Committees

Standing and Ad Hoc committees shall be established by the Delegate Assembly. Ad Hoc committees may be established by the President with approval of the Board of Directors. The Association shall have the following standing committees: Affiliate Relations, Budget, Collective Bargaining, Communications, Constitution, Credentials, Education Support Professional, Elections, Forces on Education, Human and Civil Rights, Instruction and Professional Development, Legal and Corporate, Legislative, Resolutions, Member Benefits and Standing Rules. All committees shall be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. The OEA shall take all reasonable and legally permissible steps to achieve on its appointed committees ethnic-minority representation that is at least proportional to the ethnic-minority membership.


STANDING COMMITTEE CHARGES

2017-18

AFFILIATE RELATIONS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Recommend strategies to increase OEA membership in all categories.
  2. Review and evaluate OEA’s strategies to strengthen local associations and develop strong leaders, and recommend changes if necessary.
  3. Solicit input from local leaders about a well-rounded local engagement incentive program.
  4. Research other state affiliate methods used to promote such a program.  Review data and recommend a program to the OEA Board of Directors.
  5. Monitor zone alignment to assure one person – one vote for state board of directors.
  6. Provide input to staff regarding potential content for the Organizing Conference.
  7. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around affiliate relations issues.
  8. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  9. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  10. 09-18

BUDGET COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Provide opportunity for member input on the budget.
  2. Study the immediate and long range financial needs of the Association.
  3. Review budget proposals, policies, and mandates of the Association.
  4. Prepare the annual budget for submission to the OEA Board of Directors.
  5. Review the annual audit of the Association.
  6. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  7. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  8. 09-18

COLLECTIVE BARGAINING COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Monitor local, state and national developments in collective bargaining with particular attention to bargaining successes and problems of OEA affiliate organizations.
  2. Provide input to staff regarding potential content for OEA Organizing Conference and other major bargaining program events.
  3. Make recommendations to the Legislative Committee regarding legislation relevant to issues that impact Collective Bargaining
  4. Promote, review nominations and recommend to the Board of Directors an individual and/or a group for the OEA Collective Bargaining Award.
  5. Develop a strategy to activate all recognized bargaining locals.
  6. Research and develop an annual report about the top issues facing districts in collective bargaining including sample contract language.
  7. Recommend strategies to increase salary and benefits of education employees. May work in conjunction with ESP and Legislative committees for this charge.
  8. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around collective bargaining issues.
  9. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  10. Investigate Collective Bargaining information (literature, tool kits, pamphlets, websites…) that are provided by NEA and recommend strategies to communicate the availability of these items to our members.
  11. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  12. 09-18

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Recommend strategies to enhance the public image of OEA and public education.
  2. Promote the Marshall Gregory Awards and the Golden Apple Awards to increase the number of entries by local associations.
  3. Promote and review nominations and recommend to the Board of Directors recipients for the Communications Awards.
  4. Review OEA policies on communications and recommend appropriate changes.
  5. Review education websites, blogs and social media. Compile a list of reputable, helpful sources for OEA use.
  6. Research communication platforms that would benefit communications between members and from member to student (i.e. helpful in lesson planning, newsletter writing, online note taking…)
  7. Develop strategy to highlight Read Across America including helpful websites and activities that can be communicated to members.
  8. Investigate communications initiatives from NEA and state affiliates and make recommendations.
  9. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around communications issues.
  10. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  11. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  12. 09-18

CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Review the Constitution and Bylaws and recommend appropriate amendments to the Board of Directors for Delegate Assembly action.
  2. Receive and review suggested amendments submitted by members, check for conflicts with Association policies and/or other constitutional provisions, and make appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors.
  3. Prepare amendments as directed by the Board of Directors.
  4. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  5. 09-18

CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Supervise the accreditation of delegates and alternates to the Delegate Assembly.
  2. Supervise the seating of delegates and members at the Delegate Assembly.
  3. Perform other appropriate duties as specified in the Standing Rules or assigned by the President.
  4. Research how other state affiliates encourage diverse (years of service, ethnic minority, gender…) attendance at their state Delegate/Representative assemblies. Report to the OEA Board of Directors.
  5. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  6. 09-18

