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Our Partnerships

The National Education Association (NEA) partners with a variety of organizations to promote Great Public Schools for every student. Our partnerships focus on those designed to enhance student success, achieve excellence in the education professions, and fight for educational opportunity and equity for all students. These partnerships advance NEA’s national priorities and, in many instances, are grounded by state and local projects with NEA affiliates.

These featured partnerships focus on improving student success, helping educators become more accomplished in their profession, helping to empower educators to create solutions that work for students, helping to advance social and economic justice for students and their families, and engaging families and communities. We invite you Learn more about some of NEA’s many partnerships and our valued partners.

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Supporting Student Success

Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (Stem)

New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning (NJCTL) — NEA and its New Jersey affiliate, the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA), is proud to partner and support the expansion of successful STEM programs to new sites throughout the country. NJEA helped to create the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning, which has provided robust professional development and science certification programs for educators, and an innovative STEM curriculum to students. The NJCTL recently confirmed ( PDF, 161 KB, 4 pgs.) that it now produces more physics teachers than any college or university in the United States. Specifically, NEA’s investment seeks to expand the Progressive Science Initiative and Progressive Mathematics Initiative, which is closing access and achievement gaps between low-income students and their more affluent peers in advanced math and science. This model has now expanded beyond New Jersey into other states and even other countries.

Promoting Reading

First Book — Through NEA’s Read Across America program, qualifying schools serving children in need may apply to receive free books from First Book.

Promoting Civics Education and Educator Professional Development and Growth Programs

Edward M. Kennedy Institute (EMK) — NEA was one of the first contributors to support the establishment of EMK, an institute dedicated to educating the public about our government and participatory democracy, and inspiring the next generation of leaders to engage in spirited and civil public discourse about the issues of our time. An NEA affiliate, the Massachusetts Teachers’ Association, partnered with the EMK Institute, serving on its advisory board, to guide the development of the Institute’s education programs for students and to help shape professional development courses for educators. Students will have access to high experiential learning opportunities such as simulated debates, mock hearings, legislative drafting, and more. Educators will also have access to professional development courses, designed by educators, to help enrich their instructional knowledge and skills.

Helping Parents and Communities Understand the Common Core State Standards

NEA has partnered with numerous organizations — such as NAACP, National Council of La Raza, the League of Latin Americans Citizens, the National PTA, the National Indian Education Association, the National Urban League, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Learning First Alliance, the National Conference of State Legislatures — to help parents, communities, and other organizations understand new academic standards, often referred to as the Common Core State Standards, that will help prepare students for college or careers.

Helping Parents Help Their Children Succeed

National PTA — NEA has partnered with the National Parent Teacher Association to produce numerous guidebooks that provide parents with the tools they need to help their children succeed.

Achievement through Mentoring

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Partnership with NEA Priority Schools Campaign — NEA partners with Kappa Alpha Psi to deliver robust youth leadership, college preparation, mentoring, and tutoring programs for students aspiring to graduate from college and become youth leaders. Our partnership with Kappa Alpha Psi links the passion and legacy of the public service of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity members to NEA’s Priority Schools sites in an effort to dramatically improve educational outcomes for students and enhance community involvement in schools that have struggled academically and/or are significantly under-resourced. Programs include:

  • Kappa League — Youth leadership initiative, training young men for leadership, achievement and service in all fields.
  • Diamonds In the Rough College Prep Program — Online college and career planning instruction provided to students aspiring to succeed after high school.
  • A-Man — STEM based Initiative.
  • Site Based Mentoring — monthly school visits to provide mentoring and conflict resolution advisement to students.
  • Site Based Tutoring — tutor students on a monthly basis.
  • Lead Prep — Monthly Speaker and workshop series where guest facilitators and speakers speak about their career field and leadership.

 

Closing Achievements Gaps

NEA Foundation — Through targeted philanthropy, the Foundation funds proposals which serve under-achieving, low-income, and ethnic minority students to close the achievement gaps.

Fighting for Access to College & Diversifying the Higher Education Pipeline

Own the DREAM — NEA members are helping DREAMERS achieve their goal of accessing higher education. To assist affiliates and members promote this important work, a brochure was developed to help students, members, and communities navigate the process.

Healthy Students and Safe School Environments

NEA Health Information Network (HIN) — NEA’s sister organization, the NEA Health Information Network, works to improve the health and safety of school communities through information and programs that educate and empower school professionals and positively impact the lives of students. HIN and NEA support local initiatives through its programs:

 

Fighting for Education Opportunity for All Students

NEA has partnered with organizations like the Opportunity to Learn Campaign, Opportunity Action, the Education Law Center, and the Advancement Project to help close the opportunity gaps that exist for too many students across the country. We believe that every student should have access to a great public school.

We are also a member organization of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of over 200 national organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting the civil and human rights of all Americans. We work with our partners to fight for universal early childhood, high quality teachers and teaching, fair funding, fair discipline policies, and more.

