From MSEA President Cheryl Bost: In ways big and small, the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped our daily lives and the events that we look forward to year after year. At MSEA, one of the highlights of our year is the MSEA Convention in Ocean City. We’ve spent the last several weeks discussing this year’s convention, scheduled for October 16-17, and evaluating how we could balance the safety of delegates, running an effective and engaging meeting, and being responsible stewards of dues dollars.
The MSEA Board of Directors recently made a difficult, but necessary, decision to hold this year’s convention virtually rather than in person. Our vote was unanimous.
Here are some of the reasons why we made this decision:
While a virtual convention will be quite different, I am confident that we will still have an engaging, empowering, and exciting event. There will be much more information to come so that all delegates have the information they need to meaningfully participate in the RA. Please continue to hold delegate elections, no delegate appointments are permitted. We are also working on how and when to best conduct workshops this year. Look for more information and updates on that front as well.
This year’s convention will look different. It will be conducted a bit differently. And we will definitely miss being together in person. But what makes the convention so special is the common purpose that motivates us, the collective vision that we craft together, and the fun that we have—and without a doubt, all of those will be on full display this year as well. I’m excited for the convention, and I know that it will be a great one.