2023 GBSI - Associations

Great Beginnings Summer Institute

FCFT, Fairfax County Federation of Teachers (AFT Local 2401)

  • FCFT is your union for all non-administrative employees – a strong organization of FCPS employees who have, over the past 49 years, come together to collectively address our needs inside and outside the workplace. In May 2021, Virginia overturned its ban on collective bargaining, and FCFT members are fighting to ensure that this vital process is implemented in our county to ensure worker voice. Whether you’re a teacher, bus driver, custodian, food service worker, instructional assistant, school counselor, or other staff, you can have a say over your work–you can be empowered–if you stand together. Through our union, we have a powerful collective voice, and we fight to make sure every last one of us has the resources, training, and support we need for our work and our students to thrive. FCFT is affiliated with the AFL-CIO and part of the national union AFT, 1.7 million members strong. Learn more at http://fcft.org/cb.

Fairfax Education Association (FEA)

FEA is your union working for FCPS employees for more than 100 years!  We are a member-driven organization representing teachers, bus drivers, food service workers, instructional assistants, school counselors, and other staff members. FEA members fought to gain Collective Bargaining in FCPS, but we are not done. We see the finish line and TOGETHER we will get to the table. FEA members are life-long learners with access to trainings, materials, scholarships, and other resources. 

FEA is an affiliate of both the Virginia Education Association (VEA) and the National Education Association (NEA), which is the largest labor union in the country (over 3 million members). We work together to secure our rights at the local, state, and national level. If you were an NEA member elsewhere, rejoin here to maintain your membership. FEA members are fierce advocates for public education. We have the strongest, and loudest voices for our students. In FEA, WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER! Join FEA and make your voice heard.


Asian Educators Association (AEA)


  • Members of AEA address current FCPS challenges, organize and participate in networking events, and support all educators and the community to advance equitable educational and leadership opportunities. AEA strives to uplift APIA communities and other marginalized groups. Our goals continue to evolve as we meet the needs of our FCPS community. Membership is open to all current and former Fairfax County Public School employees.  


  • Our mission is to provide resources and support for professional career development, establish greater participation as an association in policy-making, and ensure that our Asian students, families, staff, and community's needs are met. We strive to be ambassadors for our APIA community and elevate the voices of those who are historically absent or left behind in important conversations.

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Affinity Groups

  • FCPS is proud to offer affinity groups for Asian, Black, Latinx, and LGBTQIA+ Educators! Joining a group is a great way to build friendships, share stories, and connect with FCPS educators with similar identities and backgrounds. Affinity groups are meant to be a safe space where you can learn more about FCPS and thrive among a caring community. Learn more about affinity groups by visiting our vendor booth or our websiteTo express interest in this unique opportunity, sign up for a group.

Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators (FABSE)

  • Fairfax Alliance for Black School Educators (FABSE) is a vibrant and growing association created to provide a network of communication for educators, particularly Black educators in Fairfax County. FABSE strives to enhance the skills and capabilities of educators for improving the quality of education for all children and students, particularly Black students by providing a forum for disseminating information on trends and issues to facilitate the educational success and resolution of commonly perceived issues of black students. One of our goals is to support the hiring and retention of teachers of color by providing networking opportunities, identifying professional development needs, and creating a forum to exchange ideas and strategies to enhance teaching and learning opportunities. FABSE has an annual scholarship program to support Black students attending post-secondary educational institutions. Sixty percent of membership dues is used to fund the scholarship program, which has resulted in over $30, 000 being awarded to students. To join the Fairfax Alliance of Black School Educators or for more information, please visit our website at https://fabse.wildapricot.org.

Hispanic Educators Organization (HEA)

  • The Hispanic Educators Association (HEA) is an organization comprised of current and former FCPS employees whose mission is to promote an understanding of Latinx culture; empower parents with educational information; provide leadership training and opportunities to its members; and encourage student participation in advanced academic programs, leadership activities, and school completion.  Additionally, in 2005 HEA established an annual scholarship program for Latinx learners who are the first in their families to attend a post-secondary educational institution. Over the past fourteen years, the number of scholarships we offer has grown from two $1,000 scholarships a year to twenty a year. At the same time, the number of applicants we have has grown from between 20 and 30 to more than 70 applications last year. The need is staggering, the learners’ stories are full of pathos and inspiration, and the desire of HEA to award more scholarships is significant. To join the Hispanic Educators Association (HEA) or for more information, please reach out to the current president, Manuel Gomez Portillo (Manny), at [email protected]

Director of Student Activities Association

  • The Directors of Student Activities Association (DSAA) offers several opportunities to get involved in the extracurricular life of the high school students within Fairfax County Public Schools. Being a part of the coaching team helps teachers make strong connections with students within their school or pyramid. In addition, each program offers financial compensation to supplement your teaching salary. Please contact the Director of Student Activities at your high school, within your pyramid, or Bill Curran, [email protected] for more information.