Union-Led Reform

The National Education Association (NEA), standing strong with more than three million union members, is committed to transforming the nation’s persistently low-performing, priority schools into great public schools for all students.

Through our six-year Priority Schools Campaign we will partner with our state and local affiliates to assist priority schools identified by the U.S. Department of Education.

NEA’s Priority Schools Campaign rests on an evidence-based set of measures that increase student achievement―performance and attainment (e.g., high school graduation):

  • A strong partnership between the school and students’ families;
  • An investment in increasing the skills and effectiveness of the school staff; and
  • Community-provided social and health services for students and their families.

In addition our experience tells us that another important measure is:

  • District/union collaboration

By working with our state and local affiliates to create these partnerships, secure additional investment in educators’ professional development, and engage community agencies and organizations, we are confident that the NEA will help raise student achievement in priority schools.


Classroom Superheroes

Educators in priority schools are rising to a superhero challenge every single day. Nominate educators in your community and support others at classroomsuperheroes.com

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PSC Superhero Keith G. Pemberton

Keith G. Pemberton is a social worker at Oak Hill Elementary School in High Point, N.C., where he has built a strong and steady pipeline for parental involvement, specifically among fathers and male mentors. Check out his Classroom Superhero profile and leave some words of encouragement.

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