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The Association's 146th Annual Meeting and 87th Representative Assembly are slated for Washington, D.C., July 1-6, 2008

Politics will take center stage this summer when thousands of NEA members—delegates to the 87th NEA Representative Assembly—gather in Washington, D.C. to set the direction for the Association in the upcoming year.

This year, along with the usual business of the Representative Assembly, delegates will recommend a presidential candidate to the NEA membership and consider a political program for the Association that urges all candidates for elective office to put education on the front burner in this critical election year.

Other highlights of the 2008 Annual Meeting include the awarding of the annual Friend of Education Award, this year to educator-astronaut Barbara Morgan, an Idaho elementary school teacher who spent two weeks last August in outer space, honoring the Teacher and Education Support Professional of the Year, and voting on an NEA action agenda that includes a program addressing the misuse of contingent faculty in higher education.

Nearly 700 higher education members of NEA and the American Federation of Teachers gathered in our nation’s capital in early April for the 2008 joint NEA-AFT Higher Education Conference.

“Building Alliances for Higher Education and the Public Good,” explored, through myriad workshops and presentations, the pressures and trends affecting higher education institutions, their faculty and staff, and their unions.

Keynote speaker John Podesta, CEO of the Center for American Progress, outlined a progressive vision for higher education that included a call to promote a better understanding of the connection between K-12 education, postsecondary education, and American competitiveness. The Irwin Polishook lecture, “From Brown to Bakke to Seattle: The Continuing Race Dilemma,” was delivered by Harvard University law professor Dr. Charles Ogletree.

It’s one thing to theorize about professional, competitive pay, the goal of the national NEA Salary Campaign, but it’s quite another to strategize about winning it. Local activists will soon find that easier when NEA training specialists finish a salary campaign training package with a higher education “module,” for delivery by a cadre of trainers.

For local leaders in a hurry, the higher education component—drawing on the best practices of several NEA affiliates—has already been distilled into a Higher Education Salary Training PowerPoint Presentation, downloadable from the “Salary Campaigns” section of the secure, staff-only Inside NEA web site. For details, send your state or local staff to Dave Winans.

All the best campaign tips are in there, including bold goal setting, strategic planning, and concerted pressure on the employer. Don't reinvent the wheel if you're planning to pursue a real raise!

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