Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Becky Pringle

President | National Education Association

NEA president Becky Pringle is a fierce social justice warrior, defender of educator rights, an
unrelenting advocate for all students and communities of color, and a valued and respected voice
in the education arena. A middle school science teacher with 31 years of classroom experience,
Becky is singularly focused on using her intellect, passion, and purpose to unite the members of
the largest labor union with the entire nation, and using that collective power to transform public
education into a racially and socially just and equitable system that is designed to prepare every
student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

Becky’s passion for students and educators, combined with her first-hand classroom experience,
equip her to lead the movement to reclaim public education as a common good. Becky was
elected in 2020 as COVID-19 ravaged Black, Brown, and indigenous communities nationwide.
Before assuming NEA’s top post, Becky served as NEA vice president and before that as NEA
secretary-treasurer. She directed NEA’s work to combat institutional racism, and spotlight
systemic patterns of racism and educational injustice that impact students. Under Becky’s
guidance, NEA works to widen access and opportunity by demanding changes to policies,
programs, and practices. The Association’s goal is to ensure the systemic, fair treatment of
people of all races so that equitable opportunities and outcomes are within reach for every
student. This is why Becky is a staunch advocate for students who have disabilities, identify as
LGBTQ+, are immigrants, or English Language Learners.

Those who know Becky best know that she is also a passionate Philadelphia Eagles fan, loves
anything purple, and for two special someones holds the coveted title of “Best Nana B” in the

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

The Freedom to Learn: The Fight for Honest, Equitable, and Fully Funded Public Schools as the Foundation for a Just, Multiracial Democracy

In school districts across the United States, we have seen the results of the far-right’s relentless attacks on public education - whether through the proliferation of educational gag orders on race, gender, and sexual orientation in our public schools, the harassment of teachers who refuse to be silent on matters of equity and inclusion, or the banning of books that represent the full spectrum of experience that is essential to understanding our pluralistic world. Attacks on public education are not new; they are part of a long-term strategy to dismantle public schools (and public systems, writ large) and ultimately, undermine democracy. In this plenary, we are joined by movement leaders who are not just countering the far-right's attack on public education but are also fighting for a more just, multiracial democracy through organizing and narrative change.

Moderator(s): Dennis Chin Speakers: James Ford, Alex Ames, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Becky Pringle

Public Education: The Foundation for Multiracial Democracy

The future of our society hinges on our ability to truly realize a just, equitable multiracial democracy and it must start with honest and fully funded multiracial public education. Neither our political nor education system were set up for this, but that is the promise of what our movements can achieve by uniting our communities across all the lines used to divide us.

Moderator(s): Dennis Chin Speakers: James Ford, Alex Ames, Bridgit Antoinette Evans, Becky Pringle