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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.


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!


2019 Fall Conference: Save the Date!

We have already begun our planning for the NCUEA Fall Conference that takes place December 4-7, 2019 in Savannah, GA. Be on the lookout for information on keynote speakers in the near future. Registration will be opening soon.


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. 

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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.