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Win a virtual visit at the public school of your choice with an author from our Read Across America calendar.
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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
“Omicron has brought a wave of cases to our school communities, and this increase in testing capacity will go a long way in slowing the spread and keeping our students and educators healthy.”
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.
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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.
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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.

Are you an affiliate?

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

Thanks to pandemic relief funds and educator advocacy, each of Natrona County, Wyoming's, public schools has a counselor and a nurse present every day.

Let’s bring real change

School counselor Carrie Maki
“Most of these … families can’t typically afford outside counseling. So if we did not have these services available at school, these students might not get what they need.”
— Carrie Maki, School counselor, Casper Wyoming
Read more about how schools are using relief funds

Nearly 50,000 public service workers will be able to get the student debt relief they were promised, thanks to the efforts of NEA members.

Let’s bring real change

Pat Giarrusso
“I feel like I did everything I was supposed to do—I worked in special education, I worked at Title I schools. I don’t even care if it’s all forgiven, but [the promise of forgiveness] was one of the reasons I got into teaching. There was this lack of special ed teachers, and everybody was saying, do this, and you’ll have your debt forgiven!”
— Pat Giarusso, retired educator, Rhode Island
See more victories for educators from 2021

In 2021, Richmond teachers became the first in Virginia to secure the right to negotiate a contract through collective bargaining.

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Maggie Gannon is a 2nd grade teacher in Virginia
“Being able to bargain collectively makes it a more personal, local experience whenever you're talking about contracts. We can speak to our members, see what the needs are, and advocate for those specific things. There are many concerns educators have that our central office and administrators aren't necessarily aware of and collective bargaining would give us all a seat at the table so we can hash those things out together.”
— Maggie Gannon, second-grade teacher, Virginia
See more victories for educators from 2021

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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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Classroom Resources for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Help students put in perspective Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life, his impact on the Civil Rights Movement, and his significance to American culture and history.
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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.