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NEA Education Summer 2020

Building Strength for Public Education, Students, and Educators

2020: Reimagining Education Summer

The 2020 Education Summer program will build upon prior years’ successes and continue to develop and strengthen locals’ organizing capacity but will increasingly focus on supporting state associations and their local affiliates in organizing wins. Ed Summer supports state and local associations in advancing organizing campaigns, membership growth, and supporting new hire recruitment (NEOs). Additionally:

  • Strength Building Goals: :Too frequently, our union is limited in its reach and power due to the lack structural support to develop and implement internal or external organizing campaigns. These structural supports include but are not limited to the following: Contract action teams (CAT), school board action teams, political action teams, organizing committees, early career educator committees, among others.
  • Organizing Building Goals: Building membership and structural organizing capacity are critical steps to prepare the union to lift educators’ voices, build power, and leverage this power to win for our students, educators, and communities. Examples of organizing goals include anti-privatization measures, contract campaigns, increasing public education funding, and passing progressive school board policies.

Why Participate in Education Summer 2020?

The #Red4Ed movement continues to galvanize educators and their communities: associations across the U.S. increased educator engagement on critical public education issues. Our organizing efforts seek to secure the vision of strong public schools for all students, regardless of their zip code, and ensure that our associations have the structures and systems in place for strong unions. Join us in winning for students, educators, and communities!

Last year’s Education Summer program had significant successes:

  • 15,453 one-on-one conversations
  • 6,306 new member recruitment in participating locals
  • 5,412 petition signers/surveys collected
  • 729 new leaders recruited

Education Summer 2020 locals will receive:

  • Funding. NEA funding in whole, or in part, to run a tailored Education Summer program.
  • Trainings. Remote trainings on Education Summer program for site coordinators. Available funds for in person member organizer training and launch.
  • Member Organizer Training Curriculum. NEA provides a suggested training curriculum for new Ed Summer member organizers.
  • NEA Center for Organizing staff. Select locals will receive staff support from a NEA organizer.

Apply to become a 2020  Education Summer local!

Please apply if you are interested in participating in this year’s program. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified of their acceptance status on a rolling basis as well. We encourage applicants to submit their applications in earlier rather than wait until the final deadline. Please note that applicants will not have the opportunity to revisit their applications if it is not fully submitted upon completion. Here is a PDF file of the full application to review before finalizing it online. We recommend that you view this file in its entirety before filling out the online application in order to know the full scope of the information being asked.

Important Dates:

       1. Pre-Program Webinar for Accepted Local Associations: April 14, 2020 Join the meeting by clicking this link:

       2.Once you are logged into the room, activate your audio by clicking the phone icon at the top of the window, select dial-out, put in 1 and your phone number, and click Join. The system will call you.

Or, if you need to dial-in directly (no direct-dial extension) call and enter the Participant Code:

  • Conference Call Line 1-469-759-7753
  • Participant Code: 326581

o May – (early) September: Field Program (6 – 12 weeks) *Must overlap with local NEOs*
Weekly numbers submitted on digital form
o May 8: Memos of Agreement and final plan submitted
o June – August: Biweekly site coordinator video calls and resource sharing
o September 18: Final reports and metrics due
o October 16: site coordinators in person debrief. Location TBD.

For more information, contact Phillip Zanders


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