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We’re here to make sure that every student & educator succeeds.

The National Education Association (NEA) is more than 3 million people—educators, students, activists, workers, parents, neighbors, friends—who believe in opportunity for all students and in the power of public education to transform lives and create a more just and inclusive society.
NEA President Becky Pringle
Educators are encouraged not only by President Biden’s leadership, but also in knowing that there is finally a true partner in the White House who will listen, value the ideas, and act in the best interest of students, educators, and families.
Quote by: Becky Pringle, NEA President

Our best hope for student success is you.

Your passion and commitment are crucial to helping all students—of all colors and backgrounds—learn, grow, and fulfill their potential. Here’s how you can get started.
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Be a voice for each and every student.

Students have a right to a safe, welcoming, and affirming learning environment in a school that respects and values them and is free of bias. Learn about issues affecting our students and how you can help students succeed.
NEA member Enrique Ferrara

Advocate for your rights & working conditions.

Those who serve our students and communities need the support, resources, and working conditions to excel in their work. The power and influence of the NEA community are here to help you understand your rights and improve your working conditions.
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Achieve professional excellence and become a leader in your profession.

Being an education professional requires passion, dedication, confidence, and resilience. Our community helps educators at all stages in their career become leaders in their profession, in their union, and in their communities. Explore how you can achieve professional excellence and mentor others through leadership development.
NEA Vice President Becky Pringle speaks to the crowd a social justice rally

Advance justice with us.

Institutional racism prevents students from getting the opportunities they deserve. See how you can bring racial and social justice into our schools and transform our communities.

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Jump to updates, opportunities, and resources for NEA state and local affiliates.

Our journey began more than a century ago. Yours starts now.

We’ve spent decades working for students and educators—but, there’s still more to do. Like our progress during the civil rights and women’s rights movements, we need to dig in and speak up for the students and educators who are still facing inequality every day.

Let’s get real

Let’s bring real change

Let’s get real

Barely one in 10 educators say they have influence in determining the content of their own professional development programs.

Let’s bring real change

Lawrence Brinson outside his school
I started attending [my association's professional development] and found the learning experiences were so much greater than the PDs from other groups. They were member-led and that’s how I became involved in the association....If it wasn’t for the association, I don’t think I would have picked up a lot of the skill-set needed to help advocate for the resources students need to be successful.”
— Lawrence Brinson, North Carolina Association of Educators, High School Teacher⁣
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Families of color and indigenous communities have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

Let’s bring real change

NEA member Tamika Kelly
Our union touches every community in our state. It has spoken up for the safety and wellbeing of students and educators—whether it’s validating their lives or making sure they’re protected from COVID-19.
— Tamika Kelly, North Carolina Education Association, Elementary Music Specialist
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The average starting teacher salary is $39,249, and 59% of teachers take on extra work to make ends meet.

Let’s bring real change

NEA member Hugo Arreola
Education justice means that every student in the public education system has enough resources, has enough opportunities to focus on education. It means that teachers are paid enough, that we have enough counselors, and that support staff are making enough so they don’t have to worry about living paycheck to paycheck.
— Hugo Arreola, Arizona Education Association, Computer Lab Technician
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What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, reports, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.
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Safe and Just Schools in 2020 and Beyond

NEA is here to ensure we rebuild schools with an emphasis on equity, return to the classroom safely, protect the most vulnerable students, and help educators navigate their rights and responsibilities amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
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Great public schools for every student

The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.