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National Council of Urban Education Associations

The National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) is an advocacy organization of local affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA), which is dedicated to strengthening member advocacy and making the NEA more responsive to member needs.


Visit the NCUEA Summer Conference website to register and reserve your hotel now!

Register now for the 2019 National Council of Urban Education Associations’ (NCUEA) summer conference! The NCUEA conference takes place from Friday, June 28, 2019 to Monday, July 1, 2019 in Houston, TX at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Houston.

We are thrilled to announce that following organizations will be featured:

  • TeachRock. TeachRock is a standards-aligned, arts integration curriculum that helps teachers engage students.
  • US Youth Climate Strike. The national leaders of the student-led climate change movement will share their experiences and learnings.
  • Good Jobs First. The policy resource organization will discuss their recent publications that shed light on corporate subsidies and public education.

The 2019 summer conference will serve as a forum to discuss critical issues facing
public education and our country, but importantly, it will also be an opportunity for
us to discuss and share solutions for what can frequently appear to be intractable
challenges. The conference theme is "Lifting Our Local Voices to Challenge Power
and Win."


Our Mission

The mission of NCUEA is to promote and advance quality public education in urban schools by empowering and supporting local associations, leaders, and members. In carrying out this mission, NCUEA focuses on the following areas:

  • United voice for urban education
  • Promotion of and advocacy for local associations
  • Partnership with NEA
  • Partnerships with education-focused organizations
  • Training for local urban leaders
  • Human and civil rights for all
  • Celebration of diversity
  • Communication among local associations
  • Staff/Leadership relationships
  • Quality working conditions

Why join NCUEA?

Being a NCUEA member means being a part of the "urban voice" of NEA. 

Learn more about what membership means »

NCUEA's role in ESSA Implementation

NCUEA is helping to lead on effective implementation of ESSA in all our local districts.

Read more »

NCUEA’s role in social justice

NCUEA helps affiliates fight the obstacles to equity and opportunity students and educators face inside—and outside—the classroom.

Learn more »



GPS Fund Grants


NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund enables grant awardees to improve student success. Since 2013, the GPS Fund has provided funds to state affiliates, local affiliates, and partnerships that demonstrate leadership in enhancing the quality of public education and engaging members. Award criteria focus on ensuring successful students, accomplished professionals, dynamic collaboration, and empowering leaders. Go here to learn more about the grants already awarded, about guidelines and deadlines, and about the application process.

edCommunities, NEA’s online professional learning and engagement community, hosts many private and public discussion groups. To connect with groups of educators, school support professionals, and other colleagues about how NEA’s GPS Fund Grants can work for you, first go here to become a member then enter key word Grants in the search function and join the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.



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