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Aspiring Educators

NEA’s Aspiring Educators are the leading voice for the next generation of educators.
Aspiring Educators at the NEA RA

NEA Aspiring Educator Awards

Be Recognized at the First Annual NEA Aspiring Educators Gram AE's

Don’t miss your opportunity to be recognized for all your hard work this school year.  We have simplified the application process to make submissions easier to complete.  Apply for as many awards as you like, click the award below to go to the form.  

Recipients will be announced at the NEA Aspiring Educators Conference in June during the Gram-AE Awards Ceremony.  

Application Deadline: May 16, 2021

2021 Aspiring Educator Virtual Graduation

On May 22 from 7-8 pm ET, join your fellow Aspiring Educators across the country to celebrate you—the graduating class of 2021! By signing up below, we’ll send you the Zoom ceremony link so you can attend the ceremony on May 22. Our ceremony is action-packed with special appearances from NEA President Becky Pringle, other NEA leaders, as well as some activist and political leaders you just might recognize.

Program Overview

NEA’s Aspiring Educators Program supports, develops, and empowers diverse, pre-service teachers with the resources, networks, and opportunities to lead in their schools, communities, and in all phases of their career. This is accomplished through an embodiment of its four core values in all program activities:

  1. Educator Quality
  2. Community Engagement
  3. Political Action
  4. Social Justice

Aspiring Educators become activists at all levels of the organization—local, state, and national—so that all their students can maximize their potential.  

NEA Aspiring Educators matter because they are the leading voice of the next generation of educators and leaders in this nation. Aspiring Educators make a difference because of their passion, commitment, and vision as association members who believe in public education and its potential to uplift individuals, families, and communities.  

Like you, NEA Aspiring Educators advocate for and support:  

Join NEA and Aspiring Educators—a pathway to excellence as an empowered educator and leader—today and tomorrow!

2021 Aspiring Educators Elections

National Education Association Aspiring Educator Program (NEA-AE) elections are held each year in the summer at the NEA Aspiring Educators Conference (AEC).  Anyone interested in running for one of our positions must declare their candidacy by submitting a Candidate Certificate of Eligibility form no later than 5pm ET, May 1, 2021. Declared candidates will have the opportunity to participate in the candidate activities scheduled in the conference including the official nomination process, speeches, question & answer session and virtual tabling. Details about the elections procedures, requirements, Candidate Certificate of Eligibility form, and more can be found in the NEA Aspiring Educators Procedures Handbook.

This year the Aspiring Educators will elect members to serve in the following positions:

  • Board of Directors Member- (1 position) 2-year term, September 2021- August 2023
  • Board of Directors Member- (2 positions) 1-year term, September 2021- August 2022
  • Resolutions Committee Member- (3 positions) 1-year term, September 2021- August 2022

2021 Mental Health Week!

The AE program partnered with the National Center for School Mental Health at the University of Maryland’s School of Medicine to launch a Mental Health Week to create a space for Aspiring Educators to share and grow together. Check out the activities, resources, and events.”

Member Cameo Kendrick
Through NEA, I’ve gotten a deeper understanding of the issues impacting public education. I’ve learned about who my students actually are and how to best serve them, while also learning how to dismantle the things that will work against them.
Quote by: Cameo Kendrick, Aspiring Educator Program Chair, Kentucky Education Association
students participate in Black Lives Matter demonstration

Our Voices, Our Power

Check out the 2021 issue of the Aspiring Educator magazine to learn how future educators are surviving the pandemic, what motivates their activism for social and economic justice, and why they're ready to lead in their careers and communities. Plus, find out about NEA's supports and advice for aspiring educator members.
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