2018 NEA Representative Assembly Energized By Red for Ed, Student Activists

The Representative Assembly convened less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow against working people with its decision in Janus v. AFSCME. How to thrive in post-Janus  world was just one of the many pressing issues on the minds of the 6,200 delegates the as they entered the Minneapolis Convention Center on July … Continued

RA Honors Higher Educator of the Year

Loretta Ragsdell calls herself a “guerrilla educator.” The first-ever NCHE Higher Educator of the Year, who addressed the NEA RA delegates on Wednesday, Ragsdell said she educates at every opportunity — “the grocery store, the laundromat, Macy’s! I like to think I was born with a textbook in one hand and a lesson plan in … Continued

2018 National Teacher of the Year

2018 Teacher of the Year: Our Students Give Us Hope

Washington educator Mandy Manning was named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year in April for her unwavering commitment to the immigrant and refugee students she teachers at Joel E. Ferris High School in Spokane. Her devotion to newcomer students was on display today at the NEA Representative Assembly. Honored by the more than 6,000 … Continued

2018 NEA Friend of Education

Entrepreneur and Author Ted Dintersmith Honored as NEA Friend of Education

The author of What Schools Could Be showcases what is right with public schools. Ted Dintersmith had a mission. He travelled to 50 states in a single school year visiting hundreds of schools. He wanted to write a book about what he thought was the need to redefine education. Instead, what he found on his … Continued

Lynda Wolfe Smith and Sarah Borgman

Lynda Wolfe Smith Receives 2018 NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award

Lynda Wolfe Smith of Georgia Association Education-Retired says she’s heard the word no “a lot of times” but last week, on the final day of the two-day NEA-Retired Annual Meeting, which last week drew 441 delegates to St. Paul, Minn., Smith heard yes—not once, but twice. She heard her first yes last Thursday morning when … Continued

John Stocks Addresses the NEA Delegation

Building Union Strength and National Coalitions is Key to Future Success for NEA

One of the answers to today’s toxic political, economic, and social atmosphere is union strength and unity where NEA is in a prime position to “unite the masses,” said NEA Executive Director John Stocks, urging more than 6,000 delegates gathered for the NEA Representative Assembly in Minneapolis to “dig deep, keep fighting, keep educating, keep … Continued

NEA RA Celebrates 2018 Education Support Professional of the Year

Following a video introduction by one of her students from Tanaina Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska, a cheerful Sherry Shaw confidently took the stage Monday at the NEA Representative Assembly. She not only carried a copy of the speech she would deliver as the 2018 NEA Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year, but she was wearing … Continued

‘Refuse to Be Silent’ NEA President Tells Representative Assembly

On the first day of the 2018 NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Minneapolis, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García used her keynote address to stress the challenges facing educators and public school. While the climb ahead is steep, she assured the more than 6,000 delegates that a growing army of activists – educators, parents … Continued

Human and Civil Rights Heroes Honored at Annual Awards Ceremony

Last night the outstanding work of 12 social justice heroes, including First Lady Michelle Obama and the Know Your Rights Campaign, founded by professional quarterback and racial and social justice advocate Colin Kaepernick, were honored at the 51st annual Human and Civil Rights Awards Ceremony. Since 1967, the National Education Association has recognized and honored those … Continued

‘Dig Deeper’: NEA-Retired Members Vow to Keep Fighting

Even as the U.S. Supreme Court last Wednesday handed down a long-awaited decision in Janus v. AFSCME—a case intended to silence the voice of the American Labor Movement by making it unconstitutional for unions to collect what are known as fair share dues—members of NEA-Retired gathered in St. Paul, Minnesota, to address new business, celebrate … Continued