Advocacy Conference ‘18 Offered at Three Sites

Gering, LaVista, Kearney Sites Will Serve Members Across the State


Throughout history — and throughout ancient lore ­— good things have come in threes.

The constitution promises three things: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The ancient Latin principle of omne trium perfectum is “the rule of three.”

Thus it is good news that good things will take place at a trio of NSEA Advocacy Conferences in the next two months. The conferences are placed strategically across the state to reach the maximum number of local association leaders and negotiators.

The one-day conferences are set for Gering, LaVista and Kearney. With the exception of Kearney, where a focused higher education component will be offered, the conferences will be virtually identical.

“These conferences are essential for association leaders and negotiators as we head into negotiations on Nov. 1,” said NSEA President Jenni Benson. “We plan to offer plenty of information and details that will assist in the negotiations and leadership process.”

NSEA Director of Collective Bargaining Randy Gordon said the conferences will be about more than negotiations. A focus will also highlight learning and sharing sessions organizing and advocacy.  Tentative topics will include:

  • Contract data and comparability study analysis.
  • How to advocate for members.
  • How to enforce your contract.
  • Tips on negotiating table tactics and strategies.
  • How to organize and communicate with members on bargaining issues.
  • Discussion on opportunities to network and collaborate on bargaining.

“The conference always strives to offer something for all members and leaders, from negotiators to officers to supportive members,” said Gordon.

“Advocacy means bargaining a good agreement but also means supporting members and growing the impact of your local association on your students,” he said. “Remember, teacher working conditions are also student learning conditions.”

Gordon urged each local to bring a team and to engage a new member in negotiations. For members who might need hotel accommodations, NSEA has secured a limited block of rooms at a reduced rate near each site. You can make your reservations using the information below; room costs are the responsibility of each individual and will not be reimbursed (the room reservation date for the Gering conference passed in August):

  • LaVista: Reservations due by Sept. 12 at the Embassy Suites, 12520 Westport Parkway. $109 plus tax. Call 402-331-7400 for reservations.
  • Kearney: Reservations due by Oct. 12 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 510 Talmadge Rd., Kearney. $93 plus tax. Call 308-236-4200 for reservations.


For questions about lodging, reach NSEA’s Kelsey Foley at:
For details or questions about conference programming, contact Gordon at: