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Who We Are

CEA members are the true experts in public education policy and practice.

Who We Are

CEA members are the true experts in public education policy and practice.
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The Colorado Education Association is the voice of 39,000 educators, working together in a strong union to ensure all students get the exceptional public schools they deserve in every neighborhood across the state.

As the professionals in schools with students every day, CEA members are the true experts in public education policy.

As Colorado’s largest labor union, CEA works collectively with all education stakeholders to ensure that our students, educators and schools have the resources they need to learn and thrive.

CEA is a state affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA), America’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the cause of public education. Founded in 1857, NEA proudly claims affiliates in all states with more than three million members who work at every level of education, from pre-schools to universities.

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K-12 Teacher or Special Service Provider

This category includes licensed staff who are actively working in our public school districts or BOCES to ensure our students learn the skills and content they need to be successful. This includes those with appropriate licenses such as classroom teachers, counselors, special educators, school psychologists, social workers, school nurses, vocational teachers and other professionals.

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Education Support Professional

This category includes the classified staff in our districts and schools (full-time or part-time) who make sure students have the tools and support they need to succeed. This includes paraeducators, food service workers, bus drivers and mechanics, custodians and facility managers, school secretaries and clerical staff, nurses and health aides, maintenance employees, security personnel, landscapers and groundskeepers, technicians, and more.

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Charter Educator

This category includes all educators currently working in a Colorado charter school who work day in and day out to make sure students succeed. In recent years, many charter school educators across the country have joined together in strong unions to demand a say in working conditions, salary and benefits, and how to best serve students.

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Higher Education Faculty or Staff Member

This category includes all educators currently employed at one of Colorado’s many higher education institutions, including community and technical colleges as well as private and public colleges and universities. This includes a variety of roles including adjunct faculty to program coordinators.

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Retired Education Employee or Pre-Retired Life Member

This category includes those who have retired from the education profession. Even though retired educators may not go into our schools every day, they continue to advocate for our profession, our schools, and the retirement security they deserve.

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Aspiring Educator (College Student/Pre-Professional)

This category includes students who are enrolled in a teacher preparation course in a Colorado accredited public or private college or university prior to having a teaching license and are planning to pursue a career in education. Students studying in alternative licensure programs are also welcome.

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Other Education Employee

This category includes all education employees not covered by our other membership categories. This includes substitute teachers, principals, and others who serve in a range of roles in our schools and districts to provide our students with a quality education.

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