2017 Delegate Assembly NBIs

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #1

I move that the OEA Board support the following NBI:  The OEA will create the “OEA Social Media Action Corps” to coordinate strong social media action tagging lawmakers, government entities, and/or policy makers, forcefully supporting OEA priorities, and building a critical mass of public support for sustainable budget funding, investment in public education and raises for teacher and ESPs as critical for Oklahoma.  This “OEA Social Media Action Corps” will have a closed Facebook group or similar space, for sharing messaging and specific targets.  OEA will offer training on social media activism via this closed group.  OEA will recruit Corps members starting May 5, 2017, reaching a target number of Corps participants by May 12, 2017.  A committee of five to ten OEA Board Members, with expertise in social media communications, will collaborate to support the recruitment of Corps participants, the content and delivery of virtual training, and the consistency and frequency of the Corps messaging.  The first actions of the “OEA Social Media Corps” will occur during the 2017 Delegate Assembly.  Actions of the “OEA Social Media Action Corps” will continue throughout the 2017 and 2018 legislative sessions and any special legislative sessions.

Maker:  Elise Robillard, OKC-A

Seconded byKaty Cook, TM-E

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #2

 

I move that the OEA Board submit an NBI to the OEA delegate assembly as follows:  I move the OEA create a video series emulating Jimmy Kimmel’s “Mean Tweets” using OEA members reading common education myths and dispelling them with facts to be distributed throughout social media

 

Maker:  Cari Manzer, SW-B

Seconded by: Patti Ferguson-Palmer, TM-B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #3

 

I move that OEA offer in person trainings for each of our local leader officer positions:  President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Building Rep.

Rationale:  Just like new teachers, new officers need mentors.  This is the perfect opportunity to help new local leaders develop their potential

 

Maker:  Alicia Blair, OKC-D

Seconded by: Katy Cook, TM-E

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #4

 

I move that OEA Governance contact the maker and seconder of any motions that pass from the floor of Delegate Assembly to ensure that the intent of the motion I s maintained when determining how to best implement and move forward with the action.

 

Rationale:  In order to maintain the integrity of the motions and the hard work that is being done hereby our members at Delegate Assembly, contact needs to be made with those who are moving business.

 

Maker:  Alicia Blair, OKC-D

Seconded by: Carnie Cullen, NW-C

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #5

 

I move that OEA oppose any effort of the state board of education to approve a state sponsored charter school.

 

Rationale:  Seminole and Norman now have state sponsored charter schools coming to their communities after their own local school board rejected applications made within their districts.  The charter school movement will be coming soon to a district near you and our Association needs to take stand to oppose the state board overriding local control.

 

Maker:  Cari Manzer, SW-B

Seconded by:  Renee Jerden, SW-B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #5-AMENDED

 

I move that OEA make public our opposition to current and future state sponsored charter schools through existing means of education.

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #6

 

I move that OEA create two Master Teacher cadres over the new Oklahoma Academic Standards to help assist in their implementation.

 

Rationale:  These standards will be implemented in the 2016-2017 school year.  In addition, our assessments will reflect these standards.

 

Maker:  Jennifer Thornton, TM-AB

Seconded by: Virginia Ayers, TM-AB

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #7

 

I move that OEA create an Ad Hoc Organizing Committee focused on training and strategic organizing efforts of the OEA.

 

Rationale:  When I think about OEA, I think about standing together to make public education the best it can be.  We can’t do this successfully without moving people to action and for that we need to organize, train the people, spread the message, move the OEA!

 

Maker:  Carnie Cullen, NW-C

Seconded by:  Rachael Brown, NW-C

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #8

 

I move that OEA develop, implement, and make available to locals a community partners training so that locals can become better prepared to identify and build relationships with community partners through organizing for power.

 

Rationale:  Our community partners are our best allies.  Locals need ways to identify them. Through the community partners training, provided by OEA locals can learn how to best build and maintain these relationships.

 

Maker:  Carnie Cullen, NW-C

Seconded by:  Aaron Baker, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #9

 

I move that OEA offer an NEA-sponsored Institutional Racism training for OEA Board Members, Local Leaders, and the membership at large at least once per semester. This training will challenge the prevalence of institutional racism in our schools, our locals, and our Association.

 

Rationale:  NEA resources are available to our members free of charge as long as we can get members to the scheduled training. We should be utilizing our affiliation with our national association in order to ensure that our membership is well informed on important topics as Institutional Racism and how to ensure more inclusivity in our schools, within our organization, and in life in general.

 

Maker:  Renee Jerden, SW-B

Seconded by: Aaron Baker, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #10

 

I move that OEA offer a contract language sharing event where locals can come together to share what language they have negotiated on individual topics.  All of the language can then be compiled and shared within our locals. 

