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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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“I was blown away by your courage and creativity and caring. But I wasn’t surprised. It’s who you are. Who we are. We lead and love; teach and learn from a place of deep conviction and powerful purpose. You grounded yourself in that, and it became your reservoir of energy that you tapped into over and over again.”
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 federal share of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act has fallen to less than 14 percent, the lowest level since 2001 and far less than what was promised.

Let’s bring real change

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“We are not going to be a country that is truly democratic if all children are not able to receive the education that they need, whether they are white, Black, Brown, Indigenous, disabled or not....If you don’t demand what you believe in for yourself, you’re not going to get it.”
— Judy Heumann, disability rights activist and 2021 NEA Friend of Education
Learn more about Judy's activism

43% of education support professionals are required to have a special certificate and licenses are mandatory for 29%. College credits are compulsory for 32%.

Let’s bring real change

Kimberly Scott-Hayden
“We’ve been using the NEA ESP Professional Growth Continuum to highlight standards and areas where members have said they needed more support. With professional development that spark has been lit from within, and my members are empowered. They’re diving deeper, learning more, working independently and asking how to get more training.”
— Kimberly Scott-Hayden, inventory clerk, president of the East Orange Maintenance Association, and 2021 Education Support Professional of the Year
Elevate your career with the ESP Professional Growth Continuum

Only 3% of higher-ed faculty are Black men and only 2% of K=12 teachers are Black men.

Let’s bring real change

Julius Thomas is a professor in counseling at Rio Hondo College
“With so many racial and social injustices affecting our Black, Brown and Indigenous students, I know that my presence—and the recruitment and retention of other Black male educators—is more important than ever before. That is why I never miss an opportunity to talk to my students about whether education may be their calling.”
— Julius B. Thomas , college counselor and 2021 NEA Higher Educator of the Year
Learn more about NEA's Educator Diversity Collective

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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Resources to Support Summer Learning

A collection of research, guidance, and tools for families and educators to support summer and extended learning programs and activities.
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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.