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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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“We know if we do not attend to [students'] social, emotional, and mental health needs, they can't learn, and they can't grow and thrive in the ways we want all of our students to be able to do.”
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.
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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

55 percent of educators say they are thinking about leaving the profession earlier than planned.

Let’s bring real change

Sobia Sheikh
“At the end of the day, we all love what we do, but we have to provide for our families....We need to enhance, not cut, curriculum, [and] rethink evaluations and how we can provide multiple models of support for educators. We also need meaningful professional development, including time to plan, collaborate, and build relationships with our students.”
— Sobia Sheikh, math teacher, Washington
What can we do to tackle the educator shortage?

A 2020 study found that 28 percent of transgender youth whose pronouns were not affirmed attempted suicide in the past year.

Let’s bring real change

Sam Long
“Every child deserves to have teachers who share their experiences and identities because these adults provide hope and proof that a fulfilling life is possible. For our growing number of trans and nonbinary and questioning students, I get to be that proof.”
— Sam Long, science teacher, Colorado
Create a safe school climate for students and staff

The war in Ukraine is providing the “teachable moments” educators seek, but they’re treading carefully.

Let’s bring real change

Dustin Rhodes
“We talk about current events all the time, and the ultimate goal is to teach our students how to apply what they’re learning to real world scenarios. But it’s important to target the information to the age and comfort level of your students. You have to know where they’re coming from. For example, we have a lot military families and some kids have family or friends of family who’ve been deployed to eastern Europe. They’ve asked, are we going to war?”
— Dustin Rhoades, social studies teacher, Maryland
How teachers are talking about the war in Ukraine

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 Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage

To help celebrate and educate about the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their culture and history, check out our curated list of lessons, activities, videos, and more.
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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.