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NEA-Retired Awards

Find application information, access submission forms, and see who's been recognized for excellence.
Published: February 2, 2024

NEA-Retired recognizes the hard work and contributions of NEA-Retired members through its Distinguished Service Award, Communications Awards for newsletters and websites, and Membership Awards. Scroll down below for overviews of each award, links to submit entries, and supporting documents for download.


Awards for Distinguished Service and Membership

The application deadline for the 2024 Distinguished Service Award and Spirit of Membership Award is now closed. The last day to submit was April 15, 2024.
NEA-Retired members Justin Wong and Joan Bass

Distinguished Service Award

The NEA-Retired Distinguished Service Award is the highest honor presented annually to an NEA-Retired member in recognition of their contributions to public education during their years as an active and/or retired member in their local, state, and national associations.
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Membership Growth Award

NEA-Retired works hard to recruit NEA-Retired members. Four awards are presented annually at the Retired Annual Meeting to identify and salute those Retired state affiliates who are leaders in membership growth.
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Spirit of Membership Award

The Spirit of Membership Award recognizes and honors those state and local Retired affiliates that, while building membership, have built an innovative program to engage, involve, grow, and advocate around professional issues within their organization, their state, and their communities.

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Communications Awards

The deadline for the this year's Communications Awards is April 15, 2024.
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State, Regional, and Local Retired Print Newsletter

The Retired Print Newsletter Award identifies, recognizes, and amplifies print state, local, and regional newsletters and active state print newsletters that exhibit good journalism and show broad and effective coverage of issues relevant to Retired members.
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State Retired E-newsletters

The NEA-Retired State e-Newsletter Award identifies, recognizes and amplifies electronic NEA-Retired e-newsletters that exhibit good journalism and show broad and effective coverage of issues relevant to members
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State Retired Website

The NEA-Retired State Website Award identifies, recognizes and amplifies NEA-Retired websites that exhibit good journalism and show broad and effective coverage of issues relevant to members.

And the Award Goes To...

Find the list of past award recipients here:

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Learn more about NEA-Retired

Now more than ever the commitment continues. Learn how NEA-Retired works to meet the needs of retired education employees (like Sam Evelyn Rock from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Retired Teachers Assn in Tennessee at right) and how to join.
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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.