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We Are the Present, We Are the Future

We Are the Present, We Are the Future

Student Program Highlights

 WANTED: National Student Leaders

Are you self motivated? Are you enthusiastic about all you have gained from being a member of the NEA Student Program? Are you interested in a leadership opportunity on the national level in Washington, DC? Well…here’s what you have been waiting for! We are currently seeking student members for the upcoming school year who are interested in serving on some NEA Committees. These positions are appointments (no speech or voting required). You just need to complete the application cover, an essay and two letters of recommendation. Applications are due August 22nd.

2014 Candidates for Student Program Election

Find bios and flyers for candidates seeking election for NEA Student Program Chairperson, Board of Directors, and Resolutions Committee.

Bon Voyage!

A big THANK YOU to our outgoing 2012-2013 Advisory Committee of Student Members!  They have given countless hours to the Student Program. They lead our national student Connections Conference in San Diego, November 2012 that focused on Bully Prevention in the classroom. They helped implement a spring membership drive where 17 states met membership goals. As their last committee action, they will lead us through an amazing Student Leadership Conference in Atlanta to help prepare our states and chapters for the 2013-14 membership year.  KUDOS to you all—we cannot THANK YOU enough! View the photos!

NEA Student Program Welcomes New Chair, David Tjaden!

David is originally from the rural Iowa town of Titonka, Iowa and has spent the last 6 years at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. After graduating with a BA in Political Science, he continued on and graduated with an MA in Social Studies education in May 2012. David has been involved heavily with the NEA-SP while earning his degree in education, attending multiple state and student conferences and expanding his local chapter. During his final year of graduate school, David served as Chairperson of the ISEA-Student Program, a member on the ISEA Executive Board, and as a member of the NEA-Student Program Advisory Committee of Student Members. During his tenure as NEA-SP Chairperson, David hopes strengthen the voice of student members in the arena of political action, extend the outreach of service to communities, and help ensure that every future teacher has the skills and resources to provide the greatest education to our PreK-12 students.

Over the past years David has spent his summers coaching high school baseball in Iowa and officiating high school and collegiate basketball in the Midwest. His father is a retired social studies teacher and his mother works at the local bank. His older brother, Stephen, coaches and teaches social studies in Northwest Iowa, and younger brother, Jacob, is attending graduate school at Drake University. David’s term of office begins August 1, 2012 and concludes July 31, 2014. Welcome David!

Student NJEA at TCNJ Leadership Awards


The Student NJEA chapter at The College of New Jersey was honored with two programming awards at the college’s Fifth Annual Student Leadership Awards banquet. (full article)

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:

  • 60,000 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
  • 2 national conferences -- Summer Leadership Conference (June), and Fall Connections Conference (November).

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.

The NEA Student Program is Essential

Nearly 2 million teachers across the country retired in 2007. We must take aggressive steps to replace these educators and ensure a quality teacher in every classroom. NEA supports teachers 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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