Why are you a member of SHAPE America or your state association? Is it for all of those membership benefits? Is it so you can attend an upcoming convention or conference?
What if we rethink this? I am going to ask you to be a member of your professional organization for two very important and specific reasons.
First, be a member for you. Be a member as an investment in YOU and YOUR professional position. You will be connected to some of the highest quality professionals. You will have the opportunity to learn from and share with these high quality professionals. Through collaboration your professional learning will be pushed to another level. You’ll develop a growth mindset. In turn, this will allow you to bring the most effective and current teaching to your students, making you and your students the winners in this whole process. And that is the best outcome we could ever want.
Second, be a member because that’s what professionals do. They support the goals, ideals and missions of their state and national organization by being members. And, better yet, your participation in your state and national organizations can truly impact our profession.
As we enter the convention and conference season, I hope you will consider this mindset change when you decide to become a member of your state association and/or national organization, SHAPE America.
To paraphrase John F. Kennedy:
“Ask not what your professional organizations can do for you… ask what you can do for your professional organizations.”Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in