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Just & Equitable Schools

The National Education Association has a long history of standing up for justice and speaking out against injustice.
Photographer Matika Wilbur NEA
"By exposing the astonishing variety of the Indian presence and reality at this juncture, we will build cultural bridges, abandon stereotypes, and renew and inspire our national legacy." —Documentary photographer Matika Wilbur at the 2016 NEA American Indian/Alaskan Native Observance

Educators can be agents for social justice. We can fight for what is best for our students. We can, as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. put it, support students living in “the fierce urgency of now.” 

Systemic inequalities make life more difficult for so many of the communities we serve. These inequalities exist in our schools as well, often codified into the rules and laws that govern how we teach.

NEA supports educators who are fighting for just and equitable schools in a number of ways: 

  • We support collective actions that challenge the chronic neglect of schools that underserved students of color and other marginalized young people. 
  • We champion education over incarceration and fight to keep families together. 
  • We advocate for English Language Learners and support their demands for culturally relevant instruction. 
  • We foster relationships with community organizations to support our work with and within communities of colors. 
  • We unite with social justice movements that seek transformative change in our society. 

Our Trainings

We also help members make schools supportive and affirming places for all students, including LGBTQ students. We do this through student-centered, research-focus, member-driven programs that prepare participants to:

Together, we can create equality of opportunity for all students no matter their zip code.

Member Fakhra Shah
I believe justice comes from being in the community. Seeing each other, being together, struggling together. And it can’t be on just one person, one teacher. It’s all of us.
Quote by: Fakhra Shah, High School Teacher, California Teachers Association
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Lead with confidence.

Our students need advocates ready and able to disrupt all forms of oppression in our schools and beyond. Our free, research-based, educator-driven trainings help you get there.
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.