Start Smart. Stay Smart.

Start Smart. Stay Smart.

hosted by MNEA early career educators

Sat., Jan. 19, 2019 

MNEA Kansas City Regional Office
4224 South Hocker Drive, Building 11, Independence, MO

Registration Fees

includes lunch and all-day coffee service 

MNEA Members - $15
Non-Members - $32

Note: Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration cost of this event.  

Registration deadline
Jan. 14.

This one-day, drive-in training is open to all current educators and college students interested in a career in education.

Come learn about how Missouri NEA can help you grow your network, set yourself up for success and gain great ideas from colleagues and other education community experts.   


8-8:50 a.m.                 Sign in, coffee, exhibits, register for door prizes 
9-10 a.m.                    Breakout sessions 1
10:10-11:40 a.m.         Breakout sessions 2
11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.   Lunch program and keynote speaker
1:30-2:30 p.m.            eMERGE meeting

Breakout sessions and exhibits

9-10 a.m.
Generation Debt: Erasing Student Loan Debt
Audience: Teachers in their first five years, student teachers, seniors in college
Presenter: Darby Boyd, affiliate relations specialist, NEA Member Benefits 

The latest NEA Member Benefits research shows recent graduates are leaving schools with greater and greater debt. This presentation focuses on how teachers who teach in “high impact schools” can get a portion of their Stafford and Perkins loans forgiven. Only applies to undergraduate degrees and those who have not consolidated their loans. 

PSRS for Early and Mid-Career Educators
Audience: Early and mid-career educators, college students
Presenter: Amanda Wooten, PSRS/PEERS 

Right Now you are working towards lifetime retirement benefits. 
Right Now you are providing financial protection to your loved ones because you are a member of PSRS.
Right Now you have a lot going on and retirement may seem too far away to think about, but retirement is one of the biggest investments you will make in your life. 

The Early and Mid-Career educator presentation is designed to educate and inform you of the advantages your membership provides to you and your loved ones Right Now and during the remainder of your lifetime. Please attend this presentation to learn more about your retirement system.

10:10-11:40 a.m.
How to Make that Difficult Parent Phone Call
Audience: Teachers and college students
Presenter: Christopher Eager, Consultant, BIST / Cornerstones of Care; former middle school teacher in Independence and Grandview School Districts

Don’t fear the parent phone call! Learn the 4 goals which all parents have for their children and how to use those goals to reduce resistance during phone calls and conferences. Learn specific language and techniques to help establish positive partnerships with parents. 

More Month than Money
Audience: All MNEA members and prospective members
Presenter: Darby Boyd, affiliate relations specialist, NEA Member Benefits 

The most popular training offered by NEA Member Benefits. This training focuses on setting financial goals, learning about various investment vehicles, tracking daily expenditures, creating a cash flow statement, and establishing a budget. A discussion around which NEA Member Benefits can help members meet their financial goals. Also includes components of the Extra Credit presentation on credit reports. 

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote: The Rights and Responsibilities of Public Educators

Presenter: Vincenzo Iuppa, MNEA associate general counsel

Although it is often overlooked in modern times, the idea of being in a “profession” has a specific and important meaning. Just as doctors and lawyers, educators work in a role that provides both flexibility and opportunity to exercise expertise while also having higher responsibilities and expectations. Vincenzo Iuppa draws on almost a decade of experience working with public educators to talk about the ways that these opportunities and expectations affect the legal rights of educators. His real-world examples, combined with an engaging style, will keep you engaged and lead you to think deeper about your career.

Vincenzo Iuppa, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Law, has worked for the Missouri NEA since 2010 and is now MNEA’s associate general counsel. Iuppa represents MNEA members in employment and labor issues, including discipline matters, license and certificate disputes, and matters with the Missouri Children’s Division. In addition to representing members, Iuppa provides training on public education legal issues to MNEA groups, school district personnel, and other organizations. In his personal life, Vincenzo is an avid reader and traveler who is always in the middle of planning his next trip with his wife, Courtney.

1:30-2:30 p.m. 
eMERGE meeting 
Missouri NEA members in their first five years of employment are invited to stay for this regional organizational meeting.


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Start Smart. Stay Smart. (Jan. 19)
Registration fee includes lunch and all-day coffee.

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