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Leadership Development

We prepare educators to lead at home and with us.
Leadership is more than an event, moment, or position. It’s a journey. And NEA is with you, every step of the way.
Ready to take the next step in your career or in the Association? Start with our leadership resources here for the knowledge and skills you need to be an effective leader at the local, state, and national stage.

Leadership Competencies

Discover the knowledge, skills, and abilities NEA educators need to lead thriving Associations and become world-class leaders in their professions.

Leadership Pathways

We are proud to continue our journey toward racial and social justice with a new program to identify and support members of color in Association leadership.

Our Members Make a Difference

Across the country and overseas, in all professional roles and career stages, NEA educators and allies make our schools and communities worthy of our students.

Minority Leadership Training

NEA is committed to preparing ethnic-minority members to be strong leaders, activists, and full participants in Association life.

Leaders for Just Schools

Our three-year program gives participants the historical, legal, and educational tools to transform policy and practice at the local, state, and national levels.
Karen White
Every one of our members is inherently a leader. Our job is to help them live out their passion.
Quote by: Karen White, NEA Deputy Executive Director
2019 Salem Kaizer RA delegates

Your community is waiting.

Free and open to all, NEA’s edCommunities is a place for teachers, parents, school support professionals, community supporters, and NEA affiliates to find and share ideas and resources.

Leadership Institutes

Become an effective leader and advocate for your students, your coworkers, and public education through NEA’s Leadership Institutes.

What’s on Your Mind?

We’re here to help. Our community comes to us seeking tools (guides, fact sheets, trainings, and more) to help answer everyday questions. We’re here to support you in whatever you need.
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.