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Professional Learning


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.
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At a Glance

Includes four trainings with certified facilitators, self-paced activities, and free digital resources.


  • Culturally Responsive Education
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Positive School Environments


  • Gain a better understanding of diversity
  • Develop cultural identity
  • Learn the value of diversity
  • Reacting to differences
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NEA Center for Social Justice

Last Updated: February 24, 2021


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional
  • Teacher


  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School

Session Length

Sessions can be tailored to the needs of the state or local affiliate

Session Format

In person



Understanding Diversity

Take part in an interactive process that helps you better understand the language and imagery of diversity in light of America’s changing demographics and the importance of diversity to NEA’s history and philosophy.
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Developing Cultural Identity

Our values, beliefs, and self­-concept, most of which are developed at a very early age, affect the way we think, behave, and make assumptions about people who are different from us. Learn how the absence of information—the silent teacher—can contribute to assumptions, even bigotry, about the status and basic rights of people who are different.
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Reacting to Differences

The treatment we extend to others is rooted in perceptions, values, and beliefs about them and their entitlements, resulting in the emergence of privileged and oppressed groups, or in this workshop exercise, the creation of “insiders” and “outsiders.”
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Valuing Diversity

How do you respond to the diversity issue? Are you better at discussing or reacting to some dimensions of diversity than others, for instance, race vs. sexual orientation? Although you may quickly react when offended by things others say or do, do you recognize when and how you offend others?

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Ready to advance racial and social justice with us? Complete the form below to request a training. We will respond within 2 business days.

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NOTE: Trainings are only for members of the National Education Association. If you are not a member, please work with your state or local affiliate to make your request or it will be automatically denied.

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