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continued from page 5 These are just a few of the issues that will be addressed at our annual conference. Our advocacy efforts carry significant weight with legislators. We take your voice to the policymakers, skillfully advocating for your priorities and rights. Our efforts are nonpartisan and focus only on public education in Tennessee, not outside issues. We know our members care deeply about public education. That is why we provide opportunities to get involved and effect change yourself. We invite you to attend Leader U on June 30, 2017, at MTSU. More importantly we want you to know we listen to our members and your voice is being heard at the Tennessee General Assembly. Our members define our legislative priorities and advocacy efforts, and we make sure our professional learning activities align with our member needs. Executive Director National Mental Health Awareness Month Did you know that May is National Mental Health Awareness Month? Being an educator can put you at a higher risk of stress, anxiety and even depression. Teachers and other school personnel are often the first to notice behavioral and social changes in the children they spend so much time with every day. Check out the Educators Mental Health Series in the Leader U On-Demand Learning Portal to learn how to recognize signs and symptoms, and what you can do next.