NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow

Applications Due April 6

What is NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow?

NEA Leaders for Tomorrow program is a three-session training process held over an eight-month period that is open to dues paying NEA 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 a current NEA ESP member
  • Must have been an NEA member in good standing for the past three years
  • Must complete an application form and submit by the deadline
  • Must commit to participate fully in all three sessions
  • Must commit to utilize the new skills in the Association

Why Leaders for Tomorrow?

Leaders for Tomorrow trains both current and future leaders in leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocates 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 and 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 the 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.

  • July 18-22, 2012, Minneapolis, MN (Tentative)
  • November 8-11, 2012, Washington, DC
  • March 3-10, 2013, Louisville, KY, 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.

Download the Application