Fall Event 2017: Conference Strands

**Registration for Fall Event is currently at capacity. You can still register and be placed on a wait list. If you do this, DO NOT book travel for Fall Event unless we notify you that your registration has been confirmed.

This year, NEA-Alaska has divided Fall Event into 5 distinct strands which address major issues impacting public education. Each strand will have multiple trainers who will cycle in throughout the day. The strand you select will determine your schedule on Saturday. Participants are expected to stay in the strand they select to ensure adequate space and seating for all.

The following strands are being offered at Fall Event:

Minority Leadership Training

Recognizing the ability to influence public education is in direct proportion to an engaged membership. The Minority Leadership Training Program prepares ethnic-minority members to be strong leaders, activists, and full participants in Association life.  In this session you will learn about the importance of having a vision for individual and organizational growth; the relationship between leadership and the visioning process; and the mechanism by which a clear, shared vision can instill leaders with passion, energy, power, and creativity.

Social Justice*

Educators know that schools today serve increasingly diverse student populations. To meet the needs of all of our students we must know and understand the issues they face in our classrooms, and our communities. Topics covered in the Social Justice strand at Fall Event will cover LGBTQ issues, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience, Integrating Local Culture into the Classroom, and Nutritional Impacts on Student Learning. Participants will leave this training with the tools and resources to identify and combat social justice issues that inhibit student learning.

New Educators (Registration for this strand is now closed)

Your first few years in the classroom can feel overwhelming. To support you in your new profession, NEA-Alaska is offering a strand just for new educators. Topics covered will include, Integrating Local Culture into the Classroom, Behavioral Management for Students with Trauma, and Member Benefits, Student Loan, and Financial Planning. As a participant, you are invited to a New Educator dinner on Saturday evening! Only 30 spots are available in this strand so sign up today.

School Safety and Success**

Education Support Professionals are vital to ensuring that our schools are a safe place to learn. Often times, ESP’s are the first educators to greet students, and the last to see them at the end of the day. This strand is designed to teach skills that will help all educators understand the impact that food insecurity, adverse childhood experiences, trauma, and bullying can play in a child’s life. This strand is tailored for ESP members but is open to all.

Technology in the Classroom

Students interact with technology on a daily basis. But how do we integrate technology in the classroom in a meaningful way that doesn’t supplant old practices, but actually enhances innovative teaching methods? This strand will cover the ways educators use technology for flipped and blended learning, formative assessment tools, and to create a Google classroom. Following presentations, participants will have hands-on practice time to work with each presenter and workshop ideas for how to integrate these technologies into their own unique classrooms. This workshop will be most useful for middle and high school classroom educators. Come with questions, leave with new ideas! Please be sure to bring a personal laptop or tablet if you are attending this session, so that you can follow along and workshop ideas.

*Classroom Teacher Focused
**ESP Focused