Keynote Speaker: Reginald Weaver
Reg Weaver is the immediate past president of the National Education Association, the largest professional association and one of the most influential educator groups in the United States. A graduate of Danville High School in Illinois, he holds degrees from Illinois State University and Roosevelt University. He completed his second term as NEA president on August 31, 2008.
Reg Weaver, an outspoken advocate for public education and one of the country’s foremost African American labor leaders, was elected president of the 2.7 million-member National Education Association at NEA's 2002 Representative Assembly in Dallas, Texas. He took office as head of the nation’s largest professional employee organization on Sept. 1, 2002.
Weaver, a middle school science teacher from Harvey, Illinois, is a 30-year classroom veteran and native of Danville, Illinois. He was recently named to Danville High School's Wall of Fame. He rose through the NEA ranks, serving as a local Association president in Harvey, Illinois (1967-1971) and then president of the Illinois Education Association (1981-1987). Weaver served on the NEA Executive Committee from 1989-1995, and for six years he served as NEA vice president.
Reginald Weaver serves on the executive board of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and on the board of governors of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies. He is also a member of the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He is listed in Who's Who in America, as well as in Who's Who in Black America. In August of 2008, Weaver was inducted into the ranks of The HistoryMakers.
A Illinois Governor Jim Thompson appointed Weaver to the Illinois Commission for the Improvement of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Illinois Project for School Reform Advisory Council, the Illinois Literacy Council, and the Task Force on At-Risk Youth. He also served on the Illinois State Board of Education's Blue Ribbon Committee on the Improvement of Teaching as a Profession, the Administrator's Academy, the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory Advisory Committee, and the Joint Committee on Minority Student Achievement. He has received many honors and awards, including the National Conference of Black Mayors President’s Award, the Ebony Magazine Influential Black Educators Award and the Illinois Education Association's Human Relations Award. He is an honorary life member of the National Parent Teachers Association.