Happy Thanksgiving!


We at the Illinois Education Association wish you and your family and friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving!   There is much to be thankful for, and we thank you for everything you do. ... 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

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

Student Program Mini-Resumes

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IEA Student Program members that are graduating in 2015 should complete the form by January 31, 2015.  It takes only a few minutes to visit the link and enter your information.  These mini-resumes will be compiled by IEA and circulated to all public ... Read more

Nominate teachers, 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

American Education Week Nov. 16 – 22


American Education Week — Nov. 16-22 — presents all Americans with a wonderful opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring that every child receives a quality education. The weeklong ... 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

IEA president congratulates governor-elect


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 ... Read more

Election 2014: Neither date was attractive, but IEA learned to boogie


A few years ago, on my Facebook page, a coworker posted one of those infamous snarky memes which Facebook users are so fond of. The message was, “I think I found the perfect description of you.” It was followed by the following term on a poster ... 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

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

NEA Foundation gives grants to four IEA member projects

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The NEA Foundation has awarded grants to three projects applied for by IEA members, including one learning and leadership grant and three student achievement grants. Andrew Hirshman and Paul Anderson at Mundelein High School in Mundelein were ... Read more

Value your rights? Vote to protect them on Nov. 4

Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

This weekend my wife, an unapologetic Badger fan, and I headed to Evanston to see Northwestern play Wisconsin. A former student of mine was playing in the game so I was really excited to go. We got there about 90 minutes early. The weather was ... 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

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

Minimum Wage Advisory Constitutional Amendment


Minimum Wage Advisory Constitutional Amendment Ballot Language "Shall the minimum wage in Illinois for adults over the age of 18 be raised to $10 per hour by January 1, 2015?"    Talking Points The vast majority of minimum ... Read more

Millionaire Surcharge Advisory Constitutional Amendment


Millionaire Surcharge Advisory Constitutional Amendment Ballot Language Should the Illinois Constitution be amended to require that each school district receive additional revenue, based on their number of students, from an additional 3% ... 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