Three Illinois teachers among finalists for Global Teacher Prize

Pride of Public Education

Outstanding teachers from around the world have been selected for inclusion in the top 50 shortlist for a new one million dollar Global Teacher Prize. Among the finalists are IEA members Mark Vondracek, Evanston Township High School, Gurnee, Paul ... Read more

In the News – Dec. 5

In the News

Murphysboro Teachers Discuss Contract Issues  Murphysboro educators are working through an ongoing contract dispute. On Thursday, the school district and teachers' union sat down to try and reach a new contract. A spokesperson for the Murphysboro ... Read more

Hononegah educator recognized for contributions

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ROCKTON — Elizabeth Eiss, an educator at Hononegah High School, was recognized at a recent Board of Education meeting for contributions made to the Spanish Club, Café Ole and the Pulsera Project. Eiss was recognized for her work with students to ... Read more

In the News ~ Dec. 4

In the News

U High ranked 55th in nation by education startup - University High School is Illinois' 13th best public high school and the 55th best in the nation, according to education startup Niche. The school earned an A+ in 2015 grades released by the company ... Read more

In the News ~ Dec. 3

In the News

Nine sessions, no teacher contract in Oakwood - When the Oakwood 76 Education Association entered into contract negotiations with the school board last February, union representatives were hopeful that members would have a new deal by the end of the ... Read more

In the News ~ Dec. 1

In the News

Illinois aims to get more kids walking to school - With the help of federal funding, Illinois is trying to get more children to walk and bike to school with projects including new and better sidewalks. The $5.9 million will go toward 58 projects ... Read more

Josh Mika of Naperville wins IU School of Education’s Jacobs Educator Awards

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Josh Mika, a teacher and librarian, at Beebe Elementary in Naperville, Ill. Mika has taught in the library and media center for nine years after teaching fourth and fifth grades for eight years. In 2011, he was named an Apple Distinguished Educator ... Read more

Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on Tuesday’s election


I would like to thank all of our members who worked so hard during this year's election. Your work has been outstanding.  This afternoon, we called Governor-elect Rauner and congratulated him on his hard-fought victory.  There is no task ... Read more

ISBE Announces Finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year

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2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year to be named Oct. 25 SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) today announced the 12 finalists  for the 2015 Illinois Teacher of the Year, who will be named during the “Those  Who Excel” banquet in ... Read more

White Eagle Elementary Teacher Recognized as Outstanding Economic Educator

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Naperville - Kerry DiFusco, White Eagle Elementary School, was recognized with the 3M Outstanding Economic Educator Award, sponsored by 3M and Econ Illinois. The award honors educators who have a sustained history of commitment and service to ... Read more

Elgin High’s Perryman named to national science panel

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Deb Perryman's love for the environment started at an early age and has become her life's passion. The Elgin High School teacher is among 15 educators named to Earth Echo's Learning Education and Advisory Panel. Perryman was also named the 2014 ... Read more

Richards teacher out for a spin … on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

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As an English teacher at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Sara Carlson regularly deals with words and phrases. Six words she uttered recently might be her current favorites: “I want to buy a vowel.” That’s a staple on “Wheel of Fortune,” and ... Read more

State honors Mahomet-Seymour Junior High custodian

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State honors Mahomet-Seymour Junior High custodian   MAHOMET — School custodians typically work behind the scenes. But this fall, Mahomet-Seymour Junior High head custodian Don Rogers is in the spotlight. Rogers is the recipient of a ... Read more

Naperville teacher gives back – in Kenya

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While Brett Weiss makes a difference every day as an economics and international relations teacher at Bartlett High School, the Naperville resident almost kept himself from making a difference on a larger scale. “I’m a pretty big chicken at ... Read more

Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan


Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna on the fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan. The fiscal analysis of the Rauner tax plan shows why electing Bruce Rauner would have a disastrous effect on public school students in Illinois. If ... Read more

Amboy teacher returns from Gulf of Mexico

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Imagine trading in your Midwestern summer in the cornfields of Amboy for a scientific research trip in the Gulf of Mexico. That’s what local science teacher, Carol Schnaiter decided to do in order to bring her semester at sea to her students. From ... Read more

Teacher of Year gives life-changing gift to co-worker

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Woodbury Elementary School in Sandwich is filled with amazing teachers and staff.  In October 2013, second-grade teacher Pam Reilly was named 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year. “It was humbling to receive this honor for a job I truly love and am ... Read more

Capitol Update for May 16, 2014


IEA's Jim Reed says lawmakers are poised to vote on a new budget and a possible extension of state income tax next week. IEA members should be prepared to contact their legislators and urge them to approve revenue for education and other necessary ... Read more

What do we want from our union?

Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

There’s an elephant in the room that we need to talk about. The IEA Representative Assembly is a collection of 1,100 elected delegates who come together democratically to decide what stances the IEA should take legislatively, what our beliefs are, ... Read more

Quinn and Rauner to meet at IEA RA April 11


MEDIA ALERT - Candidates for Illinois governor to meet at IEA Representative Assembly Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and businessman Bruce Rauner, his opponent in the November election for governor, will make their first joint appearance on Friday, April ... Read more