 

Rationale:  The best way for locals to learn the best contract language would be for us to be able to share it and be able to have a face-to-face dialogue.

 

Maker:  Katy Cook, TM-E

Seconded by:  Alicia Blair, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #11

 

I move that OEA develop a strategic plan for membership.

 

Rationale:  Membership is the lifeblood of the Association.  We need a strategic plan to ensure that we are recruiting and retaining our teachers.

 

Maker:  Katy Cook, TM-E

Seconded by:  Mike Walcutt, NE-C

 

 NEW BUSINESS ITEM #12

 

I move that OEA provide an individual report on all business that takes place at Delegate Assembly along with its outcomes and date of completion.

 

Rationale:  This report will provide transparency and accountability that they should expect from the Association.

 

Maker:  Katy Cook, TM-E

Seconded by: Peggy Bryant, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #13

 

I move that OEA establish a Teacher Pipeline workgroup focused on the recruitment of students in high school and college to funnel through the teacher prep programs at the university level.

 

Rationale:  In the State of Oklahoma, it is not news to people that we have a teacher shortage.  Our teachers are leaving the state due to many reasons.  It is critical that we start thinking of creative ways to build a teacher pool of excellent educations so that Oklahoma public has great teachers to interview and hire.  A NEA article summed it up very well:  “To help drive greater interest in the teaching professional among a diverse population of high-achieving students, we would recruit high-achieving college students who are undecided about their future careers, or even begin recruiting in high school.”

 

Maker:  Cari Manzer, SW-B

Seconded by:  Loris Burris, OKC

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #14

 

I move that OEA collect and distribute a comprehensive extra duty comparison from locals across our state.

 

Rationale:  This information is integral to have as we enter into negotiations and we need OEA to serve as a resource to facilitate this information.

 

Maker:  Katy Cook, TM-E

Seconded by: Eric Winkle, OKC-B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #15

 

I move that OEA conduct a communication training in which strategies to write op-ed pieces and letters to the editor are highlighted.

 

Rationale:  In a time when education is in the forefront of discussion, we have the opportunity to capitalize on our issues and frame the message.

 

Maker:  Mike Walcutt, NE-C

Seconded by:  Katy Cook, TM-E

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #16

 

I move that OEA only consider future venues for Delegate Assembly which offer free parking.

 

Rationale:  Adding to the expense of attending D.A. is counter-productive.

 

Maker:  Michael Walcutt, NE-C

Seconded by: Katy Cook, TM-E

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #17

 

I move that OEA offer a grant writing workshop on NEA and NCUEA grant opportunities.

 

Rationale:  With the current budget situation it is imperative that educators know how to earn grants so that our students continue to have the resources they need.

 

Maker:  Chelsea Foo, OKC-C

Seconded by:  Marci Hanks, OKC-C

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #18

 

I move that OEA do a feature on our website and in the Focus on each of our staff throughout the course of the next calendar year.

 

Rationale:  Often our members do not recognize the staff from the OEA.  Our staff are vital to the association and should be recognized for their hard work.

 

Maker:  Peggy Bryant, OKC-D

Seconded by: Paige Kelpine, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #19

 NONE

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #20

 

I move that OEA offer professional development related to how to deal with, react to, and legally protect yourself from an aggressive student.

 

Rationale:  On top of having the information more easily accessible, the ability to ask questions from legal counsel would be incredibly beneficial to our members.

 

Maker:  Yvonda Sieber, SW-B

Seconded by:  Eric Hamilton, OKC-D

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #21

 

I move that OEA educate our members through existing electronic and printed publications on GPO and WEP for educators who are looking to other states for employment.

 

Rationale:  GPO and WEP are two of the most important issues facing our members who are considering moving out of state.  It is our responsibility to ensure they are aware of how GPO and WEP could impact their retirement and social security.

 

Maker:  Eric Winkle, OKC-B

Seconded by: Vicki Vaughan, OKC-B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #22

 

I move that the OEA help put together an assessment landscape of state and federally mandated tests so that locals can use this as a starting off point for reducing tests in their own districts.

 

Rationale:  It is no secret our students are over tested.  Many districts give assessments in addition to those that are given at the site level.  We can help end this madness by working together to advocate for appropriate, authentic assessments for students.

 

Maker:  Lori Burris, OKC-D

Seconded by:  Cari Manzer, SW-B

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #23

 

I move that OEA have the appropriate committee explore the possibilities of statewide leadership trainings for our membership.

 

Rationale:  The OEA no longer offers statewide trainings and opportunities for networking other than our Organizing Conference.  We learn best by working together, and what better way to learn to be a leader than from our own leaders within our local associates.

