This last weekend, 55 OEA members attended the Western Region Leadership Conference held in Austin, Texas. This year's conference theme "One Message, May Voices...Great in '08-Great Schools, Great Voices, Great Leaders featured a variety of workshops to enhance leadership development at the local, state, and national level.
Topics range from closing achievement gaps, the partnership for 21st century learning skills, IDEA, NCLB, bipartisan political action and taxation, economic development and school funding to name just a few.
The WRLC is preceded by both the Women's and Minority Issues conferences. Pictured here are some of the attendees of the Minority conference: Francisca Jensen, Norman;Debbie Hogue-Downing, Retired; Veronica Tolliver, Edmond; Lori Duncan, Ft. Gibson; Pam Ramey, Lawton; Deitrya Anderson, Tulsa; and Bruce Harrison, Lawton.
During the conference, hearings are held for input on the NEA Budget, Legislative program and Resolutions. All attendees have the chance to ask questions and provide input to the development of these areas.
Raising dollars to support the NEA Fund for Children and Public Education is also done at the conference. Dues dollars are not given to political candidates so the Fund relies on contributions from members. Oklahoma participants donated over $2100 to the over $25,000 collected at this year's conference.