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Funding Teachers’ and other Educators’ Classroom Projects

DonorsChoose.org — The NEA Foundation matches public donations that fund projects proposed by NEA members to help their students. Through our work, we’ve learned that the best teaching ideas come from our greatest assets: educators. Teachers have great ideas to help their students learn more, but they often lack the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. Last year, through our partnership with DonorsChoose.org, we matched public donations to support 1,500 NEA member requests for classroom materials, reaching 120,000 public school students.

 


Creating Accomplished Educators:
High quality instruction and services help students succeed!

Better Lesson

NEA has partnered with Better Lesson to launch the NEA Master Teacher Project (MTP), which showcases best practices for educators working with students in the new era of Common Core State Standards. NEA members who are accomplished teachers have come together in teams to create year-long curricula, broken down by grade and by subject matter — all fully aligned with the Common Core State Standards. These are free, high-quality lesson plans accessible not only to NEA members but to all educators across the country. We believe that every student should have access to high standards, high-quality curriculum, and high-quality teaching, regardless of a student’s zip code, background or family income.

Teaching Channel

Teachers are always looking for innovative, engaging and challenging ways to teach their students, and NEA embraces its responsibility to help provide members with access to as many tools as possible to help them deliver world-class instruction to students. The Teaching Channel provides a multitude of videos exemplifying best practices for educators that cover various subjects, student populations, and Common Core State Standards.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

NEA was one of the founding members of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), an organization committed to advancing student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.

NEA, in partnership with NBPTS, seeks to elevate the status, voice and role of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession. This includes:

  1. raising public awareness with respect to the cognitively complex, collaborative and expertise-driven nature of teachers’ work;
  2. setting higher standards for entry and advancement into the profession; and,
  3. recognizing accomplished teaching through a rigorous professional certification process, comparable to those found in other premier professions, such as medicine, engineering and law.

Numerous NEA members serve on the Board of NBPTS, including the President of NEA. NEA and its affiliates have also advocated for policy initiatives which expand access to and recognition for teachers who earn National Board Certification status.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

NEA joined the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, and other stakeholders to review the uniform standards which formed Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP standards set a new and high bar for candidates entering the profession. NEA believes there should be high standards for entering the teaching profession, and CAEP’s accreditation standards are an important aspect of achieving that goal.

Supporting Innovation, Collaboration, and High Quality Teaching

NEA Foundation — The NEA Foundation’s Institute for Innovation in Teaching & Learning provides grants to support collaborative efforts by teams of local educator unions and district administrations to make significant, measurable changes in practices and policies, such as collective bargaining agreements or district policies that improve teaching and learning. The foundation also awards grants directly to educators at all levels who seek to improve student achievement, close achievement gaps, develop creative learning opportunities for students, and enhance their own professional development.

 


Empowering Educator Leaders

The Teacher Leadership Initiative

NEA, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Center for Teaching Quality have joined forces to create the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), a new initiative to develop a new generation of leaders within the profession. TLI is focused on the following:

  1. defining the foundational competencies of teacher leadership;
  2. developing relevant experiences and support to help teachers cultivate those competencies; and,
  3. activating teachers to be leaders in their profession as a result of their participation in this process.

 

Learning and Leadership

NEA Foundation — The NEA Foundation makes grants to teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty for one of two purposes:

  1. participate in high quality professional development, or
  2. mentoring experiences for staff in new positions.

 

TeachPlus Future of the Profession Fellowships

TeachPlus provides NEA members with an opportunity to apply for an exciting, year-long fellowship to collaborate with educators around the nation in building foundational knowledge about education policy, research and best practices. TeachPlus also provides recognition and professional opportunities to teachers in their first 3-10 years in the profession.

 


Social and Economic Justice

Advancing Restorative Justice

Advancement Project — NEA and the Advancement Project, in a broader coalition of organizations, have joined forces to advocate for restorative justice to reduce disparities in school disciplinary policies and practices that feed the school-to-prison pipeline.

Anti-bullying and School Climate

NEA has partnered with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Network (GLSEN), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other stakeholders to lead efforts throughout the nation to create safe learning environments where students can excel. NEA believes that all of its members should have the tools and information they need to not only be a caring adult for students who are experiencing bullying, but also have the skills and knowledge to prevent it from happening in the first place. NEA’s Bully-Free: It Starts With Me campaign is designed to do just that.

  • Learn more about Bully Free: It Starts With Me.
  • Learn more about the work our partners GLSEN and HRC are doing to help students and educators create classrooms and school environments that are more conducive to learning.

Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams

NEA has joined with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and more than 100 organizations from around the country to form the NILC DREAM Policy Table, which advances a policy agenda that makes the dream becoming citizens of the U.S. and of attending university a reality for young people.

We have partnered with NILC, Own the Dream, United We Dream and others to host clinics for students to learn how to file applications related to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, so that aspiring Americans who have attended US public schools and meet certain eligibility criteria can apply for financial aid to attend college. NEA has provided resources to educators about how to help students navigate this process, and we have hosted DACA clinics in Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

End Racial Profiling

National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, American Federation of Teachers, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Teaching Tolerance/Southern Poverty Law Center, Facing History and Ourselves, Not In Our Town/Not In Our School, and Human Rights Educators of the USA Network — Through a broad coalition, educators and community leaders around the nation are working to end racial profiling through education and action.


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