Become a KNEA Leader
As an educator, you can watch from your class and hope that tomorrow will bring a bright future. Or you can be part of the transformation, to help lead education in a direction that serves all students. Getting involved in the governance of KNEA is one way to do that.
Involvement at the local and UniServ level is often the first step. Look into the structures in your area and see what opportunities you have; usually they vary anywhere from chairing the membership committee to serving as vice president to representing your local on the UniServ Administrative Board. Activities at these levels drive our association and bring resources and benefits directly to our members.
KNEA members are encouraged to run for office at the local, state and even national levels. The following is a brief overview of our structure and the many leadership opportunities for members.
- Local Association
Local officers are elected by members. It is the local that is the primary point of service and connection to the member. Each local establishes its own governance/leadership structure via its Constitution and Bylaws in compliance with the "standards for affiliation."
UniServ Board and UniServ President
These representatives are elected by locals to oversee delivery of KNEA programs by the UniServ (or region) to locals and members. The UniServ President serves as a joint supervisor of the KNEA professional staff person (UniServ Director) assigned to that unit along with the KNEA Associate Executive Director in charge of the UniServ program.
State Representative Assembly Delegates
Delegates from locals all over Kansas attend this annual policy-making meeting. The KNEA Representative Assembly (KNEA RA) approves KNEA Resolutions and to the KNEA Constitution and Bylaws, makes recommendations to the KNEA Board of Directors, and makes recommendations regarding the KNEA budget and dues amount. Each local association is guaranteed at least one representative/delegate.
Board members are elected to 3-year terms by all members in each of KNEA's governance regions. In addition, the Board includes an ethnic minority representative, an educational support personnel representative, a KNEA Retired representative, a KNEA-Student Program representative, a higher education representative, the two KNEA members of the NEA Board of Directors, and the three KNEA Executive officers. The Board is responsible for transacting the business of the Association, implementing policy and program directives of the State RA, proposes and adopts the budget, hires the Executive Director, negotiates salaries with staff, develops policies, proposes and approves changes to bylaws, and proposes changes to the Constitution for State RA approval.
KNEA Executive Officers
The President, Vice President, and Secretary-Treasurer are elected by all KNEA members for a 3-year term (and may serve up to two consecutive terms in a given office). The executive officers, along with an elected member-at-large from the Board of Directors and the Senior Director from Kansas on the NEA Board constitute the KNEA Executive Committee. The executive officers make proposals to the KNEA Board and to the State RA, serve as the official representatives of the Association, make administrative decisions and act on behalf of the Board in the absence of the Board, and work with the executive director to implement KNEA programs and policies. The President and Vice President take leaves of absence from their school districts in order to serve full time on behalf of members.
NEA Board of Directors
The NEA Board serves as the policy-making body when the NEA RA is not in session. Representatives (based on a membership formula) are elected from each state (Kansas has two) plus additional at-large representatives from ESP, Higher Education, Administrators who serve 3-year terms (two term limit).
NEA Representative Assembly (NEA RA)
Delegates are elected by members in locals, clusters of locals, and state-wide from all states. This policy-making body meets for approximately one week each summer to adopt the NEA Budget, approve resolutions, approve changes to Constitution and Bylaws, and to act on business items regarding programs and policies of the NEA.
- NEA Executive Committee
- Executive Committee members are elected by the NEA-RA to serve 3-year terms (two term limit). There are six at-large positions on the Executive Committee and these individuals have "teaching partners" in their schools so they can be free to serve virtually full-time as needed anywhere across the country on behalf of members and the Association.
The President, Vice President, and Secretary/Treasurer are also elected by the NEA RA for 3-year terms (two term limit). These persons function as the spokespersons for NEA and work with the NEA Executive Director to implement NEA programs and policies.