Advocacy Conference 2017: Training and Tailgating!

The time is now to “gear up” to negotiate contracts for 2018-19.

Those local association officers, negotiators and others who work to secure respectable and competitive wages and benefits for members should plan to attend NSEA’s 2017 Advocacy Conference on Sept. 29-30 in Columbus. Download a tentative agenda here.

The Friday evening, Sept. 29, session will include a football watch party, as the University of Nebraska plays the University of Illinois in the Huskers’ first-ever televised Friday evening game.

Registration will open at 5 p.m. Friday, with breakouts at 6 p.m., followed by the football social – an excellent opportunity for informal discussion. Friday evening breakouts will tentatively include sessions on comparability, contract enforcement, and time and space for teams to network. Enforcing Your Agreement and a negotiator discussion group. There will also be a discussion group for higher education member negotiators.

Saturday will open with a continental breakfast available beginning at 6 a.m., and vendors opening at 7:30 a.m. Work will begin with an 8:30 a.m. keynote address.

At 9 a.m., participants can attend any of more than 20 breakouts slotted into six tracks, including these tentative tracks:

  • New Negotiators: Topics under consideration include Writing and Managing Proposals; Negotiations Table Basics; Mock Negotiations.
  • Research-Analysis: Salary Schedule Analysis; School Budgets and Lids; Comparability Study Basics.
  • Advanced: The Workload Challenge; Model Contract Language; Bargaining Difficult Topics.
  • Advocacy: Enforcing Your Agreement; Social Justice; Don’t Sign That.
  • Organizing: Your Leadership Structure and Bargaining; School Board Elections; Legislative Action.
  • Current Bargaining Issues: Engaging and Communicating with Members Around Negotiations; Contract Placement Language; Using EdCommunities to Collaborate.

Lunch is provided at noon, and the conference will close by 3:30 p.m. Activities will be held at the newly remodeled River’s Edge Conference Center at the Ramada Inn.
Register for the conference at:

Questions? Contact Jan Anderson at 800-742-0047 or at: