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

Pride of Public Education

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

Highland Education Association on strike


The Highland Education Association enters its 5th day of strike.  Bargaining continues.   Words of encouragement and updates can be followed at: Website: Facebook: ... 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

Apply now for a SCORE Grant!

SCORE Grant Applications

The IEA is pleased to announce that for a second year, grants to early career members are available to fund service projects in their schools and communities. Grant proposals of $1,000 or less are encouraged in order to fund as many projects as ... Read more

State honors Mahomet-Seymour Junior High custodian

Pride of Public Education

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

Pride of Public Education

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

There’s one big problem with running education like business. It isn’t one.

Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

Last year, my district was presented with a very unique opportunity. Charlotte Danielson, the foremost authority on teacher evaluation asked us to join with New York City, a small district in Connecticut, and Reno, Nev. to participate in the Helmsley ... Read more

Quinn campaign says districts stand to lose big with Rauner, look up your own


The Quinn campaign has released a list of cuts that would happen as a result of Bruce Rauner’s plan to reduce the state’s income tax from 5 percent to 3 percent. You can look up your own district to see how his plan would affect your district. They ... Read more

Quinn-Rauner, the choice is Clear

Quinn-Rauner- The choice is Clear

Education Funding, Pensions, Minimum Wage, Collective Bargaining, State's Troubled Finances, Improving the State's Job Market... Quinn-Rauner-The Choice is Clear Videos Rauner denies he wants teachers to be paid less The candidates ... Read more

ESP Fall Conference

ESP Fall Conference 2014

October 17-18, 2014 Doubletree Hotel Oak Brook, IL The IEA Education Support Professional Fall Conference is rapidly approaching! It will be held on October 17th and 18th at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton Chicago - Oak Brook. The registration ... Read more

IPACE Recommended Candidates


Download a list of the latest IPACE recommended candidates for the 2014 election. IPACE recommendation meetings are still taking place. This list will be updated as more recommendations are made. IPACE Recommended State Candidates 9/10/14 IPACE ... 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

Pam Reilly, 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year, talks about Illinois Learning Standards

Pride of Public Education

With the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards (Common Core testing), schools are looking at what the implementation will mean to their students. For at least one college - Waubonsee Community College - the concern is whether the new ... Read more

Kevin Gannon and Sue Khalaieff each put in 25 years

Pride of Public Education

With the new school year starting in Geneva School District 304, two IEA members celebrated their 25th anniversary as high school teachers. The school year began Aug. 20. Read more. ... 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

New teachers provide inspiration for all of us

Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

Before moving to fifth grade, I taught third grade for more than a decade. One of my favorite parts of the year was the novel study we did for “Charlotte’s Web.” In this classic, one of the chapters is called “The Crickets.” This chapter, as the ... Read more

Members use NEA Foundation grants to help students

Pride of Public Education

Joanna Sierka and Magdalena Wazydrag, members in Region 33, and Melissa Hickey and Tara Mowen of the Galesburg Education Association were awarded grant money from the NEA Foundation to improve students' reading. Sierka and Wazydrag received a ... Read more

IEA Higher Education Conference

Step into Leadership - IEA Higher Ed Conf.

October 10-11, 2014 Sheraton Suites Elk Grove Village, IL Join us this fall for the IEA Higher Education Conference. The conference registration fee is $25 per member. Buy one get one free registration scholarships are available through the ... Read more

IEA members spend their summers working

Pride of Public Education

The Southtown Star followed 11 IEA members to see what kept them busy this summer. Alexis Morford, Geri Kizior, Stephanie Gioiosa, Karla Horn, Maria Wilson, Kendra Will, Sheryl Shields, Mary Noren, John Wydra, Kelly Wydra and Bert Johnson didn’t ... 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