A good resource is NEA’s “Frequently Asked Questions About the Annual Meeting & Representative Assembly,” online at http://www.nea.org/grants/20260.htm.
Terminology: You will hear references to both the “Representative Assembly,” or RA, and the “Annual Meeting.” The Representative Assembly is the governing body of NEA, consisting of elected delegates from NEA affiliates across the country. It is the RA that elects NEA officers, adopts the budget, endorses Presidential candidates, and enacts policy statements and new business items. NEA defines the Annual Meeting as the four days of the Representative Assembly plus the two registration days. (Some events start even earlier: this year’s complete meeting schedule runs nine days.)
Expectations: Delegates should attend all six Ohio caucuses and all four sessions of the RA. The first Ohio caucus will be held starting at 10:00 AM on June 6 at the Crowne Plaza Columbus North Hotel, 6500 Doubletree Avenue, Columbus 43229. The other caucuses will be held on July 2-6 at our delegation’s hotel in Orlando, Florida.
Travel arrangements: Delegates make their own travel arrangements. For this year’s schedule, delegates should arrive no later than July 1 and return no sooner than July 7. You’ll have more options if you arrange your flights early.
Room arrangements: The Ohio delegation will be staying at the Lake Buena Vista Resort this year. To reduce costs, most delegates share a room. Delegates arrange their rooms through an online registration system set up by OEA, which will be “live” after April 10.
Communications: After the delegate reporting deadline of April 10, delegates will start to receive email communications including a registration link. Tips for registration: 1) have your ten-digit OEA membership number; 2) use a non-school email address; and 3) identify your roommate if you know who that will be. (OEA can try to pair you up with a roommate if that’s your preference.)