Don’t Miss Inspiration, Credits from MEA Conferences and PD Offerings

In the middle of the most exhausting year of our careers, the work of our union is more important than ever. Despite fatigue and frustrations, educators must engage and persist in this critical moment – and MEA offers many ways for you to learn and get involved while earning SCECHs or certification credits.

Sign up today for the virtual MEA Winter Conference, the Statewide Education Support Professional Conference, the Aspiring and Early Career Educators Conference, and choose from many intriguing options offered in the latest of our ongoing virtual Webinar series, “The Light of Winter Stars.”

MEA Winter Conference – March 1-3 (Virtual)

Due to the recent COVID surge, MEA’s annual Winter Conference was rescheduled to a free, virtual, evening format on March 1-3 that offers numerous free SCECH and ESP certification opportunities. Our work advances no matter how we gather, because we know our profession improves lives and communities. Through a variety of session offerings, you can learn new strategies, get inspired, make connections to renew your strength, and be an advocate for your students, your colleagues and your profession.

The registration deadline has been extended to next Wednesday, Feb. 23, so register today for the free virtual MEA Winter Conference.

MEA Statewide ESP Conference – March 18-19 (East Lansing)

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein headlines the Statewide ESP Conference March 18-19 at MEA Headquarters in East Lansing. The first blind justice elected to the Supreme Court, Bernstein will discuss how educators in every job category helped him achieve his greatest potential.

Earn credits toward a Michigan ESP Certificate, learn bargaining basics, gather strategies for building local strength, and network with other members and leaders for inspiration and support. Register now for the 2022 ESP Conference.

MEA Aspiring and Early Career Educators Conference – March 19 (Virtual)

Aspiring and early career educators can sign up to receive conference offerings designed specifically for their special needs. The virtual Aspiring and Early Career Educators Conference on March 19 will support professional growth, offer helpful tips for working with students, and focus on personal healing – all at no cost to members in good standing.

Some fun surprises are planned alongside SCECH-eligible sessions on topics such as implementing restorative practices in the classroom, utilizing student-centered classroom management strategies, and teaching students to practice mindfulness, among others. The first 100 registrants get a free care package, so register for the free, virtual AEM-ECE Conference today!

MEA Winter Webinar Series: “The Light of Winter Stars” – Through March 24 (Virtual)

Finding light and being the light during dark times is the theme of MEA’s winter webinar series, “The Light of Winter Stars.” An offering of MEA’s Center for Leadership & Learning, this new series of peer-led, SCECH-eligible webinars continues through March 24. Topics for this series include managing stress and anxiety (for both students and educators), education technology, core teaching practices, working with parents and more. Learn more and register here.

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Statement from MEA President on UAW working toward a contract settlement

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