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2023 NEA Today for Aspiring Educators

In this issue, learn how Aspiring Educators across the country are working with their union to preserve democracy and prevent further setbacks, organizing to end unpaid student teaching placements, and growing union membership on campus chapters. Plus, find practical advice on how to go from student life to the professional world!
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Published: 02/28/2023

Protecting Democracy
Aspiring Educators are speaking out against today’s threats to civil rights—and exploring how to teach students about these tumultuous times.

The Union Boom
Union approval is high among young people! And that includes Aspiring Educators who, through their union, are helping transform campuses and the teaching profession.

Member Spotlight
New Jersey’s Brian Reilly shares his passion for his union.

All Work, No Pay
Learn how Aspiring Educators from across the country are organizing to end unpaid student teaching placements.

Why We Choose to Teach
Future teachers lean into their unions to learn how to better advocate for safe, just, and equitable schools.

Special Sections

A New Generation of Changemakers
Meet 17-year old activist and author Marley Dias (left), whose #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign is bringing diverse books to students.

Service & Awards
NEA-Retired members have awarded Jack Kinnaman Memorial Scholarships to five deserving students.

NEA Aspiring Educators Elections
Want to be a leader in your union? Check out this primer on how to run for office.

6 Ways to Boost Your Career
These quick reads will help you navigate the transition from student life to the professional world.


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