Session Descriptions

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Session 1:

Session 1 breakouts are aligned to specific officer positions tailored for various district sizes.  These sessions will provide CTA officers ideas and techniques being used by other successful CTAs in like-sized districts.  This breakout session is intended to be interactive.  Participation and networking are encouraged. The following is a general guide for determining which breakout you want to register to attend.

Large districts:  Comprised of multiple high and middle schools

Medium districts: One high school, multiple middle and elementary schools

Small districts: One or less of each building.

 

President/President-Elect/Vice President

 

Treasurers
All Size Schools Facilitators: Bruce Moe, MSTA Executive Director and Gail McCray, MSTA Legal Counsel

Secretaries/Building Reps/Membership Chairs

 

Session 2

 

Advocacy in Education (Leadership)

Advocacy in Education will include a short overview of the past legislative session and a look into the current election and next year’s legislative session. Members can also learn how to be effective advocates for public education. The session will help members identify opportunities and develop skills to be a voice for their students, teachers and community.

Presented by Matt Michelson, MSTA governmental relations director

 

Arrr You Ready to be Inspired? (Membership Engagement)

Shiver me timbers…. Look no further as we set sail through the sea of CTAs with just a small crew to those with many hands on deck. Come learn how we have opened the lines of communication with our administrators, created a welcoming culture throughout our district, and went from being drab to fab. In this session, attendees will learn the treasures which have been used to boost membership and make our CTA a meaningful organization who supports all staff and makes their voices heard. Don’t miss out and have to walk the plank!

Presented by Tonja Boggs, Michelle Krog & Jacki Clements, Slater CTA

 

Enlisting and Engaging Members (Membership Engagement)

Enlisting and engaging CTA members is a task that is difficult for schools of all sizes. How do you make CTA meetings effective and exciting for teachers who are ready to get home after a hectic day? How can you get new teachers involved in established CTAs? How do you increase your stagnant numbers? When funds are low, the fun doesn’t have to be! Through incentives, give-a-ways, and streamlined meetings, teachers and staff will be more than eager to join your local CTA! Raffles for membership dues, jeans day stickers, staff shout-outs, pick-me-up truck deliveries, and an engaging social media presence are just a few concepts this session will go over.

Presented by Mackenzie Thompson, Scott County R-4

 

Handling Difficult Conversations in a Leadership Position (Communication and Leadership)

Learning how to talk through problems with a boss or co-worker can be a powerful tool that keeps unnecessary workplace confrontation to a minimum. Join the MSTA legal department for an interactive presentation which focuses on the skills you need and what you can do to resolve conflicts in both the workplace and your personal life.

Presented by Kyle Farmer, Jane O’Toole, and Scott Smith, MSTA staff attorneys

 

Leading with Kindness to Build Bridges with Administration (Leadership and Technology)

As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” Leadership can be stressful, particularly in challenging situations. Participants will use the technology tool Seesaw to learn tips and tricks to lead their CTA while maintaining optimism and grace. Learn about one CTA leader’s experiences using kindness and positive communication to build relationships with critical district administration and staff, and how this fosters positive outcomes for staff and students. Communication does not happen solely in board rooms anymore. Participants will brainstorm new ways to build bridges with decision-makers in their district to increase their CTA’s voice. They will learn how to encourage members to showcase their talents to be a better CTA collectively. Note: Participants must bring a device, such as a phone or a computer, to interact with the Seesaw platform.

Presented by Denise Peters, St. Joseph CTA

 

Make It-Take It (Membership Recruitment)

The Make It-Take It session has become a favorite for many attendees over the past several years because it is a fun and interactive session. Attendees leave with a multitude of recruitment ideas and practical tools they can apply immediately in their organization, regardless of size, AND several completed projects to use for recruitment or adapt for member engagement. Last year’s presentation focused on the most basic tools for recruitment. This year’s presentation will review those tools and will also include more detailed projects that participants with any skill level can complete successfully, all in a fun and sharing atmosphere. Scissors and supplies will be provided, and templates for all shared ideas will be available to attendees.

