2017 MSEA Summer Leadership Conference (SLC)

July 18, 2017 - 1:00pm to July 21, 2017 - 3:00pm
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801

Participants must attend all four days.

This exciting conference is designed to build leadership capacity within our members, allow for great networking opportunities, and help strengthen our state and local associations.

Registration Deadline: June 7, 2017


The cost for SLC this year is:

$100   -   Commuter, including lunch only

$160   -   Commuter, including all meals

$225   -   Double occupancy, including all meals

$475   -   Single occupancy, including all meals (ONLY IF AVAILABLE— ROOMS RESERVED FOR MEDICAL ACCOMMODATIONS)

$280  -  Quad (4 lockable bedrooms/4baths) at University Park

$275  -  Quad (4 lockable bedrooms/2 baths) at University Park

Please contact your local president to confirm payment for your attendance at Summer Leadership Conference. If your local is not funding your attendance at Summer Leadership Conference you have the option of paying your own registration fee.

Accommodations for participants, staff, and presenters will be in dormitory rooms. All participants will be provided housing on July 18, 19, and 20. Salisbury University is a smoke-free campus. 

Please plan to bring your own device. Training materials will be on USB drives instead of binders.

Click here to register.

SLC Schools

Advocacy School — Site Advocacy and Problem-Solving Skills for Association Activists

Advocates will become familiar with a variety of advocacy types at the local, state, and national levels, but will specifically focus on site advocacy around local member issues at their work sites. Attendees will practice researching, interpreting, and applying contract language. Using contemporary examples from MSEA locals, advocates will learn and practice appropriate techniques and strategies to (1) identify potential conflicts, problems, and contract violations in the workplace, (2) conduct member meetings to hear concerns and obtain needed information, (3) investigate the concerns, the contract, and the past practice, (4) seek informal conflict resolutions and solutions at the lowest level, and (5) in consultation with the cognizant UniServ Director, assess the merits of the complaint and determine next steps. Attendees will be required to bring a hard copy of their local negotiated agreement.

Conflict Resolution School

As changes occur in roles at schools and in the association, conflict is inevitable. The emotional, and in some cases, financial cost created by conflict exhausts the energies of all parties involved. Participants will learn skills to develop and strengthen communication techniques, identify causes of conflict, and apply problem-solving skills to sustain trustworthy relationships. In this school you will learn how to: 

  • Understand the conflict resolution process
  • Apply skills and knowledge to intervene in any conflict situation
  • Identify situations that would be amenable to using the conflict resolution process

Education Support Professionals (ESP) School — No More “Justa” or “Buts”

This workshop is designed for Education Support Professionals to explore who they are personally and professionally, and the significant impact they have at work, in the Association,  and in the education of the whole student. They will learn about Education Support Professionals’ rich history and involvement in successful organizing campaigns, membership drives, and contract negotiations. Lastly, they will examine who they are and how their organizational history fit together to make an impact in their local today. If you are an ESP who has been in your association five years or less and/or this is your first time attending SLC this is a good fit.

Emerging Leader Academy School 
If you hold a leadership position in your local this course is not for you

The longstanding Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) trains members who are new leaders and those who are starting to pursue leadership roles in the association. Graduates have gone on to become local presidents, members of MSEA’s Board of Directors, and hold other leadership positions. Participants will join a training session at SLC and a second training session with graduation the following spring.  This school is open to participants who are new to an elected leadership role, but not an elected officer or newly active member. Examples of ELA candidates are SPARKS graduates, new building representatives, or new committee chair/members. If you are interested, please talk to your local president. 

(New) Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team School - (by invitation only)

Please select this session as your 1st choice if you received an invitation to participate on your local GO Team.

Leadership School — The Leader Within: Examining Yourself, the People You Serve, and Moving Forward Together

Become a true leader in your building and local after attending this stimulating workshop. Use your individual gifts and combine them with our strategies to create a new culture of activism and community. After this training, you will emerge energized and ready to improve your organization in exciting new ways. In this class you will learn how to:

  • Use your own strengths to become an effective leader in your building and local
  • Create a culture where you assist your team and don’t feel like you have to do everything
  • Build relationships so you can achieve your goals and not burn bridges
  • Organize your building so the administration comes to you!

Organizing School

Organizing is the key to the success of a strong union, capable of bringing about social, economic, and political change. MSEA’s Organizing School will teach you: the foundation of relational organizing to increase membership and the relevancy of your association; how to use both internal and external relationships to build power; and how to wield power to bring about the change you wish to see through real, actionable planning. Join us for an experience, and leave with excitement!

Professional Issues School — Restorative Practices Interventions

This course focuses on strategies and skills needed to effectively build a safe learning community that fosters an environment of trust, support, motivation and engagement. Restorative practices provides the educator with a framework in which challenging behavior can be addressed, in an authentic manner, to bring understanding and make things right. Participants will receive resources and tools on exploring how to do both proactive and restorative circles in their classrooms.

(New) Introduction to Collective Bargaining in Maryland

This course explores bargaining from a macro level. You will learn about Maryland's bargaining law as it relates to education, bargaining preparation, the process, and engaging members from beginning to end.

RSVP Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 5:00pm