The Des Moines Education Association is both a union and a professional association. We are united by our goal to promote quality teaching and learning environments in every classroom across Des Moines. We represent over 2,300 hard working teachers, educational support professionals, nurses, certified support staff, sign language interpreters, campus monitors, and secretaries in the Des Moines Public Schools. We are also the local affiliate of the Iowa State Education Association and the National Education Association.
As the certified bargaining unit for teachers, educational support professionals, nurses, and secretaries, the DMEA negotiates salaries, benefits, and contracts. Our goal is to ensure that these groups are given the pay and benefits they deserve as professionals.
DMEA also works to ensure that the employment contract is enforced fairly by the district. DMEA also protects the due process rights of all education professionals when they are evaluated.
The Professional Association
It is our belief that strong mentoring, support, and training is needed to continually improve the craft of educators and education professionals. We work hard to ensure that every educational professional has access to quality professional development and training opportunities and be given the time to properly implement what they have learned.
We also advocate for providing equal, quality educational opportunities for every child in the city. It is one of our duties to continually push for educational policies and practices that put the diverse needs of our students at the center.
Every educational decision happens in a political environment. DMEA takes an active role in speaking to the local school board, lobbying state lawmakers, and trying to educate candidates for public office on what’s best for our schools and our kids. We also find it important to find ways to engage our community in ongoing discussions about what our schools should look like and how we can better support the development of our children.
DMEA provides our members with a chance to become involved and work for better public policy that improves public schools and provides a better life for all of our children.
If you are an employee of the DMPS and you are a member of one of the bargaining units we represent, we ask you to join us in our work by becoming a member. Copies of our membership application for certified and ESP staff can be found under our “Membership” tab. When complete simply send them to our DMEA offices at 206 Center Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50309.