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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.
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“When students take AP African-American Studies, my hope is that they will walk away with a level of respect and admiration for people who sacrificed and gave everything and received absolutely nothing in return.”
Quote by: Antoinette Dempsey-Waters, history teacher, Virginia

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.

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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

Roughly half of educators and students working and learning in school buildings are breathing air polluted by bacteria, chemicals, viruses, and pesticides.

Let’s bring real change

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“When you have breathing issues or it’s too hot or too cold or too humid, you will not be productive. It is extremely hard to concentrate for lengthy periods of time….People will pay attention when schools actually have to close, but they are not tracing falling grades and misbehavior to issues around heating, cooling, HVAC, and mold….We shouldn’t still be talking about this in 2023, and I have no doubt that if our state and local associations were not speaking up, no one else would be.”
— Kristen Record, high school physics teacher, Connecticut
Is Your School Building Making You Sick?

AP African American Studies is being taught in 700 schools across 40 states as part of a College Board pilot program.

Let’s bring real change

Maurice Cowley
“All of my colleagues work really hard to make sure there’s a representative curriculum that represents all of our communities….[but AP African American Studies] is broader and really centers the experience of my Black kids, and that’s very new for them.”
— Maurice Cowley, social studies teacher, Portland, Oregon
Learn more about the new AP African American Studies class

People with disabilities are the largest minority in the world, affecting one in five persons.

Let’s bring real change

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“Students with disabilities don’t want us to feel sad or sorry for them because of their disability. …They don’t want to be seen as any different from any other child.”
— Antoinette Felder , special education paraeducator, Washington
Find advice for working with students with disabilities

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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Black History Month Lessons & Resources

Bring Black history into your classroom in February and all year long. Find K-12 activities, lesson plans, and resources for your classroom, along with guidance on teaching Black history more meaningfully.
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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.