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VEA at the 2018 NEA Convention



If you’re a VEA delegate to the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Minneapolis, 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.



NEA Fund for Public Education. Learn how to make voluntary donations, by following the instructions on the NEA Fund GO page at





New membership category? One of the items RA delegates will vote on is Constitutional Amendment 1, which would create a new category of Association membership. Your NEA Directors want you to be informed, so please review this document, which spells out the amendment language and answers questions about its impact.


Lend a Hand. While you’re in Minneapolis, you’re encouraged to volunteer to assist one of more than a dozen outreach projects. Here’s how to find them:

Go to

Under "2018 NEA RA Services & Resources" click on "NEA's Community Outreach Activities."



Donate a Book! All delegates are asked to bring a book to donate. Our hosts, Education Minnesota, will be collecting books to donate to schools and other places serving families.  All types of books are welcomed: we suggest you bring one that is appropriate to students in the level you teach.





Housing for VEA Delegates. VEA is assigned to the Hyatt Regency Bloomington-Minneapolis, 3200 East 81st St., Bloomington, MN 55425. The room rate is $165.70 (tax included) for a king or two double beds. Self-parking is complimentary. There is no valet parking. Use this link to make your reservation. Deadline for making housing reservations is June 8, 2018.
Note: We strongly urge delegates NOT to use a debit card when making a reservation or checking in. Doing so results in large "holds" on your account. Credit cards or traveler's checks are best options for payment.


Shuttle & Light Rail Options. Here are some ways to get around once you land in Minneapolis:


• To MSP Airport/Terminal 1: Complimentary airport shuttle service departs the hotel at :00 and :30 of the hour from the Lobby.
>> Terminal 2 drop-off is upon request only

• To Hotel:  Follow signs to Ground Transportation (near baggage claim) to Hotel Pick-up area.  Look for the Hyatt Regency Bloomington –Minneapolis Shuttle Van.
 >>If at Terminal 2, call the hotel at 952-922-1234 to request pickup


Bloomington Central Station is located across the park and runs every 10-15 minutes depending on time of day. There is a ticket machine for the $2 fare located at station.

•To MSP Airport:  take the Northbound train getting off at Terminal 1 or Terminal 2

•To Hotel: take Southbound train getting off at the Bloomington Central Station

More information at these links:

Complimentary Mall of America® shuttle service, during regular mall hours leaving the hotel at :20 and :50 after the hour.




Annual Meeting & RA Schedule. Look over the draft meeting and event schedule. VEA travel dates are Friday, June 29, into Minneapolis and Friday, July 6, heading back home. Plus, lots of convention fun in between! View the schedule now.

VEA Polo Shirt. Virginia’s NEA RA planning team has decided to again ask delegates to wear same-colored shirts on a designated day in Minneapolis. The selected shirt is the same royal blue shirt worn by delegates last year. If you have one already, don’t forget to pack it! If you don’t have one (or want another), order your shirt online here. To download an order form, click here. Shirts will be delivered to VEA’s convention hotel. ORDERING DEADLINE: MAY 15

Delegates with Physical Challenges. Accommodations are available for transportation, seating, and other needs. Be sure to read this information page and fill out the Physically Challenged Delegates Request Form.

Fly In or Travel by Train. Discounts and other considerations are being offered by United Airlines and Delta. As an NEA delegate, you also qualify for discounts from Amtrak and ground transportation from Super Shuttle. Check out your options here.

Rent from Hertz. Looking to rent a car in Minneapolis? Hertz offers special NEA meeting rates. Learn more here.

Meet Minneapolis. This beautiful city is itching to get to know you better. Find out more about what Minneapolis has to offer here.

Child Care Services. NEA offers Camp NEA for children ages 6 months to nine years old and Club NEA for youth ages 10-16. Programs are offered June 28-July 5. Get all the details here.











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