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Classroom Teachers

Our nation’s teachers help children achieve academically and learn the skills they will need to be successful and productive citizens.
First grade teacher Leslie Richardson with her students © 2016 NEA / Moses Mitchell Photography
First grade teacher, Leslie Richardson with her students at Greenwood Elementary School in Tahlequah, OK

Our nation’s teachers not only help children read, write, and achieve academically, they teach them the skills they will need to be successful and productive citizens. The role of classroom teachers in our society could not be more crucial: Every American job, invention, and advancement is made possible by the work our nation's teachers do.

NEA supports classroom teachers by helping them advocate for safe working conditions, reasonable pay, professional development resources, and so much more. We help teachers understand the unique challenges of today’s classrooms and develop groundbreaking solutions to strengthen public schools. When teachers succeed, students succeed. 

Your Rights & Workplace

We need and deserve fair salaries and benefits. We need and deserve workplaces that respect who we are and what we bring to our students. We need and deserve the right to demand change. Let’s redefine the workplace—together. Learn more >>

Student Engagement

We believe that every educator is a learner. That’s why NEA is proud to bring you the best from our educator-leaders: so you have a reliable hub for your pedagogy and practice challenges. Learn more >>

School Climate 

Every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment. We provide the tools for educators to make it happen. Learn more >>

Professional Learning

We provide cutting-edge resources from NEA experts–our staff, affiliates, and members–on the skills and topics educators need to join, stay in, and advance our profession. Learn more >>

Leadership Development

Ready to take the next step in your career? Start with our leadership resources below for the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective leader at the local, state, and national stage. Learn more >>

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Member Tucker Quietone
I knew what I could do within my classrooms, but I could see how the systems weren’t working for some of our marginalized students. I wanted to help the systems become better for our students, and taking on different leadership roles within the union allowed me to do that.
Quote by: Tucker Quetone, High School English Teacher, Rochester (Minn.) Education Association
Members engaged in professional development seminar

We prepare educators to lead at home and with us

Ready to take the next step in your career? Start with our leadership resources for the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective leader on the local, state, and national stage.
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.