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We Are the Present, We Are the Future

We Are the Present, We Are the Future

Student Program Highlights

Announcing the 2016 NEA Student Program Awards!

Is your state or campus chapter doing big things…Get recognized at the NEA Student Program Awards ceremony to be held during the NEA Student Leadership and Professional Issues Conference in June 2016.

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Meet the candidates who are running to represent your voices. Each candidate had the opportunity to submit a biography and flyer. Enjoy learning about the your fellow student members.

Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

The NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of Jack Kinnaman, former Vice President Advisory Council member of NEA-Retired. He is most fondly remembered as NEA’s Cat in the Hat. It is his family’s wish that the scholarship go to a student.

Meet the candidates who are running to represent your voices

Each candidate had the opportunity to submit a biography and flyer. Enjoy learning about the your fellow student members.

NEA Student Program announces the CREATE grant!

The application process for Spring Semester Grants is now closed!

Communities Redefining Education Advocacy Through Empowerment (CREATE) Grant

CREATE Grants are chapter and/or statewide community service projects that positively promote the NEA Student Program through strategies designed to enhance public education, increase advocacy and outreach to communities; support younger educators involvement in the Association; and supports the development of innovative approaches to engagement.  

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Introducing the 2014 - 2016 Student Chair, Chelsey Jo Herrig!

I am Chelsey Jo Herrig. Most people know me by Chelsey Jo. I grew up in Jackson, MN, a small town in southwestern Minnesota. I am a recent graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) majoring in Elementary Education with a mathematics endorsement and minor in Special Education. The love and support of my grandma Marian, mother Kristi and Brother Nathan has helped me rise to any occasion with positivity and drive.

Before being elected as the NEA Student Program Chair, I served as the SMSU Education Minnesota Student Program Co-President. Although most of my experiences come from the national level, I know the importance and power of each college chapter across the country. I have served on the NEA’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identification Committee. Following my term on SOGI, I was honored to represent the NEA Student Program as one of three, NEA Student Board of Directors.

My previous two summers were spent as a nanny for two amazing boys. My evenings were spent coaching baseball and gymnastics.

Our passion is contagious! My hope for the next two years is to empower, educate, and organize our student program members to strengthen our voices as the future of education and the future of NEA. While there may be many challenges ahead, I am confident we work together to come out ahead. After all, the NEA Student Program (NEA-SP) is the largest and most influential student group for future educators. I am beyond excited and blessed to be on this journey with all of you! Let’s share our passion!

--Chelsey Jo


Tomorrow’s Teachers Magazine

NEA’s annual magazine for NEA student members. It offers a wealth of resources to those new to the teaching profession. Each issue offers help with job searches, provides classroom tips for surviving the first year in the classroom, recommends strategies for parental and community outreach, and much more.

NEA Student Program History

The Student National Education Association (SNEA) was founded in 1937 as a department of NEA. The SNEA Representative Assembly almost 50 years later voted to end its affiliation status and merge with NEA as a program -- The NEA Student Program.

Today we have:

  • 55,000 members
  • more than 1100 college/university campus chapters
  • 50 state programs
  • a national, full-time, elected chairperson  
  • a nine-member, appointed advisory committee of student members
  • Student Leadership and Professional Issues Conference

We strive to:

  • promote community partnerships
  • foster leadership through pre-professional opportunities and peer mentoring
  • promote membership among diverse populations
  • provide networking opportunities
  • supplement formal teacher-education training
  • promote the national accreditation of teacher-education training
  • recruit and retain pre-professional members, and
  • maintain a presence at all NEA conferences.COMMENTS:

The NEA Student Program is Essential

  • Thousands of educators and educational support professionals across the country retire each year. We must take aggressive steps to replace these educators and ensure quality education in every classroom. NEA supports educators who are well qualified and prepared for their careers.
  • Also, one out of three NEA Student Program members becomes an NEA leader.
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The NEA Student Program attends and speaks at the White House Summit on Worker Voice. Check out the higlights on Storify

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