The West Virginia Education Association is a voluntary membership organization comprised of nearly 15,000 pre-K, elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. We help build strong local associations that assist members across the state, lobby policymakers to ensure excellence and equity in our public schools, work to elect legislative candidates who are pro-public-education, offer professional development classes and resources to our members, and ensure due process for education employees.
The WVEA is a member-governed organization. WVEA policy is determined democratically by the WVEA Delegate Assembly, the Association’s supreme policy-making body. The DA, which meets each spring, is composed of nearly 250 delegates elected by members through their local associations. The WVEA Executive Committee also sets policy and provides direction for the WVEA.
The WVEA is West Virginia’s statewide arm of the National Education Association. The NEA is America’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the cause of public education. Founded in 1867, today the NEA proudly claims 3.2 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-schools to universities. NEA has affiliates in all states, as well as in 13,000 towns and cities across the U.S.
The WVEA employs nearly 25 full-time staff who work in our headquarters office in Charleston and in 3 regional offices throughout the state.
The WVEA has a long history of working on behalf of education professionals in West Virginia. Members know they can depend on the WVEA for:
- Fast, accurate information
- A strong voice in the West Virginia Legislature
- Ongoing training to enhance school employees’ skills
- Answers to questions about education policy
- On-the-job liability insurance coverage and legal assistance from WVEA attorneys
- Ideas to help students in their classroom
- Money saving discounts to help stretch school employees’ paychecks.