 

Maker:  Kelly Fry, OKC-D

 Seconded by: Aaron Baker, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #24

 

I move that the OEA will gather  and disseminate state and federal law and contract language to protect employees from physical violence and abuse by the student.

 

Rationale:  More and more our educators are placed in difficult positions by students who are becoming increasingly violent.  Knowledge is power, and our educators need to know and have access to their rights. 

 

Maker:  Michelle Lawrence, OKC-D

Seconded by:  Susan Boyd, SW-B

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #25

 

I move that OEA work with local leaders to organize community conversations on institutional racism.

 

Rationale:  It is important for our state to have an open conversation about race and how it affects our students.  We need to have a common language, understand how our experiences mold our students and how knowing those experiences can better the students that are in our charge.

 

Maker:  Adrienne Hall, SW-B

Seconded by: Brenda Palmer, OKC-A

 

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #26

 

I move that OEA develop an information packet on how to recognize and protect yourself from workplace bullying – the packet can be in PDF form so it can be distributed at minimal cost.

 

Maker:  Gerald Griffin, TM-A/B

Seconded by:  Kelli Roberts, TM-A/B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #26 - Amended

 

I move that OEA develop an information packet  Trainining on how to recognize and protect yourself from workplace bullying – the packet can be in PDF form so it can be distributed at minimal cost.

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #27

 

I move that  OEA develop a guide to give to graduating student members and also to our active members that are retiring on how to continue their association membership in their new life journey.

 

Rationale:  We must all work and collaborate together at all levels of membership to ensure that our Association is strong and we continue the relationship with all of our partners in public  education.  It takes a village.

 

Maker:  Lori Burris, OKC-D

Seconded byMichelle Lawrence, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #28

 

I move that OEA provide professional development opportunities for educators to work with minority students particularly Afro American males. The training will provide tools to help educators decrease the number of suspension these students receive. Since the number they receive is highly disproportional than their peers.

 

Rationale: Minority males, black males, are suspended quicker and more often than peers.

 

MAKER:  Kelli Roberts, TM-A/B

Seconded by: Stephanie Jones, TM-A/B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #28-AMENDED

 

I move that OEA provide professional development opportunities for educators to work with minority students particularly Afro American males.  The training will provide tools to help educators decrease the number of suspensions these students receive.  Since that number is highly disproportionate when compared to their peers.

 

Rationale:  Minority males, black males, are suspended quicker and more often than peers.

 

Maker:  Kelli Roberts, TM-A/B

Seconded byStephanie Jones, TM-A/B

NEW BUSINESS ITEM # 29

 

I move that the OEA develop and maintain a legislative report card that we publish for our members indicating how each legislator has voted on key OEA identified issues.

 

Rationale:  Our members need to know who are best allies and our  biggest foes.  Publishing a report card with current vote count can help us identify our friends and our enemies as well as help us determine who we need to forget/support in future elections.

 

Maker:  Stephanie Bailey, OKC-D

Seconded byPaige Kelpine, OKC-D

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #29 - amended

 

I move that the OEA develop a three tier “apple designation” and maintain a legislative report card that we publish for our members indicating how each legislator has voted on key OEA identified issues.

 

Rationale:  Our members need to know who are best allies and our  biggest foes.  Publishing a report card with current vote count can help us identify our friends and our enemies as well as help us determine who we need to forget/support in future elections.

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #29 – amended #2

 

I move that the OEA develop and maintain a legislative report card that we publish for our members and on our website indicating how each legislator has voted on key OEA identified issues.

 

Rationale:  Our members need to know who are best allies and our  biggest foes.  Publishing a report card with current vote count can help us identify our friends and our enemies as well as help us determine who we need to forget/support in future elections.

NEW BUSINESS ITEM #29 – amended #3

 

I move that the OEA develop and maintain a legislative dashboard report that we publish for our members indicating how each legislator has voted on key OEA identified issues.

 

Rationale:  Our members need to know who are best allies and our biggest foes.  Publishing a report card with current vote count can help us identify our friends and our enemies as well as help us determine who we need to forget/support in future elections.

 NEW BUSINESS ITEM # 30

 

I move that OEA create and disseminate, through social media and other publications, an accurate portrayal of the median salary of Oklahoma classroom teachers.

 

Rationale: For 2015-2016 NEA reported that the average Oklahoma salary was $44,921.00. This number is inflated due to outliers and includes health insurance and retirement benefits. This information is often used by local and state media and we need a more accurate number. A median salary without benefits (base pay) would give us those numbers.

 

 

MAKER: Stephanie Jones                              ZONE: TM B

SECONDER: Jodee Jacobsen                        ZONE: TM B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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