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Ensuring Equity for All

Explore strategies to ensure safe and just schools with a new commitment to racial and social justice.
A Latino student is teased by other students

As educators, we believe that every child, no matter their grade, color or zip code, deserves a safe and welcoming school where they can thrive. But for too long, certain politicians have deprived our public schools the resources they need to reach and teach every child. Returning to our schools and campuses schools provides a valuable opportunity to address those long-standing inequities in public education. Below, you'll find practical advice and helpful resources to help you establish more just practices at your school, with more in our library.

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Students of Color with Disabilities Face Deep Inequities Made Worse by Pandemic

New study warns of growing crisis that requires commitment to funding and a race-conscious response.
Voices of Leaders for Just Schools

NEA Panel Focuses on Extended Learning Post-COVID

Rethinking learning opportunities outside school hours and walls can be a “game changer.”
James MacIndoe

Finding the Lost Students of the Pandemic

Educators have gone above and beyond to locate missing students, and their work is not done.
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Voices of Leaders for Just Schools

Insight into how we can design a path forward for learning and education justice through and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic.
April Bunch

Educating Students with Disabilities in a Pandemic

Paraprofessional April Burch discusses the unique experience of educating students with disabilities during a pandemic.
Aneeka Ferrell, substitute coordinator
“When educators understand that they have a bias, and that it impacts the way that they educate their students and the way they interact with their families, that helps them to be better educators moving forward.”
Quote by: Aneeka Ferrell, Substitute Support Coordinator, Renton, Washington

Professional Learning Opportunities

NEA offers many webinars, blended learning courses, and micro-credentials that can help educators create safe, welcoming, and equitable spaces for students, families, and peers.
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Welcoming Schools

HRC Foundation’s Welcoming Schools series helps elementary school educators embrace family diversity, create LGBTQ+ and gender-inclusive schools, prevent bullying, and support transgender and non-binary students.
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Equity and Challenges for Remote Learning (Facilitated or Independent Study)

In this course, you will learn about the equity challenges caused by the necessity for remote learning, as well as the opportunities you have as educators to minimize their impact.

Rethinking Grading with Agency and Equity

Critically examine assumptions about grading, look at current grading practices, and imagine alternatives to the status quo.

Preventing Bias-Based Bullying

Participants will understand the critical need to proactively address the biased behavior that can lead to bullying and learn how to foster ally behavior among students, staff, and other adults.
Megan McCurley and Becky Sanford-DeRousie load boxes of food for families

School Meal Policy in the COVID-19 Era

This informational webinar explores the policy and practice of feeding hungry children in the midst of an epidemic. Learn how NEA and food service workers are responding despite the obstacles and risks.
First grade teacher Leslie Richardson with her students

Teacher Leadership: Diversity Equity and Cultural Competence - Micro-credentials

How to advocate for diversity, equity, and cultural competence and develop leadership skills in instruction, policy, and/or association.
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NEA LGBTQ+ Blended Learning Courses

To help members support our LGBTQ+ students, NEA is offering online blended learning courses to educate members about a variety of LGBTQ+ topics and to inspire action. These courses will help members create a more inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students. Register by October 1 for our Fall sessions.

Featured Resources

Use these resources to create positive learning environments for all students, during COVID-19 and beyond.
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Racial Justice in Education Framework

NEA's framework for Racial Justice in Education
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Making Black Lives Matter at School

Three community activists offer questions for reflection on how to make Black lives matter in the classroom, at school, and in the community.
A teacher looks over papers at her desk in an empty classroom

A Social Justice Checklist for Online Instruction

To help ensure equity for all students, ask yourself the following questions when planning digital instruction.
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Advancing Justice

See how NEA EdJustice is mobilizing educators, allies, and activists in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education.
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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.