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ESProfessional NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Apply Soon! Deadline is April 5, 2013 The National Education Association (NEA) Leaders for Tomorrow program is a three-session training process held over an eightmonth period that is open to dues-paying Association Education Support Professional (ESP) members who meet the program's eligibility requirements. Candidates must be nominated for the program and have their application acknowledged and signed by their state Association. NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Eligibility Requirements: •Must be current NEA ESP member •Must have been NEA member in good standing for the past three years •Must complete application form and submit by the deadline •Must commit to participate fully in all three sessions •Must commit to utilize their new skills in their Association. ESP Action Be sure to check out these other stories for more opportunities to get involved and take action. Why Leaders for Tomorrow? 6 2013 AEA Legislative Update 10 Around AEA 28 AEA Board of Director Candidates Summer.13advo.indd 16 Leaders for Tomorrow will train both current and future leaders in leadership attitudes, skills, and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state, and national levels of the NEA. What will I learn? The program is broken into eleven modules: Self Awareness and Self Management; Risk Taking and Change; Assertiveness; Communication; Resilience and Coping Skills; Political Activism; NEA Governance and Structure; Trade Unionism; Presentation Skills; Organizing; and Effective Meeting Skills. Participants in the program will: • Identify personal strengths and weaknesses and learn how to utilize them as a leader • Build skills in areas such as communication skills, organizing and recruitment, team building, and presentation skills • Learn how to use the structure, resources, culture, and work of NEA effectively as a leader • Learn how to engage members in politics • Learn the history and importance of trade unionism • Learn how to run an effective meeting • Learn how to use the art of powerful questions • Identify their risk-taking style and risks leaders face •Learn internal and external organizing skills •Learn how to communicate effectively and how to make a presentation. What kind of time commitment and resources does NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow require? •There are three training sessions over an eight-month period 1.July 17-22, 2013, Minneapolis, MN (Tentative) 2.November 7-11, 2013, Washington, DC 3.March 4-9, 2014, TBD includes attendance to the NEA ESP National Conference •All participants are fully funded as allowed under the NEA travel guidelines, including transportation, lodging, meals, and substitute pay or salary reimbursement, including attendance to the ESP conference. For more information and to download an application, please visit the NEA website at 2 16 Summer 2013 x AEA Advocate 3/18/13 12:03 PM

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