Get Inspired at NEA’s Experience Stage

Experience Stage

New this year and sure to spark your interest and creativity is NEA’s Experience Stage (located in Hall C), where you’ll hear TED-style talks about issues important you and your profession.

The Experience Stage has a packed schedule of programs June 30 to July 1. On Saturday delegates were able to learn about bargaining for the collective good and a new campaign to build on the momentum from last spring’s successful walkouts called #RedForEd. They listened to a poetry slam (also happening on Sunday) and got books signed by Read Across America Ambassador and award-winning author Gene Luen Yang.

On Sunday delegates can hear about NEA’s New Educator Campaign, listen to a program called “Gender at the Crossroads,” and learn about our union’s role in human rights and social justice and about a community book sharing program that’s sweeping the country to create a nation of readers.

NEA Expo

INEA Expot’s not just about the swag! Delegates can find useful tools and resources and major discounts right next door to the Experience Stage at the NEA Expo exhibit hall.

General Motors is offering educators discounts they provide to their own GM employees. Lysol is helping America’s schools get funding for education as well as helping create a healthy back-to-school experience with everyday cleaning and disinfection products with its Educator Box Top program. Each Box Tops Clip is worth 10 cents and schools can earn up to $20,000 every year by clipping Box Tops from participating products. Visit their booth to learn more and download the mobile app.

Delegates enjoying the exhibit hall at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Photo: Scott Iskowitz

Check out the resources offered by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, as well as Northcentral University who offers NEA Members an exclusive discount and checks the box for being NCATE rated and not for profit.

Custom Ink creates tshirts for teams and field days and school spirit, and offers an educator discount, and don’t miss Kore Design and their wobble stools.

There are government agencies who have developed excellent lesson plans for delegates and their colleagues, including the Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Mint, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and FDIC.

If you’re dreaming of a mid-summer getaway, definitely head to the travel section of the exhibit hall where NEA Member Benefits has several new travel partnerships for educators.