Plan to attend professional development workshops

By Anita Gibson, AEA President

I want to encourage each of you to make plans to attend the 2014 Divisional Professional Development Conference. This year’s conference promises to be inspiring and packed with quality professional development opportunities for every AEA member.

I have stated many times in my articles that it is time for everyone to take ownership in their professional association. This conference will provide the information you need to take your level of participation to the next phase, that of ownership.

The planning committee is working very hard with leaders from each division to ensure that we are providing workshops based on information that will be helpful to everyone. There will be something specific for members of each division, as well as special workshops on messaging, building for capacity, using social media to promote our association, and getting ready for the 2014 election.

I am excited about the various workshops being planned for not only professional development opportunities, but personal association growth as well. Mr. Bill Britt, editor of the Alabama Political Reporter, will be our keynote speaker on Friday night. Saturday morning we will hear from Ramona Oliver, NEA staff, and Larry Lee will share his special insights and observations with us during our luncheon. We will close our conference with remarks from Dr. Mabry and Dr. Graves.

Please check next week’s Journal for workshop titles and descriptions.

I also want to encourage each local to send at least one member who is 35 or younger who has never attended the AEA Divisional Conference. I have planned a special session for this group on Friday afternoon at 4:30. Please send me the name of your member who qualifies for this session as soon as possible so that I may correspond with them prior to the conference. If you are a member paying your own way to this conference and meet these qualifications, please contact me as well.

On another note ….

These are busy times for each of us. Whether it is pressures from work, family obligations, or just dealing with the constant attacks on our profession, we all bear extra burdens and responsibilities. Please take time to be good to yourselves and those around you. I will leave you with this very popular and well known poem:


Don’t Quit

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will, when the road you’re trudging seems all uphill, when the funds are low and the debts are high, and you want to smile, but you have to sigh, when care is pressing you down a bit, rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is strange with its twists and turns, as everyone of us sometimes learns, and many a failure turns about, when he might have won had he stuck it out; don’t give up though the pace seems slow—you may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than it seems to a faint and faltering man, often the struggler has given up, when he might have captured the victor’s cup, and he learned too late when the night slipped down, how close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out—the silver tint of the clouds of doubt, and you never can tell how close you are, it may be near when it seems so far, so stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit—it’s when things seem worst that you must not quit!

As we continue going through the 2014 legislative session and as we prepare for the 2014 election, “rest if you must, but don’t you quit.”

Date: 02/21/14
Category: Conferences

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