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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 President Becky Pringle
Everyone, no matter their race, place, or the language they speak at home, deserves to see themselves represented in the books available at their public school.
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.
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

Connecting content to real life and making it more emotional for students, makes it easier to remember.

Let’s bring real change

Alabama teacher Blake Harvard holds up a model of a human brain
“I love to talk about my kids. When we get to Piaget’s stages of learning, I talk about my 7-year-old son. Not only does that give them a more concrete example, but it also gets them thinking about their own siblings, whatever it is their baby sister did, and it helps them practice where [the stages of learning] appear in real life. It definitely helps with remembering stuff.”
— Blake Harvard, Alabama psychology teacher
Read more learning tips from psychology teachers

Eight states have passed laws that prevent educators from discussing topics that include conscious and unconscious bias, privilege, discrimination, oppression, and sexism.

Let’s bring real change

Karen Sun
“Talking about race and racism is inextricable from talking about U.S. history. It’s in our standards. It’s part of the reality of what it is to live in the United States, and there are teachers who are dedicated to being anti-racist educators…and so not being able to talk openly and have difficult conversations with students hinders that practice.”
— Karen Sun, Nashville social studies teacher
Learn how NEA is supporting honesty in education

Educators are uniquely positioned to provide support and resources to LGBTQ students, who may lack support at home.

Let’s bring real change

Amber Ingram
One way to affirm students’ various identities is to ask ALL students which personal pronouns they identify with—not just the students you suspect may be transgender or gender nonbinary. It’s a simple way of letting LGBTQ+ students know that you’re there for them and modeling the behavior for all students.
— Amber Myrrh Ingram, ESL elementary school teacher
Find more ways to support LGBTQ students in our toolkit

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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.
teacher burnout

Getting Serious About Teacher Burnout

To avoid a "Great Resignation," districts need to make substantive changes to reduce stress and improve morale in schools. Educators don't need any more chair massages or Casual Fridays, says one expert. "This is about support and autonomy."
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.