New Traditions to be Set at Delegate Assembly

Friday Night Format Includes Two Dozen PD Breakouts

Melding the distant past with what must become the future, NSEA members will see a vibrant new vision for Delegate Assembly when the convention convenes in late April.

For years mired in the process of routine governance issues – vital but sometimes tedious – the 2018 Delegate Assembly will open with more than three hours of professional development in the form of 24 breakout sessions and 20 separate professional development topics.

“Members want, and need, quality professional development,” said NSEA President Jenni Benson, Lincoln. “If we can deliver that professional development to members at Delegate Assembly, and conduct business as well, everyone wins.”

A century ago, professional development was common at Delegate Assembly. More recently, the focus has been on Association governance responsibilities and issues. However, there have been mounting requests from members in recent years to provide professional development. As a result, nearly two dozen topics will be addressed over three rounds of breakout sessions during the Friday night opening of NSEA’s 157th Delegate Assembly, set for April 27-28 in Lincoln.

Among the breakout session topics: Degrees Not Debt – Loan Forgiveness; Dyslexia Technical Assistance; Social Justice Basics for Educators; Social Media for Educators; Child Trauma and Toxic Stress; and much more (see entire list here).

Attendees will also hear a short keynote from Eric Brown, an Illinois biology teacher and one of nine members of the NEA Board of Directors Executive Committee.

Everyone is Invited!

The Friday night opening will break precedent in a second manner: Non-delegates and even non-NSEA members are invited to attend the professional development sessions.

“We are looking to improve the teaching profession, and the system of education for all students in Nebraska,” said NSEA Executive Director Maddie Fennell. “We welcome all educators to benefit from the programming NSEA will provide on Friday night.”

Following the breakouts, the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel will host a reception  in the hotel Atrium.

Delegates and others planning to attend are encouraged to register their planned attendance at the professional development sessions. However, to be clear, registration for the professional development sessions will not serve as delegate registration for the Assembly. Duly elected delegates will receive separate instructions for registration as a delegate.

The business portion of the meeting this year will begin on Saturday morning, April 28.

Illinois Science Teacher

For his part, Brown was elected to a three-year term on the NEA Executive Committee in 2015. He has taught biology at Evanston Township High School for 16 years, is a teacher leader, former local association president, and former board member for the Illinois Education Association.

He has also represented educators on the Illinois State Educator Preparation and Licensure Board and serves on the Board of Trustees of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, among other activities.

Saturday morning, delegates will discuss and debate and vote on proposed changes to Bylaws, as well as any proposed new Resolutions or New Business Items.

Dues for 2018-19 will also be set by delegates on Saturday.

NSEA’s Delegate Assembly has been held once, and sometimes twice, each year since 1867, and is the Association’s annual business meeting.

All Delegate Assembly sessions are scheduled for the Marriott Cornhusker Hotel in downtown Lincoln.

To make your interest in serving as a delegate known, contact your local association president, your local association building representative, or your NSEA organizational specialist at 1-800-742-0047.