IEA Delegate Assembly FAQ
Q-When and where is the 2017 Delegate Assembly and Annual Meeting?
A-April 21-22 at the Boise Centre in Downtown Boise
Q-How do I become a delegate?
A-Local associations elect delegates through voting by eligible members. Each local conducts balloting independently and on various timelines. The number of delegates for each local differs based on membership numbers. Contact your local association for information on balloting dates and procedures.
Q-What does a delegate do?
A-The primary role of the delegates is to develop the policies that the IEA implements and abides by. Delegates will discuss, debate and vote on new business items, resolutions and policy changes.
Q-Are travel expenses covered?
A-Yes. The local association covers travel costs for delegates.
Q-Other than discussing and voting on policy matters, what happens at Delegate Assembly?
A-Silent auctions to raise money for the IEA Children’s Fund and the GR-PACE committee are always popular—and give you a chance to take home some cool items donated by our members and by companies and organizations from around the state. The Member Benefits Social is a great opportunity to socialize and network with colleagues from other locals, as well as score gifts from vendors. There are opportunities to participate in sub-groups such as the Women’s and Minority Caucus and the ESP caucus. You will also get the latest information on the IEA Summer Institute and other professional development opportunities, as well as on IEA activities and initiatives. And the IEA awards ceremony is always a fun part of DA, as we recognize some of the organization’s shining stars.
Q-What awards will be given out at the IEA Delegate Assembly?
A-The Idaho Education Association’s annual awards include:
- Shane Anderson Outstanding Member Award
- Betty Roper Public Relations Award
- Larry Caldwell Member Advocacy Award
- Marsha Nakamura Teaching Excellence Award
- Edythe Crowe ESP Award
- Sue Hovey Mentoring Award
- Sam Cikaitoga Ethnic Minority Award
- Membership Recruiter Award
- Friend of Education Award
Q-How do I nominate a colleague for an IEA award?
A-Obtain an award nomination form by contacting IEA associate Julie Fleharty at email@example.com. Then return to Julie or IEA President Penni Cyr via e-mail, fax or US mail.
A-Is there a special guest speaker this year?
A-Yes, NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia will be our featured speaker at this year’s Delegate Assembly. The former Utah Teacher of the Year is a dynamic speaker and will share a wealth of information and insight on issues of importance to NEA/IEA members.
NEA Representative Assembly Heads to Boston
The annual National Education Association RA will be held June 30-July 5, 2017 in Boston, MA. Candidates to be a part of the IEA delegation to the NEA RA have submitted their paperwork and names have been placed on ballots in various zones around the state. Ballots will be mailed on February 6 and must returned to the IEA by February 29. Elected delegates will be notified in early March.
The RA agenda and other information can be found under the “Grants and Events” tab on the NEA website (www.nea.org). The NEA and IEA are committed to ethnic minority involvement and strongly encourage ethnic minority members to submit a resume.
For ballots and additional information, please e-mail Julie Fleharty at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the IEA headquarters at 208-344-1341.