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
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 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
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.”
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
“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
In his final address to a NEA Representative Assembly (RA), outgoing NEA Executive Director John Stocks on Friday exhorted RA delegates to “come together and make this country whole,” and, most of all, “to embrace [their] power.” In recent years, NEA members have led a nationwide #RedforEd movement that calls on state and local lawmakers … Continued
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
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
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.