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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
“America’s educators thank Secretary Cardona and the Biden-Harris administration for overhauling the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. This could not have happened without the activism of NEA members."
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.
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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

As more 21st century jobs and careers require college degrees or certificates, it is essential that all Americans have access to higher education.

Let’s bring real change

Elizabeth Davenport
We have to think of new ways of financing education. Back in the day... education was considered a public good, and my success was considered the success of everyone. Higher education has to go back to being a public good.
— Elizabeth Davenport, professor of Educational Leadership and 2020 Higher Educator of the Year
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Educators are uniquely positioned to provide support and resources to LGBTQ students, who may lack support at home.

Let’s bring real change

Amber Ingram
One way to affirm students’ various identities is to ask ALL students which personal pronouns they identify with—not just the students you suspect may be transgender or gender nonbinary. It’s a simple way of letting LGBTQ+ students know that you’re there for them and modeling the behavior for all students.
— Amber Myrrh Ingram, ESL elementary school teacher
Find more ways to support LGBTQ students in our toolkit

53% of teachers are thinking of leaving the profession—more than before the pandemic

Let’s bring real change

Leah Juelka in front a bulletin board with news clippings about her students
"It's been heartbreaking. These were some rock star teachers [who left]. Right now, I don't think there is enough respect for our voices, and I'm not sure I feel safe going back into the school building."
— Leah Juelke, 2018 North Dakota Teacher of the Year
Read "Educators Ready for Fall, but Teacher Shortage Looms"

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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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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.
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.