On October 5, many members of our NEA chapter went to Jefferson City for the Student Leadership Academy.
There were a lot of incredible speakers that came to speak to us. The SLC (Student Leadership Council) President, and President of our own NEA chapter, Kathryn Schott along with the Vice-President Morgan Domijan welcomed everyone to the conference. MNEA President Charles Smith was the Keynote Speaker and he gave us some inspirational words of wisdom about what we will face in the education field.
Alice Flores from Young Activists United-UMSL discussed what we could do about student debt. It is continuing to be more and more difficult for families to send their children to college due to the rising costs of higher education. Our legislators have the power to make it easier to pay for college and it is important that we talk to them about it now.
NEA Student President David Tjaden informed us on how we can fund local projects with NEA Grants. There are two types of grants that we can apply for. The first is the SOAR grant which we can use to improve a chapter’s organization. This can be used on fliers or posters to increase awareness, door prizes, and many others. The second type of grant is called the CLASS grant. With the help of other NEA members, we can use this money toward community service projects. Many of these grants go towards funding a Reading Across America event.
There were also two breakout sessions. One focused on how to get involved in NEA at the Local, State, and National levels. The other looked into the many communication tools that you can use to keep in contact with your NEA locals.
Everyone that attended had a great time and it was great to see five Truman students represent the amazing NEA chapter that we have.