|Out with the Old, in with the New!|
|posted by: Alana | December 16, 2014, 12:35 AM|
Mike Antonucci from the Education Intelligence Agency couldn’t have put it better when he said that for unions to really make great strides on behalf of Millenials in the teaching profession it “would require sacrificing the interests of those in the room for those still outside of the building.”
You see, data acquired from the 2013 and 2014 NEA conventions revealed that the average age of the unions most active delegates fall between the ages of 49 and 51, while the percentage of delegates under 35 was a measly 8-10 percent.
So what does this mean for younger teachers?
It means that the average union delegate has around 20 years’ experience in the classroom and many might not be as familiar with the issues facing the future of the profession. It also speaks volumes to the fact that the union is no longer of value to the next generation of educators.
And factors like these that are having a heavy impact on member recruitment and retention within even the nation’s largest teachers’ unions.
Conversely, AAE and our state chapters are growing by leaps and bounds. Not only are we attracting teachers new to the profession in many public charter schools, we have a diverse membership of dedicated professionals in all schools settings.
And that’s because teachers are drawn to new, innovative environments that meet their needs without pricey dues or partisan politics.
What do you think is the best way to attract Millenial teachers?