NEA President Becky Pringle, Vice President Princess Moss, and Secretary/Treasurer Noel Candelaria.

NEA Elects Pringle, Moss, and Candelaria to Leadership

Becky Pringle, a science teacher from Philadelphia, has been elected president of the National Education Association. Pringle, who served as NEA vice president for six years, will assume her new duties on September 1. On that date, she becomes not only the leader of the nation’s largest union representing 3 million educators, but also the … Continued

At 2020 NEA RA, Educators Vow to Help Lead Nation Through Crisis

Of all the events and activities ground to a halt amid the greatest public health crisis in the nation’s history, the 2020 National Education Association Representative Assembly (RA) wasn’t going to be among them. On July 2 and 3, the more than 7,000 delegates gathered remotely, of course, and the agenda was streamlined. But the show – … Continued

NEA Executive Director Kim A. Anderson

NEA Executive Director Kim A. Anderson

In her first address to RA delegates, NEA Executive Director Kim Anderson began with honesty and humanity, presenting a piece of herself to illustrate the profound impact educators can have on a life. “I want to share with you today some things that are part of my lived experience….as one of your former students, as … Continued

2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy

2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy

National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy, a preschool teacher from Kansas, addressed the NEA Representative Assembly on Friday, exhorting them to “elevate the voices of the unheard” in their union and in their school communities. A proud member of Kansas NEA, Rosproy said she knows what it’s like to be overlooked. She was the … Continued

2020 ESP of the Year Andrea Beeman

2020 ESP of the Year Andrea Beeman

Andrea Beeman, NEA’s 2020 ESP of the Year, told delegates to NEA’s virtual Representative Assembly on July 3 how the selfless acts of others inspired her to devote a career of service to students with intellectual disabilities. “I am committed every day to giving my students three things: Love, laughter, and learning,” Beeman, a paraeducator … Continued

2020 NEA Higher Educator of the Year Elizabeth Davenport

2020 NEA Higher Educator of the Year Elizabeth Davenport

Elizabeth Davenport, a professor of educational leadership at Alabama State University, recently spoke with NEA Today about her reputation as a hard grader, her dedication to historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and why the greatest achievement of her five-decade career in higher education rests with the women she has mentored. On Friday, July 3, … Continued

Climate activist Greta Thunberg

NEA’s Highest Honor Goes to Climate Teen Activist, Greta Thunberg

The power of voice has long been one of the bedrocks of unionism, with just one voice often being enough to change the course of events—and proving this claim is Greta Thunberg, a Swedish environmental activist who in 2018 sat alone, outside the Swedish Parliament, to call for stronger action on climate change. This one voice grew to … Continued

Behind the scenes at the 2020 virtual RA

After first day of RA, delegates empowered to fight for equity in America

The first-ever NEA Representative Assembly to be held online kicked off today with messages of courage and conviction delivered directly to delegates’ homes with the same energy and emotion as if given onstage in a packed convention center before thousands of delegates. First, there were tears after a moving video and poem dedicated to NEA … Continued

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García in her final keynote address

NEA President: Educators Will Help Determine Our Democracy’s Future

The nation stands at a crossroads, said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García in her final keynote address to the 2020 NEA Representative Assembly on Thursday, and it’s up to educators everywhere to make sure it chooses the correct path. Even though the 2020 RA is being conducted remotely during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 8,000 educator delegates … Continued