NJEA members proudly display the unity symbol on sweatshirts, stickers, posters, stationery, and pins. Yet few know what the symbol really means. In 1966, the NEA Executive Committee adopted the symbol as the “collective membership mark” of the united teaching profession. In 2015, the NJEA Membership Committee passed a motion to update the wording that accompanies the Unity Symbol so that it is more inclusive of all NJEA members:
- The Unity symbol shows education moving forward through a never-ending pattern with you, for you, and by you.
- The arrow represents the forward thrust of education.
- The pi symbol represents the ancient Greek word for education. Together, the arrow and the pi symbol link the past and the future.
- The spherical triangle represents the Association’s three-fold purpose: to promote the cause of education, to advocate for your profession, and to serve all members at local, county, state, and national levels.
Thanks to NJEA Membership Committee members Kevin Bloom and Melanie Lemme for making this video that explains the symbol.