What an awesome experience! There were 159 new business items that had discussion, modification, debate or referral to the appropriate committee. There was time spent on Legislation Recommendations, on NEA Resolutions, on NEA Policy Statements and NEA Constitution and Amendments. All of these things steer the direction of the National Educators Association which, although it very diverse, is able to come together and move forward with progressive educational ideals. If you would like to see the outcomes of this meeting, please go to NEA.org. Who would like to join me next year to help carry the voice of Napa Valley Educators to the national level?
Saturday for new delegates was unscheduled in the morning. A little free time to check out the city. We needed to be back at the convention center at 1:00pm for the new delegate meeting with the NEA Executive Officers and Board. It was nice to be able to meet some of these members and network with other new delegates. At 5:30 I attended the Human Rights Awards Banquet. It was an amazing event with an inspirational slam poet and and a song writer/musician that rocked the house. They presented 14 awards to people and organizations that are doing amazing things across the country for students.
Sunday was the the first General meeting. California Caucus started at 7:00am. I left the hotel at 6:00 in order to get to the meeting on time. In caucus we debated proposed Standing Rule Amendments. As a group we decided what California would recommend to the rest of the nation. At 10:00am the first General NEA-RA began. It is such a powerful feeling to know you are part of a group of 8000 educators, 1100 of which are from California, coming together to build national policy. There was an opening ceremony, a motivational speech by the NEA President,and then we dove into business. We debated and voted on the Standing Rule amendments, listened to candidate speeches, reviewed the budget, debated and voted on some new business items, and heard an inspiring speech from the National NEA director pointing out the successes for teacher unions across the country.
June 30, 2017
Running for the bus at 7:30am, I bumped into two other Delegates I knew from the Redwood Service Center. It was nice to see familiar faces. We headed for the 20 minute bus ride to the convention center and a day of new adventures. We attended the new CTA Delegate meeting and then CTA Caucus meetings to discuss process, NEA candidate endorsements, and two of the proposed New Business Items. The caucus meeting was adjourned at 3:00pm. I attended the CTA dinner for all delegates and guests at the Boston Aquarium.
The National Educators Association's annual meeting is taking place in Boston from June 30th to July 5th. I am all set to fly to Boston! There have been two telephone town hall meetings in preparation for this event to give a nuts and bolts overview and discussing policy around charter schools. I am looking forward to meeting teachers from all over the country and hearing about how they do business.