Presented by Amanda Bradshaw, Mount Vernon CTA

 

Managing Time and Tasks to Maximize Productivity (Time Management)

If you have it all together……if your to-do list is always to-done and your laundry is never left in a pile on your couch for a day (or two) then keep scrolling because this session is not for you! But, if you wish you had more organization to your chaos, a system for keeping track of your life and time to do the things you enjoy, then come on in-we’ll clean off a space for you!

Presented by Nicole Nowlin, Lee’s Summit CTA

 

Non-Traditional Communication with Your CTA (Communication)

In this session you will learn different ways to get your CTA involved in different ways than normal. Getting your CTA members involved is something all CTAs struggle with. In St. Joseph we have done some out-of-the-box things this year which have been successful. Come learn how to incorporate social media, short videos, social events, etc., to drive your CTA meetings and get people involved in CTA activities.

Presented by Ashley Stanton & Ryan VanDyke, St. Joseph CTA

 

Positive Leadership Feeds Positive Teams to Achieve Success (Leadership)

This workshop will focus on using the work of Jon Gordon, a best-selling author. Jon’s work focuses on success through positivity. In this presentation, participants will identify negative barriers, address those barriers using “positive conflict,” and discuss solutions to transform their organization from the inside out. Real-life situations will be shared with negative and positive outcomes. Attendees will walk away with tools to help build a team and work together to create positive successes.

Presented by Sarah Randall, Fox C-6 CTA

 

Real. Simple. Purpose (Work/Life Balance and Leadership)

Every leader begins with one thing in mind. One driving force. One real, simple, purpose that can change everything. The reality is that achieving our purpose isn’t always that simple. Sideways action, time pressure and emotional vampires, can distract us from taking the leap to make these intentions a reality. This presentation is designed to be the bridge between action and intention providing the leader with focused and targeted steps to clarify purpose, align core values, and create actionable steps that can bring your purpose to life.

Presented by Bryson Travis & Nic Vasquez, Excelsior Springs CTA

 

#Teachers4Teachers (Member Engagement and Leadership)

Coaching. Advising. Training. Learning. Mentoring. Goal-setting. And Teaching. You have to juggle many roles to be successful. Want help? Come to this session to learn how to improve your school climate by supporting the teacher next door. Create a school family which thrives for the next nine months and beyond.

Presented by Heidi Beatty, Northwest Nodaway R-5 CTA

 

Using Google to Collaborate Membership and Meetings (Technology)

Attendees will learn how to use Google sheets to house membership, Google calendar to organize meetings, and Google docs to manage records. There are advanced Google sheet features to organize membership data for easier management for multiple-building districts. Once your membership is organized, it is easy to use Google calendar to send meeting invites to all members, or even to specific buildings. Meeting notes and agendas can be stored using unique features in Google docs to be accessed later.

Presented by Phillip Hodges, Fort Osage CTA

 

Using Video to Enhance Membership Involvement (Member Engagement and Communication)

This year we have used video to get information out to our members in a fun, interesting way. We have even used video in place of one of those meetings that “could have been an email.” Our videos are engaging, informative and have included famous characters such as Buddy the Elf, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Our goal this year was to get more involvement throughout the district and ensure all of our teachers and staff feel included. In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate techniques we have used to make this goal successful.

Presented by Adam Hogan & Andrea Parsons-Briley, Webb City CTA

 

The Who, What, How and Why of MSTA (Leadership)

Join MSTA Executive Director, Bruce Moe for a deep dive into all things MSTA. Drawing on his 31 years with MSTA, Bruce will answer the questions about MSTA you didn’t know you had. Curious about MSTA’s structure? He’ll cover that. Want a dash of history? He has that too. How about why there are two teacher groups in Missouri? Bruce will talk about it. Have a question about how decisions are made? Got it covered. Whether you are a new leader, or veteran of many years, there is something for you in this session.

Presented by Bruce Moe, MSTA Executive Director

 

Zooming Through Meetings (Technology and Member Engagement)

Take your CTA meetings to a new level with Zoom! This session will explore how to effectively use Zoom video conferencing technology to engage and involve members from the comfort of their home, desk, classroom or car. Learn how to use Zoom and discover all of the benefits it has to offer, from collaboration to streamlined calendaring.

