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Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement

Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement

In Support of Common Issues in Public Education

In Support of Common Issues in Public Education

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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.

5 Steps for Launching Your Community Outreach and Engagement Program

Strong partnerships between educators and parents and the community are among the greatest needs in public education today. Discover a new path toward Association leadership and activism and securing important wins for students,educators and the greater common good.

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.

MCOP Grants in Action

Educators at Washington’s Rainier School District take bold steps to challenge schools and communities to have a conversation about race.
A group of like-minded educators create opportunities for educators of color to fellowship with other educators and families, advocate for their needs, and give voice to issues important to their community.


Student-led campaign inspires school board to pass strong 'Safe Zone' resolution - Education Votes Long-standing community partnerships, support of NEA’s Minority Community Outreach Program, result in powerful messages in support of immigrant students and families and policy win for all citizens of Milwaukee.

Bullying Prevention

Every student – regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status – has the right to a free public education from kindergarten through the twelfth grade, including the right to be free from bullying or harassment that interferes with the right to an education. NEA and MALDEF provides answers to commonly asked questions on the rights of persons who experience bullying or harassment, and what can be done to address the prob­lem. After reading through these FAQs, if you would like to reach out to MALDEF about an incident that is not being addressed at your school, please email us at

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!

Read the latest from NEA EdJustice:

Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships Grant:

The NEA-Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships (MCOP) grants are intended to assist local affiliates identify, engage, and mobilize minority community organizations and community leaders of color around increasing student achievement, 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:.

About Us

Every child deserves a quality education—regardless of race or ethnicity. Yet despite gains in recent years, significant gaps in academic achievement and opportunity remain for many racial and ethnic groups. NEA is working with partners and allies for:

  • Adequate and equitable school funding

  • Smaller classes

  • Increased teacher diversity and salaries

  • Improved curricula

  • Better programs for English language learners

  • Enhanced parental involvement

  • NEA and communities are working to ensure great public schools for every child.

Through Minority Community Outreach, NEA aspires to:

  • Strengthen relationships with current partners representing ethnic minority communities, and initiate new partnerships and/or projects around education and other issues of mutual interest.

  • Establish partnerships with ethnic minority communities to develop strategies to close the gaps in student achievement.

  • Develop and implement, in collaboration with community partners, an education campaign to challenge attacks on public education such as vouchers, privatization, and tuition tax credits.

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)

Brochure: Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships (PDF)

Brochure en espanol: Minority Community Organizing and Partnerships (PDF)

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