Bargaining, Public Policy & Professional Development Conference

Thursday, February 2, 2017 to Friday, February 3, 2017

2017 Bargaining, Public Affairs & Professional Development Conference

We Are Public School Educators.

This is Our Union.

And This Is What We Do!

COBO Center, Detroit

Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3, 2017

The theme for the 2017 Bargaining, Public Affairs and Professional Development Conference scheduled for Feb. 2-3 at COBO Center in Detroit is, “We Are Public School Educators. This Is our Union. And This Is What We Do!”

It’s true! No one knows what is best for Public Education like our members. And no one knows what is best for our members than the collective voices of MEA. This IS WHAT WE DO! There is strength in numbers. And when we use our collective voice, we’re strong, formidable champions of public education—whether it’s in the community, at the bargaining table, in the halls of the Capitol, in schools were we perform and promote our profession, or in engaging new members.

The goal of this Conference is to give members the knowledge and skills they need to manage issues back home in their own locals. But, these training sessions will give participants more than just information. They will give them the security that they’re not facing challenges alone—that they’re part of a greater education community that believes in public education; it will give them a sense of pride that that belong to an organization that values their work as educators and as leaders; and it will provide them the assurance that they have what they need to meet the issues, problems and challenges head on.

It’s important that sessions reflect the Conference theme—“We Are Public School Educators. This Is our Union. And This Is What We Do!”. Members will be choosing from double and single sessions covering bargaining, communications, member engagement, political action, and professional development. The sessions should cover current issues and provide the latest information members need to be strong advocates for public education. Additionally, this year we will have a Professional Development track for conference attendees, and ask that you consider submitting a proposal for a PD topic that will be helpful for our members.

We hope you will submit a Request for Session Proposal that reflects this year’s Conference theme and gives members a new and comprehensive way of looking at the issues before them. Please share the attached RFP with others whom you think would be interested in presenting a session.

Fully completed session proposals are due Wednesday, September 28! – Due Date for Proposals extended to be Monday, October 3!

Please join us in showing members how to spread the word that “We Are Public School Educators. This Is our Union. And This Is What We Do!”