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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 Denver June 26 — July 6

WASHINGTON - June 03, 2014 -

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 152nd Annual Meeting and 93rd Representative Assembly (RA) June 26 — July 6 in Denver, Colo.

The RA, the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-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 Denver for the first time since 1962, 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.

 WHO: Nearly 9,000 education professionals, including NEA President Dennis Van Roekel 
 WHAT: NEA’s 152nd Annual Meeting, 93rd Representative Assembly, and related
pre-convention activities
 WHEN: Thursday, June 26 — Friday, July 6, 2014
 WHERE: At or near the Colorado Convention Center (Unless otherwise noted)
700 14th St., Denver, CO 80202

Highlights of the 2014 NEA Annual Meeting, RA and pre-convention activities:

Sunday, June 29 — Monday, June 30

NEA hosts its Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women whose theme is “Action Now: Unleashing the Power of Diversity.” Participants will explore the unfinished agenda of Brown v. Board, as well as the past, present, and future social justice activism of NEA minorities and women. American Indian scholar Brenda Child will kick off the opening plenary session on Sunday. Luncheon plenary keynote will be provided by Malika Saada Sarr, founder of the Rebecca Project for Justice, one of the most powerful and influential organizations serving vulnerable women and families. Monday’s closing plenary will be hosted by Darren Phelps, the National Executive Director for Pride at Work, a constituency group of the AFL-CIO for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender union members and allies.

Monday, June 30

Every year, hundreds of educators from around the country picked up hammers, shovels, mops, and paintbrushes today to give a needy local school a much-needed facelift. This year, current, future, and retired teachers; higher education faculty; and education support professionals will spruce up Denver’s Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy and Valverde Elementary School. In this “Outreach to Teach” community service project, sponsored each year by the NEA Student Program, volunteers spent the day repairing, landscaping, painting, cleaning, and decorating the school. This is the 18th year of community service by the award-winning Outreach to Teach program.

Tuesday, July 1

NEA’s Read Across America will hold a special read-in at Denver Public Library with nearly 200 local students. Supported by national partner Renaissance Dental, this high-energy event will draw attention to the importance of summer reading. Students will be treated to a Seuss-tastic morning of readings, activities, and entertainment, as well as a special visit from the Cat in the Hat and his friends, Thing 1 and Thing 2.
The reading excitement starts at 10:30 a.m. at the Denver Public Library located at 10 W 14th Ave. in Denver.

Wednesday, July 2

Raise Your Hand: Empowered Educators Day will showcase the work of educator innovators who are leading the way for quality instruction and student success. More than 1,200 educator leaders and RA delegates will participate in this day of empowerment. The day will be hosted by MSNBC host and political commentator Melissa Harris Perry and will feature leaders including NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, Iowa State Education Association President Tammy Wawro, and Montserrat Garibay, Vice President, Education Austin, Texas. The event will highlight innovative projects that reflect successful students, empowered educators, and dynamic collaborations. It will be held in the Colorado Convention Center.

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 began after NEA merged with the American Teachers Association (ATA) in 1966. ATA was created in 1904 by the Tuskegee Institute’s John Robert Edward Lee in order to represent Black teachers in segregated schools. This year’s theme, “Tonight We Celebrate, Tomorrow We Organize” honors our past and rededicates NEA to the unfinished task of creating a just society. This year’s award recipients include Sen. Daniel K. Akaka (D-Hawaii), youth education advocate Malala Yousafzai, and present posthumous awards to civil rights leaders Coretta Scott King and Reverend Fred Lee Shuttlesworth. The dinner and awards presentation starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in the Mile High Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center.

Thursday, 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 honor Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick 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 California Gov. Jerry Brown and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Thursday, July 4

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

Saturday, July 5

The 2014 NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year is Paula Monroe, a former office professional at Redlands Unified School District in Redlands, Calif. Monroe was named this year’s ESP of the Year in March at the NEA Education Support Professionals Conference in San Francisco. She is a member of the Maryland State Education Association and Howard County Education Association.

The 2014 National Teacher of the Year, Sean McComb, an English and AVID teacher in Baltimore County, Md., will address delegates.

Sunday, July 6

NEA will award its highest honor, “Friend of Education Award,” to education advocate Malala Yousafzai. 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. (This event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 6.)

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