The Peach State Welcomes Delegates to the 2013 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
Delegates from around the country have started arriving in Atlanta, Georgia, for the National Education Association’s 151st Annual Meeting and 92nd Representative Assembly (RA), held from June 29—July 6 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The theme of this year’s RA is “NEA: We Educate America,” and nearly 9,000 public school teachers and education support professionals (ESPs) are expected to gather here in the Peach State to set NEA policy for the upcoming year.
Outreach to Teach
The meeting kicks off June 29 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. Educators of all stripes — current, future and retired teachers, higher education faculty, and ESPs — will clean, paint, repair, and beautify Thomasville Heights Elementary School.
Social Justice at the Annual Meeting
Also beginning on Saturday is NEA’s Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women whose theme is “Action Now: Organizing the Power of Diversity.” Participants will explore the social justice challenges facing educators and students across America, and will hear from prominent trailblazers such as labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta, fair pay advocate Lilly Ledbetter, and oral historian Warren S. Nishimoto, PhD.
Atlanta Braves Read-In
On Sunday the Atlanta Braves will team up with NEA’s Read Across America to host a special read-in, supported by national partner Renaissance Dental, to show kids that reading can be just as much fun as a day at the ballpark. Braves players will trade in their baseball caps for the Seuss-style red and white stovepipe hats and join the Dr. Seuss’s famous feline—the Cat in the Hat—to read with local students as part of its summer program, “Home Run Readers.” The reading excitement starts at 11 a.m. at the Homeplate Patio at Turner Field.
NEA Members Lead Education Policy
“Raise Your Hand for Public Education Day” on July 2 will introduce NEA’s campaign to engage and energize members to take an active role in shaping policy, practice and preparation to meet the demands of the 21st century education profession. The day will feature some of the most prominent leaders in education, including Linda Darling-Hammond.
ESP and Teacher of the Year
As delegates celebrate Independence Day on the RA floor, they’ll hear from the 2013 NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year is Donna Schulze, a paraeducator at Phelps Luck Elementary School in Columbia, Md. On July 5, The 2013 National Teacher of the Year, Jeff Charbonneau, a science teacher at Zillah High School in the Yakima Valley in Washington State, will address delegates.
Check back for updates from all the events and issues covered at this year’s RA.