Summer Leadership Conference

July 17, 2018 - 1:00pm to July 20, 2018 - 3:00pm
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801


2018 Summer Leadership is where we can organize and mobilize members around the three critical issues facing public education and educators in Marylandthe general election, Janus, and the education funding formula being developed by the Kirwan Commission. At SLC 2018, we’re aligning every program and event with these threats and opportunities so members who attend can lead on these issues at the local level.

You’ll learn why elections matter to collective bargaining; how we will retain our power and influence with the loss of agency fee in the Janus Supreme Court case; how an active, dependable association rep system can organize members to build power and influence on critical issues; and lots more.

NEW for 2018 SLC: Inspiring and interactive events for all attendees

  • T(ed) Talks—Featuring inspiring public education and labor leaders
  • Conversation Cafés—Where members dig deeper into the issues that interest them
  • Power Hours—Each school hosts special guests who’ll make the connection between the education policies that define their jobs, organized people, and organized money


  1. Association Representative – the foundation 
  2. Member Advocacy - What does your contract say?
  3. Organizing – Building power and affecting change in your building
  4. Collective Bargaining – The art and science
  5. Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) – So you want to be a leader?
  6. Advanced Leadership – I’ve emerged, now what?


Workshop Descriptions:

**All workshops offered at SLC are open and relevant to certificated and non-certificated members**

Association RepresentativeThe foundation
For but not limited to: Association Representatives; open to all members

Association Reps (ARs) play an invaluable role in ensuring that the association is strong enough to effectively advocate for our members and our students. This training will build a foundation for what role ARs play in their school and the larger association.

Some topics will include:

  1. How to hold a great 10-minute meeting
  2. Why do one on one conversations and how to do them well
  3. Building mapping and member recruitment
  4. Rights, roles and responsibilities of the AR

Attendees will walk away with the skills and knowledge to be a strong AR in their school and local association.

Member Advocacy - What does your contract say?
For but not limited to: member contract teams and/or experienced building reps

Attendees will leave this training ready to be an advocate for themselves, their co-workers, and members at their school. Using your local association’s negotiated agreement and examples from MSEA locals as a basis - attendees will learn 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

Attendees will role play contract enforcement and member advocacy scenarios like advocating on behalf of members with the relevant supervisor.

**This course is recommended for pairs (+) of members with the same contract so the research and role plays are as valuable as possible.

Organizing Building power and affecting change in your building
For but not limited to: All members

All educators face numerous challenges at their schools on a daily basis, often, with no clear path to resolution.

That’s why this workshop will teach attendees to:

  • Identify issues that affect their colleagues
  • Develop a plan to tackle the issue
  • Have one-on-one conversations that move members to action
  • Build long lasting power to address any issues that arise

This course will be hands on putting organizing theory into practice with simulations, role plays and scenarios. Attendees will return excited and confident of the change they can affect.

Collective BargainingThe art and science
For but not limited to: New and inexperienced negotiators or negotiators to be

This introductory course will discuss relevant public education collective bargaining laws [Maryland law], the research and numbers required to be successful, and all phases of the collective bargaining process.

In addition to the nuts and bolts, attendees will learn why and how engaging your membership throughout the process will result in better contracts and a stronger unit that thrives well beyond ratification.

Key Features:

  • Case studies – Stories from your own backyard
  • Role plays – What is the bargaining table really like

Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) – So you want to be a leader?
For but not limited to: SPARKS graduates, new building representatives, or new committee members/chairs

The longstanding ELA is an introductory course that trains new leaders and those who are starting to pursue leadership roles in the association.

Attendees will learn:

  1. The nuts and bolts of the local, statewide, and national association
  2. The opportunities to get more involved and take on leadership
  3. The basic skills needed to grow into an effective association leader

Graduates of ELA have become local presidents, members of MSEA’s Board of Directors, and other leadership positions.

Advanced Leadership I’ve emerged, now what?
For but not limited to: Graduates of ELA, local or statewide committee members and/or chairs, board members, and local officers.

Experienced leaders need to continue to refine the leadership skills that will help to grow the association and make a bigger impact on the issues that matter.

Attendees will learn what it’s really like to be a local elected officer featuring:

  1. Past and present officers and their tips, tricks, and pitfalls
  2. An introduction to the legal and fiduciary responsibilities

Attendees will refine skills like:

  1. Consensus building – Why and how to do it, even with difficult members
  2. Advanced public speaking – Telling a story that moves people to action
  3. Meetings - Planning and facilitating productive sessions