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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
We need the federal government to return to its role of ensuring equal access to opportunity, protecting the most vulnerable, and investing in the future of society.
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.

Are you an affiliate?

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

45 out of 50 states fail to provide adequate funding to public schools.

Let’s bring real change

Stephanie Price Headshot
The best, most equitable public school that I can imagine would be the fully funded school that our students deserve. Poverty is decriminalized and all kids have access to meals regardless of their parent's ability to pay. All educators and support staff are paid a professional wage.
— Stephanie Price, Oklahoma Education Association, Classroom Teacher⁣
Speak out for education funding

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
Get support educating through COVID-19

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
Learn more about professional pay

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.
Jaime Halbmaier-Stuart

Calling Ed Tech 911

During the pandemic, NEA members are providing urgently needed training as their colleagues navigate the transition from in-person to distance learning. Teacher-leaders who are experts in remote or hybrid instruction are offering a series of webinars, hosted by NEA, that cover a wide range of topics.
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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.