‘Unite, Inspire, Lead’: Educators Gather at NEA Leadership Summit

Educators empower students to follow their dreams on a daily basis, but this past weekend, 1,500 educators came together to empower one another at NEA’s third annual National Leadership Summit held in Dallas, Texas.
Educators representing all 50 states were in attendance for the summit, “Unite, Inspire, Lead: Empowering Educators for Success.” Participants attended high-level breakout sessions that addressed all six NEA leadership competencies: Advocacy, Business, Governance and Leadership, Communication, Organizing and Leading our Professionals.
With breakout sessions revolving around NEA’s competency based framework, the conference aimed to help prepare NEA members to become the best educators possible, through discussions on leadership skills, the importance of collaboration, effective communication and campaign building.
In her keynote address to the summit, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García reinforced the importance of the summit.
“We are here to learn about the power of our voice – our individual voice and our collective union megaphone to tell our stories – we’re here to learn new ways to do big things with that voice,” Eskelsen García said. “Everything that you are about to experience in the next two days is consciously, carefully designed and aligned to give you something – not just to learn – but to examine and chew on it and reflect about what it means or doesn’t mean to you.”
General sessions were held all three days; with keynote speakers and moderators from various fields hoping …