The MARAC/NEA Spring 2015 Meeting, “The Revolution Continues”, is happening in one week — March 19-21! Registration is closed now, but we hope we will see you there! You can get information about the hotel and directions here. Due to high attendance rates, sessions are expected to be quite full, so it’s a good idea to plan out your schedule now and show up at your sessions early. Check out the PDF of the full schedule now. You’ll also find a map of hotel locations in it.
The meeting is being held at the historic Boston Park Plaza Hotel, which opened in 1927 as the Statler Hotel. The Boston Globe recently ran an article about the Plaza and the extensive renovations it is undergoing; it seems like the lobby may be under construction during the meeting so be prepared to look out for signage!
If this is your first NEA meeting or you’re experiencing a little pre-conference anxiety (it happens to us all), check out REPS Student Liason Rose Oliveira’s excellent blog post on making the most out of your first conference. You can do it!
Representatives from REPS will be present at the Call to Action event on Friday, March 20 at 8 am.
- The REPS Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, March 20th at 3:30 PM.
- REPS is hosting a session on Saturday, March 21 at 11 am, entitled “Revolt Against Complacency: Combatting Hurdles in Professionalism”.
- And finally, REPS, QueerNEA! and MARAC’s Early Professionals and Students (EPS) are hosting a NEA/MARAC post-meeting meet-up at Scollay Square on Saturday, March 21 at 4 pm. Currently all spots for this are filled but please email Casey Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on a waiting list.
Follow Along on Social Media!
Whether you are going to be in attendance at the meeting or not, you can follow along with the events on Twitter by using the hashtag #maracnea15. You should also following the twitter account for the conference, @maracnea15.Tweets by @repsnea
Things to Do at the Meeting and around Boston
MARAC has been posting a fantastically useful blog posts about the Meeting and things to do in Boston. You can find them all via this handy guide. Topics covered include lunchtime discussions at the meeting, plenary speakers Danna Bell and Sands Fish, the Day of Service, and local attractions, dining spots, running tips, and how to deal with the (thankfully, rapidly melting) snow.
And there’s more!
- #NEA5K 2015 is accepting applicants for a 3 mile run on the morning of Saturday, March 21.
- Check out the Dine Around spreadsheet to arrange dinner plans with fellow attendees!
- Need a ride to the meeting? Here’s the carpooling sign up.
Finally, at the NEA Annual Business Meeting we will be voting on three proposed amendments to the NEA By-Laws. You can read up on them before voting here.