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NEA's Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly Is Here!

NEA educators convene in Chicago to celebrate their resilience and set priorities and goals for the nation's largest labor union.
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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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“Together, let’s continue to inspire kids to dream more, care more, learn more, and therefore, be more. And remember, I will always love you!”
Quote by: Dolly Parton, 2022 NEA Friend of Education

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.

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

It's been tough times for educators recently, but brighter times are ahead.

Let’s bring real change

Kurt Russell Teacher of the Year
“I have hope in the millions of students that are courageous and bright and that will create a better world. I have hope in the millions of educators who provide love and normalcy to an unkind world. I have hope in the transformative power of education that can move the needle towards equity and justice.”
— Kurt Russell, 2022 National Teacher of the Year
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Just as students trust their educators to guide them, educators must trust students to say what they need and become partners in their learning.

Let’s bring real change

Bonniejean Alford
“My challenge to you is to step into the classroom this fall… to step on to the school buses, to walk down those hallways, wherever you are educating, and look at your students as partners. Bring them into the process, even if they’re in kindergarten or first grade.”
— Bonniejean Alford, 2022 NEA Higher Educator of the Year
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In every U.S. state—except for one—the average salary for ESPs is at least $10,000 below a basic living wage.

Let’s bring real change

ESP of the Year Debra Ward-Mitchell speaks from the stage at the NEA Representative Assembly
“Despite the challenges all educators face, we can find hope in the power of unions—in collective bargaining, organizing, and advocacy.”
— Debra Ward-Mitchell, 2022 Education Support Professional of the Year
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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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Ensuring Safe School Communities

NEA remains committed to ending gun violence in our nation’s public schools and communities. Access our resources to support the mental health of students and educators, cope with crisis, and advocate for safer schools.
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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.