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A woman finished another day of backbreaking labor in the field on the farm she lived on. As she slowly plodded back to her house, she stumbled over the something in the dirt. To her amazement, it was a shimmering gold lamp. She sheepishly rubbed it ... Read more

Free Professional Development for teachers


The Illinois Education Association and the Illinois Federation of Teachers are partnering with the Illinois State Board of Education in 2015 to offer convenient, FREE professional development programs for teachers. The first course begins in January, ... Read more

IEA mourns loss of Judy Baar Topinka – Statement from President Klickna


Statement from IEA President Cinda Klickna: The Illinois Education Association today mourns the loss of a great public servant, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Throughout her long and illustrious career, Judy Baar Topinka was a great ... Read more

Funding available for the 2015 NEA ESP Conference


The 2015 NEA ESP National Conference and the Emerging Leaders and ESP Advanced Leaders Workshops will take place March 6-8, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.   This conference provides our members with additional opportunities for skill development and ... Read more

IEA Student Program Scholarship


IEA Student Program members are encouraged to apply for one of several scholarships being award to future teachers.  Applicants must be members of the IEA Student Program and must be an undergraduate or graduate education major and/or enrolled in ... Read more

Golden Apple Announces Nomination Deadlines

Golden Apple

Teacher and Head of School nominations due Jan. 5; Scholar nominations due Jan. 15 Chicago, IL, December 3, 2014 - With a strong history of advancing and celebrating exceptional educators, Golden Apple is pleased to announce that nominations for ... Read more

Sight of Success – Paths do not pave themselves

Sight-of-Success - Pam Reilly Blog

Paths do not pave themselves. It takes a team of construction workers envisioning the final destination, placing the bricks in the right places at the right times, and maintaining the pathway to be sure it is free of weeds and other obstacles that ... Read more

Technology plays huge role in students’ lives; let’s make it the right one

Banner - tales from the front lines

I remember the exact moment I realized technology was completely beyond anything I could have imagined. In August 2005, I was sitting in Friday rush hour traffic on I-55 heading into Chicago. My phone, pre-iPhone, started frantically buzzing. When ... Read more

Friend of Education Award


The Illinois Education Association Friend of Education Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated commitment to the success of public education and to the ideals and mission of the IEA-NEA. Criteria The nominee, proposed by IEA members ... Read more

Judge declares pension cutting law “unconstitutional and void in its entirety”


A Sangamon County Judge today ruled that the pension law passed and signed into law last December violates the Illinois Constitution. The ruling by Judge John Belz was in reaction to a motion filed by the We Are One Illinois coalition and others, ... Read more

Nominate teachers, students, and retirees for awards


IEA members can be nominated  for one of three awards. The Bob Haisman Awards  recognizes a "new teacher" and  a student member who has shown outstanding accomplishments and contributions  to their association, schools, and communities. The Mary Lou ... Read more

Educating Selves in a Standardized World


How Culture, Social Status and Gender Shape Us All An Educational Unconference with Special Guest Dr. Hazel Markus, Director of the Mind, Culture and Society Lab at Stanford University. Complimentary copy of Dr. Markus’ latest book for the first 100 ... Read more

The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence


Here’s your chance to nominate an excellent educator for The NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. We’re looking for candidates who are creative, student-focused, diversity sensitive and supportive, dedicated to life-long learning, and ... Read more

Message from the president: Why teachers are involved in politics


Teachers go into education to make a difference in the lives of students - not only help them learn subject matter, but also to guide them on their path to becoming productive, well-informed citizens who believe in our democratic principles. Those ... Read more

Retirees: Open enrollment for TRAIL insurance program


The Open Enrollment period for the state-sponsored Medicare Advantage health insurance program Total Retiree Advantage Illinois (TRAIL) is underway and will end on November 15, 2014. Current TRAIL participants wishing to maintain their coverage ... Read more

ESP of the Year Nomination


The ESP of the Year Award was created to emphasize the contributions of Education Support Professionals to their association, their schools, and their communities. To insure the widest possible participation, the nomination procedure for the ESP of ... Read more

The IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award


Do you know an IEA member who has performed outstanding service above and beyond the call of duty in your local or community? IEA is seeking nominations of members or groups of members for the IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award. This ... Read more

IEA Connect is here to help

IEA Connect is here to help

IEA Connect is a new and easy way to get all your IEA questions answered in one spot. You can do it by phone, by email or by live chatting with someone via the IEA website. Have you ever had a question about your IEA membership? Have you ... Read more

Coalition asks court to side with unions on pensions based on insurance decision

Scales of justice

Coalition urges court to consider significant Kanerva v. Weems decision, seek judgment in their favor SPRINGFIELD – Yesterday, the We Are One Illinois coalition, along with other plaintiffs, filed a motion in Sangamon County urging the Circuit ... Read more

Tell the Chicago Tribune to stop bashing teachers and public schools


It's unfortunate that the Chicago Tribune, which employs many first rate reporters covering news and politics, has an editorial board that is committed to advancing the agenda of those who wish to privatize public education. There is supposed to be a ... Read more