Ideas to reach ALL members!

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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » September 25th, 2013, 12:44 pm

130. Sponsor a day of volunteerism with your members!

This is a great way to let your members and the community know that your local cares. Reach out to your local food bank, historic houses, dog shelters, and/or homeless shelters – any place that could benefit from volunteers. Then schedule your event and reach out to your members. Encourage members to bring their families and friends!

Consider making your day a PRIDE event and get access to PRIDE funding for t-shirts, meals, etc. Publicize your event on your social media outlets, website, and newsletter. Give each participant a certificate.

Also, you’ll be surprised how many of your members will want to come back to the venue on their own to help out. :mrgreen:
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New Jersey Education Association
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Re: Ideas to reach ALL members!

Postby JimBoice » October 4th, 2013, 1:20 pm

131. Host grade level parties!

We met a member from the South Orange Maplewood EA who told us that her local hosts parties in her building for each grade level. Once a month, members pick a day and hang out after school for a little while. Members bring different dishes to enjoy and spend some time socializing. The member we met credits these parties with bringing the staff closer together. . .
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 » October 4th, 2013, 1:57 pm

132. Organize a Playground / Community Cleanup.

Encourage your members to participate in a community cleanup!

We see these all the time as PRIDE events, and they’re great. Encouraging members to help the towns that they teach in not only makes them feel great but also lets the community know how much you and your members care.

Is there a park or a playground that could use a little TLC? Is there a stretch of roadway that could benefit from a group cleanup? Consider organizing your members to work with your community to improve it.

First, contact the mayor’s office, explain your idea, and ask where to go next. After getting approval, select a date, and advertise it to your members. Feel free to apply for a PRIDE grant to fund a meal for members participating in this initiative as well as shirts, garbage bags, tools, gloves, etc. To learn more about PRIDE, check out idea #

Let your local newspaper, Patch, and TV outlets know about your event, and takes pictures for your website and social media outlets.

You’ll find that a feel good event like this will help bring members together and work more like a team in their schools. It will help build community support as well. Give it a try!
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 » October 4th, 2013, 2:00 pm

133. This idea can partner with #’s 8, 107, and 124: tracking members attendance at events. We recently met leaders from a local who are planning to being tracking members’ attendance to workshops, activities, and even ten-minute meetings. After each, the local plans to review the list and send a thank-you email to everyone who participated. Then, local leaders will assign building reps to reach out – the very next day -- to members who were not there. The building reps will review what happened at the event and ask members why they did not attend.

Even just showing members that you noticed they weren’t there can have an effect on improving your attendance and participation. The members themselves will appreciate the personalized touch of hearing the information first hand.
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 » October 4th, 2013, 2:01 pm

134. Do your members know that if they are covered by California Casualty, and their vehicle is damaged at work, they won’t have to pay a deductible?

That’s right – NJEA’s long-time member benefits partner California Casualty offers this to NJEA members. If a policy holder’s car is damaged at work, the policy holder will not pay a deductible?

We wanted to mention this because we know of several schools that only offer on-street parking. Your local can let members know about this unique member benefit. What’s more, a California Casualty rep will be happy to visit your school to explain this to your members (in faculty lounges during lunch, at a faculty meeting, etc.).

To learn more, reach out to your NJEA UniServ field representative or California Casualty representative Alina Fayerman at afayerman@calcas.com.
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 » October 5th, 2013, 12:30 pm

135. Looking for some old contracts to share with members?

This one is an addendum to #82: Prepare an association history flier. If you are unable to locate any old contracts from your local to share with members, try searching for them in the reference section of PERC's website. You may be surprised by what you'll find.

You can find the reference section of PERC's website by going here: http://www.perc.state.nj.us/publicsectorcontracts.nsf
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 » October 5th, 2013, 12:33 pm

136. Post a bulletin board to welcome all of your new members!

This one goes with #35: Make new members feel welcome by creating and distributing a welcome new members biography! We met a local president today whose secretaries enjoy creating a bulletin board each fall that welcomes all of the new members to the local. The secretaries post a picture of each new member and share a brief biography with the staff via the bulletin board.
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 » October 9th, 2013, 10:05 am

137. With all the changes that have recently occurred affecting members’ pensions, it is more important than ever that they begin saving for retirement early in their careers. It’s no secret that members need to invest more to prepare for their future.

What can your local do to assist members with these needs? Could your local:

-- prepare resources to help members select IRAs, 403Bs, etc.
-- identify a point person in your local who can answer members questions and offer advice. Usually in each local there is a member or two who know a lot about investing and have been successful.
-- help publicize visits from investment companies and firms that have clients within and are assigned to your district.
-- could your local work with your NJEA UniServ field rep to host a workshop on planning for retirement?

NJEA has collected 403b resources here: https://www.njea.org/members/member-benefits-public/member-benefits/if-literacy/403b-resources

There are some other research tools here: https://www.njea.org/resources/research-tools
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 » October 9th, 2013, 11:08 am

138. Do you have any members who are Google certified or National Board Certified?

Members are always seeking ways to improve their practices in the classroom. More and more members are taking advantage of resources from Google and Apple as well as seeking to better their practice via National Board Certification.

When these members complete their coursework and earn their certifications, what could your association do to not only honor them for their achievement but also seek to let other members know about the programs and how they can help improve instruction?

First of all, identify any of your members who may have these special certifications. When members are in the process of earning their certifications, local leaders could offer them support and even host a party or offer a congratulatory message (via email, at a faculty meeting, etc.) when the courses are completed.

Encourage these members to share their knowledge and skills to others via workshops, presentations, etc.

Encourage these members to host a column about emerging technologies and techniques in your association newsletter, website, or social media outlets.

To learn more about Google Certified Teachers, go here: http://www.google.com/edu/teachers/

Here is a nj.com article that highlights an NJEA member's experience in the Google program: http://blog.nj.com/jerseyblogs/2008/08/going_google_talking_with_goog.html

To learn more about Apple’s efforts in education, go here: http://www.apple.com/education/

To learn more about National Board Certification, go here: http://www.njea.org/news/2011-05-31/new-jersey-teachers-achieve-national-status

And here: http://www.nbpts.org/new-jersey-national-board-certified-teacher-network

Also, don’t just limit these celebrations and congratulations to your teachers. Remember that ESPs are required to hold licenses and certifications. These qualifications are often not easy to achieve and should be celebrated.
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 » October 9th, 2013, 11:16 am

139. Do your members know about the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning?

CTL is a nonprofit organization working to improve student achievement in science and mathematics through the use of innovative teaching methods and open educational resources. The Center offers resources, materials, and training programs to NJEA members. NJEA funds the CTL, which empowers teachers to evoke change in their profession.

Consider creating a flier for your Math and Science teachers that would encourage them to check out the resources offered.

Learn more about the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning here: http://www.njctl.org
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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