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Guest Blogger Jacqulla (Angel) Payne: Workshops Refresh and Inspire

This week we're featuring different CTA member guest bloggers dispatching from the NEA Representative Assembly in Denver. Want to know what it's like? Read on...

This is the sixth time that I have attended the National Education Association's Representative Assembly, and each has proven to be an amazing experience being part of such a large assembly of educators - nearly 10,000!  Each time I have attended the RA, I've attended the Joint Women & Minority Issues pre-conference which begins two days before the RA.  They always have empowering keynote speakers and workshops that provide useful information, and this year I was not disappointed.

From their list of many workshops two stood out for me, which I've actually taken at a Region 3 Leadership Conference before.  It always amazes me how retaking some workshops actually makes the previous information more clear, or offers additional information which was not offered at the previous trainings, which was the case for me this time.  

As a union leader it is very important to be able to motivate and gain alliances across the generations, so I took a Women's Leadership training called "Leading Across the Generations" which addressed challenges that exist for a leader when they are working with people who are from different generations since each generation has different world views and bring different strengths to the table. We looked at four different generations: The Silent Generation, 1922-1943, the Baby Boomers, 1944-1960, Generation X, 1961-1980, and the Millenial Generation, 1981-2000. I was reminded how important it is to have the right people in the right leadership positions who are able to effectively work together to achieve the same goals. 

The other training that I retook was  "Preventing Student Bullying and Sexual Harassment".  As the Human Rights chair of my local association, I provided this training for our members. However what I gained from retaking this workshop was a wealth of new information and resources that I had not been exposed to before.  

We looked at "The Bullying Circle" and how it is not just the bully who is a part of the problem but also the bystanders who choose to not take steps to assist the individual being bullied. We were provided with a flyer which is an adaptation of "The Bullying Circle" highlighting the role played by individuals caught up in the circle. We were also given a Participant Handbook which provided further information such as: "10 Ways to Move Beyond Bully-Prevention, And Why We Should""How to Intervene to Stop Bullying: Tips for On-the Spot Intervention at School", and "Cyberbulling or Cyberthereat Situation Review process".

I hope you find this information as useful as I did. Let me know in the comments section.

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