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First grade teacher Leslie Richardson with her students

Priorities for Teachers

How You Can Help
Engage in these actions and practices to support great teaching and learning in your community.

Top Priorities for Teachers

  • Participate actively in the development, implementation, and ongoing monitoring of profession-driven national standards and performance assessments for the profession of teaching.

  • Participate actively in the development, implementation, and ongoing monitoring of individual and school professional development to ensure they offer individual autonomy, collaborative strategies, ongoing focused effort over time, and peer coaching and reflection on practice.

  • Actively pursue continuous professional learning and improved practice including: achieving National Board Certification, engaging in action research on teaching and learning, developing leadership skills to meet the needs of the profession, infusing their professional work with culturally responsive practices, and caring for each student.

  • Become a passionate advocate for PreK-12 students and citizens of their profession through involvement in the values and work of the teachers’ union.

  • Model a passion for teaching and encourage promising students to pursue a career in teaching.

More Ways Teachers Can Support...

Teacher Leaders

  • Seek additional skills to serve in various needed roles for teacher leaders.
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Priorities for Members & Affiliates

What You Can Do

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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.