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EdSA Bulletin #2

Dear Colleagues,

Last Thursday we had a great presidents’ get together using Zoom which provided an opportunity to share ideas, concerns and strategies with colleagues.  Unsurprisingly, the issues shared were common across all associations. One issue, in particular, was about how we continue to provide value to our members in a very changed environment.

Member value has been a hot topic for every association across Australia. The best advice I have seen recommends:
  • Staying connected to your association community; we may be isolating but that does not mean we have to be isolated. Keep in regular contact with your members via email, social media or other means. 
     
  • Avoid overly discounting membership fees and event enrolment fees. Though it may seem like a helpful thing to do, you do not want to devalue what you offer as an association.  For membership fees, consider if you are in a position to offer extensions to fee due dates instead. For online professional learning, consider reducing the price by removing the venue and catering costs, but don’t go further than this. 
     
  • Looking for novel ways to provide member value.  These can be simple, require minimal skills and be very cost effective.  At a time when people are desperate to connect and share ideas, you could:

    -Set up Zoom ‘virtual coffee’ sessions where people can join in and hear what others are doing in your learning or focus area and share their ideas.

    -Set up a ‘teach meet’; establish a particular topic to be discussed and invite members to join in the online discussion.

    -Set up a closed Facebook page or group just for members to exchange ideas, particularly around online learning and surviving in a changing work environment.

    All of these are easy and quick to set up and don’t require much expertise, just someone to MC the meeting or monitor the Facebook page.  Don’t forget, if you need to use Zoom, we can provide access to the ‘pro’ version for free during April and May.

Feel free to share any initiatives you’ve tried; just email them to Liz at office@edsa.sa.edu.au 

Rod.
Government Financial Assistance
If your association employs staff, you can check your association's eligibility for the JobKeeper Scheme. The Commissioner has extended the time to enrol for the initial JobKeeper periods, from 30 April 2020 until 31 May 2020. In addition to this, the State Government is offering cash grants of $1000 for not-for-profit organisations which are aimed at minimising job losses. For more information, click here.
 
Some Useful Links



Using Microsoft Teams, Zoom or Google Classroom? Flipped Classroom Tutorials on YouTube has some fantastic videos to help you use these platforms effectively (and without .
 

Is your association using social media effectively? Try this 15-minute social media audit by Buffer to find out! 
 

Teacher Magazine keeps an updated list of engaging Podcasts specifically for educators. Hear about a range of topics, including dissolving the gender gap in STEM and behaviour management in the classroom. 
 


BBC Education has a series of thought-provoking interviews on major education topics. Whilst filmed a few years ago, the series remains relevant and interesting.
 
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