About & Updates

Update 8/17/2019:

Our members have been busy this week! Members attended the DAE PAC meeting on Wednesday and voted to endorse Steve Schewel for mayor and Jillian Johnson, Javiera Caballero, and Charlie Reece for City Council. You can read more about the endorsement and process of the PAC here.


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Members were also repping at New Teacher Orientation at Hillside on Thursday and Friday to bring new teachers (both to the profession and to Durham) into our union family!


Update 8/8/2019:

Summer training sessions were beautiful and moving! Now, as we gear up for the 2019-2020 School Year (and some of us are already back in our buildings!!) we have the chance to make plans together! Join us on August 9th or August 10th for Hit the Ground Running Trainings from 9am – 5pm. Friday we will meet at Club Boulevard Magnet Elementary and Saturday we will meet at E.K Powe Elementary. Food and childcare are provided. RSVP here!


Update 7/16/2019:

Our summer training sessions kicked off last week with the first 2-Day training. Public school workers and supporters gathered at Club Boulevard to learn more about organizing, leadership, and political power. Differentiated sessions are also available for organizers who have been to the summer training before! There is one more 2-Day training on July 27 & 28th at E.K Powe Elementary from 9am to 5pm. Food & Childcare will be provided. Sign up here!


We had schools all over the district represented from Y.E Smith to School for Creative Studies to Forest View Elementary.


There is one more 2-Day training on July 27 & 28th at E.K Powe Elementary from 9am to 5pm. Food & Childcare will be provided. Sign up here!

Update 6/7/2019:

Amazing beautiful things happening with lovers of public schools around Durham:

  • Black Lives Matter at School: A crew of educators led by Turquoise Lejeune Parker supported the passing of the Durham Public Schools Board of Education Resolution for the Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action (again led by DAE and Turquoise Lejeune Parker) for the 2019-2020 school year. Check out the video here.
  • EOY Party: Our final Victory Friday of the year is TODAY! Carolina Ale House (near Target) from 4 – 6!Durham Association of Educators (4)
  • DPS Budget: Durham County Commissioners will discuss an Education heavy budget on Monday, June 10 and then vote on Monday, June 24th. Wear your red and celebrate a strong budget!


  • BT Support Next Year: In the upcoming school year, the Durham Association of Educators is committed to expanding on the professional development and coaching offered to Beginning Teachers in the district by building a network of mutual support across the county. To do that, we need data. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey, whether or not you plan to participate in the network we are building, and whether or not you are still a BT.  

Update 5/28/2019:

We’re so close to the end of the year! There are a couple of things to mark on your calendar as we move into the summer [all of these events can be found on our DAE Google Calendar – Upcoming Events–> Calendar (to add this to your own google calendar, click the “+” at the bottom of the calendar)]:

  • Thursday, June 6th Join DAE at the school board meeting at the Fuller Building at 4:00 to celebrate the passage of a resolution in support of district participating in the Black Lives Matter Week of Action next February

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  • Friday, June 7th DAE End of the Year Celebration from 4 to 6:30 (save the date/time and details will be forthcoming)
  • Monday, June 10th Join DAE at the county commissioner meeting (200 E Main St.) at 6:15 to encourage support for the full DPS budget.  Bring your co-workers and wear your red.

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Update 5/23/2019:

No dues until September is still rolling! Membership form here.

Update 5/6/2019:

Join us on Tuesday for May’s Mass Meeting! RSVP here

We’ll be focused on celebrating the successes and learning from the challenges of our May 1 organizing work, mapping out our end-of-the-year organizing (classified staff, membership drive, county commission budget), sharing our summer training schedule, and preparing for our upcoming leadership transition.

Join us every day by completing a membership form. No dues from now until September! 


What is the Durham Association of Educators?

The Durham Association of Educators (DAE) is a local affiliate of the North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) and the National Education Association (NEA), the largest teachers’ union in the country.  We are a member-led organization of educators and allies, committed to leading the fight to defend and transform public schools so that every young person can achieve their full potential and live happy and healthy lives.  We believe that educators, in collaboration with parents, students, and community allies, have the knowledge, skills, and power to build the schools and communities that ALL Durham residents deserve.

What do we do?

DAE is committed to developing worker leadership within Durham Public Schools, organizing our school buildings and communities, and winning the schools that our students, parents, and educators deserve.

Our Culture

  • Students at the Center
    • We believe in our students and their ability to be happy and healthy, to achieve their fullest potential, and to transform the world.  Their learning conditions are our working condition,  and our futures are inseparable. Our work centers their lives.
  • A Commitment to Racial and Social Justice
    • Educators have a special responsibility to understand, and intentionally work to undermine, racism and other forms of injustice in our curricula, our classroom cultures, and our relationships with our students, our parents, and each other.  Our collective future depends on it.  
  • Leadership
    • Educators, organizing alongside our students and their parents, are the most potentially powerful force in the state of North Carolina.  We accept the responsibility of rank and file educators to lead, and constantly develop and support new leaders, in a movement that unites the majority of the people in this state and wins the schools and communities our students deserve.
  • Collective Care
    • We are in this together and none of us will get what we need or deserve by acting alone.  We are committed to caring for, and supporting one another, as a union family, through good times and challenges.  
  • We Fight to Win
    • We believe that change happens when people act together in strategic ways, build broad alliances, critically reflect on their successes and the challenges of their work, and contend for power in a variety of ways.  For our students, our co-workers, and ourselves, we take our work seriously and look to be as effective as possible.  
  • Celebration
    • We do the most difficult job on the planet and it is hard to sustain ourselves amidst our challenges.  We are committed to a culture that consistently recognizes and celebrates victories, big or small, and rejects hopelessness and fear.  

How can you get involved? 

To join the organization, please contact Bryan Proffitt at dae4ourstudents@gmail.com or (919) 210-9256.  You can also follow us on Facebook (Durham Association of Educators), Twitter (@DurhamEducators), or Instagram (@durhameducators).

You can also join now online by clicking here.

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