MEA conferences and trainings provide members with opportunities to learn, network and engage

MEA coordinates training in professional development, advocacy, member engagement, leadership, bargaining, communications and political action at its two major conferences: the Bargaining and Public Affairs Conference and the Summer Leadership Conference.

At these conferences, MEA members have the opportunity to develop new skills and connect with colleagues from across the state by attending educational and informative sessions.

What's more, many of the training sessions provide members with State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHs) and Michigan ESP Center of Professional Learning credits.

"MEA has the reputation of providing quality training and skill development at its conferences and training sessions," says Marty Lankford, director of MEA's Professional Development/Human Rights Department. "Not only do all MEA members get the benefit of sessions covering a wide variety of topics, they also get top-notch trainers and the opportunity to earn credit towards an advance degree or professional learning."

Session typically last between 90 minutes and three hours, with course titles like "Changes to Administrative Rules Regarding Teacher Certification," "K-12 School Finance," "How to Build a Successful Coalition," Fighting Privatization: The Blueprint to Saving Your Career," "National Board Certification" and "Common Core Standards."

That's just the tip of the iceberg; MEA also holds annual conferences geared specifically toward education support professionals, higher education employees and student members.

MEA members are also eligible to attend national conferences organized by the National Education Association.

In addition to what's available at the conferences, MEA's PD/HR Department provides trainings on numerous professional development issues, along with topics such as KEYS, team building, personality and behavioral assessments, diversity and other education-related issues. MEA staff members are also available to conduct local trainings upon request.

For more information on MEA's conferences and trainings, visit http://mea.org/conferences-and-trainings or call (800) 292-1934