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A Guide to NEA's Teacher Quality Programs

NEA is committed to the idea that quality teaching is a critical factor that affects student learning and seeks to help teachers achieve high standards of practice and maintain those standards throughout their careers.

To support quality teaching, NEA develops policies, products, services, and information that:

  • Support the professional growth of NEA members,
  • Increases the diversity of the teaching workforce,
  • And advances promising models of teacher recruitment, preparation, licensure, advanced certification, teacher leadership, and other forms of professional supports.

An Overview of NEA's Professional Learning Programs

Watch this short video to learn more about NEA programs and resources that support your professional growth.

Recruit and Engage New and Early Career Educators

The first five years are crucial for early career educators (ECEs) as they translate their teacher preparation experiences to classroom realities. Our Early Career Learning Labs (ECLL) and Early Leadership Institute (ELI) programs are designed to inspire, engage, and retain ECEs through member-led, personalized, professional and social emotional supports. These programs also support ECEs as they learn to become effective leaders and advocates for their students, coworkers, and profession.  

Learn more about these and other TQ programs

Support Professional Excellence

Great educators create great public schools. The following member-created and member-led programs provide the training, tools, and community support for educators to engage students, nurture justice, and excel in their profession regardless of where they are in the teaching continuum. 

  • JumpStart
  • Blended Learning
  • Webinars
  • Micro-credentials

Learn more about these and other TQ programs

Advance Racial Justice in Education

NEA’s vision for great public schools includes a diverse classroom—including educators. These programs are designed to create community, support professional practice, grow leaders, and inspire excellence. By leveraging the collective power and voice of our teacher leaders and school community, we can work to end the systemic patterns of racial inequity and injustice that affect our Association, schools, students, and communities. 

  • Coaching and Mentoring Institute   
  • Community Schools 
  • Early Leadership Institute (ELI)
  • Teacher Pathway Leadership Institute (T-Path)

Learn more about these and other TQ programs

Increase Educator Voice, Influence, and Professional Authority

Nobody knows what educators need better than educators. Yet politicians and others outside of education often believe they know best. By amplifying educators’ voices, we can build opportunities for students to succeed in schools where all feel safe and welcome. Our Teacher Pathway Leadership Institute (T-Path) program is designed to grow and develop the next generation of teacher leaders to strengthen the teaching profession, inspire innovation, and provide direction for the future. 

Learn more about T-Path and other TQ programs 


Affiliate Resources

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Professional Supports Resource Guide

This resource guide is for affiliates to use to identify, implement, and deliver professional supports based on their affiliate’s data from the New Educator Card.
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Teacher Quality’s Sequencing Guide

Learn more about the supports available to you.

Micro-credentials Resources for Affiliates

Use these materials to help you organize and administer in-person or virtual professional learning groups where educators can dig in and work together to earn micro-credentials.
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Teacher Quality Calendar

A one-stop shop for NEA's Teacher Quality department deadlines and events.
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Advance in Your Career

NEA provides cutting-edge resources from our experts—our staff, affiliates, and members—on the skills and topics educators need to join, stay in, and advance our profession.
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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.