Established in 1937, the Poudre Education Association (PEA), located in Fort Collins, CO, is both a professional association and an advocacy organization. With over 1,300 members, PEA is a part of the Two-Rivers UniServ Unit. PEA is affiliated with the nearly 40,000-member Colorado Education Association (CEA), and the nearly 3.2 million members of National Education Association (NEA). The Association (PEA/CEA/NEA) at all three levels, is a highly democratic organization governed by members. The decision-making structure is designed to ensure maximum representation. Members elect colleagues to represent them in all Association matters.

The goals of PEA are as follows:

  • To provide an efficient organization responsive to membership needs
  • To promote and protect the professional and civil rights of teachers
  • To promote professional excellence
  • To be a forceful advocate for constructive educational change
  • To become a viable political force
  • To continue improving internal and external communications
  • To provide economic security for all teachers

PEA believes that if given appropriate support and guidance, every child can learn and achieve their potential. PEA believes in and values cultural diversity and the equality of opportunity for all children. It is vital to support the lifelong learning for both educational employees and students. PEA works to create environments where teachers thrive and students succeed.

The PEA Officers and Executive Board is the Association’s executive body. It is comprised of four executive officers, plus six members elected at large from the membership. The PEA Executive Board meets monthly.

Colorado Education Association

Colorado Education Association was founded in 1875. CEA works collectively to provide the best public education for every student. CEA promotes quality public education and advocate for the professional interests of public education employees. CEA has led statewide advocacy efforts in recent years to restore adequate funding to Colorado public schools and to emphasize time for learning and teaching in the classroom above excessive standardized testing.

CEA advocates for you in the classroom. CEA’s Teaching & Learning Team drives education policy conversations among stakeholders and delivers professional learning opportunities to members across the state.

National Education Association

The National Education Association, the nation’s largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA’s 3 million members work at every level of education — from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.