Ten Steps To Working Chapters

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Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:16 pm

Step 1-Form Steering Committee

Find a group of students who share your ideas about the need to start a professional organization for education majors. Contacts may be friends, classmates, or other club members. This team needs to have enthusiasm, drive, and a commitment to make things happen. It is important that you know as much as possible about the NJSEA in advance so you may answer questions and deal with facts. Contact Marguerite Schroeder (mschroeder@njea.org), our state student contact for more information.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:16 pm

Step 2-Enlist the Support of Key People

Once you have a steering committee, enlist the support of some key people. Campus bureaucracy and protocol sometimes necessitates the involvement of certain people or groups in order to get a new organization off the ground. The college president, the dean of the college of education, dean of students, the Student Government Association, and other student leaders are some people to contact to get things rolling.

Talk to college faculty, read the campus paper, and even attend other campus meetings to find out who can really help you. When you find out who you need to contact, make an appointment and go see them. Take a friend along. Find out about funding, facilities, campus recognition, and any other suggestions they may have. After the meeting, drop a thank you note to them and maybe try a follow-up later in the year.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:17 pm

Step 3-Select an Advisor

The most important step to ensure that the program you are starting will continue to exist is to find an advisor. An advisor provides an essential link between the organization and the college/university, offers guidance and expertise, uses his/her contacts to enable program growth, and ensures continuity.

You need an advisor with energy, enthusiasm, good student rapport, one who is willing to spend some time with the organization, who has a commitment to teacher education.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:18 pm

Step 4-Steering Committee Meeting

Now you are ready for the steering committee to meet. The group of students you contacted, your advisor, some of the key people you talked with, and, if possible, a State Association representative can now come together and discuss the opportunities available by having a NJSEA chapter. An Association representative would be especially valuable at this stage to answer questions and give ideas and pointers from an association perspective.

At this meeting, you need to decide on your organizational plan and prepare for your first chapter meeting. You will need to provide a program, a publicity campaign, and refreshments for the chapter meeting. Brainstorm and discuss the nature and expected outcomes of having a Student Program chapter on campus.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

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Step 5-Chapter Meeting

Before this meeting takes place, there needs to be plenty of advance publicity. Remember, this is something new and will take some getting used to. Select a time and date that allows most to attend. Have an interesting, relevant, exciting topic and don't meet too long. Be sure to have NEA and your state Student Program brochures on hand along with membership forms.

Set the date for the next meeting. Then, pass around a sign-up sheet for the names and addresses of those present. Be sure to leave those in attendance with the thought that being a part of their NEA Student Program chapter will be a rewarding experience for them.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:19 pm

Step 6- Membership Collection Spot

After you have passed out the membership forms at the first chapter meeting, you will need to have a designated collection spot for the payment and forms. This spot should be well publicized, centrally located, open most of the time, and in a place where someone can keep an eye on it.

If someone has a form but no place to take it, they won't turn in the form. The sooner someone joins, the sooner they will begin to receive the publications and reap the benefits of membership.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:19 pm

Step 7-Personal Contact Follow-up

It is important at this early stage to contact those who attended the first chapter meeting and thank them for their interest and attendance. Make everyone feel important and needed. Use a personal note or a short phone call rather than a form letter.

Use the list you passed around at the first meeting to contact everyone, and while you're talking to the potential members, remind them of the next meeting. Ask them what they thought about the program and what can be improved. Involve members at an early stage. This early follow-up is a good way to do that.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:19 pm

Step 8-Continue Membership Promotion

Although fall and spring are the "peak seasons" for membership recruitment, MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT SHOULD OCCUR THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. Membership should be mentioned at each meeting, and efforts to attract new members should be constant. Go to education classrooms, send letters to education majors, put an ad in the campus paper. Any type of visibility is good. Your state and national programs can help you with ideas and materials. Use them!
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:20 pm

Step 9-Continue Membership Promotion

After the initial meeting, your steering committee, advisor, and an Association representative need to get together to evaluate the first meeting.

Decide what worked, what didn't,and why. Set up a committee structure. Decide what officers are needed and prepare for an election. Propose local dues and prepare a constitution for adoption. Assistance with Constitution development is also available from your state office.
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Re: Ten Steps To Working Chapters

Postby AndrewLewis » July 3rd, 2013, 12:20 pm

Step 10-Plan Year's Activities

Your elected leaders, committee chairs, and your advisor then should plan your program for the remainder of the year. Set membership goals, plan a membership drive, identify possible programs, set meeting dates, plan for state activities, plan for national activities, and develop a budget.

Remember to always work within your potential and set realistic goals. Be willing to ask for help and use your state officers and advisors because they are there to help you.
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