Please take a minute to read about HB 1286 Right to Work is hurting unions! They are voting on Thursday, May 14th so IMMEDIATE action is needed.

You can read the full details on the IEA page  –

On Thursday, the Senate education committee unanimously passed its version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization on to the full Senate.
We’re one step closer to a final bill but there’s a long way to go.

The current bill is an improvement over No Child Left Behind and from where Congress started this year. But more work is needed in the next few weeks to ensure every child has more opportunities for a quality education, regardless of their zip code.

Will you take a moment to ask your Senator to support these improvements?

They include:

  • Creating more opportunities for all students to receive a quality and well-rounded education no matter their zip code by adding an “opportunity dashboard” to ESEA
  • Guaranteeing students will have more time to learn by stopping high-stakes testing
  • Ensuring every student will have access to a qualified educator who is empowered to lead and instill in students a love of learning

This is a brand new action. If you’ve already contacted your Senator, that’s ok. We need your help pushing for these specific items to help our students and our schools succeed.

Please take a moment to write to your Senator now.

Thanks for everything you’ve done so far and for taking action now.

We’re almost there!

!Si se puede!

– Lily

Lily Eskelsen Garcia
National Education Association

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Evaluation Workshop Resources

Posted: April 1, 2015 in Announcements

Attached you will find the worksheets and notes from the teacher evaluation/SMART goal workshop that was held March 14, 2015.  Please download the files, review them and keep them for your reference.  These files can also be located in the future under the “Member Resources” tab.

Reflection Workshop agenda



SMART Goal Basic Handout

SMART Goal Setting Tools for Teachers

At our last AEA Building Rep meeting, we were asked to spread the word about the current budget proposals being debated in Springfield right now.  The proposals would cut $150 million from K-12 public education this year!  So, everyone is encouraged to contact your Illinois legislators immediately and ask them to support AND protect public education and here is an an easy to contact them that only takes a minute:

On your computer, just go to and click on the “School Funding” icon.  Then click where it says email your legislators .  It will bring up a pre-populated letter that expresses your concerns as an IEA member on the budget cuts to education.  All you have to do is type your name in the closing and then scroll down and fill in your contact info.  The emailed letters will be generated to your elected state officials. (i.e. Dan Beiser and Bill Haine).  You can also download an app on your smart phone, just search for ‘my iea app’ and once you download it to your phone, you can email your legislators and also read the latest communications from the IEA, without filling up your email inbox.
One more thing, if you are a TRS member, you will be receiving election ballots for the upcoming TRS Trustee elections.  The IEA only supports two of the candidates and they are Cinda Klickna and Andrew Hirshman.  The IEA is highly encouraging everyone to complete your ballots, by voting for them and don’t forget to mail them back.  Any unfilled positions will be appointed by Governor Rauner and we really don’t want that to happen to the future of TRS!

Vote for AEA Officers!

Posted: March 26, 2015 in Announcements
AEA officer Elections will take place in each building on Thursday, April 9th, 2015.
Please take the time to vote!