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VEA at the 2019 NEA Convention








If you’re a VEA delegate to the NEA Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly in Houston, 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 Ellie St. John at



NEA Celebrates Pride with a Block Party on July 1st. Read more.

Rise Up for Love Day of Action -- LGBTQ Rights -- July 3rd. Read more.

Make a Green Choice
A note from NEA President Lily Eskelsen asking delegates to forego the "Green Choice" option at your hotel. Read more here.



State Contacts and PAC Donations
Please read the attached letter with information in regards to making PAC donations and who will serve as State Contacts.



Emergency Procedures in the Convention Center
> First, stop anyone with a radio to report the emergency to Security and the Annual Meeting Office.
If no one is available by radio, call Building Security, (713) 853-8087 from cell phone or NEA office phone.
> To report an emergency from one of the convention center’s house phones, call “8087.”
> To report an emergency from the RA floor, use the designated NEA Hotline phones located at the entrances of the RA.
> For medical emergencies in the RA, provide the closest microphone number and display the orange flag located at the podium to further assist responders in locating the emergency.
> For minor first aid treatment, visit NEA’s First Aid Room in Hall E Ticket Office, 713-853-8455.



Mobility Equipment. Find out how you can rent a scooter or wheelchair by clicking on Scootaround.

Delegate Communication Newsletter. Click here to read your "Insider's Guide to the NEARA."  It includes dates for the Pre-RA Tele-Town Hall with President Lily Eskelsen Garcia, info on Human & Civil Rights Awards, signing up for the RA Mobile App, and more.



Ground Transportation. There are several ways to get from the airport to your hotel -- rental cars, Uber, Supershuttle, Taxis, and more. More details here. Hertz Rental is offering special meeting rates for members. These rates are good July 3-7. To view the discounted rates, click here.




Letter from NEA President. Lily Eskelsen Garcia has written a letter to the president of Delta Airlines. Click here to read her concerns.


Non-Profit Fundraising Activity. From July 3-7, this activity gives delegates an opportunity to raise money and/or share information in order to support state and local projects approved by their Association. Read more.



Information from VEA President Jim Livingston. To find out more about the convention, this letter is being mailed to each delegate.

Racial and Social Justice Conference. Join educators, students, organizers, and community members in the fight for racial, social, and economic justice in public education by registering here. Deadline May 24th!

Advance Virtual Policy Hearings. Here is the schedule for Open Hearings that will begin in June.

Shuttle Bus Routes. Check this page for shuttle bus routes and run times. VEA is the Pink Route.




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 by June 3rd. 

Visit Houston. Find out more about Houston here. Enjoy shopping, dining, events, and other fun things to do. Read about Space Center Houston and click here for a pass.



Housing for VEA Delegates. VEA is assigned to the JW Marriott Houston by The Galleria, 5150 Westheimer Road, Houston, TX 77056. The room rate is $174.33 (tax included) for a king or two double beds. Use this link to make your reservation. Deadline for making housing reservations is June 5, 2019.
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.
**Cancellations must be received 72 hours prior to arrival or 1-night room and tax will be assessed to the credit card on the reservation.

Delegate Travel. NEA offers advice on travel using Delta or United Airlines. Read here for details.

Annual Meeting & RA Schedule. Look over the draft meeting and event schedule. VEA travel dates are Tuesday, July 2 for delegates (June 30 for VEA Board of Directors only), into Houston and Monday, July 8, heading back home.  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 Houston. The selected shirt is a red polo. 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. Shirts will be delivered to VEA’s convention hotel. ORDERING DEADLINE: MAY 15

Child Care Services. NEA offers Camp NEA for children ages 6 months to nine years old and Club NEA for ages 10-16 years old. Programs are offered July 1-July 7.  Get all the details here.

Community Outreach/Volunteering. There are many opportunities for convention delegates to participate in book drives, food banks, and more. VEA member Renee Beverly heads up a local teacher supply store. See list here.











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