Washington Welcomes Delegates to the 2012 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
Delegates have started arriving in our nation’s capital for the National Education Association’s 150th Annual Meeting and 91st Representative Assembly (RA), held from June 27–July 5.
The theme of this year’s RA is “NEA: We Educate America,” and nearly 9,000 public school teachers and education support professionals are expected to gather here in Washington, D.C. to set NEA policy for the upcoming year.
The meeting kicks off June 27 with “Outreach to Teach,” the annual event started by NEA’s Student Program as a way to give back to the city hosting the NEA Annual Meeting. More than 300 students and retired NEA members will spend the day sprucing up Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham, Maryland, a nearby D.C. suburb.
Highlights of this year’s RA include the presentation of America’s Greatest Education Governor award winner to Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, and addresses by the 2012 Education Support Professional of the Year, Judy Near, a health technician and attendance clerk at Skyline Elementary School in Canon City, Colorado, and the National Teacher of the Year, Rebecca Mieliwocki, an English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California.
Delegates will also take up issues to support NEA’s new action agenda, announced last December by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel. The Three-Part Action Agenda to Strengthen Teaching Profession will help transform the field of education and improve student learning.
Check back for updates on this important initiative and all of the events at this year’s RA.