The Association Takes Center Stage

Delegate Assembly Gala Puts NSEA History Front, Center

There will be no keynote speaker, no message from the national level at the 2017 edition of NSEA’s Delegate Assembly.

This year, the Association takes center stage.

Well more than 300 delegates, Association leaders and selected dignitaries will attend a dinner gala and celebration in observance of NSEA’s founding 150 years ago.

The gala will feature remarks by NSEA President Nancy Fulton and a brief history of the Association by former NSEA Executive Director Dr. Craig R. Christiansen. Also on the Friday program: presentation of NSEA’s highest award, the Friend of Education.

Because Friday evening will focus on the celebration of 150 years of NSEA advocacy for children and public schools, no formal business will be conducted. Saturday, however, will be quite busy.

“We will have much to do, and we will work at a brisk pace,” said NSEA President Nancy Fulton.

At the top of the agenda will be the election of members to three of the four seats on the NSEA Executive Committee. Fulton is nearing the end of her second and final term, so members will elect a new president. Vice President Jenni Benson’s first term is ending, and NEA Director John Heineman is term limited and must step aside for a successor.

Those new officers may find much on their plates when they take office. Delegates will consider adoption of a new, wide-ranging strategic plan for the Association. Two years in development by the NSEA Strategic Plan Committee, the proposal sets a course for the Association well into the future. Delegates will listen to a review of the committee’s work and consider whether to adopt or modify the proposal.

Delegates will also consider changes in the Association’s governance structure. A Governance Review Task Force has worked for the past two years on a plan to update and streamline the Association’s governance structure, which has changed little over the past century.  The Task Force has already proposed amending the Association’s bylaws to accommodate the proposed changes (See Proposed Bylaws Change No. 2 on page 18).

The Usual Work

The nearly 300 delegates will also have plenty of the usual work to do, as well. A proposed bylaw to add at-large minority representation to the NSEA Board of Directors will be considered (See Proposed Bylaw Amendment No. 1 on page 18). Proposals to amend the NSEA Resolutions will be considered, as will any New Business Items that may be offered.

Finally, delegates will consider a dues proposal for 2017-18 (see page 17) before adjourning.

All of this action will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln. Find the entire schedule on page 16.

Recognized, Rewarded

As mentioned, the Friend of Education Award will be presented Friday evening. Because of the quite busy schedule, the remaining awards usually presented during the Saturday lunch hour will be presented during a luncheon with the NSEA Board of Directors on Friday at noon. That includes the Rookie of the Year Award, the Teaching Excellence Award, the ESP of the Year Award, and others.

This will be the 156th Delegate Assembly in the Association’s 150-year history. All members in good standing are eligible to seek delegate status. To become a delegate, talk to your local association president or your NSEA organizational specialist at 1-800-742-0047. NSEA covers the cost of a shared hotel room for each delegate, Saturday breakfast, a noon lunch and mileage.