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In this issue
Technology in the classroom
Educators across the state have come up with innovative ways to use today’s technology toinspire their students and each other.
New Trier ESP service project
Educational Support Professionals in New Trier decided to do something different for their serviceproject this year and opted to collect pajamas and flip-flops for U.S. troops and school supplies fora needy school in Chicago.
Collaboration was key
The Springfield Education Association worked hand-in-hand with both its members and the district to come upwith a plan for a seven-period school day at the high schools, a project that got overwhelming support.
Teacher retires after 55 years
ArceliaWatsonspentmorethanfivedecadesteachingandnowsheplanstoembarkonanewcareer.Read more about this inspirational woman.
A victory in Hinsdale
Score one for the IEA legal team and retirees of the Hinsdale schools. An arbitrator ruled this springthat the district could not reduce, or cut off, retirees’ insurance benefits.
Like never before, IEA members turned out in droves not only to the official May 6 Lobby Day inSpringfield, but to their legislators’ offices and e-mail inboxes to make their messages clear.
Jo Anderson bids farewell to IEA
Before Anderson left his position as executive director of the association to head to Washington to join Obama’seducation team, he listened to concerns of some IEA members.
The association is losing decades of experience as of June 30 when several dedicated staff members leave.
You’ve got a friend
Southern Illinois has a thriving new teacher induction program and is hoping to see it grow.
The program that pairs future teachers with retirees celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.
It’s a wrap
The155thIEARepresentativeAssemblywasheldinMarchinRosemontandthe1,500inattendanceplayed host to a variety of homegrown politicians.
Beyond Illinois’ borders
For the first time ever, an IEA chapter is starting outside the state. A group of retirees has organized in Floridaproviding a home away from home for IEA members.
In every issue
IEA President Ken Swanson reflects on this year’s legislative session, how IEA members worked together to makethings happen and contemplates what still may come.
IEA sponsors Lincoln hat. Scholarship winners announced. SIUE educator wins award. Illinois teacher wins topNEAaward.TeutopolisESPsorganize.Helpforcopingwithtraumaintheclassroom.Region12holdslogocontest.Update on Bloom High School teacher.