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No sign of progress (July 16)

Dear Members, When I began running to be your NEA-Alaska president last fall, I did not think my first legislative update would come to you in July - but that's [...]

Stories of Great Educators

We're looking for stories of great educators around Alaska and the things they do to make their students' learning experience a little extra special. Please share your stories below and [...]

After years of cuts to playtime, parents and educators are bringing recess back

By Mary Ellen Flannery Originally published in neaToday Last year in Seattle public schools, low-income kids won an equal right to play, thanks to a fierce coalition of Seattle teachers [...]

Be your students’ hero, Teacher of the Year tells RA Delegates

By Tim Walker Originally published in neaToday 2016 National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes addresses the 95th NEA Representative Assembly (Scott Iskowitz/NEA) In a stirring and emotional speech to [...]

ESP of the Year: We are the secret weapons in school and student success

By Brenda Álvarez Originally published in neaToday Doreen McGuire-Grigg, 2016 Education Support Professional of the Year, speaks at the NEA Representative Assembly, July 5, 2016. (Scott Iskowitz/NEA) NEA Education Support [...]

Promising changes for special education under ESSA

By Brenda Álvarez Originally published in neaToday For years, in many school districts across the country, it wasn’t uncommon to hear stories about special education students lacking adequate resources. They [...]

One key to reducing school suspension: a little respect

"In schools working to reduce suspension rates, teachers could take a cue from Aretha Franklin: Considering how young people view respect can greatly improve classroom management, new studies show. A one-time [...]

Helping students build mental and physical resiliency

"We know students cannot possibly learn to their fullest potential when they are exhausted, stressed, not well..." Read the full piece in Education Week.

Assessment in making

"After watching a room of students working and learning via a maker project, one can't help but be awed by the level of engagement. There's a low hum as students [...]

What is NEA-Alaska?

NEA-Alaska is an advocate for an excellent public education for each child in Alaska and works to advance the interests of public school employees.

NEA-Alaska, an affiliate of the National Education Association, is an organization of 12,000+ members who work in Alaska’s public schools.

Whether it’s in a crowded urban classroom or a remote community in rural Alaska with only one school, we all aim to accomplish the same task: provide an excellent public education for every child in Alaska. Please join us in our journey.

AK Students First


With the price of oil plunging and a projected state budget deficit of $3.6 billion, Alaska’s students need real leadership in Juneau now more than ever. With public education funding already stripped to the bone, Alaska’s students cannot afford even further cuts… Read more at