Mission: NEA-Retired is dedicated to promoting secure retirement with dignity, advancing equitable and quality public education, and advocating for human, civil, and economic rights for all.
Vision: The vision of NEA-Retired is to become the preeminent voice for retired members while strengthening NEA
NEA-Retired works to meet the needs of retired education employees. We work with active NEA members to:
- Protect and improve retirement pension, and health benefits—including state pensions, Social Security, and Medicare.
- Improve public education through mentoring, literacy, and intergenerational programs and activities.
- Achieve legislative and political action goals for education and education employees.
2023 Retired Annual Meeting Information
The upcoming Retired Annual Meeting is tentatively scheduled for June 29 – 30, 2023, in Orlando, Florida. Details on hotel and a meeting agenda will be posted on the site as soon as they are available, but likely sometime beginning late winter of 2023. Consider this webpage your go-to resource for all things related to the Retired Annual Meeting, and please rest assured that this is the first location where information will be available!
2023 NEA-Retired Nominations Now Open
Nominations are now being accepted for the NEA-Retired 2023 elections. Retired members wanting to file for office may use this link: 2023 Retired Candidate Nomination Form to file electronically (the preferred filing method), or may use the nomination form found in the winter edition of the Retired magazine.
The changes to the upcoming elections are:
- All nominations submissions are due on the same day, at the same time: no later than 5:00 pm EST (close of business), May 1, 2023.
- For the first time, this filing deadline includes nominations for NEA-Retired seats on the NEA Resolutions Committee. No Retired Resolutions nominations will be accepted at a later date, as has been the previous NEA-Retired practice.
Our Leaders & Governance
NEA-Retired is governed by a nine-member Executive Council, elected by NEA-Retired members. NEA-Retired members serve on various committees within NEA and meet annually in June to conduct business of the organization.
- Meet the NEA-Retired leadership team.
- View the NEA-Retired bylaws, standing rules and elections procedures.
- Learn more about our Annual Meeting and the awards presented at the Retired Annual Meeting.
- Frequently asked questions about NEA-Retired membership and benefits.
- About NEA-Retired
Each year the NEA Center for Organizing, in collaboration with NEA-Retired, awards State Organizing Grants to State Retired entities. Grants are used for Membership Recruitment, Organizing New Retired Locals, Retired Organizing Projects, Creating Retired Activists, Developing Retired Leaders, or Developing and Strengthening Community Partnerships.
Find more information on Retired Organizing Grants and application information.
Calendar of Events
Find more opportunities to connect and contribute.
Jack Kinnaman Scholarships
Thanks to the generosity of many NEA-Retired members, five NEA-Retired Jack Kinnaman scholarships were awarded during the 2022 Retired Annual Meeting. Each scholarship amount was $3,500, a significant contribution toward an Aspiring Educator’s higher education costs. From the first $1,000 award to one recipient in 2002, the program has grown significantly and now has awarded a total of over $90,000 in scholarship money to 46 Aspiring Educators.
To learn more about Jack Kinnaman, and for information on how to contribute to this incredibly impactful program, visit this webpage. All contributions, regardless of amount, are welcome; in fact, most donations are from small dollar donors who give less than $100. To ensure that your contribution is properly credited, please remember to make checks payable to “The NEA Foundation” and in the memo line, reference “Kinnaman Scholarships."
Many opportunities exist for you to take action for retired educators and public education.
The M.O.R.E. Project is designed to mobilize, organize, recruit, and engage retirees in the strategic priorities of the NEA and its state affiliates. Active in Florida and Arizona, the M.O.R.E. Project is scheduled to expand to Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas in 2020.
Be a part of the NEA Retired Rapid Response Team!
Join with over 3,000 other NEA-Retired Members that live within a 50 mile radius of downtown Washington, DC. Your expertise and years of experience are crucial during this critical turning point in NEA’s history.
NEA-Retired Member Organizing Toolkit
NEA Retirees are helping to advocate for public education community by community, school by school, educator by educator, one conversation at a time — whether that’s on a front porch or in a classroom. They’re committed to dialoging with the next generation of educator organizers, because at the end of the day, they aren’t the first to fight for public education, and they won’t be the last. This organizing toolkit will help retirees take action — teaching, and training others in organizing for public education. Dive in to find help with assessing educational issues, needs and resources, addressing one-on-one conversation skills, engaging stakeholders, and building leadership.
Download the NEA-Retired Member Organizing Toolkit (PDF, 4.5MB, 98pgs)