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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
“Too often people want a silver bullet solution or will implement a Band-Aid approach. These shortages are severe. They are chronic. And the educator shortages that are gripping our public schools, colleges, and universities will only be fixed with systematic, sustained solutions.”
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

When schools have the recommended number of counselors, students are more likely to go to school, graduate on time, and do well academically.

Let’s bring real change

school counselor Curtis Darragh
“Every day I have eight to 10 students who I can’t get to, and I have to tell them that I’ll see them tomorrow. Legislators need to know that….I go home and I wonder, ‘what did I miss? Did I miss a kid who wanted to tell me that they wanted to kill themselves?’”
— Curtis Darragh, middle school counselor, Connecticut
How to win mental health supports for students

Sixty percent of teens with depression did not get treatment last year.

Let’s bring real change

Gloria Ho
“After consecutive years of pandemic, [students] just don’t have the stamina. The frequency and intensity of mental health issues is dramatic, and the number of suicide risk assessments has been unprecedented.”
— Gloria Ho (left), social worker, Milton, Delaware
How local unions are fighting to help student mental health

Seventy-three percent of parents say their children could benefit from mental health counseling.

Let’s bring real change

rene myers
“You can’t teach if you’re not addressing mental health. To know what our students and staff have gone through in the past two years … to say we don’t need mental health supports? It’s like saying you don’t need air. It’s unimaginable!.”
— Rene Myers, intervention specialist, St. Paul, Minnesota
Bring mental health resources into our schools

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.

Supporting Our Higher Education Faculty and Staff

In October, we celebrate the dedicated faculty and staff who ensure our students are able to grab their piece of the American Dream through higher education. This year, you can share your Higher Ed pride online!
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.