Engaging Members Workshops

Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » January 20th, 2016, 7:23 am

Icebreakers:

1. On a scale of 1 to 10, describe your member's level of engagement? Engagement might mean different things to each of you. Your member's ability to organize. How closely they are paying attention to the issues. How many members come out to events, workshops, and meetings. Etc.
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Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » March 14th, 2016, 7:29 am

Here are the questions we used at the World Cafe Coffee and Convo event for FB group users on Sunday, March 13, 2016:

Guiding theme: This is all about the “dialogue inside.” The dialogue inside yourself. Inside your local association. Inside NJEA. Whatever dialogue is occurring there, that’s natural. And that's OK. But -- if that conversation becomes reality for you, then that becomes alive in the world. If you are being critical always of yourself . . . of your local association . . of NJEA . . . how will you open up your heart to invite others' gifts and the beauty that they have to come in to the work you need to do? The work of the dialogue?

Round 1: NEED: What are the challenges and opportunities we are facing in regards to NJEA’s social media presence?

Round 2: PURPOSE: Who is not in the room today, and how do we bring them in?

Round 3: PEOPLE: If NJEA’s social media efforts were to live up to their fullest potential, what do you dream (or vision) is possible?
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Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » April 1st, 2016, 1:36 pm

World Cafe on Classroom management:

1. When thinking about classroom management and student discipline, what is alive for you -- right now?

2. If you had a magic wand, what would you change about your classroom environment?

3. What do you think is most important to remember as you design a classroom management plan?
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Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » January 3rd, 2017, 9:43 pm

Open Space on engaging members
2 hour workshop

Needs:

• Chart packs
• Markers
• Large Post-Its (Open Space)
• Painters Tape
• Medium Post-Its (BRAG)

• Kit
o Early Career Network Cards
o Why NJEA?
o Your Association Simplified
o What is World Café?
o What is Open Space?

Room Set-Up:

• Opening/Closing Circle
• Round tables: 4-5 per table.

Agenda:

• Introductions / Check-In Question (10 Minutes)
o When thinking about your early career member organizing, what is one thing that you’re really proud of that you would like to share with the group?

• Open: BRAG (30 Minutes)
o Today you’re going to talk about your local and how you can bring your early career organizing to next level. To talk about your Association, you need to know what it stands for:
• B (Benefits) – What do you get for belonging?
• R (Resources) – What are the sources of the Association’s strength?
• A (Accomplishments) – What has the Association achieved?
• G (Goals) – For what does the Association stand?

• AoH overview (10 Minutes)
o What is World Café? How does it work?
o We aren’t doing that. We’re ready for next step.
o What is Open Space? What are we doing today?

• Open Space (45 Minutes)
o Theme: Connecting with Early Career Members
• What are the needs of our early career members and how can we meet those needs?
• How can we make our Association work for them?
• Harvest (10 Minutes)
• Debrief the Open Space experience.
• Early Career Network and Team North, Central Connection, and Team South (10 Minutes)
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Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » January 26th, 2017, 2:38 pm

Sample design thinking workshop:

Agenda: January 25th Convention Recap Meeting

- Welcome.
- Name / Check-in Question.
- Intro.

- Activity to get us moving:
-- With the person next to you - you’re planning a party - you decide what it is for. One person shares their ideas, the other person says, “YES BUT” to everything.
--- One minute then switch roles.
-- Activity part two.
--- Plan the same party but this time “YES AND” to all.
---- One minute then switch roles.
-- Activity debrief.
--- Tell us about the second party. 3 people share.

- Teach on MODES
-- Open
-- Explore
-- Close

- Open
-- 4 minutes. Fill a post-it.

- Put up post-it notes around common themes.

- Go up to a chart pack. Read the post-its off.
-- 5 minutes max at each pad. Read the pads with the most post-its first.
-- Be careful to upstage yourself.
-- Have a helper.
-- Share and review before transitioning to the next chart pack.

- Gallery walk
-- Top idea per chart pack.

- Read off top results
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Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » January 26th, 2017, 4:14 pm

For early career ESP members:

Early Career ESP Discussion
Sunday February 5th

- Introductions (1-2 minutes each. Offer a piece of advice.)

- Who is in the room? Opening question.
- Why are we here?
- What is the Early Career Network?

- Discussion

- As early career members, who or what is helping you succeed the most?
- As early career members, what obstacles are you running into?
- Are you interested in events that bring early career ESP member together? What would these events look like?

- Next Steps

- Email to share harvest.
- Goals of this group.
- Event geared specifically towards ESPs to meet some of the group’s goals.
- Future events in collaboration with North/Central/South teams.
- Follow-up meeting. (End of the school year? Pick one of these three dates.)
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Re: Engaging Members Workshops

Postby JimBoice » February 13th, 2017, 9:10 am

3. Growing your local association with more involved members 2.0
120 minutes.

In this two hour workshop, network and share with others to learn together. What gets members involved? Find strengths you never knew your local association had, and learn how to more clearly see the local association that you want your members to be a part of.

Materials:

· Bulls eye handouts.
· Join Our Network palm cards.
· Podcast show palm cards.
· Understanding your local association.
· Hosting a new member orientation event.
· 200 plus ways to engage members (postcard).

1. Begin in circle:

· Background on circle.

· Principles and practices.

· Check in: what brought you here today?

· Open question in circle: How many of you consider yourselves organizers, and in what ways are you organizers?

· Teach on World Café.

2. World Café question 1: Where would you like to be in your organizing?

· Distribute the blank bulls eye handout and offer a teach. Give the informational bulls eye handout afterwards.

· Members work on the bulls eye handouts at their tables.

3. Question 1 (use initials, not names): In the center is your core group: the people (maybe you?) who are always thinking about organizing and how to get others involved, even on their time off. They might be elected leaders or shop stewards, or not.

4. Question 2: In the first ring are the activists who can be counted on to help when an issue heats up. They will take responsibility to get the word out and will ask other people to take action, too.

5. Question 3: In the second ring are supporters: people who will wear a button or sign a petition, but don’t take responsibility for getting anyone else involved.

6. Question 4: In the third ring are the people who appear most disengaged. They don’t see the union as a factor in their lives, so they don’t participate.

· There are also people outside the circle who aren’t just uninvolved—they’re hostile to the union. Don’t waste your time arguing with the haters. Maybe one day something will open their eyes, but it’ll probably be an experience, not a debate, that does it.

· Activity share out: who are the people in your bulls eye? Any surprises?

7. World Café question 2: now that you have identified these people, start in the center and branch out. How far are you willing to go to reach them and organize with them? And how can you reach them?

· Harvest.

· Teach: “Mobilizing” vs. “organizing.” (“Organizing” is becoming an overused word.)

8. World Café Question 3: Is anyone here from your local? Sit with them, or find someone from a local like yours or near yours? What would your next steps look like – steps that you can beginning tomorrow? What’s the goal and work backwards from a tentative date. Goal. Purpose or intentions. Move backwards. Draw it.

· Harvest.

9. Come back to circle and check out.

· How do you feel about what you are walking away with? Be honest? Are you uncomfortable?

· Teach on The Groan Zone if applicable and time permitting.
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