Judith Heumann

NEA Honors Disability Rights Activist Judith Heumann

At the age of 5, Judith Heumann was denied enrollment at her local elementary school in Brooklyn, N.Y., because she used a wheelchair and was deemed by the principal to be a “fire hazard.” Instead, a teacher would visit her home for most of her 1st-4th grade years—for just 2.5 hours per week.  This is just one shocking example of the discrimination and exclusion that Heumann, who … Continued


2021 Teacher of the Year Calls for a Joyous and Just Education for All

In her address to NEA’s 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly, Teacher of the Year Juliana Urtubey asked delegates to think of a school day from a child’s shoes. “From the time they put on those shoes before coming to school, to the time they take off those shoes once they get home, think … Continued

Julius Thomas

Meet the 2021 Higher Educator of the Year!

Decades after attending a community college and getting his own start in higher education, California’s Rio Hondo College counselor Julius B. Thomas works to give back to the system that gave so much to him, he said. “Every day, I work to show every student the same dedication, perseverance, and ambition that I witnessed from … Continued

NEA Executive Director Kim Anderson

NEA Executive Director Urges Delegates to Defend Democracy

The fate of American democracy, whether it holds fast or crumbles, depends upon an educated citizenry, NEA Executive Director Kim Anderson told NEA Representative Assembly delegates on Thursday. “Our democracy is the foundation of a society which is supposed to value equal voice, respect for all, and the dignity of spirited but civil discourse,” said … Continued

NEA President Becky Pringle

NEA Delegates Approve Measure to Ensure Safe and Just Schools For All Students

Measure establishes task force and seeks to partner with allies to continue advancing education justice One of the first orders of business approved by nearly 8,000 educator delegates on Day One of the NEA RA is to continue to support and advance the work toward education justice. New Business Item (NBI) A, approved by 88 … Continued

Kimberly Scott-Hayden

ESP of the Year Kimberly Scott-Hayden to RA Delegates: You Are Essential

Kimberly Scott-Hayden, the 2021 National Education Support Professional (ESP) of the Year, told delegates to the virtual 100th Representative Assembly on July 1 that together, they can build a better world for students. “Together, we continue to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice,” said the inventory control clerk and president of the East Orange … Continued

NEA President Becky Pringle at the 2021 RA

NEA President: We Didn’t Just Survive, We Grew Stronger

Despite the unprecedented upheaval, exhaustion, grief and loss of the past 16 months, the nation’s educators are, as always, ready to harness their power for the collective good of the students and communities they serve, National Education Association President Becky Pringle told the delegates to the virtual 2021 Representative Assembly (RA) on Wednesday. Continued…

‘They Will Remember This’

This year’s winners of the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards are making a difference “Twelve years ago, I was a high school student who had just come out as transgender,” Colorado teacher Sam Long told a Human Rights Campaign audience in 2020. “Without the support of my family or my school, everything became a … Continued