m 1 Departments in ttfe NEA Center 1 and functionaWss the way staff members of the SL^pedalized departments A located jn completed seclfct^ one and two of the new Nm Center in Washington, D. C , describe their quarters, Center is being built largely ,with income from NEA life memberships and contributio|p from NEA membe^F Negotiations for the constructi^^^f the third anA^al section of the Center are under way. (See jihoto of architect's model ^ve.) Whe^ie seetibn is completed, the present overcrowding of the rapidly growing staff in tne NEA ,®hter will be relieved, and addi tional space will be available for conferences and workshops. From 1857 to 1870, the National Education Associa tion met as one body, without subdivisions, all addres ses being made before the entire Association. By crea tion of departments the NEA developed a satisfactory method of meeting the special as well as the general needs of education. The following sections from the NEA Constitution and Bylaws show the chronological order in which the departments were established: 1892—"It shall consist of ten departments the first, of School Superintendents the second, of Normal Schools the third, of Elementary Schools the fourth, of Higher Instruction the fifth, of Industrial Educa tion the sixth, of Art Education the seventh, of Kin dergarten Instruction the eighth, of Music Education the ninth, of Secondary Education the tenth, of Busi ness Education and a National Council of Education." 1957—"The following departments are now in exis tence : The Departments, first, of American Association of School Administrators second, of Vocational Edu cation third, of Kindergarten-Primary Education fourth, of Music Educators National Conference fifth, of United Business Education Association sixth, of American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation seventh, of National Science Teachers Association eighth, of Rural Education ninth, of Classroom Teachers tenth, of Deans of "Women elev enth, of Elementary School Principals twelfth, of Au dio-Visual Instruction thirteenth, of National Council for Social Studies fourteenth, of American Associa tion of Colleges for Teacher Education fifteenth, of National Association of Secondary-School Principals sixteenth, of Association for Supervision and Curri culum Development seventeenth, of American Edu cational Research Association eighteenth, of Interna tional Council for Exceptional Children nineteenth, of Home Economics twentieth, of National Council of Administrative Women in Education twenty-first, of National Art Education Association twenty-second, of Speech Association of America twenty-third, of Na tional Association of Journalism Directors of Secondary Schools twenty-fourth, of American Industrial Arts Association twenty-fifth, of Higher Education twenty- sixth, of National Association of Educational Secretar ies twenty-seventh, of National Council of Teachers of Mathematics twenty-eighth, of National School Public Relations Association twenty-ninth, of National Re tired Teachers Association and thirtieth, of National Association of Public School Adult Educators." Each department has its own officers and is governed by its own bylaws which are approved by the Board of Directors of the National Education Association. NEA membership is prerequisite to department membership. As a Department of the National Education Associ ation, IIBEA assists in planning and implementing, with special reference to business education, the broad program of the organized teaching profession. It is the official NEA avenue of service to business teachers. Centennial Issue 51
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