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A festival of inspiration, reflection, and joy

Join us next week for our annual Conference on Racial and Social Justice, a free two-day event featuring appearances from a dozen artists, musicians, and idea-makers.
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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
“NEA hopes that the visibility created through the RISE Award will help drive greater awareness of the central roles ESPs have in preparing students for success, deepen the respect for their knowledge and experience, and promote their authentic inclusion within school systems.”
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.

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

When the pressures to do well academically, look good, and fit in collide, school can be an anxiety-producing place, and even more so for LGBTQ students facing bullying.

Let’s bring real change

Luke Chacko
“I remember some teachers and students would tell me, “Oh, you're young. You don’t really know.” To me that sidetracks the conversation. It’s saying, you can be that … for now. It was inconsiderate, and it was not validating what I was saying. It made school unsafe and made me suicidal. I remember having awful mental health issues. I'm still trying to learn and cope with it, but had I stayed [at my previous school], I don't think I would be here today.”
— Luke Chacko, ninth-grade student, Texas
LGBTQ+ students share how educators can support them

When educators respect and affirm the intersecting identities of LGBTQ students, they create a welcoming learning environment.

Let’s bring real change

Gia Parr
“I feel being trans and mixed-race does affect me because I become the token diversity person at my school. I’m transgender. I’m mixed-race. If we’re talking about transgender issues in class, I feel the need to speak on it even when I’m not feeling the best of my identity. It’s like I don’t have a choice.”
— Gia Parr, high school senior, Connecticut
Stand against hate and bias

67% of LGBTQ students hear their families make negative comments about LGBTQ people.

Let’s bring real change

Joseph Reed
“The curriculum isn’t very inclusive. If a class is offered, you need to look hard for it, because it’s not promoted. I had an English class this year that focused on human rights and LGBTQ+ issues. I learned so much about my past and the history of LGBTQ+ people in America. It’s the most interesting class I’ve taken in high school.”
— Joseph Reed, high school graduate, California
Learn more about NEA's trainings on safety, bias, and LGBTQ issues

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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‘Extreme Need’ for Mental Health Professionals

How community schools help meet the mental health needs of students, especially after the trauma of the pandemic.
National Education Association

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.