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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 member Jordann Lankford
“I am incredibly lucky to energetically pursue purposeful work as a high school teacher and school leader and advocate for indigenous people, specifically working to raise awareness in schools nationwide about Native American history and culture and the challenges we face today.”
Quote by: Jordann Lankford, Immersion Teacher and Indian Education for All Facilitator, Great Falls, Montana

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

One out of six children in America lacks consistent access to adequate nutrition.

Let’s bring real change

Cathy Grano stands in front of a sign for the White House Conference on Nutrition, Hunger and Health
“There are so many barriers that make it harder for schools to do all they can to support student health. It’s often a lack of time in the school day due to other instructional demands. Some communities don’t have safe spaces where kids can play, or ready access to nutritious food that families can afford....If we want all students to have the opportunity to shine, we have to do everything we can to support good nutrition.”
— Cathy Grano, school nurse, New Jersey
Support universal school meals

Thirty-two states are spending less on public colleges and universities than they did in 2008.

Let’s bring real change

Aruna Krishnamurthy
“In our latest contract, we bargained for a new advocacy committee, which will unite administrators and faculty members to advocate for increased funding. We also have hosted numerous advocacy days at the state legislature. We take our students with us where they speak their stories and struggles directly to the legislators. The work of the union is to speak. We don’t win every fight, but we’re in every fight!”
— Aruna Krishnamurthy, English professor, Fitchburg State University, Massachusetts
Learn more about the state of higher education funding

Education support professionals earn less than they did 10 years ago, when adjusted for inflation.

Let’s bring real change

saul ramos
“I think we finally have a single document that says, ‘here are the things that are most critical to us — and here is why it is important for districts to recognize them. That’s something we’ve badly needed.”
— Saul Ramos, paraeducator, Massachusetts
ESPs campaign for a Bill of Rights

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.
We Are Water Protectors

Celebrate Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month

We have lesson plans, activities, resources, and recommended books to help students explore and celebrate Native American culture.
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.