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National Council of Urban Education Associations

The National Council of Urban Education Associations (NCUEA) is an advocacy organization of local affiliates of the National Education Association (NEA), which is dedicated to strengthening member advocacy and making the NEA more responsive to member needs.

2019 Fall Conference: Local Presidents and Leaders Register Now!

Join us at NCUEA’s 2019 Fall Conference, "Transformative Organizing! Taking Action to Win for Public Education," in Savannah, Georgia from December 4-7, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Savannah.

We want 2019 and 2020 to be a year of big organizing and big wins. We know that winning big at the state and national levels start with NCUEA locals and our members.

Attendees at the fall conference will have an opportunity to share best practices on how we organize to make a positive impact on the lived realities of our members and students – and win on issues related to educators’ dignity and respect, to racial and social justice, and to student success.

We’ve lined up an incredible slate of speakers, panelists and workshops on these topics that include:

  • Kiese Laymon, author of Heavy, an award-winning memoir and one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2018.
  • Lauren Groh-Wargo, CEO of Fair Fight Action, which focuses on electoral integrity and reform. Ms. Groh-Wargo served as Stacey Abrams’ gubernatorial campaign manager.
  • Kris Brown, the President of Brady, America’s oldest and boldest gun violence prevention group.
  • Amena Brown, the author of five spoken word albums and two-non-fiction books who’s garnered national attention in media outlets such as Ebony Magazine, Huffington Post and Belong Magazine.  Ms. Brown will be the keynote speaker at UMID.
  • Economic Policy Institute (EPI) experts, Dr. Emma Garcia and Dr. Elaine Weiss, authors of "The Perfect Storm in the Teacher Market" series. EPI's mission is to inform and empower individuals to seek solutions to ensure broadly shared prosperity and opportunity.
  • Christian LoBue, Director of Campaigns & Partnership of the Voting Rights Lab. The Voting Rights Lab focuses on fighting voter suppression, expanding democratic participation, and establishing fair elections.

Everyday our educators make an impact on their students. Let’s continue and expand upon that tradition by making an impact on our broader communities by organizing and winning on issues that matter. Let’s win big together.

See you in Savannah!

2019 Leon Horne Discovery Grant applications are now being accepted!

NCUEA created a program called Discovery Grants to promote ethnic and racial diversity at our Fall Conference. The program hopes to encourage and strengthen the involvement of ethnic minority members in the activities and leadership of NCUEA.  We have allocated funds to send new ethnic minority participants from the East Region (FL, GA, MD, NC, SC, VA, CT, DE, MA, MS, NH, NJ, NY, PA, WV) to the Fall Conference. Please note: NCUEA will only fund one grant per member association.

The success of this program depends on your local’s participation. NCUEA awards grants only to first-time ethnic and racial minority conference participants to attend its 2019 Fall Conference. You can register to attend here. The grant will cover the registration fee, travel expenses (airfare or mileage), and hotel costs for three nights. The room rate for the hotel is $193.00 plus tax per night.

As you know, this conference provides new leaders with the opportunity to connect to one another, learn best practices related to organizing and advocacy, as well as receive high-quality professional practice development. We strongly encourage you to share this information with your local leadership and consider recommending an applicant.

Individuals can submit their applications here. The application deadline is October 11, 2019 (COB).  NCUEA will notify all accepted applications no later than Friday, October 18, 2019.

The NCUEA membership renewal period for 2019-2020 has officially begun!

If you are currently a member of the NCUEA, your membership will expire on August 31, 2019. We encourage you to renew your membership now and remain an engage member of the NCUEA community.

NCUEA and its locals had a busy 2018-2019 membership year! NCUEA featured powerful speakers at our two conferences, including:

  • Nancy MacLean, award-winning author and National Book Award finalist for Democracy in Chains;
  • TeachRock, an advocacy organization founded by Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band that designs and promotes standards-aligned, arts curriculum;
  • NCUEA locals that were preparing to strike for educators and students.

We are also proud to announce that NCUEA’s record conference attendance led to increased membership for this past year.

In the upcoming membership year, NCUEA members should expect more leadership opportunities to collaborate with other member local from around the country and engage with NEA centers and departments. NCUEA is doubling-down on supporting its member locals through its committees. Locals, for example, will be invited to join NCUEA’s Policy and Organizing Committee that focuses on winning on issues through organizing, mobilizing, and action. Also, we’re excited to continue partnering with NEA to award another round of local organizing grants for the 2019-20 membership year.

Don’t miss out on another excited year: renew your NCUEA membership today!

Our Mission

The mission of NCUEA is to promote and advance quality public education in urban schools by empowering and supporting local associations, leaders, and members. In carrying out this mission, NCUEA focuses on the following areas:

  • United voice for urban education
  • Promotion of and advocacy for local associations
  • Partnership with NEA
  • Partnerships with education-focused organizations
  • Training for local urban leaders
  • Human and civil rights for all
  • Celebration of diversity
  • Communication among local associations
  • Staff/Leadership relationships
  • Quality working conditions

Why join NCUEA?

Being a NCUEA member means being a part of the "urban voice" of NEA. 

Learn more about what membership means »

NCUEA's role in ESSA Implementation

NCUEA is helping to lead on effective implementation of ESSA in all our local districts.

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NCUEA’s role in social justice

NCUEA helps affiliates fight the obstacles to equity and opportunity students and educators face inside—and outside—the classroom.

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GPS Fund Grants

NEA’s Great Public Schools (GPS) Fund enables grant awardees to improve student success. Since 2013, the GPS Fund has provided funds to state affiliates, local affiliates, and partnerships that demonstrate leadership in enhancing the quality of public education and engaging members. Award criteria focus on ensuring successful students, accomplished professionals, dynamic collaboration, and empowering leaders. Go here to learn more about the grants already awarded, about guidelines and deadlines, and about the application process.

edCommunities, NEA’s online professional learning and engagement community, hosts many private and public discussion groups. To connect with groups of educators, school support professionals, and other colleagues about how NEA’s GPS Fund Grants can work for you, first go here to become a member then enter key word Grants in the search function and join the “NEA Grants 4 Great Public Schools” group.

2019 Fall Conference: Registration now Open!