Congratulations to Ms. Briana Gonzalez and her 2nd grade class at Hawthorne Elementary! They are the winners of our 2019 Bulletin Board Contest and a $100 Target Gift Card! ... See moreSee less
1 day ago
"IEA has helped me on my journey by taking me out of my comfort zone by empowering me. It's a platform for me to do what I do as far as my communify work and just letting me know that not only do I have a voice for myself, but I have a voice for the teachers that I work with and especially for the students that I work with." ... See moreSee less
Illinois Education Association is at City Colleges of Chicago.
3 days ago
Chicago City Colleges Labor Organizing Committee (CCCLOC) rallied for a fair contract today ahead of bargaining. 📣 CCCLOC members are not only college professors they are also mentors, counselors and advisers to their students, many of which come from working class or low income families. 📚💕 CCCLOC deserves a living wage! We need to respect what the higher education profession does for our young people, students and for our communities. ✊❤️ ... See moreSee less
5 days ago
In the midst of a teacher shortage, IEA member Margaret Dynak's case has implications that could be dealbreakers for future educators.
To learn more about, Dynak's case, you can read our release here: ieanea.org/2020/01/21/iea-to-represent-wood-dale-teacher-denied-birth-leave-before-illinois-supre... ... See moreSee less
1 hour ago
In the beginning, I was just a member of my local association. A couple of years later, I became a building representative. I would go to the meetings, share information, attend workshops for professional development. I kept going to all of these different activities, and then I realized how much I had grown professionally and how everything I was learning helped my students, too. My leadership qualities just kept growing.
And then Oklahoma had the huge walk out a couple of years ago, and I really turned my focus toward the elections. In my congressional district, we had a representative who was anti-public education and supported charter schools and vouchers. She would not listen to educators and offered little toward public education.
I got involved in the next election. With my local and state associations, we interviewed candidates, and eventually backed a primary candidate who supported public education. We made phone calls, stood on street corners with signs, held meet and greets. We had all kinds of opportunities to get to know and meet Robert Manger.
This was a big deal for us, and things became tense leading toward the general election.
I had never been involved with any type of election before. I had no experience, but I had so many people from the Oklahoma Education Association telling me, ‘Why don’t you do this? It’s okay to do this. We’ll support you if you want to have this event.’ OEA was there every step of the way—even our executive director stood on the streets with us, holding a sign.
We had a lot of community support and teachers who advocated for their profession, supported their association, and wanted what was best for their students.
Our candidate ended up winning and he’s been supportive of our issues, has voted favorably on bills we care about, and is willing to talk to us. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Amber Spradlin, 6th Grade English Teacher, Choctaw, OK ... See moreSee less
1 day ago
In elementary school at recess, Pete Buttigieg could be found:
a. On the monkey bars
b. Playing basketball
c. Digging in the ground 😊 ... See moreSee less
2 days ago
"I got detention A LOT."
WATCH: If you want to know a thing or two about high school detention, Joe Biden's your guy. 😂 ... See moreSee less
4 days ago
When we fight for education justice, all students win. Join NEA Vice President Becky Pringle and Zakiya Sankara-Jabar, National Field Director of Dignity in Schools Campaign, for a discussion about the key principles of Black Lives Matter at School Week and how educators are getting involved. ... See moreSee less