Friday, March 10, 2017 at 3:00 PM EST
Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 5:00 PM EST

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Whispering Pines Conference Center 
27 Loutitt Lane
West Greenwich, RI 02817

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Stephanie Mandeville 
National Education Association Rhode Island 

NEARI March Institute - Advanced Leaders 

NEARI is hosting the March Institute on March 10-11, 2017, at Whispering Pines Conference Center on the URI Alton Jones Campus. It is designed to help advanced leaders develop strategies to strengthen their locals. All Institute costs are covered by NEARI. This year there will be two tracks; new/emerging leaders and advanced leaders.

Generally, advanced leaders may:

  • Have some experience and training in organizing
  • Have attended previous NEARI March Institutes or NEA's Northeast Institute
  • Have been in a union leadership position for a few years
  • Are ready to take the next steps to explore issues in more depth.  

The Institute is an overnight retreat-style learning experience. Participants will be expected to arrive Friday afternoon and stay through the last session on Saturday at 5pm. Accommodations are two attendees per room. Check-in at Whispering Pines begins at 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon. 

Advanced Leaders Agenda


5:00 pm Opening/Welcome

5:30 pm Guest Speaker: Steve Murphy, IBEW 

5:45 pm Dinner

7:00 pm Session: Power

8:30 pm Discussion: Connect Today to Tomorrow

9:00 pm Closing Followed by social


8:30 - 10:30 am Labor, Race & Gender

10:45 am - 12:15 pm  Session: Secrets of a Successful Organizer: Turning an Issue Into a Campaign

12:15 - 1:00 pm  Lunch

1:15 - 2:45 pm   Session: Bargaining for the Common Good

3:00 - 4:00 pm  Session: Cross Local Dialogue

4:00 - 5:00 pm   What happens when you organize?