Presented by Megan Richner & Trish Boyles, Stockton CTA

 

Session 3

Collaborative Circles 

This session is participant-driven and will follow a roundtable style of discussion. Sometimes the best learning is born from informal conversations.  Member Service Coordinators will moderate the roundtables to provide guidance and assist participants in exploring topics.  Participants should come armed with questions, challenges and/or concerns important to their CTA to address.  This session is all about networking, so be prepared to help your fellow leaders brainstorm ideas and collaborate on solutions to common and pressing leadership problems.

Session 4

 

Advocacy in Education (Leadership)

Advocacy in Education will include a short overview of the past legislative session and a look into the current election and next year’s legislative session. Members can also learn how to be effective advocates for public education. The session will help members identify opportunities and develop skills to be a voice for their students, teachers and community.

Presented by Matt Michelson, MSTA governmental relations director

 

Arrr You Ready to be Inspired? (Membership Engagement)

Shiver me timbers…. Look no further as we set sail through the sea of CTAs with just a small crew to those with many hands on deck. Come learn how we have opened the lines of communication with our administrators, created a welcoming culture throughout our district, and went from being drab to fab. In this session, attendees will learn the treasures which have been used to boost membership and make our CTA a meaningful organization who supports all staff and makes their voices heard. Don’t miss out and have to walk the plank!

Presented by Tonja Boggs, Michelle Krog & Jacki Clements, Slater CTA

 

Enlisting and Engaging Members (Membership Engagement)

Enlisting and engaging CTA members is a task that is difficult for schools of all sizes. How do you make CTA meetings effective and exciting for teachers who are ready to get home after a hectic day? How can you get new teachers involved in established CTAs? How do you increase your stagnant numbers? When funds are low, the fun doesn’t have to be! Through incentives, give-a-ways, and streamlined meetings, teachers and staff will be more than eager to join your local CTA! Raffles for membership dues, jeans day stickers, staff shout-outs, pick-me-up truck deliveries, and an engaging social media presence are just a few concepts this session will go over.

Presented by Mackenzie Thompson, Scott County R-4

 

Handling Difficult Conversations in a Leadership Position (Communication and Leadership)

Learning how to talk through problems with a boss or co-worker can be a powerful tool that keeps unnecessary workplace confrontation to a minimum. Join the MSTA legal department for an interactive presentation which focuses on the skills you need and what you can do to resolve conflicts in both the workplace and your personal life.

Presented by Kyle Farmer, Jane O’Toole, and Scott Smith, MSTA staff attorneys

 

Leading with Kindness to Build Bridges with Administration (Leadership and Technology)

As Mother Teresa said, “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” Leadership can be stressful, particularly in challenging situations. Participants will use the technology tool Seesaw to learn tips and tricks to lead their CTA while maintaining optimism and grace. Learn about one CTA leader’s experiences using kindness and positive communication to build relationships with critical district administration and staff, and how this fosters positive outcomes for staff and students. Communication does not happen solely in board rooms anymore. Participants will brainstorm new ways to build bridges with decision-makers in their district to increase their CTA’s voice. They will learn how to encourage members to showcase their talents to be a better CTA collectively. Note: Participants must bring a device, such as a phone or a computer, to interact with the Seesaw platform.

Presented by Denise Peters, St. Joseph CTA

 

Make It-Take It (Membership Recruitment)

The Make It-Take It session has become a favorite for many attendees over the past several years because it is a fun and interactive session. Attendees leave with a multitude of recruitment ideas and practical tools they can apply immediately in their organization, regardless of size, AND several completed projects to use for recruitment or adapt for member engagement. Last year’s presentation focused on the most basic tools for recruitment. This year’s presentation will review those tools and will also include more detailed projects that participants with any skill level can complete successfully, all in a fun and sharing atmosphere. Scissors and supplies will be provided, and templates for all shared ideas will be available to attendees.

Presented by Amanda Bradshaw, Mount Vernon CTA

 

Managing Time and Tasks to Maximize Productivity (Time Management)

If you have it all together……if your to-do list is always to-done and your laundry is never left in a pile on your couch for a day (or two) then keep scrolling because this session is not for you! But, if you wish you had more organization to your chaos, a system for keeping track of your life and time to do the things you enjoy, then come on in-we’ll clean off a space for you!

