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Support the Freedom to Learn

We believe that all children, no matter where they live or how much money their parents make, deserve an honest, accurate, and inclusive public education that we know—from our experience as educators—will benefit all students.
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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 testifies before a Congressional Committee on Gun Violence
“We are joining together to stand up for the right of all students to have an honest, accurate education.”
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.

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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 bands bring many benefits, including academic achievement, physical fitness, and building school community.

Let’s bring real change

Timothy Grant
“After the pandemic, students were jumping at the opportunity to play as a group again. We’ve finally restored that sense of community within the band that brings everyone together....For me, it’s about building those strong relationships with the students. Seeing them grow, musically and emotionally, that’s what it’s all about.”
— Timothy Grant, Director of Bands, Alexandria, Virginia
Read more about the return of the school band

Social and emotional learning is the latest target in the education ‘culture wars,’ but polls show that parents overwhelmingly support SEL.

Let’s bring real change

Gina Harris conducts a restorative circle with students.
“We’ve known for a long time that students have a need for these regulation tools, but now because everyone has experienced the pandemic and trauma, we all know what it means to be anxious, even traumatized....If we build in those SEL practices, we can help them identify their emotions. That’s huge. If you give them the opportunity name their feelings it gives them the ability to identify the emotion and they realize, ‘OK, I’m having an emotion and I’m not the emotion.’”
— Gina Harris, culture and climate coach, Illinois
Learn the truth. SEL Works

The Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first substantive change to gun safety laws in over 20 years, includes school safety programs.

Let’s bring real change

Eva Mays
“We’ve entered into a time when schools cannot just focus on academics. We relentlessly screen kids to determine their math and reading levels; we also need to do screenings to find out if they’ve had a loss, if they have one stable adult at home, if they have lost housing. There are so many conversations that accompany how to address gun violence.”
— Eva Mays, clinical social worker, Los Angeles Unified School District
How educators are urging action on gun violence

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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Black History Month Lessons & Resources

Bring Black history into your classroom in February and all year long, with this selection of K-12 activities, lesson plans, and resources.
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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.