Human and Civil Rights
Advocacy in Action
NEA Human and Civil Rights understands that education advocacy and social justice advocacy go hand in hand, and that an increasingly diverse kaleidoscope of students and educators must feel welcome in our public schools.
Social Justice Activist Award
The social justice activist award is presented to one exceptional member who demonstrates the ability to lead, organize and engage educators, parents, and the community to advocate on social justice issues that impact the lives of students, fellow educators and the communities they serve. Learn more about the NEA's Social Justice Activist Award here.
Students and the Power of Language
Widely regarded as a pioneer of the Hawaiian education movement, Dr. Keiki Kawai’ae’a has played a central role in the Hawaiian language renaissance and its stunning impact on student achievement. Currently Director of the College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaii Hilo campus, the award-winning educator is a passionate advocate for culturally healthy and responsive teaching. Kawai’ae’e spoke with NEA for Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month.
A Champion of Transgender Youth
Daniella Carter was born a boy, but from an early age she knew deep down that she was a girl. A product of New York’s broken foster care system, Daniella was not living in a “caring and loving” environment when she decided to come out as a young women. She ended up homeless, living on the streets of New York City by day and sleeping on subway trains by night. This awful existence tested her commitment to her gender identity and caused her to doubt whether she was worthy of being loved. Today, Daniella is a confident and articulate 21-year-old young woman who champions the cause of transgender youth. NEA interviewed Carter in honor of LGBT History Month.
The Intersection of Poverty and Education
Journalist Kavitha Cardoza, whose series Beating the Odds highlights students who have overcome tremendous obstacles, speaks with TalkPoverty about the poverty issues that spill into our schools and why it’s impossible to separate education reporting from poverty reporting. Read more...
- For the first time in half a century, the majority of public school students come from low-income families, yet the Congressional GOP budget proposal cuts programs for students and families.
Undocumented Students and College for All
At a time when global competition is fiercer than ever and America needs to increase its college-going and high school graduation rates, undocumented students face nearly insurmountable barriers to attaining a college degree and contributing to the nation’s economy. Read more...
How To Advocate for English Language Learners
America’s fastest-growing student demographic is so disproportionately underserved by the public school system, the number of programs and dollars spent per English Language Learner is in decline even as the number of ELL students has skyrocketed. How can educators and other stakeholders fight for the rights of language-minority students? NEA’s new guide, All In! How Educators Can Advocate for English Language Learners ( PDF, 853 KB, 44 pgs.), offers strategies, resources, and step-by-step instructions for navigating the real-life issues educators encounter every day.
- In All In!, general educators and ELL educators tell stories about the students who inspired them to act. Do you have a story to tell? Add your voice to the voices of educators from around the country. Become a resource by sharing your story and lessons learned.