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Paul Mann - Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award

Former Des Moines Education Association President Receives NEA Award Posthumously

WASHINGTON - July 02, 2008 -

An American history and government teacher from Des Moines, Iowa who inspired a multitude of students and a generation of teachers, Paul Mann will receive the National Education Association's Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award as part of the Association's 42nd annual Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on July 2, 2008.

The NEA's Applegate-Dorros Peace and International Understanding Award is presented to an NEA member whose activities in education contribute to international understanding and motivate youth to work for world peace.

"Paul Mann's energy, enthusiasm and dedication inspired others to make a difference," said Reg Weaver, NEA president. "He taught his students to think globally, participate in the electoral process and debate political issues. Paul was one of those teachers who could make any student an overachiever."

Mann's commitment to world peace was demonstrated by the many organizations he worked with to accomplish this goal. He served as national co-chair of the NEA Peace and Justice Caucus for seven years and treasurer for two years.  He organized a peace march in Des Moines and marched for peace in Washington, D.C., and New York. Mann was also involved in the Educators to Stop the War.

In addition, his commitment to international issues was evident in the annual fundraiser he held to support friends, colleagues and former students who were helping students and families in Chiapas, Mexico. His enthusiasm and drive were so great that he raised enough money to build a school in Chiapas.

"Paul Mann was a tireless advocate for students and public schools," said Weaver. "His sudden loss in September 2006 was felt tremendously by all who knew him. The NEA is so pleased to honor Paul with the Applegate-Dorros Award."

Paul Mann served as president of the Des Moines Education Association for eight years and helped negotiate one of the best labor agreements in the local Association's history. Mann also helped make historic improvements in Des Moines' teacher retirement system. In addition, he was Midwest region director for the National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA). He was also a delegate to 25 consecutive NEA Representative Assemblies.  Paul's wife Lola will accept the award on his behalf at the awards dinner.

Irvamae Applegate was NEA president from 1966 to 1967 and was an Executive Committee member of the World Confederation of Organizations of the Teaching Profession (now Education International).  Sidney Dorros was a consultant to the NEA Bicentennial Committee who worked tirelessly to promote international understanding and to involve young people in world peace efforts.


The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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