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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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“Classrooms across the country are led by passionate and talented teachers who have the power to use their voices to speak for the voiceless — our students.”
Quote by: Missy Testerman, 2024 National Teacher of the Year

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.

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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

A recent survey found that 65 percent of U.S. K-12 public school teachers decided to limit discussions about political and social issues in class.

Let’s bring real change

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“There’s a lot of silent censorship happening, [librarians] saying they won’t buy something because it might violate the law. My school district has tried really hard to preserve students’ rights in the midst of this craziness, but others have erred on the side of caution and taken out way more than they should have. And their explanation is that ‘we don’t know.’”
— Mari Butler-Abry, high school librarian, Iowa
Read: Why Teachers Self-Censor

Studies demonstrate that high-impact tutoring increases students’ learning by an additional 3 to 15 months across grade levels.

Let’s bring real change

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“The tutor needs to be a consistent person, and not be some random person showing up every time. Students benefit if they have a chance to build a relationship with that individual. Even from a curriculum standpoint, the tutor knows the pedagogy and the way that curriculum is rolled out, so they can align their instruction and tutoring with what's happening in the classroom.”
— Maurice Telesford, Michigan science teacher and NEA Tutoring Advisory Group member
Learn more about high-impact tutoring

In the past, school support staff have typically lacked access to quality professional development.

Let’s bring real change

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““I didn’t know anything about restorative justice before learning about it in our PLC [professional learning community] work on the micro-credentials….I was sensitive to kids with trauma before, but as I took the course and learned to dig a little deeper, I saw how it really, deeply affects them, and how we need to try different things for different students to help them get back to learning.”
— Stacey Zoon, instructional assistant, Oregon
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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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Teaching About Climate Change with Earth Day Activity Guides

Find K-12 lesson plans, teaching tips, ideas for differentiation, and teacher-tested advice for your April 22 curriculum and beyond.
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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.