Oregon educators joined their colleagues from across the nation 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.
Other noteworthy items 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 atestimonial video <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTxFaxjzPxU> .
- Organizing the Power of Diversity - attendees to the Joint Conference on Concerns of Minorities and Women talk about their commitment to diversity in education.
- Senator Patty Murray (Washington) receives 2013 Friend of Education Award.
- NEA Executive Director John Stocks makes a call for members to fight for excellence and equity during his speech.
- Education Support Professional of the Year Donna Schulze (Maryland) 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 for effective integration of technology to help improve student learning.