Communications Committee

Discuss and formulate methods to disseminate information regarding upcoming events/actions to members. These include creating flyers, posting to website, emailing, texting (Remind), BTA Benchmark articles, and other social media. These events or actions may include attendance at Board of Education meetings, rallies, happy hours, etc. Liaison to CTA communications regarding press releases. Other committees may ask for help with publicity.

Community Outreach Committee

Work with community organizations such as PTA, BTAC, UME Credit Union, firefighters’s union, police union, YMCA, Family Services Agency, and PFLAG. Some possibilities could be inviting them to events, co-sponsoring events, and disseminating info about BTA’s activities. Coordinate Thank a Soldier event in October, Care Walk in April, Community Night Out in August, and Relay for Life in May.

Justice and Equity Team (JET) Committee

Create a space for BTA members to reflect on their practices, access resources, confront systemic racism and oppression in the education system, advocate for social justice and equity at our school sites, and work to make sustainable change throughout our district. JET holds monthly meetings and plans to organize semester events. JET operates with the knowledge that LGBTQIA+ rights, women’s rights , and BIPOC rights are human rights.

Membership / Social Committee

Utilize strategies to connect with, engage, and retain members. Work on one on ones with members at sites. May connect with organizing to put on events to publicize benefits of membership. Plan events that will focus on member engagement. Plan and coordinate benefits and STRS workshops.

Plan and organize events to engage our members. Research venues and materials to hold these events. Plan activities when needed. Make sure events are publicized in the Benchmark.

Organizing / Political Action Committee

Plan activities and/or events around specific issues such as bargaining, elections, political campaigns, member attendance at BOE meetings. Create talking points. Come up with a protocol to put in place so that any event that rolls out is effective and efficient. Committee will need to interface with negotiations and membership at times.

Handle elections BTA needs to run such as officers, State Council, BOE elections, CTA propositions, political elections, and contract ratification. This means creating the ballots and flyers and doing any other paperwork connected to elections and PAC activities. Write articles on BTA, CTA and NEA issues for The Benchmark. Schedule meetings/coffees with BOE.

Professional Development Committee

Plan workshops led by our teachers after school at sites, the BTA office, or the District Office. Come up with a needs assessment survey to put out so we can ask members what they need. Work with District PD TOSAs when possible. Encourage colleagues to share their effective practices with others in the same grade level, or content areas. Plan Read Across America event and any event that will help build our profession.