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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.
Becky Pringle addresses NEA delegates at the RA meeting
“The educator shortage is a five-alarm crisis, and it wasn’t created by educators—there's no shortage of eager, qualified education professionals. There IS a shortage of resources & respect. When we invest in schools & educators, we will solve this crisis.”
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

Seventy-three percent of parents say their children could benefit from mental health counseling.

Let’s bring real change

rene myers
“You can’t teach if you’re not addressing mental health. To know what our students and staff have gone through in the past two years … to say we don’t need mental health supports? It’s like saying you don’t need air. It’s unimaginable!.”
— Rene Myers, intervention specialist, St. Paul, Minnesota
Bring mental health resources into our schools

Sixty percent of teens with depression did not get treatment last year.

Let’s bring real change

Gloria Ho
“After consecutive years of pandemic, [students] just don’t have the stamina. The frequency and intensity of mental health issues is dramatic, and the number of suicide risk assessments has been unprecedented.”
— Gloria Ho (left), social worker, Milton, Delaware
How local unions are fighting to help student mental health

Almost 20 percent of teachers leave the profession because of low pay.

Let’s bring real change

victoria pescaia
“Many veteran teachers like me love our students and love teaching, but we didn’t see hope in making salary gains. And some of us were planning to retire early, making the teacher shortage crisis in Hawaii worse. “We are here to stay if we can afford it! Addressing salary compression gives us hope and will encourage veteran teachers to stick around. HSTA’s support ... has made that possible.”
— Victoria Pescaia, technology coordinator, Hawaii
Read more of Victoria's story and other ways unions help educators

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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.
MAE Water Rally

How You Can Help Students and Families in Jackson

Clean water is a basic, human right—and Jackson, Mississippi's children and families don't have it due to a failure of local water treatment facilities. By working together, the Mississippi Association of Educators is determined that community leaders can find a solution. In the meantime, an NEA & MAE Safe Water Campaign Crisis Relief Fund has been set up to aid fellow educators and the public school students with their immediate need for water.
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.