Gathering educators from across the country

NEA RA 2019NEA’s 2019 Annual Meeting will be held July 4-7 at the George W. Brown Convention Center. Updated information will be posted, as it becomes available, to the NEA website, the WEA website, and the WE Are WEA mobile app, so check the sites often. Watch your email for more information.

Process for registration

NEA will be emailing credential information to all delegates — no credentials will be mailed via US Postal Service.

Beginning May 20, NEA will email delegates a link to self-register and to register their guest(s). All delegates must pre-register themselves and their guests directly into Cvent before the first day of registration in Houston on July 3. Delegates will register with their email address (used in the email received from NEA) along with their First and Last name to begin the Cvent registration process.

Once registered in Cvent, delegates will receive a Confirmation Email or Credential Email. A QR code contained within the confirmation email will be used during the check-in process at RA. The name badges will be printed for the delegate as well as their guest at that time.

Delegates not registered in Cvent or who did not receive a confirmation email may use laptops provided at the RA registration area to register via Cvent at that time.

Only one day of Delegate Registration this year – July 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.  NEA will open July 4 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for late registrations.

Registration and Check-In for Delegates, Guests, and Staff is located on Street Level 1, accessed from inside the Hall of the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Travel

Plan your travel to arrive Tuesday, July 2, and depart Monday, July 8. Two airports service Houston:  Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU).

State Delegates:  WEA will pay roundtrip transportation expenses up to $650 for State Delegates to attend the NEA Convention.  First class airline tickets are out-of-policy for WEA travel.  State Delegates purchasing their own airline tickets are encouraged to shop for airfares priced at no more than $650 and must attach the original purchase receipt to the WEA governance voucher.  Reimbursements will be limited to $650

State Delegates may use the WEA travel site Egencia.com if they have a profile.  Contact Jill Dahlen or Sharon Closson, WEA Meeting Planners, for assistance -- email Jill at jdahlen@washingtonea.org or call 253-765-7088; email Sharon at sclosson@washingtonea.org or call 509-324-2162. 

Attending pre-conference in Houston?  WEA does not provide funding to attend pre-conferences; however, State Delegates may include travel dates as part of their roundtrip airline reservation.  Before making your travel and hotel reservations, confirm if funding is available from your local and council.

Driving to Houston?  State Delegates may voucher mileage reimbursement at $.58 per mile up to $650.

Hotel Reservations

Washington's delegation will be staying at Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel, 1600 Lamar, Houston, Texas 77010. The nightly rate for a single is $180 + 17% tax; double room is $200 + 17% tax.  This hotel is a non-smoking property.

  • Our hotel does not provide complimentary airport shuttle service. Houston Intercontinental Airport (IAH) is about 30 minutes from our hotel, William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) is about 15 minutes. 

Hotel reservations open Wednesday, May 1, at 8 a.m. and close Friday, May 31, at midnight.  Book online or call 713-577-6667 for reservations.

State Delegates: Hotel reservations will be made for you and is based on double occupancy.  Complete the online State Delegate Lodging Form by May 21. Delegates requesting a single room will be responsible to pay half room and tax when checking into the hotel.

Local Delegates: Coordinate with your local association before making your hotel reservation.

Resources and dates

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising at NEA RA

The Stonewall Uprising was the impetus for the formation of the Gay Liberation Front as well as other gay, lesbian and bisexual civil rights organizations. It's also regarded by many as history's first major protest on behalf of equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Now celebrating its 50th Anniversary, The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern LGBTQ civil rights movement in the United States and its impact was felt across the world.

In order to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this important milestone in our history and to continue our support and advocacy for the LGBTQ community, NEA has created opportunities for our members and RA delegates to show their support:

Stonewall Uprising Exhibit:

In 2019, NEA has partnered with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives (SNMA) to bring to all NEA national conferences the following SNMA Exhibits:

  • Stonewall Uprising Exhibition
  • Out of the Shadows Timeline

To date, Stonewall Exhibit has been displayed at our national conferences:

  • MLT/WLT Training Seminars – San Diego (Dec 2018) and New Orleans (Jan 2019)
  • Higher Ed Conference – Denver (Mar 2019)
  • Leadership Summit – Denver (Mar 2019)
  • NEA-Retired Conference – Denver (Mar 2019)
  • ESP Conference – Las Vegas (Mar 2019)
  • NEA Board of Directors Meeting – Washington, DC (May 2019)

  • Remaining Exhibits:
    • Aspiring Educators Conference – Houston (Jun 29 – July 2, 2019)
    • Conference on Racial and Social Justice – Houston (July 1 -2, 2019)
    • 2019 NEA Representative Assembly – Houston (July 4 – 7, 2019)

At the 2019 NEA Representative Assembly and pre-conferences, NEA will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising by hosting the following events:

Stonewall Day of Action:

  • Date: Wednesday, July 3, 2019
  • Time: 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Discovery Green Park, directly across from the Houston Convention Center.
  • Participating partners:
    • Equality Texas
    • Human Rights Campaign
    • GLSEN
    • Stonewall National Museum & Archives
    • Gender Spectrum
    • National Black Justice Coalition
  • Program Theme: “Rise Up for Love: Stonewall and Beyond”

Rise Up for Love Block Party: 2019 NEA PrideFest

  • Date: Monday, July 1, 2019
  • Time: 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
  • Location: Marriott Marquis, Texas Ballroom (F-G-H)
  • Theme: “Rise Up for Love: NEA Celebrates Pride!”
  • This event will be open to CRSJ attendees, NEA members and other invited guests

NEA Fund for Children and Public Education

This is NEA’s political action committee. The NEA RA is a major fundraiser for the PAC, and NEA has set a goal of raising $185 per delegate. You will receive a mailing with NEA FCPE membership forms. Gather new NEA FCPE members or donations to this fund within your local and then bring them with you to Houston. Turn in at our first caucus meeting. This “at-home” fundraising helps you and WEA reach our fundraising goals!


WEA delegates at NEARA 2018

WEA's delegation posed for a group shot at the 2018 NEA RA. Check back here in the future for details about next year's NEA RA.

Get your red for public ed

Proud Union Educator shirtThe WEA Store has red gear. The NEA Convention Work Team designed this shirt, available for $15. Contact WEA@WashingtonEA.org to place your order before the convention.


Future dates and locations for the NEA Representative Assembly

  • 2019 – July 4-7 – Houston
  • 2020 – July 2-6 – Atlanta