS to fit the needs of any job category.

The Support on Site program began in the Gloucester Township School District in 2002. A few years later, NJEA adopted the SOS program so that other local associations and school districts could reap the benefits of this successful program.

To learn more about SOS, contact your NJEA UniServ field representative. Also, log in to njea.org and click here: https://www.njea.org/resources/sos

We started a thread on the Message Board for SOS facilitators: http://www.njea.org/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=13

Check out this video to learn more about SOS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJUEtsGpSRY

Here's an NJEA Reporter article on SOS: http://www.njea.org/pdfs/Reporter_Sept07.pdf?1389154004843
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New Jersey Education Association
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » June 4th, 2013, 8:50 pm

74. Does your local have a PRIDE in public education committee?

Since 1994, NJEA has conducted the PRIDE in Public Education campaign, a statewide effort to share the successes of public education with all New Jerseyans and build strong community support for and involvement in our public schools.

As part of its campaign, NJEA provides grants to its local/county affiliates for projects that bring the public schools out into the community and the community into the public schools. Each year there are hundreds of local PRIDE projects conducted by NJEA members.

For example, in April 2012 the Berkeley Township Education Association (BTEA) is planning the “Night of 3 Rs: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic.” At this event, NJEA members will support literacy in their schools by promoting “battle of the books” and “math madness” competitions. Refreshments will be served and magnets and bookmarks will be distributed with the BTEA name and logo. What’s more, a book fair will be on site that will include a visit from a local author. Seven hundred members of the community are expected to attend, and the BTEA will receive recognition in the local newspaper for hosting the event.

Events like these don't happen without members stepping up to plan them. PRIDE often appeals to members because it's all about supporting the local community and sharing all the good things going on in the district and how our members and students are at the center of it all.

If you’ve never participated in the NJEA PRIDE program, take this easy quiz. It will help you see if your members are already doing great PRIDE-type projects but not getting the NJEA resources and funding available.

1. Do you have excited but slightly overwhelmed new staff?
2. Do you have members feeling beat up by all of the negative press?
3. Do any of your members invite parents, community leaders, and/or senior citizens into their classrooms to talk to their students or participate in holiday activities?
4. Does your school have back-to-school night and/or parent-teacher conferences?
5. Does your school hold music, art, and/or science nights to showcase students’ work?
6. Do any community and/or civic groups sponsor town festivals or holiday events?
7. Would your members enjoy getting funds to help them participate in these types of activities?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above, you are already on your way to participating in PRIDE. Now all you have to do is put a few ideas on the proposals, and you’ll qualify for funding. The only difference is that your association and not an individual staff person will sponsor the event. After all, PRIDE is all about getting your members involved and building name recognition and support for your association.

In order to establish PRIDE in your local, you need a team of members to help you -- members who will enjoy giving back to the local community and volunteering in charitable causes. PRIDE often appeals to newer, younger members as they seek to learn more about their school communities and involve themselves in charities as well as great public relations projects. To get started with PRIDE, reach out to your NJEA UniServ field rep.

For more information about PRIDE, log in to njea.org and go here: https://www.njea.org/Parents-and-Community/Pride/Pride-Secure
Here is our section of the message board devoted to PRIDE: http://www.njea.org/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=7
Here is our PRIDE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NJEAPRIDE?fref=ts
Here's an older episode of Classroom Close-Up NJ that highlights the PRIDE program in one local: http://bcove.me/bom34lvi
Additional Classroom Close-Up NJ PRIDE videos are here: http://www.njea.org/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=84
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UniServ Field Representative ~ Membership & Organizational Development
New Jersey Education Association
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Post Office Box 1211
Trenton, NJ 08607-1211
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » June 12th, 2013, 10:00 pm

75. Does your association have a logo?

Work with your members to create a logo for your local association. We encourage you to incorporate the name of your local association into the logo. However, stay away from acronyms and abbreviations -- however long the name of your local may be. Using the full name of your local will increase your recognition with your members (especially newer members) as well as the community.

Some locals report success in hosting a contest for members to design the logo. Sometimes three final designs are selected and put to a vote.

Other locals ask art teachers to work with leaders on the concept and design.

Once you have decided upon a logo, promote it with your members by encouraging them to wear association themed clothing and/or accessories. You could even have a local signage business create window clings and/or stickers with your logo. Encourage your members to place them on their cars, etc.

