State Affiliate Presidents
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National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA)
Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN)
UniServ Managers (TURN)
FROM: Dennis Van Roekel, President
John Stocks, Executive Director
DATE: August 9, 2012
RE: Network of the Willing (NOW) Survey
Becoming true leaders of the education profession is a goal we at the NEA are
striving for every day. A significant part of this goal is broadening our advocacy
and building a network with you to move a progressive agenda to transform public
education. As we begin to broaden the scope of our advocacy, it is important to get
a clear picture of where you, our affiliates, leaders, and members, are currently
focusing your attention and to discover to what extent are you willing and able to
create a network – the Network of the Willing (NOW).
The NOW is a coalition of individuals, affiliates, and organizations – internal and
external to NEA – who are willing to partner with NEA in its efforts to be leaders
of the education profession.
NEA members and affiliates that are members of the NOW believe that an essential
role of a school employees’ union is to examine its policies, practices, and
advocacy through a lens that focuses on the positive impact they have on the quality
of teaching and learning.
External members of the NOW support the involvement of the Association in all
aspects of education policy and practice and have a proven commitment to an
education system that promotes both quality and equity.
All members of the NOW will be either:
Individual practitioners or leaders and/or state and local affiliates already
engaged in, or willing to begin, efforts to create a union-led quality education
profession, quality professionals, quality schools, quality policy, and quality
Champions of efforts to communicate the urgency and necessity of this work, and
advocate on its behalf; or
Interested in reshaping the dialogue to describe the important role of unions in
The major components of NOW will be:
Partnerships between the NEA, affiliates and/or other like-minded organizations to
change policy and/or implement innovative union-led strategies to lead the
Online and human resources and support for union-led reform efforts;
A community of like-minded unionists to engage around professional issues;
A “next-steps” plan of action for those who are ready to move to the next level;
A broad-based communications strategy which highlights union-led reform.
To find out about your ongoing or planned efforts at the state, local, or
individual level we are asking you to provide us with some basic information about
your interest in this type of coalition and your work to date in pursuing education
To provide that information, please go to
https://www.research.net/s.aspx?sm=X7ClHoasvo6Jbx0rWn7buQ_3d_3d and complete the
survey. We ask that you complete it by August 21, 2012.
If you have any questions about this survey or need other information related to the
NOW, please contact Bill Raabe, Senior Director of the Center for Great Public
Schools at email@example.com or call his office number 202-822-7169.
Thank you for all you do for students, public education, and all educators.