Most people’s eyes glaze over when they hear “meeting”-- or even worse, “membership meeting.”
And for good reason: meetings tend to be associated with people shouting at each other, directives from disconnected leaders, buzzwords with no action, and feeling cut out of any meaningful decision-making.
So what's different about Tuesday's meeting?
For one thing, it's a place where educators, parents, and allies come together as equals to share the issues we face in public education and strategize together for how to solve them.
It's also a place where we will be having an open, transparent discussion about caucus leadership, as well as what fights to tackle next in order to strengthen and energize the rank and file of our union. Because WE ARE THE UNION.
Sound difficult? It might be.
Sound interesting? It will be!
We hope that you will join us this Tuesday to talk openly about the work we need to do to build our union, share skills and ideas for upcoming battles, and be inspired by some of the amazing work our community is already engaged in.
Old First Reformed UCC
151 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(Childcare and parking provided- see below for more info)
4-4:30: Snacks and mobilizing (plug into WE members' work)
4:30-6: Membership Meeting
Special break-out groups:
-Elections: Discuss WE endorsements for City Council, the endorsement process, and how we can win these races.
-Opt Out Movement: How has testing affected your students and school? How can teachers and parents work together to fight back against abusive tests?
-Reclaiming our Professional Practices: Push back against increasingly absurd evaluations and discuss empowering alternatives and pedagogies.
Some of the work you can learn about and get engaged with:
-Mayoral and Council Races
-Organizing Skills Training
-Pre-Service Teacher Campaign
-Parent Organizing Committee
-Monthly Discussion Group
-NEW: Charter Teachers Committee
-NEW: Monthly WE Newsletter!