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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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“Everything is on the table because at the end of the day if our students aren’t safe, they can’t learn. If our educators aren’t safe, they can’t do the jobs they love.”
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

The American School Counselor Association recommends a student-to-school counselor ratio of 1 to 250. Most schools are nowhere near that.

Let’s bring real change

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“The level of anxiety I’m seeing…it’s clinical anxiety and depression, and it’s dramatically different. Even at the elementary level, I’ve had kids being treated in residential facilities. I didn’t see that when I first started. How do counselors with 750 children identify those supports, make those contacts, and make those interventions? It’s an overwhelming task.”
— Betsy Kanagawa, 16-year school counselor
Learn more about the importance of counselors and SEL

The global pandemic reminded us what research has long shown: SEL is inextricably tied to academic success.

Let’s bring real change

Counselor Shaniqua Williams stands outside her school
“We all want to be there for our students, but we can’t do that unless we work through our own trauma first. Like for many other educators, this doesn’t come easily to me, so I try to keep learning....I also participated in one of NEA’s professional learning courses on SEL. I picked up a lot of helpful tips, but one lesson has really stuck with me: No matter how your day starts, choose to finish well. I always tell myself, you did do something right today.”
— Shaniqua Williams, school counselor
Learn more about NEA's Social-Emotional Courses

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

Let’s bring real change

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"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"

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.

NEA Hurricane Ida Relief Fund

NEA Member Benefits has established a relief fund to assist NEA members affected by Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.
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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.