ELECTIONS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Conduct all elections of the Association.  (Prepare ballots, supervise voting, act as judge of the elections, and perform other appropriate duties.)
  2. Study the elections procedures and, if needed, bring recommendations to the Board of Directors to correct any problems in the current system.
  3. Determine the number of NEA-RA Delegates for each zone based on membership figures as of January 15.
  4. Discuss and recommend strategies to increase member participation in online voting.
  5. Review the July-October statewide filing period and make recommendations.
  6. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  7. 09-18

ESP COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Recommend strategies to increase ESP membership by gathering trend data on current ESP membership. Create a strategic plan specific to ESP needs including a target membership goal.
  2. Review and make recommendations to increase the integration of education support concerns into Association policies and recommend workshops of interest to ESP members for inclusion in Association trainings.
  3. Provide input to staff regarding potential content for the Organizing Conference.
  4. Plan for increased awareness about the OEA ESP Award. Review nominations and recommend to the Board of Directors a recipient for the OEA ESP award.
  5. Promote the importance of and encourage ESP participation in all levels of the Association, including governance, workshops, programs and activities.
  6. Monitor, research and report on the privatization of support professional positions in local Oklahoma districts.
  7. Recommend strategies to increase salaries and benefits for support professionals. Work in conjunction with the Collective Bargaining and Legislative Committees for this charge.
  8. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around ESP issues.
  9. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  10. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  11. 09-18

FORCES ON EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Identify groups and individuals that oppose public education and/or the goals of the Oklahoma Education Association and recommend strategies to the Board of Directors for effectively combating such opposition.  Develop a list of said groups with description of their activity with links providing resources.
  2. Promote and review nominations and recommend to the Board of Directors a recipient for the OEA Advocate for Academic Freedom Award.
  3. Research, monitor, and report on the effects of charter schools, vouchers/education savings plans/tuition scholarships, virtual schools, and other privatization issues that threaten Oklahoma public schools.
  4. Research and report on the impact of privatization, reform movement, and anti-union messages that impact the teacher shortage in OK.
  5. Make recommendations to the Legislative Committee regarding legislation relevant to the research completed by the Forces on Education Committee.
  6. Identify strategies to recruit and retain educators in Oklahoma.
  7. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around issues discussed in the Forces on Education Committee.
  8. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  9. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  10. 09-18

HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Utilizing the information from the ethnic minority rosters and other data, recommend strategies to increase the number of minority educators. Report to the OEA Board of Directors about the usefulness of the ethnic minority roster and how local leaders could utilize such information.
  2. Recommend strategies to increase member awareness of human and civil rights - emphasizing the rights of students and school employees.
  3. Recommend strategies to increase the participation of minority members at all levels of the Association.
  4. Promote and review nominations and recommend to the Board of Directors the recipients of the Human and Civil Rights Awards.
  5. Review the plan and recommend strategies to assist OEA in meeting its 3-1 (g) goal at NEA-RA.
  6. Recommend strategies to expand minority recruitment of students into the education professions.
  7. Recommend strategies to encourage people/locals to nominate potential recipients for OEA and NEA H&CR awards.
  8. Provide input to staff regarding potential content for the Organizing Conference and other OEA events.
  9. Assist the President in responding to Human and Civil Rights issues that affect our members and their students.
  10. Create a document of materials that teach/report on best practices regarding Human and Civil Rights issues in the classroom.
  11. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around human and civil rights issues.
  12. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  13. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  14. 09-18

INSTRUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Research and create a report on the use of the Professional Development (PD) trainings available to members.
  2. Promote and review nominations and recommend to the Board of Directors the recipients of the IPD Awards.
  3. Review legislative mandates and SDE rule changes and other influences that may cause a need for PD. Make recommendations for the areas where OEA will offer training in regard to PD.
  4. Research and monitor the implementation Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and IDEA.
  5. Research and report on the effects of mandated high stakes standardized testing and provide recommendations for reform—including how it is being used and the effects on students, teachers, schools and districts.
  6. Make recommendations to the Legislative Committee regarding legislation relevant to the IPD committee research and discussion.
  7. Develop a TLE virtual PD training to be used by local affiliates.
  8. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around instruction and professional development.
  9. Review recommendations for Professional Development as informed via the survey of Early Career Ad Hoc Committee and the New Ed Campaign.
  10. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  11. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  12. 09-18

