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NEA’s Annual Meeting & Representative Assembly

The world's largest democratic, deliberative body, by educators, for educators.

Each summer, approximately 6,000 educators meet to debate the vital issues that impact American public education and set National Education Association policy and activities for the year ahead. These delegates represent the 3 million members of the NEA.

This year delegates will meet at the Representative Assembly in person in Chicago, July 3-6, and online from around the country. Pre-RA meetings start on July 2.

RA News

Bonniejean Alford

Meet the NEA Higher Educator of the Year!

Bonniejean Alford, an Illinois instructor, spoke to RA delegates Wednesday, encouraging them to partner with students.
ESP of the Year Debra Ward-Mitchell speaks from the stage at the NEA Representative Assembly

2022 ESP of the Year Debra Ward-Mitchell Celebrates ESPs Who Give Their All to Students

"As union members and leaders, we have the power to fight for the professional respect that all educators want and deserve,” says the Illinois education support professional.
2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell on stage at NEA's Representative Assembly

2022 Teacher of the Year’s Message to NEA Delegates: Have Hope

"Because of your commitment, brighter days are on the horizon," says Ohio history teacher Kurt Russell in his address to educators at NEA's Representative Assembly.
US Vice President Kamala Harris addresses RA delegates

Vice President Kamala Harris to Educators: ‘You Are Essential to Our Democracy’

Vice President Harris gave high praise to educators for their commitment to students and social justice, and offered reasons for hope despite the obstacles they face.
screenshot of Dolly Parton speaking to RA delegates via video

Dolly Parton, Country Singer and Children's Literature Champion, Named 2022 Friend of Education

NEA’s highest honor goes to Dolly Parton for her work in early childhood literacy.
NEA President Becky Pringle addresses NEA RA delegates from the podium

“We Will Prevail!” NEA President Promises NEA RA Delegates

During her keynote speech Sunday, NEA President Becky Pringle delivered a message of hope and power.
NEA Executive Director on event stage, hands raised

'It's Freedom We’re Fighting For'

Educators fuel the fight for freedom—and their importance has never been more evident and urgent, NEA Executive Director Kim Anderson said before the NEA Representative Assembly on Monday.
teenagers in group therapy session sitting in circle

Educators Approve NEA Policy to Ensure Safe, Just, and Equitable Schools

Policy includes guiding principles and call to action to help all students thrive and succeed.
2022 Conference on Racial and Social Justice

Life Changing: When History is Taught Honestly

The 2022 NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice served as a powerful space for educators and allies to gather in community, share their story, and advance justice in education.
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“Do not despair. Do not be overwhelmed. Do not throw up your hands when it is a time to roll up our sleeves.”
Quote by: Kamala Harris, United States Vice President

NEA President Becky Pringle Keynote Address

Watch more videos from the 2022 NEA RA on YouTube

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard. Join us.

COVID-19 Protocols and FAQ

Learn more about the COVID-19 protocols for NEA's 2022 Representative Assembly.
Delegates at the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly cheer for democratic presidential candidates.

Wear Red on July 6

When packing for Chicago, don't forget to bring something red to wear on the RA floor (or at home) on July 6.
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What to Do, See, & Eat in Chicago

Your Host Committee put together a list of recommendations to help you and your family make the most of your time in Chicago.
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Follow the RA on Social Media

Remember to use #NEARA to join the conversation and get the latest RA news, updates, and reactions.
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Become an EdActivist

NEA has a new tool for collective action: an all-in-one digital organizing app that makes it easy to rally support for public schools in an upcoming election.
T-shirts for NEA's PAC

Wear Your RA Pride on Your Sleeve!

Every NEA delegate who reaches their PAC fundraising goal will receive an official RA shirt with a powerful message. Don’t wait to get started on your goal today!
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We offer many ways for you to get the latest news and connect with the Association and your colleagues through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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.