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Our Partnerships

The National Education Association (NEA) partners with a variety of organizations to promote Great Public Schools for every student. Our partnerships focus on those designed to enhance student success, achieve excellence in the education professions, and fight for educational opportunity and equity for all students. These partnerships advance NEA’s national priorities and, in many instances, are grounded by state and local projects with NEA affiliates.

In particular, NEA is focused on improving student success, helping educators become more accomplished in their profession, helping to empower educators to create solutions that work for students, helping to advance social and economic justice for students and their families, and engaging families and communities. We invite you Learn more about some of NEA’s many partnerships and our valued partners.

Empowering Educator Leaders

The Teacher Leadership Initiative

NEA, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and the Center for Teaching Quality have joined forces to create the Teacher Leadership Initiative (TLI), an initiative to develop a new generation of leaders within the profession. TLI is focused on the following:

  1. defining the foundational competencies of teacher leadership;
  2. developing relevant experiences and support to help teachers cultivate those competencies; and,
  3. activating teachers to be leaders in their profession as a result of their participation in this process.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

NEA was one of the founding members of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), an organization committed to advancing student learning and achievement by establishing the definitive standards and systems for certifying accomplished educators, providing programs and advocating policies that support excellence in teaching and leading, and engaging National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) and leaders in that process.

NEA, in partnership with NBPTS, seeks to elevate the status, voice and role of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession. This includes:

  1. raising public awareness with respect to the cognitively complex, collaborative and expertise-driven nature of teachers
  2. setting higher standards for entry and advancement into the profession; and,
  3. recognizing accomplished teaching through a rigorous professional certification process, comparable to those found in other premier professions, such as medicine, engineering and law.

Numerous NEA members serve on the Board of NBPTS, including the President of NEA. NEA and its affiliates have also advocated for policy initiatives which expand access to and recognition for teachers who earn National Board Certification status.

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

NEA joined the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, Teacher Education Accreditation Council, and other stakeholders to review the uniform standards which formed Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). CAEP standards set a new and high bar for candidates entering the profession. NEA believes there should be high standards for entering the teaching profession.

Learn more about the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Social and Economic Justice

Advancing Restorative Justice

Advancement Project -- NEA and the Advancement Project, in a broader coalition of organizations, have joined forces to advocate for restorative justice to reduce disparities in school disciplinary policies and practices that feed the school-to-prison pipeline.

Anti-bullying and School Climate

NEA has partnered with the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Network (GLSEN), the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) and other stakeholders to lead efforts throughout the nation to create safe learning environments where students can excel. NEA believes that all of its members should have the tools and information they need to not only be a caring adult for students who are experiencing bullying, but also have the skills and knowledge to prevent it from happening in the first place. NEA's Bully-Free: It Starts With Me campaign is designed to do just that.

  • Learn more about Bully Free: It Starts With Me.
  • Learn more about the work our partners GLSEN and HRC are doing to help students and educators create classrooms and school environments that are more conducive to learning.

Helping Students Achieve Their Dreams

NEA has joined with the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) and more than 100 organizations from around the country to form the NILC DREAM Policy Table, which advances a policy agenda that makes the dream becoming citizens of the U.S. and of attending university a reality for young people.

We have partnered with NILC, Own the Dream, United We Dream and others to host clinics for students to learn how to file applications related to the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, so that aspiring Americans who have attended US public schools and meet certain eligibility criteria can apply for financial aid to attend college. NEA has provided resources to educators about how to help students navigate this process, and we have hosted DACA clinics in Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

The NEA works with a large variety of organizations to advance our mission and strategic goals. In considering new partnerships, we use the following guidelines to help assess potential partner organizations

  • Concurrence NEA’s Resolutions, Legislative Program and Policy Statements
  • Membership of any NEA-affiliated network or coalition
  • Public education ally
  • Education advocacy history
  • Fiscal health of the organization
  • Whether there is a pattern or practice of discrimination against groups of employees or consumers or any other employee relations disputes.
  • Whether the corporation/organization has shown support for privatization of public education, public employee benefits, or other services related to public education or public services generally.
  • Whether the corporation/organizations has engaged in anti-union activity.

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