Have fun as you work on your association logo! If you need assistance, don't hesitate to reach out to your NJEA UniServ field representative.
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 » June 16th, 2013, 1:47 pm

76. Bring a friend!

This suggestion can apply to most of your association events and activities.

Our members -- especially our newer members -- like to collaborate. Why not encourage them to bring a colleague to an association activity or event? A local leader making this suggestion is sometimes all it takes to boost attendance and can be all a member needs to hear to motivate him or her to get involved.

This suggestion goes double for your veteran members. Quite a few local leaders report success in asking their veteran members to "bring a new member" with them to an association activity or event. Check out #60 for more details. . .

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

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » June 16th, 2013, 1:56 pm

77. Encourage your newer members to request class visits from your master teachers.

It's perfectly natural for first year teachers to be unsure of themselves in the classroom. As an association leader, why not have a more pronounced role in their success? Try talking to your newer members and let them know its OK ask veteran members to visit their classes in order to offer suggestions and advice. You association could help coordinate this by finding interested veterans and publishing their lunch and prep periods to your newer members. Make sure to talk with your veterans first; let them know that these observations are informal and should be confidential to build trust in your members.

Also, your newer members might appreciate the opportunity to observe veteran members, so keep that option open, too.

Your newer members will appreciate the association setting this up. :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 » June 16th, 2013, 2:16 pm

78. What role does your association play in the district’s mentoring program?

Does your association have a place at the table when mentors are assigned? If you have ideas on this process, don’t be shy about sharing them with your administration. We have heard from one association that has involvement in the process, and local leaders’ input makes the process more successful. For example, when mentors are assigned, this local helps to ensure that grade levels are taken into consideration and even mentors’ personality types.

Also, as soon as your new members are hired, the local association could work with administration to develop a vehicle that gets teachers and their mentors together quickly – almost immediately. How about sponsoring a luncheon with new members and mentors even before the school year begins? Your new members are most likely in the buildings anyway – getting their classrooms ready. They will appreciate an early opportunity to meet their mentors and gain support.

If you need any advice on the mentoring process, reach out to your NJEA UniServ field representative.
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 » June 16th, 2013, 2:17 pm

79. How involved is your local association in the teacher induction process? Just like #78, if local leaders have ideas on improving the process, don’t be shy. You may be surprised by how much your administration appreciates your thoughts and may even request that you be more involved.

Many locals have a presence during at least one of the parts of teacher orientation. Some locals are given time to meet the new staff during lunch, where the local president may make a short speech or say some inspiring words. Other locals are involved in the entire orientation from start to finish.

Many locals sponsor a luncheon with their new members and encourage association officers and building reps to attend. Practical tips are often offered that administration sometimes overlooks. Local leaders customarily promote all the benefits of association membership and offer encouraging words. This is the place to distribute NJEA’s new member tools as well as any classroom supplies and materials that the association is offering (i.e. a “goodie bag”). Oftentimes the NJEA membership application finds its place here.

Other locals take all their new members out to dinner, where a more formal introduction to the local association is provided. I’ve heard that some local presidents are crafty with the invitation and present it in a way that makes participation seem mandatory. However, the looks and feel of your invitation is totally up to you. :mrgreen:

I know of one district where the local president sits in on her district’s entire two-day orientation from start to finish. This helps members see her as a familiar face and supportive presence – someone that members can rely on in the challenging yet invigorating months ahead.

How about establishing a new member welcoming committee in your local where ideas on this point can be brainstormed and implemented? Your veteran members may find such a committee very rewarding, and its work may help to improve teacher turnover in your district.
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 » June 16th, 2013, 2:31 pm

80. Host a version of the Amazing Race with your members!

This idea comes to us from the Central Regional EA (CREA) -- after I noticed pics of the event on the association's Instagram account. 30 CREA members participated in the event, which took the form of challenges organized throughout the high school -- set up after the school day. Members paired up into teams and attacked the challenges in order to determine a winner. They participated in physical as well as mental challenges that were prepared in stations. Students worked the stations and determined when members had completed the tasks successfully. The association provide the winners with a fun prize.

The CREA president hails the event as a success that helped to bring his members closer together. Members enjoyed the competition and are looking forward to participating next year.
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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