Registration for Classified Conference 2021: Growing Together, Growing Stronger

Please note the following important UPDATED information:

  • Although we have reached conference capacity, we have extended conference registration until Monday, March 8. Some workshops are no longer accepting new registrants
  • If you are registering later than Tuesday, March 2nd, you may be waitlisted for workshops. We have expanded the conference capacity, but you are not guaranteed to receive all conference materials via mail nor your workshop choice.
  • Union membership is required to attend the conference. If you are not yet a union member, you will need to fill out a membership form with your local before attending the conference.
  • Please plan on attending both workshops sessions (9-11am and 12:30-2:30pm), as conference attendance is limited to only 100 attendees and we do expect a waitlist for the certain workshops.

Date: Saturday, March 13

Time: 8:30AM to 3:00PM

Welcome to registration for the Classified Conference 2021: Growing Together, Growing Stronger! The conference date marks the one year anniversary of the closing of preK-12 school buildings throughout Washington State due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. This past year has brought challenges, mourning, awareness, and tragedy to many of us. Despite the immense trials we faced this past year, we know that we our work is essential and that our unions have grown stronger through the shared experience. This year’s conference will happen virtually via Zoom and there will be opportunities to meet informally with other union members from different school districts, job classes, and unions.

The full conference schedule and biographies of workshop presenters can be found at: http://wa.aft.org/classified-members

Please note the following important information:

  • Union membership is required to attend the conference. If you are not yet a union member, you will need to fill out a membership form with your local before attending the conference.
  • Please plan on attending both workshops sessions (9-11am and 12:30-2:30pm), as conference attendance is limited to only 100 attendees and we do expect a waitlist for the conference.
  • In order to receive all conference materials, please register no later than 5pm on Tuesday, March 2nd. Registration will officially close on Monday, March 8th, or sooner if the maximum attendance of 100 participants is reached.

Registration:

We cannot send correspondence to work emails so please provide your personal email address.

Mailing Address:

Conference materials will be sent in USPS mail. Please provide your home mailing address below:

Format like: 123 Street SW Apt 1

Conference Workshops:

You will be assigned to two workshops based on your preferences. All workshops qualify for USDA continuing education credits for UCWU Nutrition workers represented by UCWU 4795. In addition, all workshops are approved by Tacoma Public Schools to qualify for Professional Development under the Tacoma 461 Collective Bargaining Agreement:

Vaccines: Personal and Public Health Perspectives

This workshop is designed to inform participants about the physiological effects of the COVID-19 vaccine, possible side effects and the historical significance of vaccine hesitancy in marginalized communities. There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenters following the workshop.

Trauma-informed Education in an Early Childhood Education Setting

In this 2-hour workshop, we will be examining the foundation of trauma-informed education and why it is crucial to successful student outcomes.  We will discuss how to view behavior through a trauma-informed lens and explore practical ideas to implement trauma informed approaches in the classroom.

Nutrition, Food Insecurity and Student Learning

Access to nutritious food is necessary for every child to learn. School nutrition programs play a vital role, especially during the pandemic, to get healthy food to students in need. Workshop participants will learn about food insecurity and its increase during the pandemic, and how access to food can affect students' ability to learn.

Return to a Better Normal

This workshop is designed to see how best to tackle the challenges of trauma from the Pandemic, the effects of it on our students, and using what was meant to destroy to support growing together and growing stronger.

Interrupting Unconscious Bias

How does our unconscious racialized bias affect our interactions with students and coworkers? We will explore where unconscious bias originates from and how we recognize it in the school environment. In addition, we will learn the skills needed to interrupt it.

This workshop is presented as part of the Washington State Labor Council's (WSLC) racial justice program as outlined by WSLC Convention Resolutions. Our working definition: Racism is a system of oppression, designed to divide the working class, so the wealthy elite can consolidate their wealth and power at the very top. 

 

Select your workshops:

Please use the drop down selection under each workshop title below to rank the workshops in order of your preference to attend. (Note: Please choose a unique option for each workshop below -- "1st choice" for one workshop, "2nd choice" for a different workshop, and so forth. Your registration will not work if you select that every workshop is your first choice.)

You will be assigned to two workshops based on your preferences. 

 

You will receive a confirmation of your registration from AFT Washington directly at a later time; this system does not automatically generate confirmations.