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Application for Student Representatives to Serve on NEA Committees




Description of NEA Standing Committees*

Advisory Committee of Student Members

The Advisory Committee of Student Members makes recommendations regarding the direction of the NEA Student Program. The committee monitors how issues related to the pre-professional needs of students are addressed, including the coordination of Association efforts to recruit and serve student members and the development and implementation of strategies to retain student members as NEA Active members following their employment.

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is responsible for developing policies and programs to serve NEA’s diverse membership. The committee considers strategies for enhancing the understanding of both the unique needs and common concerns of specific member constituencies and develops program recommendations to meet those needs and to integrate common concerns into coordinated programs. The committee’s responsibilities include: (a) reviewing member recruitment strategies and campaigns, (b) tracking member involvement in governance and program activities, and (c) identifying evolving program needs for members.

Women’s Issues Committee

The Women’s Issues Committee is responsible for proposing policies and programs related to issues of particular concern to women. The committee’s focus includes multicultural sex equity topics and federal and state initiatives designed to achieve equal rights under the law for women. The committee reviews Association programs affecting women and advises the president and the governing bodies on their implementation as appropriate.

Committee on Legislation

The Committee on Legislation is responsible for advancing policies to expand and protect the quality of public education and secure its adequate and equitable funding and to develop and recommend the NEA Legislative Program. The committee will regularly review and make recommendations to refine the Legislative Program.

Committee on Membership Services and Affiliate Relationships

The Committee on Membership Services and Affiliate Relationships is responsible for advancing policies and activities to attract, represent, and serve members. The committee advises the Association on strategies to achieve cooperation in programs requiring coordinated local, state, and national efforts, such as the strategic planning process, and the formulation of new roles for the Association and its leaders in the restructuring of schools. Its general objective is to propose policies and activities to guide the efforts of NEA and its affiliates to achieve complete integration of Association services to affiliates and members.

Committee on Professional Standards and Practice

The Committee on Professional Standards and Practice is responsible for proposing policies and activities to achieve restructuring of public schools and enhance the preparation, practice, and professional standards of education employees. In addition, the committee reviews developments in educational technology, curriculum, accountability and assessment, and other current education issues.

Committee on Employee Advocacy

The Committee on Employee Advocacy is responsible for proposing policies and activities to achieve a pluralistic education workforce and advance the economic interests, protect job security, improve the terms and conditions of employment, and secure the right to collective bargaining for all education employees. The committee advises the Association on ways to improve national, state, and local cooperation in coordinated advocacy efforts to achieve specific objectives in such areas as health care, employee compensation and benefits, and bargaining and organizing strategies.

Committee on Human and Civil Rights

The Committee on Human and Civil Rights is responsible for proposing policies and activities to attain equitable treatment for all and eliminate discrimination in all forms and at all levels, including the international level. The committee may also work with elements of policies and activities related to excellence and equity in public education and to preserving public education. In advancing these policies, the committee will review the full range of human and civil rights, including the elimination of discrimination from the educational system and from the Association family; review the enforcement of constitutional, contractual, and statutory rights of members and citizens; and monitor the status of basic human rights within the status of basic human rights within the international community.

Sexual Orientation/Gender Identification Committee

The Sexual Orientation/Gender Identification Committee is responsible for proposing policies and programs related to issues of concern to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. It monitors NEA implementation of policies related to the full inclusion and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered members and students. The committee reviews policies related to sexual orientation and gender identification and advises the president and governing bodies as appropriate.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who Selects the Committees

Committee applications are reviewed by the NEA Student Program Office. The NEA-SP office submits committee recommendations to the NEA President who makes the official appointment.

How Often Do the Committees Meem?

Dates vary. Most committees meet only once or twice a year (fall and winter/spring). However, the Advisory Committee of Student Members meets twice a year, attends the Connections and Student Leadership Conferences, plus numerous conference calls and sub-committee assignments.

Please note: for most committees the first meeting may be November 9-11th (the same weekend as the Connections Conference…you would be expected to attend the committee meeting in DC instead of the conference).

Where Do the Committees Meet?

Most committees meet in Washington, DC, typically on a weekend in the fall and the second meeting would be conducted as a webcast online.

Will I Need to Pay for Travel?

NEA will pay for travel and housing expenses. In most cases, these costs will be directly billed to the NEA.

For How Long is the Appointment?

One school year, beginning in the fall and concluding in the spring for most committees. Others conclude in the summer. You must re-apply each year if appointed.

What If I Am Student Teaching During the Year?

It is very difficult to serve on a committee while you are student teaching. It is important that student representatives are available for all committee meetings.

What If I Graduation in December?

If you graduate and begin working under an employment contract with a public school system at any point during the year, you are no longer eligible for student membership and you would need to resign your position on the committee.

 

* as described in the 2009 NEA Handbook, pages 35-38.


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