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Educators raise their hands for public education at the 2013 NEA RA

Educators from across the nation joined their colleagues in Atlanta during the first week of July to supercharge the drive for public education and student success.

At the National Education Association's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, a day focused on professional rejuvenation and educator empowerment with the kick-off of the new “Raise Your Hand for Public Education” Campaign. Dynamic and respected educators—from the classroom and from the research community—shared creative and concrete ideas to boost student achievement. Collaboration and empowerment were the dominant themes of the day. 

Click these NEA "Raise Your Hand" links to watch key video highlights, including remarks by NEA President Dennis Van Roekel, and learn more details of the campaign.

Other materials available from the 2013 NEA RA include:

  • GPS Network - find out what's behind the buzz on NEA's newest online tool for educators. Also watch a testimonial video
  • Organizing the Power of Diversity - attendees to the Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women talk about their commitment to diversity in education.
  • Delegates Get the Goods for their Classrooms - from the 21st Century Learning Innovation Center to the NEA HIN Hall of Health, the 2013 NEA Annual Meeting Expo was buzzing on its first day open as delegates learned about products, technologies and services that will help their students learn.
  • Outreach to Teach - More than 400 NEA members put in a full day and lots of sweat equity to spruce up Thomasville Heights Elementary in southeast Atlanta as part of the 17th “Outreach to Teach” community service project sponsored each year by the NEA Student program. Take an online tour of the transformation of Thomasville Heights Elementary School in our photo slideshow.
  • Coverage of the 2013 Human and Civil Rights Awards gala.
  • Senator Patty Murray (Washington) receives 2013 Friend of Education Award.
  • Delegates in July 4 holiday festive fashion.
  • NEA Executive Director John Stocks made a call for members to fight for excellence and equity during his speech this afternoon.
  • Education Support Professional of the Year Donna Schulze calls for members to "Get In the Game!"  
  • At 99 years old, Kathleen Roberts (Massachusetts) has been attending NEA's Representative Assembly since 1950. Kathleen reflects on her years of service and how NEA has evolved over the years.
  • National Teacher of the Year Jeff Charbonneau (Washington) addresses fellow educators at NEA convention, tells what motivates him, and encourages teachers and education professionals to raise their hand for their students and public education.
  • Gov. Jerry Brown (California) named America’s Greatest Education Governor, honored for his unwavering support of students and public education.
  • Florida Delegate Lucia Baez is named the 2013 NEA Political Activist of the Year.  
  • Educators agree to provide $6 million in new funds to improve student success with new grant program, empowering educators to lead and shape education policy.
  • Delegates approve new NEA policy on digital learning, effective integration of technology to help improve student learning.
NEA RA 2013
NEA RA 2013

About the NEA Representative Assembly

NEA's Annual Meeting takes place during the final week of June and the first week of July. Various committees, constituencies, caucuses, leadership groups, and delegates from state and local affiliates gather to set policy and chart the direction of NEA business. The location of the meeting is different every year, although Washington, D.C. serves as host every fourth year. (View a list of future Annual Meeting sites.)

The Representative Assembly (RA) takes place during the final four days of the Annual Meeting. It is the primary legislative and policymaking body of the Association and derives its powers from, and is responsible to, the membership. The Representative Assembly adopts the strategic plan and budget, resolutions, the Legislative Program, and other policies of the Association. Delegates vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Those delegates with full voting rights elect the executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors, as appropriate.

The RA consists of some 9,000 delegates representing state and local affiliates, student members, retired members, and other segments of the united education profession. Further information on the RA is contained in Article III of the Constitution and in Bylaw 3 ( PDF, 436 KB, 69pp). The RA is the largest democratic deliberative assembly in the world and adheres to Roberts Rules of Order.

OEA and NEA encourage minority participation in the NEA Representative Assembly. To find out more, please go to:

NEA State At-Large Delegate Declaration of Candidacy Form for the NEA Representative Assembly,  Denver, CO ~ July 1-6, 2014.

OEA Ethnic Minority Plan.

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