Annually, we hold elections for the FWEA Executive Board and to be a delegate to the National Education Association Representative Assembly. We strive to keep our President's Updates as brief as possible, however as we believe in an informed and empowered membership, this Update will share information about the role and responsibilities for both, and where possible, use excerpts of our Constitution and Bylaws language where these duties and protocols are outlined. You can check out the entire FWEA Constitution and Bylaws here.
All of these positions are exciting leadership opportunities to serve our students and membership. Being on the Board means creating the space for your passions to be supported and cultivated as we continue to build our strong an inclusive Association.
If you'd like to nominate yourself or another FWEA member to the FWEA Executive Board or as a delegate to the NEA-RA please email firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations close on March 20th at 5pm. E-Ballots will be sent to home/personal emails soon thereafter.
Here you'll find roles and responsibilities for FWEA Executive Board and NEA-RA Delegate:
FWEA Executive Board
We are the 7th largest education association in the state, and we are honored to serve our 1760 ESP and Certificated members. As per our FWEA Constitution and Bylaws, some positions are elected in even-numbered year, some in odd-numbered years. As per our Standard Operating Procedures, these are 2 year terms.
Current FWEA Executive Board seats up for election:
1) Elementary Representative
2) Elementary Representative *one year term; special election
3) Middle School Representative
4) Itinerant and Special Services Representative (represents Nurses, PE Specialists, Itinerant Music Teachers, Librarians, Counselors, GATE and other itinerant educators)
5) Special Education Representative (represents PTs, OTs, Adaptive PE, Speech Therapists, Mobility and Vision Specialists, Psychologists, and Special Education educators)
As per Article VII of the Constitution:
Section 1: One elementary representative, one middle school representative, one itinerant & special services representative, and one special education representative elected in odd numbered years.
Section 2: The FWEA Executive Board shall be the body through which the general administrative and executive functions of the Association shall be carried out.
Section 5: Vacancies on the Executive Board shall be filled as follows: a) if six (6) months or more remain in the term, then by special election; b) if the special election is uncontested, the Representative Assembly shall be allowed to fill the vacancy by acclamation; and c) if less than six (6) months remains, then by appointment of the Executive Board.
Duties of the Executive Board:
The responsibilities of this leadership role are outlined below, as per our Bylaws. You should also know that we meet once per month, and communicate frequently through text/email/phone. Executive Board members are also required to attend and be part of leading the Association Representatives Meeting, which is once per month. There are many exciting
Article VI—Duties of the Executive Board
Section 1. Between meetings of the Association Representative Assembly, the Executive Board shall conduct and manage the affairs and business of the Association, including interpretation of the Constitution and Bylaws.
Section 2. The Executive Board shall see that the budget is prepared and submitted for approval by the Association Representative Assembly.
Section 3. The Executive Board shall implement motions and resolutions approved by the Membership and/or Association Representative Assembly and put into operation other measures consistent with the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standard 1Operating Procedures of the Association.
Section 4. The Executive Board shall approve the appointment and discharge of all standing and special committees.
Section 5. Authorize the execution of contracts and other agreements necessary to conduct the business of the Association.
Section 6. With the approval of the Association Representative Assembly, authorize 168 expenditures and/or transfer of funds for any purpose not contained in the budget or set forth in the Standard Operating Procedures.
Section 7. Arrange for the training of Association Representatives.
Section 8. Attend meetings of the Association Representative Assembly as non-voting members.
Section 9. Serve as liaison with designated school sites and Association Representatives.
National Education Association Representative Assembly
This exciting honor means you'll be participating in the largest democratic assembly in the world! Annually, thousands of educators from across the country come together to support our profession, our students, colleagues and public education. We set the policy agenda for the coming year.
It's hard work, but you'll be representing FWEA and Washington state. This year's NEA-RA is June 30-July 5th in Boston. More information can be found here.
Article VIII - Delegate Responsibilities
Section 2. As a duly elected delegate to the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly, delegates shall agree to the following:
a. Mandatory attendance at all WEA State Delegation meetings prior to the business sessions
b. Attend all business sessions for all of the days of the Representative Assembly. (If it becomes necessary to leave the floor, departures should be a brief [10 to 15 minutes] in length.)
c. If you are a first-time delegate, attend the New Delegate Orientation conducted prior to the first session.
d. Vote in all elections at the designated voting time for the Washington Delegation.
e. Delegates will receive a check to cover the cost of airfare, meals, lodging, 245 and incidentals. Rooms are based on double occupancy. Delegates are responsible for any costs that exceed that dollar amount.
f. Delegates unable to fulfill their obligation will be held liable for any and all costs already paid by the Federal Way Education Association including, but not limited to airfare, hotel, and stipends for meals and incidental expenses.