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VEA at the 2016 NEA Convention





NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly
Washington, DC -- June 27-July 7

If you’re a VEA delegate to the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Washington, 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. Questions? Contact Kathy Bowles, VEA Conference Coordinator, at 804-775-8306.



Contest open to VEA delegates only. We’re having a contest for the most HISTORICAL or HYSTERICAL costume to celebrate America’s Birthday! Come to the morning caucus on July 4th as your favorite Historical or Hysterical character with a 4th of July theme!

Cash Prizes provided by Meg Gruber for Best Historical and Best Hysterical and one overall Honorable Mention!




Here are some great opportunities for you to link up with some service projects in your “down” time in DC!

Friday, July 1, 11am-2pm Maratha’s Outfitters: clothes sorting and putting clothes out onto the floor of the store. (10 volunteer spots) Contact Cathy (

Saturday, July 2, 2pm-6pm Martha’s Weekenders: sorting food. (6 volunteer spots) Contact Cathy (

Saturday, July 2 Food to Friends: (6-8 volunteer spots) Contact Cathy (

Saturday, July 2, 3pm-6:30pm Martha’s Table: serving meals Contact Karen (

Saturday, July 2, 10am-1pm Ronald McDonald House Contact Lynda (

Sunday, July 3, 9:30am-1:00pm Martha’s Table: food preparation Contact Karen (

Sunday, July 3, 3:30pm-5:30pm Ronald McDonald House Contact Lynda (

Monday, July 4 through Thursday July 7: One-hour shifts from 10am-4pm Food Bank Booth at the Convention Center Contact Junka (



Delegate Resources. The NEA website has resources available to all delegates. You can find information on travel, emergency contact, delegate packets, RA business forms, and much more by clicking here

Blood drive. New this year. Make your life-saving donation. Click here for more information.




Housing Reservations reminder. Virginia is assigned to the Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20008.  Use this link to make your reservation.  If you prefer to speak to an operator, call 1-877-212-5752 and reference Virginia Education Association.  Registration deadline: May 27, 2016



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.



Housing Reservations. Virginia is assigned to the Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd., NW, Washington, DC 20008.  The room rate is $216.40 (tax included) for a king or two double beds; $239.30 for 3 or 4 people in a room.   Overnight self-parking is $45.00 and valet parking is $50.00.  Registration opens May 2 and can be completed using this link. If you prefer to use a live operator, call 1-877-212-5752 and reference Virginia Education Association.  Deadline for making housing reservations is May 27, 2016.

Reservations of Delegates with Physical Challenges. NEA has plans in place for delegates who need assistance with transportation, seating, and other needs. See their page to learn more. Note that there is a deadline of June 1 to register for services.


Convention Details. VEA President Meg Gruber’s letter to delegates, which was mailed to you, is chock-full of information you will need to get ready. It covers the schedule, bus and metro transportation options, the wearing of colors, and more. Read it here.

Flight and Amtrak Options.
NEA offers this advice on travel using Delta and Amtrak to get you to and from convention.

There are many opportunities to volunteer during your time in the Nation’s Capital. Convention delegates participate in book drives, food banks, and more. VEA member Renee Beverly heads up a local teacher supply store. Get the details here.

Bus or Metro?
Be thinking of whether you prefer to take a shuttle bus or the metro between your hotel and the convention center. You will receive an email from VEA Monday, May 9 giving you the details on your options and asking you to pick one. You must respond by Monday, May 16 with your name, local association and either metro/bus request. Additional information provided by NEA on the metro service is posted here.

Package Service.
In past years, NEA has provided a service to the RA Delegates called the Mail Back service that enabled delegates to “rent” a box that was later sealed and shipped to avoid carrying or traveling with the paperwork and other items.  (You may recall seeing young boys dancing with boxes on their heads to generate interest in the service.) NEA can no longer continue the service. Please plan to use the Convention Center’s Capital Business Center, your local hotel business center, or a nearby post office location.



Order Convention Shirt. All delegates are encouraged to purchase the attractive black NEA RA (DC Lincoln) polo shirt to use on the "wear black" day of convention. The shirt was the choice of our NEA Convention Planning Committee. Shirts are pre-ordered and then delivered to our host hotel in DC. To place our bulk order, please don't miss the deadline of May 2.

Tentative Agenda.
This is NEA’s working agenda, with additional information for Virginia highlighted. Travel day to Washington is July 1. Read more.





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