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National Retired Teachers Association

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NRTA is the seed that grew into AARP. Ethel Percy Andrus founded NRTA: AARP's Educator Community (then known as the National Retired Teachers Association) in 1947 to address educators' economic challenges and health insurance needs in retirement.

NRTA is America's leading national organization representing the interests of more than 850,000 working and retired educators age 50+. We work with a network of state-based Retired Educators Associations (REAs) across the nation to collaborate and provide strategic support to protect educators' financial security and foster collaboration and volunteerism.

We invite you to learn more about NRTA and how to engage with us and connect with your REA.

Webinars and Podcasts

How Public Pensions Could Be Impacted by the Pandemic

During this webinar, experts discuss the implications of COVID-19 on state and local budgets and how the shortfalls might impact teacher pension plans. We also cover the range of pension research that is available to retired educators, along with communication tips to assist advocates with protecting pension funding.

Pension Advocacy Toolkit

The Advocacy Toolkit is a collection of resources to help retired educators advocate at the local, state and federal level.

NRTA Connections

NRTA’s largest and most impactful collaboration has been through its 50-year link to a network of state Retired Educator Associations (REAs). The state REAs are independently incorporated non-profit associations that advocate for the well-being of retired educators.

Retired Educators Associations

NRTA works directly with a network of state-based Retired Educators Associations (REAs) across the nation to collaborate and provide strategic support. Find out more information or join your local REA.

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The NRTA supports the work of the National Institute on Retirement Security (NIRS), a research and education not-for-profit organization in Washington, DC.

NRTA Programs

AARP’s Educator Community programs focus on supporting America’s working and retired educators by protecting their financial security and fostering collaboration and volunteerism. We offer programs in three key areas: community service, financial security and leadership.

Community Service

Retired educators believe it is important to serve, not be served.

Financial Security

Education professionals must have financial resources to maintain their standard of living in retirement.


Leadership development helps us solve today’s challenges and make a difference.

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  • Toll-Free Nationwide: 888-OUR-AARP (888-687-2277)
  • Toll-Free TTY: 877-434-7598
  • Toll-Free Spanish: 877-342-2277
  • International Calls: +1-202-434-3525

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