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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’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!

Jack Kinnaman Scholarship

NEA Aspiring Educator members may apply for an NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarship of $2,500. Up to five scholarships are awarded each year, funded through the generosity of NEA-Retired members. To be considered for this award, aspiring educators must submit an application and several letters of recommendation. The NEA-Retired Intergenerational Committee selects the winners, who are announced at the NEA-Retired Annual meeting. 

To learn more about the scholarship and apply, download the application form.

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
Teacher helping a student in class

Go local, get active.

The best way you can support students and protect public education is to get involved directly in your community. At NEA, we partner closely with our state and local affiliates to support you where you live and work.
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.