LEGAL AND CORPORATE SERVICES COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Review, consider and act upon requests for legal assistance in accordance with the Legal and Corporate Service Committee Guidelines.
  2. Review, authorize and monitor expenditures made in accordance with the Legal and Corporate Services Committee Guidelines under the Unified Legal Services Program (ULSP).
  3. Develop, when appropriate, legislative recommendations for submission to the Legislative Committee for the purpose of assuring committee input into the legislation that impacts member rights.
  4. Participate in those activities that will promote understanding of the rights of members and protection afforded members including, but not limited to, developing members’ understanding of employment rights, constitutional and civil rights.
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  6. Periodically review the Legal and Corporate Services Division for the purpose of evaluating the general operation of the program and recommending alterations or additions that will assist the OEA in the delivery of quality legal services at a reasonable cost to the Association and the member.
  7. Periodically review the guidelines for the Personal Legal Services Program (PLSP) and make recommendations for changes in the guidelines to the Board of Directors.
  8. Review recommendations on non-funding of an application under the Personal Legal Services Program at the request of the Executive Director.
  9. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  10. 09-18

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Recommend to the Board of Directors the annual legislative agenda.
  2. Review and respond to legislative recommendations that come from other OEA Standing Committees.
  3. Correlate OEA and NEA legislative goals.
  4. Study and recommend positions on state questions.
  5. Recommend to the Board of Directors and the Delegate Assembly the annual OEA Legislative Goals.
  6. Make recommendations on how OEA can support a living wage and advocate and support legislation that raises the minimum wage for all workers to ease the effects of poverty on our students, their families, and our communities.
  7. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around legislative issues.
  8. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work. 
  9. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  10. 09-18

MEMBER BENEFITS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Oversee all Association endorsements of products and services.
  2. Re-evaluate the currently endorsed products or services where necessary and recommend changes to the Board of Directors.
  3. Evaluate and recommend new products or services for endorsement by the Board of Directors.
  4. Review current materials promoting Member Benefits.
  5. Monitor the relationship between NEA and OEA Member Benefits.
  6. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around the Members Benefits programs.
  7. Address how your committee is working to include New and Early Career members throughout your work.
  8. Develop a communications strategy to improve knowledge and usage of Member Benefits.
  9. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s). 
  10. 09-18

RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Complete a comprehensive review of all OEA Resolutions-at least 1/3 per year to be completed in a 3 year period. Electronic meetings may be necessary to accomplish this task.
  2. Prepare and present to the Delegate Assembly proposed resolutions for adoption.
  3. Edit resolutions and amendments to resolutions submitted by members and present to the Board of Directors and to the Delegate Assembly with or without recommendations.
  4. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).
  5. 09-18

STANDING RULES COMMITTEE

Charges

  • Supervise the submission and processing of new business during the Delegate Assembly.
  • Supervise and count roll call votes during the Delegate Assembly.
  • Perform all other duties as specified in the Rules or requested by the President.
  • Study the Standing Rules and make recommendations for changes where necessary.
  • Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s).

09-18

AD HOC COMMITTEE CHARGES

2017-18

EARLY CAREER/NEW MEMBER COMMITTEE

Charges

  1. Update as necessary, potential member profiles for targeted subgroups (rural, urban, veteran etc.) with respect to attitudes and values including the recruitment models for each profile.
  2. Recommend organizing strategies to recruit and retain new and early career members—including strategies for involvement and recognition of these members.
  3. Update the Best Practices Document as needed adding recommended strategies for emerging leaders training.
  4. Utilize information from survey results of Early Career teacher’s interest, needs and key issues and the New Ed campaign to make recommendations for statewide, regional and local trainings and conferences.
  5. Attend assigned standing committees to be the voice of new and early career members.
  6. Address where your committee can help create organizing strategies around new and early career issues.
  7. Serve as the liaison between the standing committees and the Ad Hoc New and Early Career Members Committee—gathering, disseminating, and reporting information to both the Standing and Ad Hoc committees.
  8. Review any item(s) that Delegate Assembly referred to committee and make recommendations on the item(s)
  9. 09-18

ORGANIZING

Charges

  1. Attend assigned standing committees and assess committee works through an organizing lens.
  2. Serve as the liaison between the standing committees and the Ad Hoc Organizing Committee—gathering, disseminating, and reporting information to both the Standing and Ad Hoc committees. Standing committees assigned an Ad Hoc Organizing Committee liaison were each given a charge to address where your committee can help create organizing strategies.
  3. Receive feedback from standing committees about the Organizing Conference (suggestions on sessions...)
  4. Create a “Request for Proposal” (RFP) application process--including a rubric for judging the applications--for members to apply to present at the Organizing Conference.
  5. 09-18

 

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