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National Council of Urban Education Associations

The National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) is an advocacy organization of local affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA), which is dedicated to strengthening member advocacy and making the NEA more responsive to member needs.

NCUEA Reasons to Join Flyer

The mission of NCUEA is to promote and advance quality public education in urban schools by empowering and supporting local associations, leaders, and members. In carrying out this mission, NCUEA focuses on the following areas:

  • United voice for urban education
  • Promotion of and advocacy for local associations
  • Partnership with NEA
  • Partnerships with education-focused organizations
  • Training for local urban leaders
  • Human and civil rights for all
  • Celebration of diversity
  • Communication among local associations
  • Staff/Leadership relationships
  • Quality working conditions


Apply: NEA - NCUEA Urban Grant

Funding can be used to support your local's efforts to increase membership and build its power by identifying issues, strengthening worksite leader systems and structures, and implementing organizing campaigns.

Access the Urban Grants Portal

Save the Date: 2024 NCUEA Summer Meeting
June 28 – July 1, 2024
Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing

NCUEA Summer 24 save the date

You won’t want to miss NCUEAs 2024 Summer Meeting in vibrant Philadelphia, centered around the theme of 'Safeguarding Democracy.' Our program covers diverse topics, from advocating for public education to exploring the crucial role of education in preserving democracy. NCUEA is committed to building a community among local leaders, actively shaping the national agenda, and exploring the interplay between democracy, civic engagement, and public education. The meeting is a unique platform for local affiliates to unite, addressing critical issues in education and local unions. Be part of this transformative experience as we collectively contribute to resilient communities, schools, and unions nationwide. Save the date!


NCUEA broadens and deepens what we are discussing at the local level through our biannual conferences. The Fall Conference is dedicated to training members and leaders of local associations and bringing in new voices to expand our thinking. The Summer Meeting is devoted to debating and making decisions on matters of special concern to urban associations that are due to come before the NEA Representative Assembly. The conferences generally enlist speakers who address three major categories: organizing and advocacy; racial, social, and economic justice; and professional practice.
Year Fall Conference Location Fall Conference Dates Summer Conference Location Summer Conference dates
2023-24 Central Region: New Orleans, LA Nov 29-Dec. 2, 2023 East Region: Philadelphia, PA June 28-July 1
2024-25 East Region: Charleston, SC Dec. 4-7, 2024 Pacific Region: Portland, OR June 27-30
2025-26 Pacific Region: Honolulu, HI Dec. 3-6, 2025 Mountain Region: Denver, CO June 28-July 1
2026-27 Mountain Region: TBD Dec. 2-5, 2026 Central Region: Indianapolis, IN June 26-29
2027-28 Central Region: TBD Dec. 1-4, 2027 East Region: Washington, DC June 26-29
2028-29 East Region: TBD Nov. 29-Dec. 2, 2028 Central Region: Kansas City, MO June 26-29
Educator working with a group of students.

Take your local to the next level

The best way you can support your local and advocate for students and educators across your district is to get involved with the National Council of Urban Education Associations.
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.