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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 member Jordann Lankford
“I am incredibly lucky to energetically pursue purposeful work as a high school teacher and school leader and advocate for indigenous people, specifically working to raise awareness in schools nationwide about Native American history and culture and the challenges we face today.”
Quote by: Jordann Lankford, Immersion Teacher and Indian Education for All Facilitator, Great Falls, Montana

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.
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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

Implicit bias is embedded in our culture. Research shows it starts at a young age.

Let’s bring real change

Preya Krishna-Kennedy
“I’m always interested to find that educators, who generally mean well and want to improve society, find they have their own implicit biases that affect the way they interact with their students and each other. It can be very subtle — often unintentional — but part of a web of preconceived ideas we have about people that cause us to treat them unfairly.”
— Preya Krishna-Kennedy, social studies teacher, New York
How to address implicit bias

Thirty-two states are spending less on public colleges and universities than they did in 2008.

Let’s bring real change

Aruna Krishnamurthy
“In our latest contract, we bargained for a new advocacy committee, which will unite administrators and faculty members to advocate for increased funding. We also have hosted numerous advocacy days at the state legislature. We take our students with us where they speak their stories and struggles directly to the legislators. The work of the union is to speak. We don’t win every fight, but we’re in every fight!”
— Aruna Krishnamurthy, English professor, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts
Learn more about the state of higher education funding

Seven in ten voters support legislation that would create an earned pathway to citizenship for Dreamers who came to the U.S. as young children.

Let’s bring real change

Karen Reyes is a teacher of pre-K students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
“The most important win I’ve had as a result of my education advocacy is bringing more attention to the issues that matter. For a lot of the folks I work with in my community, they weren’t aware of many immigration issues at first....We have brought a lot of awareness. I have had conversations with a LOT of people, and many of them have done a complete 180 on this issue. That would not have been possible without me coming out and being safe in the knowledge that I could tell people I’m undocumented and it’s not going to be an issue.”
— Karen Reyes, preschool teacher, Texas
How you can support a fair immigration process

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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Later School Start Times More Popular, But What Are the Drawbacks?

Middle and high school students need more sleep to be prepared for school. Although later school start times can help, districts should be careful in how they implement this major change to student and family schedules.
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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.