New Educators Network helps build confidence

Julie Moon

The New Educators Network (NEN) program is aimed at developing and mentoring early career teachers as activists within their school workplace committees and associations. It also provides a network of like-minded people across the state.

Being part of NEN broadens the perspectives of participants, leading to a greater understanding of state-wide issues affecting teachers. Members who are involved in the program develop their skills in public speaking, campaigning in the local area and in recruitment. Those who have undertaken the program have said it helped them become more confident as a teacher and as an activist.

Membership to NEN is by invitation of the local organiser. If members are interested in becoming part of the New Educators Network they should regularly attend association meetings, be part of the school’s workplace committee and be an active member of the union.

Another way to become active in Federation is to attend the New Activists Conference. This year’s conference will be held on Saturday October 10 from 9am–5pm at the Federation Conference Centre, 37 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills.

The conference is for teachers in their first five years of teaching, or first 10 years if they hold a Federation position, who are interested in becoming more active within the Federation.

One delegate from each school Association will be funded by the Federation. In addition, the Federation funds 20 Aboriginal members, 20 TAFE members and five Corrective Services members.

Registration forms for the conference are located here on Federation’s website.l