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Just & Equitable Schools Creating safe and supportive schools, so all students can learn.

Every student deserves a safe, welcoming, affirming learning environment. We provide the tools for educators to make it happen.

The NEA was founded on the belief that every student deserves a great public education. But in too many communities, years of systemic racism and unconscious bias have limited opportunities for many students and contributed to a growing education gap.

In response, NEA's Center for Social Justice has created a professional development program designed to help educators identify and correct explicit and implicit discrimination in their classrooms. Student-centered, research-based, and educator-driven, our trainings and resources are helping educators across the country adjust their practice to better serve students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, promoting racial and social justice in their communities.

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Our Core Values

The National Education Association is working hard to a create a future in which every student can attend school in the full confidence of being welcomed as they are.

Featured Resources and Trainings

Our trainings give educators the skills and insight to create a safe and equitable learning environment for students.

NEA and Racial Justice in Education

Racial justice is the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.
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Implicit Bias, Microaggressions, and Stereotypes

Resources to sharpen our racial analysis and to deepen our understanding of implicit bias, microaggressions, and stereotypes.

FAQs When Talking About Race

Frequently asked questions and answers that will sharpen our ability to talk more effectively about race.
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Cultural Competence

Recognizing that culturally responsive instruction helps educators close achievement gaps, NEA offers a program that expands the capacity of educators to serve students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
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Bullying & Sexual Harassment

Recognizing the pervasive role bullying plays in the lives of today’s students, NEA offers a national program to engage members in bullying prevention—providing members with resources and skills to prevent student-to-student bullying, cyberbullying, sexual harassment, and sexting.
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Diversity

NEA views the diversity that exists among our members, staff, students, and communities as a great asset for public education and works to maximize this asset through the National Diversity Training Program.
Member Fakhra Shah
I believe justice comes from being in the community. Seeing each other, being together, struggling together. And it can't just be one person, one teacher. It's all of us.
Quote by: Fakhra Shah, High School Teacher, California Teachers Association

Case Studies

See how NEA trainings helped educators across the country improve their practice.
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Striving for School Safety

An LGBTQ training helps educators connect social justice issues to student achievement.
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Diversity Should Unite, Not Divide

A diversity training helped these educators reflect, improve their practice and lead others.
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Developing a Culturally Responsible Classroom

Educators explore inherent biases to reach every student, no matter who they are or where they’re from.
NEA Executive Director Kim Anderson
If we don’t achieve racial justice in our schools, we cannot expect to achieve it in our society. It begins with us.
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Transformational Journey for Racial Justice Co-Conspirators

Join us in building and strengthening your capacity and accountability to engage in anti-racist work, to apply these learnings to your racial justice journey, and to catalyze action to advance racial justice.
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Get Support

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.
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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.