Presented by Nicole Nowlin, Lee’s Summit CTA

 

Non-Traditional Communication with Your CTA (Communication)

In this session you will learn different ways to get your CTA involved in different ways than normal. Getting your CTA members involved is something all CTAs struggle with. In St. Joseph we have done some out-of-the-box things this year which have been successful. Come learn how to incorporate social media, short videos, social events, etc., to drive your CTA meetings and get people involved in CTA activities.

Presented by Ashley Stanton & Ryan VanDyke, St. Joseph CTA

 

Positive Leadership Feeds Positive Teams to Achieve Success (Leadership)

This workshop will focus on using the work of Jon Gordon, a best-selling author. Jon’s work focuses on success through positivity. In this presentation, participants will identify negative barriers, address those barriers using “positive conflict,” and discuss solutions to transform their organization from the inside out. Real-life situations will be shared with negative and positive outcomes. Attendees will walk away with tools to help build a team and work together to create positive successes.

Presented by Sarah Randall, Fox C-6 CTA

 

Real. Simple. Purpose (Work/Life Balance and Leadership)

Every leader begins with one thing in mind. One driving force. One real, simple, purpose that can change everything. The reality is that achieving our purpose isn’t always that simple. Sideways action, time pressure and emotional vampires, can distract us from taking the leap to make these intentions a reality. This presentation is designed to be the bridge between action and intention providing the leader with focused and targeted steps to clarify purpose, align core values, and create actionable steps that can bring your purpose to life.

Presented by Bryson Travis & Nic Vasquez, Excelsior Springs CTA

 

#Teachers4Teachers (Member Engagement and Leadership)

Coaching. Advising. Training. Learning. Mentoring. Goal-setting. And Teaching. You have to juggle many roles to be successful. Want help? Come to this session to learn how to improve your school climate by supporting the teacher next door. Create a school family which thrives for the next nine months and beyond.

Presented by Heidi Beatty, Northwest Nodaway R-5 CTA

 

Using Google to Collaborate Membership and Meetings (Technology)

Attendees will learn how to use Google sheets to house membership, Google calendar to organize meetings, and Google docs to manage records. There are advanced Google sheet features to organize membership data for easier management for multiple-building districts. Once your membership is organized, it is easy to use Google calendar to send meeting invites to all members, or even to specific buildings. Meeting notes and agendas can be stored using unique features in Google docs to be accessed later.

Presented by Phillip Hodges, Fort Osage CTA

 

Using Video to Enhance Membership Involvement (Member Engagement and Communication)

This year we have used video to get information out to our members in a fun, interesting way. We have even used video in place of one of those meetings that “could have been an email.” Our videos are engaging, informative and have included famous characters such as Buddy the Elf, Santa and Mrs. Claus. Our goal this year was to get more involvement throughout the district and ensure all of our teachers and staff feel included. In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate techniques we have used to make this goal successful.

Presented by Adam Hogan & Andrea Parsons-Briley, Webb City CTA

 

The Who, What, How and Why of MSTA (Leadership)

Join MSTA Executive Director, Bruce Moe for a deep dive into all things MSTA. Drawing on his 31 years with MSTA, Bruce will answer the questions about MSTA you didn’t know you had. Curious about MSTA’s structure? He’ll cover that. Want a dash of history? He has that too. How about why there are two teacher groups in Missouri? Bruce will talk about it. Have a question about how decisions are made? Got it covered. Whether you are a new leader, or veteran of many years, there is something for you in this session.

Presented by Bruce Moe, MSTA Executive Director

 

Zooming Through Meetings (Technology and Member Engagement)

Take your CTA meetings to a new level with Zoom! This session will explore how to effectively use Zoom video conferencing technology to engage and involve members from the comfort of their home, desk, classroom or car. Learn how to use Zoom and discover all of the benefits it has to offer, from collaboration to streamlined calendaring.

Presented by Megan Richner & Trish Boyles, Stockton CTA