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NEA-Retired

Continuing to lead the way for public education and issues affecting retired educators.
NEA-Retired leaders Mary Alice Heretick

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.

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.

Organizing Grants

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.

NEA-Retired Election Results Announced

The results for the 2020 NEA-Retired ballot tabulation has been announced, and results can be viewed here.  Please pay particular attention to the run-off election information at the bottom of the page.

Virtual Retired Annual Meeting 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, NEA-Retired held its first-ever remote Annual Meeting in June. We look forward to a more normal NEA-Retired Annual Meeting next year where members and guests can join Retired delegates in the same location. 

Read Standing United Across the Miles for a recap of the 2020 event.

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 will be awarded during the 2020 Retired Annual Meeting, one more than was given in 2019. The amount remains the same: $2,500, which is 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 awarded a total of over $50,000 in scholarship money to 30 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."

Retirees4PublicEd

Many opportunities exist for you to take action for retired educators and public education.

M.O.R.E. Projects

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)

Samevelyn Morgan Rock

Learn more about NEA-Retired

Now more than ever the commitment continues. Learn how NEA-Retired works to meet the needs of retired education employees and how to join.
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