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Nearly 9,000 educators will gather to discuss and vote on key education issues

NEA hosts its Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Atlanta June 26–July 6

WASHINGTON - June 17, 2013 -

Nearly 9,000 educators from every state will come together to address the pressing issues facing schools, students and the teaching profession during the National Education Association’s 151st Annual Meeting and 92nd Representative Assembly (RA) June 26–July 6 in Atlanta.

The RA, the top decision-making body for the more than 3million-member NEA, sets Association policy for the coming year. Delegates adopt the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the legislative program, and other policies of the Association, and they vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the NEA’s Constitution and Bylaws. NEA’s Representative Assembly is also the world’s largest democratic deliberative body. The NEA convention is visiting Atlanta for the first time since 1997, and it will bring an estimated $35 million to the local economy.

The theme for this year’s Annual Meeting is NEA: We Educate America.



Nearly 9,000 education professionals, including NEA President Dennis Van Roekel


NEA’s 151st Annual Meeting, 92nd Representative Assembly, and related
preconvention activities


Wednesday, June 26–Saturday, July 6, 2013
 WHERE: At or near the Georgia World Congress Center (Unless otherwise noted)
285 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta, GA


Highlights of the 2013 NEA Annual Meeting, RA and pre-convention activities:

Saturday, June 29–Sunday, June 30
NEA hosts its 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. On the heels of playing a pivotal role in reelecting President Barack Obama and as the demographic changes shaping this country begin to cement, they 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. The event will be held at the Marriott Atlanta Marquis, located at 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE in Atlanta.

Sunday, June 30
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 will trade in their baseball caps for the Seuss-style red 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, located at 755 Hank Aaron Dr. SW in Atlanta.

Tuesday, July 2
Raise Your Hand for Public Education Day
will engage and energize members to take an active role in making sure that educators lead the effort to shape policy and practice and help prepare the next generation of leaders to meet the new demands of the 21st century education profession. The day will feature some of the most prominent leaders in education, including Linda Darling-Hammond, in addition to educators and students.

Every year since 1967, NEA has honored human and civil rights heroes at a black-tie awards dinner. And every year, those heroes have inspired us. The NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner celebration is inextricably linked to NEA’s 1966 merger with the American Teachers Association, which represented Black teachers in segregated schools. After the merger, NEA proudly has carried on the tradition. This year’s theme, “Honoring the Legacy of Today’s Titans: Celebrating the Power of Diversity” includes recipients President James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Cyndi Lauper, and Florida State Sen. Geraldine F. Thompson. The dinner and awards presentation starts at 6:45 p.m. and will be held at the Thomas Murphy Grand Ballroom in the Georgia World Congress Center.

Wednesday, July 3
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
will open the four-day RA with his keynote address at approximately
12:30 p.m.

NEA will award its highest honor, “Friend of Education Award,” to U.S. Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). NEA’s Friend of Education Award is bestowed upon an individual, organization, or group whose leadership, acts, or support have significantly benefited public education, education employees, and/or students on a national level.

Thursday, July 4
The 2013 NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year is Donna Schulze, a para-educator at Phelps Luck Elementary School in Columbia, Md. Schulze was named this year's ESP of the Year in March at the NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference in Louisville, Ky. She is a member of the Maryland State Education Association and Howard County Education Association.

NEA Executive Director John Stocks will deliver his address at approximately 12:30 p.m., and his address to delegates will touch on equity and social justice, organizing and professional advocacy.

Friday, July 5
NEA will honor California Gov. Jerry Brown with its prestigious “America’s Greatest Education Governor.” The annual award recognizes and honors governors who have made major, state-level education strides that improve public schools. Previous winners have included Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear.

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.

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The National Education Association ( is the nation’s largest professional employee organization, representing more than 3 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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