At NEA Representative Assembly, Educators Prepare to Make an Impact in 2020

Galvanized by the historic mobilization of public school educators that caught the attention of the entire nation, educators converged on the George E. Brown convention center in Houston, Texas on July 4 for the 157th National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA). The theme of the 2019 RA was Our Democracy. Our Responsibility. Our Time! After four busy and exciting days, … Continued

2019 Teacher of the Year: ‘Everyone Benefits From Diversity’

Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, brought the 7,000 NEA Representative Assembly delegates to their feet on Saturday with an impassioned plea for diversity, increased opportunity for our most vulnerable students, and a day of reckoning for politicians who refuse to fully-fund public education.

Two educators elected to NEA Executive Committee by RA delegates

Two special educators, Robert V. Rodriguez of California and Christine Sampson-Clark of New Jersey, were elected this week to the NEA Executive Committee, NEA’s highest-level governing body, by NEA Representative Assembly delegates. Rodriguez, a San Bernardino, California, teacher for 14 years, the son of immigrants, and a champion for diversity and LGBTQ rights in schools, … Continued

NEA Representative Assembly Honors 2019 ESP of the Year

Matthew Powell, the 2019 Education Support Professional of the Year, took the stage at the NEA Representative Assembly on Saturday. Introducing him to the almost 7,000 delegates gathered in the George E. Brown Convention Center in Houston, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García commended Powell for his “commitment to public education and our students.”

NEA Higher Educator of the Year honored by RA delegates

Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) professor David Schneider was Googling a paper he recently published when he stumbled across a website where students rate their professors. “I read the first five reviews, and honestly I have a lot of issues with ‘rate my professor,’ but it was spot on!” says Schneider. “‘Tough grader,’ ‘challenging,’ but … Continued

The view from the stage at the 2020 presidential forum

2020 Presidential Hopefuls Court Educators at NEA Representative Assembly

“Election 2020 starts right here, right now!” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García announced to the almost 7,000 delegates at the NEA Representative Assembly on Friday. Waiting backstage at the George E. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, were 10 presidential hopefuls ready to make their case to educators for the first ever #StrongPublicSchools Presidential Forum. Across the … Continued

Former PSEA President Receives NEA’s Highest Honor

On Friday, the Representative Assembly posthumously honored Dolores McCracken, former president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, with NEA’s highest honor, the NEA Friend of Education Award. “She was fierce and she was loving,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García, who called McCracken “a true inspiration to every student and member who had the good … Continued

Art Build at the RA Energizes Delegates

Wyoming art teacher Paige Gustafson found her happy place at the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly (RA) in the delegate experience area, where paintbrush in hand and dozens of cups of paints around her, she put the final daubs on a fabric panel saying “Fund Public Education.” “I love it. I feel like, especially as an … Continued

NEA President: “Something Big Is About to Happen”

In her keynote address to the 2019 National Education Association Representative Assembly on Thursday, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García tells the more than 7,000 delegates that the stakes in 2020 are too high for any educator to disengage from the political process.