Applications now being accepted for AEA Emerging Leaders School
The Alabama Education Association (AEA) will offer its 25th annual Emerging Leaders School
in conjunction with the 2014 AEA Leadership Conference to be held June 11-13 in Mobile. The
Emerging Leaders School will start a day earlier–June 10. Application forms must be received at
the AEA Headquarters by 4:45 p.m., Friday, April 25, 2014.
The school will be open to individuals who have been members of the AEA for no more than ten
years and who have not held a local, state, or national office (president, vice president, secretary,
treasurer, member of local executive committee, board of directors) and who have not attended
a state or local Emerging Leaders School. The individual must be a newly elected or appointed
Association Representative or be willing to commit to serving as an Association Representative,
or in some other leadership role for the 2014-2015 year.
The purpose of the school is to introduce potential leaders to the Association and provide
experiences and training to prepare them for future leadership roles in the AEA, NEA, and their
local affiliates. The program is also designed to discover leadership talent and help potential
leaders become involved in upgrading the organization at the local, state, and national levels.
The AEA will provide scholarships to selected potential leaders to assist them in paying
conference expenses. Each scholarship will provide a participant with a non-smoking hotel room
at the conference to be shared with another Emerging Leader (if a participant prefers a single
room, the participant must remit to AEA one half the cost of a single room with their completed
contract), round-trip transportation costs at a rate of 58 cents per mile (car pooling is encouraged
to lessen the total cost of this project), an allowance up to a total of $70 for meals not provided
at the conference and all materials. A registration fee of $50 will be required for those who are
accepted into the school. This fee will be reimbursed if the participant attends and completes the
three days of training.
Members who meet the eligibility requirements will be notified by mail that they have been
selected for this school and will be asked to complete contracts which will clearly describe their
responsibilities during and after the training, including their long-term commitment to involvement
in the United Education Profession.
The selection process will provide for equitable representation from the various constituencies
within the AEA. If all other factors are equal, participants will be selected on a first-come, first-
serve basis according to the date applications are received at the AEA.
AEA will provide up to 40 scholarships for the school. State leaders, local presidents, and AEA
UniServ Directors are encouraged to identify potential leaders and encourage them to apply for
one of these scholarships. The application form must be submitted by the individual applying for
Any questions about the application process may be directed to Terri Walker at 1-800-392-5839,
firstname.lastname@example.org, or 334-263-5913–Fax.
Completed forms should be returned to AEA, Attn: Darryl R. Sinkfield, Assistant
Executive Secretary for Field Services, Alabama Education Association, P.O. Box
4177, Montgomery, Alabama 36103-4177.
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