Michelle Lewis-Kapp wins ‘My Favorite Teacher’ contest

Pride of Public Education

Michelle Lewis-Kapp, a teacher at the Gifford Street High School in Elgin, will be honored Wednesday evening as the Elgin area’s winner in the “My Favorite Teacher” contest being run by the nationwide bookstore chain Barnes & Noble. Read her ... Read more

Naperville teacher Jeni Rogers knows how to reach her students

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Jenni Rogers, a fifth-grade teacher at Prairie Elementary School in Naperville, is known throughout her school community for her ability to build connections based on mutual respect with her students, their parents and her peers. Read more. ... Read more

SCORE video updates


The IEA awarded 100 grants to early career members to fund service projects in their schools and communities.  Here are a few video updates from some of the recipients. View the videos ... Read more

Donald Castans makes science come alive

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“Johnny Science,” aka Lake Zurich High School science teacher Donald Castans, woke the crowd up with a boom a little more than an hour after the science fair began. He also invited students up to the stage to alter their voices using sulfur ... Read more

In the News for April 14, 2014

In the News

Bruce Almighty meets Quinnocchio! Entertaining and informative If he were running against anybody else, Gov. Pat Quinn might have received a more lukewarm reception from the teachers union delegates who packed a hotel ballroom Friday to see his ... Read more

Showdown at the IEA RA


More than 1200 IEA members had ringside seats for the first round in what promises to be a brutal fight over who will be the next governor of Illinois. Every Chicago TV news operation was on hand at the IEA Representative Assembly on Friday ... Read more

Nine IEA members among finalists for Golden Apple award

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Nine IEA members are included in the finalists for the Golden Apple award.  IEA members are: Lori Anderson, Grove Elementary School, Barrington; Mary Benton, Hawthorn Middle School South; Stephen Boeckman, Wilmette Junior High School; Jennifer Ciok, ... Read more

Watch Gov. Quinn, Rauner discussion from the IEA RA


On Friday, April 11, 2014, Gov. Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner met for the first time for a discussion that was facilitated by IEA President Cinda Klickna. Click to Watch the recorded conversation as it was live streamed ... Read more

In the News for April 10, 2014

In the News

IEA names Unit 5 educator as top teacher NORMAL — Getting a letter congratulating her as the Illinois Education Association's 2014 top teacher came as a complete surprise to a 27-year-old McLean County Unit 5 educator. “I didn't even know I had ... Read more

IEA All You Need

IEA All You Need

IEA is your organization. It amplifies the voice of education employees throughout Illinois to further our mission of making sure every student has an opportunity to attend a great school. Your membership also provides you with what you need to be ... 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

Brandy Thurston challenges students to do thirty acts of kindness

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Brandy Thurston, a fourth grade teacher in Anna, celebrated her 30th birthday by asking students and staff at Anna Elementary to perform thirty random acts of kindness in thirty days. Read how she's hoping little moments will have a big impact on the ... Read more

April and May and the joy of teaching

Tales from the Front Lines - Blog by Paul Gamboa

I don’t think there’s any bigger indictment of the problems with the current testing culture than my classroom in April and May. I love this time of year. It’s these two glorious months that make me love teaching and reminds me of why I chose this ... Read more

SCORE Grant helps the Lunch Buddy Program


SCORE Grant Update Once a week, Illinois Wesleyan University track and cross country team members go to Sheridan School to eat lunch with a group of fourth grade students, plan activities with them and play during the lunch hour. The students are ... Read more

Apply to the Learning Standards Initiative

IEA is excited to announce the Learning Standards Initiative - Apply online by Monday, April 14

IEA wants to help our colleagues gain confidence and provide support in the implementation of the Illinois Learning Standards (also known as Common Core State Standards). The IEA/Learning Standards Initiative (LSI) will provide training, resources ... Read more

Sam Kintop and the Bradley Student Education Association work for National Autism Awareness Month

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Sam Kintop, executive board member of the Bradley Student Education Association, has worked with autistic students and helped bring the "Light It Up Blue" fundraiser and awareness to Bradley University. The group sold food, shared awareness and lit ... Read more

Tim Mangan II of Freeport is in the School Spotlight

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Tim is the district’s Best Practice Coach for Technology Integration. In simple terms, he makes sure that teachers can use technology effectively. In reality, this includes a long list of tasks such as making sure grades are accurate, facilitating ... Read more

Beardstown dedicates playground to Doris Edwards

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Beardstown honored IEA member Doris Edwards for her long teaching career. Edwards began her career in 1939 and she retired in 2000. Ensuring that her legacy will last generations, the students, faculty and parents of Beardstown's Gard Elementary ... Read more

IEA members lobby in Springfield


IEA members came to the State Capitol in Springfield today to lobby their state senators and representatives to urge their support for our campaign to build A Better Illinois - a state where those with lower incomes pay lower rates, and those with ... Read more

Jason Fitzgerald named Outstanding Teacher of the Year

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Biology instructor Jason Fitzgerald has been named the Loren P. and Velma Dallas Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Southeastern Illinois College for 2013-14. Dr. Jonah Rice, SIC's president, said, "Jason has been a long-time valued biology ... Read more