Thursday, July 19, 2012

Just a Few of the Highlights from the 2012 RA

Video highlights of NEA's 2012 Representative Assembly (RA) held in Washington, DC

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel opened the National Education Association's 91st Representative Assembly today with a challenge to members to stand up for their profession and come together in a united mission to transform America's public schools into world class institutions of learning.

NEA's Community Outreach Caucus gives back to the host city where the NEA's Annual Convention and Representative Assembly is held each year. The group did landscaping at a school, painted a women's shelter and fed the homeless.

The 2012 National Teacher of the Year delivered captivating, moving and inspirational words about the power teachers have to shape and transform the lives of their students. Rebecca Mieliwocki spoke before thousands of fellow educators gathered at the National Education Association's (NEA) Representative Assembly (RA) in Washington, DC. Mieliwocki is an English teacher at Luther Burbank Middle School in Burbank, California.

NEA's Outreach to Teach took place on June 27th, 2012 at Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham, MD. Sponsored by NEA's Student Program, each year Outreach to Teach selects a deserving public school in the area of the host city of NEA's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly to receive a free makeover. More than 400 future, current, and retired teachers, higher ed faculty and education support professionals painted, cleaned, landscaped and decorated the high-needs school.

Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden appeared at the National Education Association's Representative Assembly on July 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. Biden said teachers make dreams a reality. He stressed that our success as a national depends on our ability to educate all children.

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