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Women's Leadership Training

NEA has a century-long legacy of advocacy and leadership for women.
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NEA leaders and members advocate for gender equity in their classrooms, communities, and country.

NEA is committed to establishing and developing equity in leadership — in our Association and in our schools. It is a mission that has been central to our work for decades. 

The Women’s Leadership Training Program was launched in the 1970s, and has helped thousands of Association members. The training is designed to meet the needs of new leaders just beginning to participate in the Association, and experienced leaders serving in the highest local, state, and national positions.

Trainings in the program include: 

  • Skills for Emerging Leaders: Appropriate for emerging leaders who are interested in or are new to Association leadership roles. Learn the fundamentals of NEA’s structure and commitment to social justice tenets. 
  • Deepening Your Leadership Skills: Designed for leaders with four to seven years of Association leadership. DYLS introduces the tactical skills experienced leaders need to build power and mobilize their members, with a particular focus on building coalitions and leading teams.
  • Strategic Leadership: Designed for leaders with eight or more years of Association leadership experience. Strategic Leadership provides a forum for the most seasoned Association leaders to reflect, renew, and recharge as they explore the strategic, agenda­-driven dimensions of leadership and advocacy. 
  • Campaigning to Win: This intense hands-­on workshop teaches leaders how to conduct a winning campaign for higher elected office. Particularly effective for new leaders, this program is delivered at the state level upon request.

You have to be students' voice. Because sometimes, we're the only voice they have. –Evelina Loya, Leadership Program Trainer

Ready to dive in? Learn more and request a training.

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Education Justice

Visit neaedjustice.org to find ways you can take action and fight for racial, social, and economic justice in public education.
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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.