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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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“Who will choose to teach under these circumstances? Educators who dedicate their lives to students shouldn’t be struggling to support their own families.”
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.

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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

School rankings rely heavily on standardized test scores, omitting many critical indicators of school climate and student success.

Let’s bring real change

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“If you’re moving to a new community, especially from out of state, and you don’t know anything, there’s not much else to go on. I’m a parent. I get it. But as a teacher, I know the shortcomings of these rankings....You can’t really learn about a school from a state rank. If a school is genuinely good, it will show when you visit and talk to teachers and other parents....We need to move away from the reliance on test scores. We need to focus more on the things rankings don’t show.”
— Kimberly Reece, ESOL teacher, Maryland
Why you can't judge a school by its rankings

From 1984 to today, the percentage of students who say they never read for fun went from 8 to 29.

Let’s bring real change

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“It’s access, choice—and talking about books. You have to buy the books they want....These last couple of years, kids have been coming to me and saying, ‘What do you have with LGBTQ+ themes?’ Ten years ago, they might have been embarrassed. Today, they’re excited about these books and affirmed that we have them!”
— Marcia Kochel, middle school librarian, Georgia
How to keep the joy of reading alive in your classroom

Forty percent of U.S. school districts still offer a starting salary below $40,000.

Let’s bring real change

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“The demands at school...have gotten overwhelming and we're not compensated properly for it. True, no one goes into this profession for the money, but teachers in many parts of the country barely make enough to live, and that's insane...and they are being pushed out of the profession.”
— Samantha Twohig, special education teacher, West Virginia
Read: The Right and Wrong Way to Raise Educator Pay

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

To help celebrate and educate about the contributions of Hispanic Americans and Hispanic culture, check out our curated list of lessons, activities, videos, and more.
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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.