Student MEA Conference to be held Saturday in East Lansing

Pre-registration is still open for the Student MEA Conference, to be held March 23 from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at MEA Headquarters in East Lansing.

The conference features numerous sessions to help young educators build their professional skills. Experts will lead sessions that cover everything from certification rules and job-searching skills to professionalism and common core standards.

Registration is $20 for Student MEA members if they register by Wednesday, or $25 if they register on-site the day of the conference. The cost for non-members is $50 for pre-registration or $60 for event-day registration.

Download a registration form.

The theme of this year's conference is "Building Blocks for Educators," and will feature a keynote address from Cathy Nelson, a teacher leader at the Blackburn Alternative Program in Omaha, Neb. She will provide her top 10 tips for new teachers.

Over the past 30 years, Nelson has served as a classroom teacher at elementary and secondary levels, spending a majority of her career working with students who have significant behavior disorders.

Nelson is the co-author of several classroom management texts, with titles such as "The Well Managed Classroom," "Safe and Effective Secondary Schools" and "Specialized Classroom Management."

As an active member of NEA, Nelson serves on the Bullying and Sexual Harassment Prevention and Intervention Training Cadre.