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National Leadership Summit

NEA's annual National Leadership Summit helps to develop activist leaders and prepare them with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to lead relevant, thriving associations and to lead in their professions. Our unified, strategic, and interdisciplinary approach to leadership development reinforces and supports key leadership competencies in seven strategic areas.

Save the date to attend the 2024 NEA National Leadership Summit in Chicago – March 1-3.

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Requests for Proposals are Now Being Accepted

The National Education Association (NEA) is looking for dynamic proposals for the annual NEA National Leadership Summit, March 1 – March 3, 2024. The theme is Education. Democracy. Freedom. Our Right! Our Responsibility! The Summit is designed to support experiential learning that provides opportunities to deepen the participants’ awareness of the seven domains of the NEA Leadership Competency Framework.

The deadline to submit an RFP is September 15, 2023.

Click here to read the RFP Guidance

Click here to submit your proposal

2023 NEA National Leadership Summit

Leadership Summit Keynote Speakers

The National Education Association (NEA) hosted its annual Leadership Summit in San Francisco, California at the Moscone Convention Center South on March 10-12.  The theme for this year’s Summit was Joy, Justice, Excellence: The Strength of Educators. The Brilliance of Students. The Power of Community.

This year’s Summit brought together members leaders from across the country who participated in over 140 breakout sessions which helped participants expand their awareness of one or more of the seven domains in the NEA Leadership Framework - advocacy, communication, governance and leadership, leading our professions, organizing, social and emotional intelligence, and strategy and fiscal health.

The keynote speakers included Dr. Christopher Edmin, who took our members on a journey of urban education Reality Pedagogy “Ratchetdemic"; Helena Donato-Sapp, a 13-year-old activist, artist, and self-declared Black Girl Scholar who used her art and voice for social, economic, and disability justice; and Charles Best, Founder of DonorsChoose, who shared his commitment to combating racial and socioeconomic inequity in school funding. The Summit also featured two students represented by Kansas- NEA, Aleko Khundadze and Ben Jackson. They shared their poem Fight which empowers justice by raising awareness about those who have fallen victim to the horrors of police brutality.

Karen White
Every one of our members is inherently a leader. Our job is to help them live out their passion.
Quote by: Karen White, NEA Deputy Executive Director
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National Education Association

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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.