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Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement (CAPE) Brochure – Find out about the CAPE Department (formerly MCOP)

We are proud to share our CAPE Tri-fold brochure that shares and highlights about the CAPE Department and our focus on Partnerships, Advocacy, and Organizing. CAPE (formerly known as Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships (MCOP)) is happy to debut this brochure.

CAPE Grants Fact Sheet (FY 2012-2018)

Please find our first ever CAPE Grants Fact Sheet that highlights our CAPE Grant Partnership Funding from FY 2012-2018. The CAPE Grants have truly expanded over the years and we are proud to highlight some of our accomplishments over the years and that of our grantees.


5 Steps for Launching Your Community Outreach and Engagement Program

  • Community Conversations, CAPE’s very successful model of family-school community dialogue is now Community Outreach and Engagement, a broadened support system to help Affiliates build an overall strategy for building external support through activities like community conversations. Parent and community engagement differs from other types of organizing because the primary goal is building mutually supportive, long-term relationships, not simply achieving a concrete win on a specific issue. It takes an investment of time, stretched-thin members and Affiliates struggle to meet. Or they don’t know where to start or how to maintain. Meeting this critical Association need is the goal of CAPE’s new community outreach and engagement program. The one-stop compilation of tools, resources and best practices aims to help Affiliates bridge the gap between educators and the community.
  • Strong partnerships with parents and the community are among the top challenges—and untapped opportunities—members and Affiliates cite in the effort to grow tomorrow’s inventors, thinkers, artists and leaders. With the envisioned community conversation program CAPE expects to uplift a new path for leadership and activism and spur outreach and engagement that goes beyond campaigns and crisis, to the consistent collaboration that delivers the teaching, learning and living conditions students and  members deserve.

Top 10 Things to Know About LGBTQ API Communities

Asian Americans, South Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders are the nation’s fastest growing racial group and the largest segment of new immigrants coming to the United States. More and more are coming out as LGBTQ. All seek to better their lives, be safe from discrimination, and be free to be out. Learn more about how you can support your LGBTQ API students.

Native Youth: We aren’t the leaders of the future; we are the leaders of now

Concerns over the political climate and the need to address inequities for American Indian and Alaskan Native students permeated the conversations of the more than 2,000 Native youth attending the 2017 National UNITY conference in Denver, Colorado — the largest gathering of Native youth in the country.

MCOP 2016 End of Year Report- Partnerships, Advocacy, and Organizing for Racial Justice in Education

The Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships Department advances the mission of the National Education Association through partnerships, advocacy and organizing for Racial Justice in Education.


IEA and NEA Support USHLI

The IEA and NEA were a strong presence this year at the 35th U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) Annual Conference, Feb. 16-19, in Chicago. NEA held breakout sessions on how to develop life and leadership skills along with a social justice student leadership workshop.  President Lily Eskelsen Garcia received the Dolores Huerta Woman of Courage Award at the USHLI Gala as well.

Undocumented Educator Realizes Her Dream to Teach With DACA

In May of 2012, undocumented student Maria Dominguez didn’t know what her next step would be. Today, Maria Dominguez is a bilingual elementary teacher and a leader in her union.

Know Your Rights

MALDEF has prepared an Immigrants’ Rights Frequently Asked Questions for Students, Educators and Social Service Providers that includes how to report a situation that may be potential for litigation:

United We Dream offers tools and resources for its affiliates and supporters, to help with your advocacy and direct service work. Know the 5 Important Things You Need To Know About DACA During a Trump Presidency. Download your Deportation Defense Card at Protect Yourself and Your Family from Immigration Raids.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Resources: We've compiled and answered these FAQs for students, educators and social service providers. Please direct friends and families here for resources!

Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement Grant:

The NEA Community Advocacy & Partnership Engagement (CAPE) Department provides state and local partnership funding grants that are intended to assist state/local affiliates to identify, engage, and mobilize community organizations and community leaders around increasing student achievement (specifically for students of color), engaging members who have participated in leadership trainings, and creating union roles to build capacity to engage community partners.

Grant considerations are made on the following strategic priorities:.

  • Initiatives to improve student achievement, particularly in communities of color;
  • Engaging NEA members who have been trained in NEA’s leadership trainings or those who have a demonstrated record of activism for the purpose of furthering social justice activism and/or professional issues activism;
  • Establishing or institutionalizing new union roles related to parent and/or community engagement;
  • Focus on advancing NEA’s priority on racial justice in education.

Submit your CAPE Partnership Funding Application

For questions, please email

Social Justice and Education Articles


Sample resolution and district policy that can be used as a template or guidance for local school districts to create their own Safe Zones resolutions.


Learn more about the work of educator activists in the fight for racial, social and economic justice in public education:


At-A-Glance Organizer's Guide for Community Conversations (PDF)