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Welcome New Educators

As part of NEA, you join a thriving community of educators ready to support you every step of the process.
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The National Education Association is the largest labor union in the country and is dedicated to ensuring educators have a stronger voice. Becoming a member connects you with a community of educators supporting each other. Together we ensure we are heard, respected, and given the resources we need, so that we can give students our very best. This includes:

  • Negotiating for increases in salaries
  • Protecting educators' time
  • Getting schools to hire more staff to reduce class sizes and avoid understaffing
  • Winning student loan forgiveness and generous repayment plans for educators
  • Improving the daily lives of educators so we are equipped to give students our best

Not a member? Join NEA today!

Together We're Stronger. Together We're Heard.

Together we are the biggest and loudest advocates for our schools, our students, and ourselves. We band together to improve public school classrooms for ourselves and our students and to make ourselves heard in the halls of power.

Ensuring Student Success

Each and every student deserves a quality public education. NEA unites our members and the nation to ensure all students have the resources they need to fulfill their potential and their dreams. We know that growth is work. That’s why we’ve created a framework, guide, and grants to support collaboration and innovation–so students in every zip code, in every family, of every background, attend a great public school. 

Creating great public schools

Protecting Your Rights and Workplace

Collective bargaining and advocacy ensure that we enhance student learning and improve educator working conditions–benefiting our students, schools, and the community as a whole. We believe in taking collective action to ensure the collective good. When we raise our voices, we help every educator get the support they need to join, stay, and thrive in our profession.

Your voice at work

Supporting Professional Excellence

Great educators create great public schools. NEA provides the training, tools, and community support for educators to engage students, nurture justice, and excel in their profession. At every stage of your career, NEA helps you grow into your passion and be a leader for your students.

Professional support resources

Advocating Together for Public Schools

In every corner of America, we’re with you, fighting for our students. Fighting for our future. Ready to help us improve classroom conditions, secure school funding, and advance social and racial justice for all? Here’s how you can get involved.

Advocacy actions

Connect with Us

Get the latest news and resources by following us on social media, email, and text message! Sign up to get tips and tricks for the classroom, stay informed on the latest education news, and connect with others who are working to create great public schools for every student.

Ways to connect

Member Marcia MacKey
The union has supported me in everything. I have gotten all sorts of training. I think I am much better in the classroom because of my union work. I think I am a better advocate because I found out I have a voice.
Quote by: Marcia MacKey, Associate Professor of Sport Management and Aquatics, Michigan Education Association
The School Me Podcast

The School Me Podcast

Designed with early-career educators in mind, the School Me podcast is your on-demand audio destination for advice from fellow NEA members and educators who have been there, done that. Whether you're looking for classroom management tips, leadership inspiration, or simply a reminder of why your work is so important, we've got something for you.
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.