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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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High-stakes standardized tests administered during the global health crisis should not determine a student’s future, evaluate educators, or punish schools; nor should they come at the expense of precious learning time that students could be spending with their educators.

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

Zero tolerance and other exclusionary discipline policies are pushing Black students out of the classroom and into the criminal justice system at unprecedented rates.

Let’s bring real change

Robin McNair speaks about restorative justice practices in schools
We can no longer perpetuate institutional racism, oppression, and be silent about what's really happening around race in our country. ⁣The most important piece in education is the child. I want to tell young people, ‘You are important. You are loved and cared for, and I'm here to fight and help you reach your highest potential.’
— Robin McNair, MEA restorative practices coordinator
Learn about restorative justice

Students should not have to look much further than their own classes to find mentors with roots in their own community. We need to recruit, support, and celebrate more Black educators.

Let’s bring real change

Turquoise Lejeune-Parker
I am really…grateful to be a Black elementary educator [and work] in this union so that we can make it a different experience for a lot of our kids across the country.
— Turquoise LeJeune Parker, educator and union local vice president
See how NEA’s Aspiring Educators support Black Lives Matter at School

For many Black students and families, public schools are the heart of our communities—but far too many have been overlooked, neglected, and forgotten by those in power. 

Let’s bring real change

NEA President Becky Pringle
We demand investment in the physical, mental, and economic growth and health of Black people... Together, we can rewrite the rules and hold decision makers accountable to guarantee justice for Black lives in our schools and communities.
— Becky Pringle, NEA President
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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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Get Ready for NEA’s Read Across America!

Join us in celebrating and creating a nation of diverse readers. Find recommended books, resources, event ideas, and reading tips to motivate kids to read and celebrate the diversity in their community and our country.
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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.