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

Union coalition: Follow the rules — Preserve fair appellate process on pension law


In response to a motion by the state seeking to short-circuit the Illinois Supreme Court’s normal procedure and replace it with an unfairly rushed schedule in the appeal of a ruling that struck down Senate Bill 1—pension-cutting legislation affecting ... Read more

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

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

Hononegah educator recognized for contributions

Pride of Public Education

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

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

Save time, energy and money with NEA Member Benefits


Save time, energy and money with exclusive resources for a wonderful holiday season. Shopping resources Shop, ship and decorate for less this holiday season. Wellness resources Stay healthy this winter with these tips on eating well, staying ... Read more

Join the Great Public Schools Network

GPS Network

Jim Grimes, an Illinois higher education member, is facilitating an NEA online learning community for higher education. Visit to sign up. The site, one of more than 150, is a virtual professional learning community focused on higher ... 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

Great Public Schools Network upcoming webinars

GPS Network

The Great Public Schools Network is a place where teachers, parents, school support professionals, and community members share ideas and resources to improve student success.  It is free and open to all! Whether you're a new or veteran teacher or ... 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

Illinois P-20 Council’s Implementation Review Committee requests your input


Illinois P-20 Council's Implementation Review Committee requests your input on the implementation of statewide education initiatives. The survey was developed by the committee over the past year to solicit feedback from parents, educators, ... Read more

Ed Week Teacher offers Ferguson, MO resources

education week teacher

With the events in Ferguson, Mo., many teachers are looking for ways to talk about the events in class or answer student questions. Education Week Teacher has compiled a variety of resources for you to use. ... Read more

Three Rivers retired chapter visits orchard

three rivers chapter

Members of Three Rivers Chapter traveled to Jonamac Orchard in October. As described by Lana Haines, chapter president: "Although it was a bit chilly, we thoroughly enjoyed the wagon ride tour of the orchard and learned about the dozens of varieties ... Read more

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

Pride of Public Education

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

Career Search

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