License Update from Susan Collins

Attendance was very small for our 2 license renewal sessions on Feb. 9 & 10. We will be scheduling more in April and May, dates TBD. We are open to suggestions including holding a session in June if enough members are interested. Beth is willing to come out to schools, before or after school, if … [Read more...]

Common Core Sharing

On July 15 & 16, I attended the Educator Leadership Institute in Bloomington.  IEA, AFT and ISBE sponsored the Institute.  The theme was Common Core Implementation.  Many districts are where we are in U46.  Some districts are further along and presented their work.  Presenters from CPS, Quincy … [Read more...]

FTE Modeling

We've added another tool for you, your colleagues, and your SD team to help visualize the impact of various FTE allocations across grade levels. While this tool will create the new map to be populated with ETA members it does not identify the members that will populate the sections. A flowchart is … [Read more...]

What RIF grouping am I in?

For many the determination of their proper ISBE statutory grouping is a mystery. The law spells out very specific rules but there are over 80 different permutations based upon the four statutory ratings alone. Add to this more than a dozen different legacy ratings in the U46 system and it's clear … [Read more...]

National Board Teachers Honored

On February 4th the ETA and the District held a celebration in honor of the 2012 Induction class of NBCTs. The evening included words of praise and thanks for the commitment to improving the learning experiences of students across our district, by Kathryn Castle, Donna Smith, and Dr. Torres. NBCTs … [Read more...]

From Certification to Licensure

Once again the rules keep rolling out as a result of legislative changes. The Regional Offices of Education have all begun to share the information ISBE has sent out regarding the change. The following is a document sent out to summarize the changes. ISBE Licensure Overview To review all the … [Read more...]

New to teaching? Hosted a student teacher lately?

We need your help today to get more survey responses from 1)      IEA members that are nontenured (student taught within the last four years) 2)      IEA members that served in the role of cooperating teacher within the last four years Audrey Soglin … [Read more...]

Certification changes

The most recent information regarding Certification and Renewal continues to be posted on the ISBE website, There will continue to be significant changes in both the process of obtaining teaching credentials in Illinois and maintaining those … [Read more...]

TURN of events

From Doreen Roberts attending National TURN October 2011 I have just spent the past 2 days at National TURN (Teacher Union Reform Network).   Locals that participate in TURN are committed to union reform and innovation, teacher quality and teachers’ work, school quality and structural change, … [Read more...]

Three Frames of Unionism

Labor unions are finding ways to expand their world … [Read more...]