Message from the president: Why teachers are involved in politics

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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

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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

Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leadership Training

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This series of workshops is geared to helping Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leaders in our state understand IEA Structure, the resources at your disposal, the skills you need to increase Association involvement, and assist you in developing a personal ... Read more

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

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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

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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

IPACE Recommended Candidates

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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 9/30/14 IPACE ... Read more

Minimum Wage Advisory Constitutional Amendment

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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

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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

Elgin High’s Perryman named to national science panel

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Deb Perryman's love for the environment started at an early age and has become her life's passion. The Elgin High School teacher is among 15 educators named to Earth Echo's Learning Education and Advisory Panel. Perryman was also named the 2014 ... Read more

In the gubernatorial election, your basic work rights are at stake

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I really didn’t have a summer to speak of. Sure the temperature was warmer than it is right now, but what I had become accustomed to over the last 15 years didn’t exist this summer. In taking over a new position, I had a massive amount of work to ... Read more

NEA President Lily Eskelsen García in Chicago on Monday night

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The National Education Association, Illinois Education Association, and Women & Children First Bookstore cordially invite you to A book reading and signing for Rabble Rousers: Fearless Fighters for Social Justice Agitadores: Luchadores ... Read more

The IEA Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award

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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

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

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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

IEA Connect is here to help

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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

State honors Mahomet-Seymour Junior High custodian

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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

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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.

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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