VEA at the 2014 NEA Convention
If you’re a VEA delegate to the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Denver, you’ve come to the right spot. We’ll post resources and updates here to help you plan and make the most out of your NEA convention experience. The most recent posts will always be at the top of the page.
The NEA publishes its own home page for the RA, located here. That will contain additional info that may be of interest to you.
UPDATE POSTED JULY 2
RESOURCES POSTED JUNE 10 (updated 6/19)
Community Outreach Activities. Renee Beverly urges delegates to consider the following service opportunities:
• Habitat for Humanity Restore. July 1st: work from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM. We will need 20 volunteers who will split up into groups to work at three different area Habitat ReStores. The work to be done will vary from location to location but could include sorting materials, building shelves, painting, cleaning, hauling, etc. To volunteer, please e-mail your name and contact information to Mary Kennedy. email@example.com
• Ronald McDonald House. Our date is Wednesday, July 2, 2:00 - 4:00 PM. We will be cleaning and organizing. Volunteers need to wear comfortable clothes. Cleaning materials and gloves will be provided.
• Denver Rescue Mission (walking distance from Convention Center).
Tuesday, July 1: Dinner Prep 4:30PM - 6:00PM and serve 6:00PM - 8:30PM (One or both)
Wednesday, July 2: Dinner Prep 4:30PM - 6:00PM only.
EXTRA: Monday, June 30 - Grant Ave Soup Kitchen - come any time - no sign up - need is dire last Monday of every month: 10AM - 6:30PM - can stay 1-2 hours, whatever.....
RESOURCES POSTED JUNE 9
Horace Mann. Donors Choose is a program that allows teachers to solicit donations for classroom or school projects. At the NEA Convention, VEA partner Horace Mann will be funding $3500 of Donors Choose projects. For more information, stop by Booth #600 in the Exhibit Hall.
RESOURCES POSTED JUNE 4
Focus Group on Health. If you are a health educator and are willing to participate in an NEA Health Information Network focus group on Tuesday, July 1, at 1 p.m., please contact Janeen Anderson at 202-822-7756 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A stipend of $50 is offered. Please be sure the time does not conflict with any of your other responsibilities as a convention delegate.
RESOURCES POSTED MAY 19
Outreach in Denver. If you're willing to volunteer your time, some worthy causes in Denver would love to have you join them. Get the latest on service opportunities on this page on the NEA RA website.
RESOURCES POSTED MAY 15
Ready for Baseball?
The Colorado Rockies take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6 pm on July 3. That night is available for Virginia delegates and, at this time, some tickets do remain. A fireworks display will follow the game. Go to the Rockies website at www.rockies.com for more info and to order tickets online. If you are interested in a large block of tickets (25 or more), contact group sales at 303-ROCKIES.
RESOURCES POSTED MAY 13
NEA Community Outreach. Each year delegates to the RA have the opportunity to participate in ongoing projects through donations that give back to the Host City. Read more.
RESOURCES POSTED MAY 8
Hotel. VEA Delgates will stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Denver, 1450 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80202. Online registration is now open. Click here to register or call 1-888-233-9527 and ask for the discounted rate for Virginia Education Association.
The Crowne Plaza Denver Downtown requires a credit card deposit for all incidentals at time of check-in. The required deposit is $25.00 for incidentals plus the room and tax per day for the length of stay. A hold will be placed for the deposit on a credit card. The hotel discourages the use of debit cards for this purpose due to the fact that it can take 5 — 10 business days to remove the hold. If a credit card is not provided the hotel will turn off the ability to charge to your room. Please remember that a hold will be placed on your credit card for the remaining balance when you arrive at the hotel. Please contact the hotel’s Manager On Duty for any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to the Crowne Plaza Denver.
RESOURCES POSTED APRIL 17
Camp/Club NEA. Camp NEA welcomes children ages 6 months - 9 years. Club NEA welcomes youth ages 10 years - 16 years. For more information on childcare services and registration, click here.
RESOURCES POSTED APRIL 16
Denver Wellness Tips.
Denver is nicknamed the Mile-High City because it is located exactly one mile above sea level. Most travelers commonly require a few days to adjust to the low humidity and decreased air pressure.
Click here to read guidelines for delegates with physical challenges.
Denver sits at 5,280 feet, so those of us from Virginia may suffer the effects of altitude sickness. Symptoms of altitude sickness are severe headache, weakness, nausea, lack of appetite, or dizziness. Get ready for your trip by drinking extra water beginning three days before your trip and continue to hydrate often while you’re in Denver. For more on altitude sickness and its prevention, click here.
RESOURCES POSTED APRIL 4
Agenda. This is NEA’s working agenda, with additional information for Virginia highlighted. Travel day out to Denver is June 30. Read more.
Hotel. VEA Delegates will stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Denver, 1450 Glenarm Place, Denver, CO 80202. Online registration is now open. Click here to register or call 1-888-233-9527 and ask for the discounted rate for Virginia Education Association.
Air Travel. Learn more about airline options including NEA-secured discounts from American and Delta. Read more.
Shuttle Service. Get the scoop on a discount on NEA’s preferred service to shuttle you between the airport and your hotel. Read more.