By Lindsey Bailey
Serving teachers since 1995, PEN of Florida has membership in all of Florida’s school districts. When teachers learn about PEN, their first question is, “Why haven’t I heard about PEN before now?”. Professional Educators Network of Florida (PEN) is a professional organization for teachers and support staff throughout the state of Florida. PEN offers liability protections, legal representation, professional development and networking opportunities for educators in the Sunshine State. Here are just some of the reasons why teachers LOVE being a PEN member.
1. Lower Cost
PEN Members get the BEST price for the BEST coverage in the classroom. PEN members save about $412 a year (in comparison with other teacher organizations) in membership dues. PEN membership is only $218 a year or $18 a month.
2. Premier Coverage
Just because PEN’s price is lower doesn’t mean you are lowering your coverage. In fact, with PEN of Florida, you have immediate access to a REAL attorney when you have employment-related questions. PEN membership gives you 2 million dollars in liability protection and 10 thousand dollars in employment rights protection.
3. Dues money pays for your services, not agendas.
PEN is bipartisan and does not use your dues money to endorse political agendas in which you may or may not agree.
4. PEN is an advocate for Florida Teachers.
PEN’s mission is to make Florida a better place for teachers to teach and students to learn. PEN keeps members informed with legislative updates and employment-related news. PEN shares our members’ opinions with those making the decisions in Tallahassee.
5. PEN is a great place to network.
PEN members are some of the best educators in the state. They are focused on being premier educators for their career and students. Collaborate with this like-minded group through a members’ only facebook group and connection opportunities throughout the state.
6. Online Professional Development
PEN knows that teachers have many choices when it comes to professional development. PEN offers convenient online professional development courses to help keep your teaching certification as well as become the best educator that you can be.