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New Learning Portal Is Now Live

The Illinois Education Association strives to offer you free, high-quality online professional development that fits your needs and is available on-demand to fit your changing schedule. We’re excited to announce our updated experience is now live! Check out this video tutorial to get started on the updated experience right away!
Are you actively using the IEA Online Learning Portal now? Don’t worry! You’ll continue to have access to the legacy platform until June 2. To help ease the transition, over the next few weeks you can expect to receive an email with your legacy course completion certificates for all courses completed as of April 30. If you complete a course after April 30 on the legacy platform, please download and save the course completion certificates as you complete them.

We’re so excited to offer you this updated platform as a benefit of your membership. Thank you so much for all you’re doing for our students. We’re so glad you’re an IEA member.
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We Rise Together – NEA Week of Action

US SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM ILLINOIS

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all our lives in so many ways. All our lives will change in ways we don’t even know yet. But we cannot and will not just sit and wring our hands. We must plan, prepare, and mobilize to advocate for what we know students and educators need. IEA members are coming together with families, community leaders and other activists to demand that Congress act to ensure that students and communities Rise Together.

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Educators and parents join to tell Congress to support students now

WASHINGTON – May 14, 2020 –

Leaders from two of the largest and most influential education organizations, the National Education Association and the National PTA, along with teachers and education support professionals who continue to serve students during the coronavirus pandemic, joined together in a national media call. They addressed the pressing issues facing students, families and educators, including what’s needed from Congress as elected officials discuss transitioning to in-person learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

Congress to support students now

NEA releases poll data and launches national campaign, including million-dollar ad buy

WASHINGTON – May 14, 2020 –

Leaders from two of the largest and most influential education organizations, the National Education Association and the National PTA, along with teachers and education support professionals who continue to serve students during the coronavirus pandemic, joined together in a national media call. They addressed the pressing issues facing students, families and educators, including what’s needed from Congress as elected officials discuss transitioning to in-person learning for the 2020-21 academic year.

“The partnership between parents and educators is so important, especially in this time of crisis. Educators’ number-one concern is the safety, well-being and success of our students,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the inequities facing our most vulnerable students and with the economic downturn now threatening the future of public schools, parents and educators are standing together because we cannot wait. Our nation’s students cannot pay the price in this crisis.”

As Americans brace for what could be the worst economic downturn in U.S. history, educators and parents are demanding that Congress act quickly to support students and provide the federal funding they need to succeed. Estimates of state revenue shortfalls range from $500 billion from the National Governors Association and Economic Policy Institute to $650 billion over 3 years, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. School finance experts also predict that hundreds of thousands of education jobs could be lost — impacting the education of millions of students — absent federal intervention.

This week, House Democrats introduced a new coronavirus relief bill, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act or “HEROES Act,” to provide more resources for students and educators through vital funding for public schools and communities combatting the coronavirus crisis. While this legislation isn’t perfect, it includes $100 billion specifically for K-12 and higher education along with $915 billion in state and local aid to address budget gaps that could be used to help public schools and college campuses.

NEA’s intensive advocacy campaign kicks off with a tele-townhall featuring Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.), and award-winning actor Bradley Whitford, as well as thousands of education activists, to discuss what is at stake for students and communities. Over the course of the coming weeks, NEA will be organizing virtual #RedForEd rallies across the country and engaging educators and parents in tens of thousands of phone calls and emails to Congress, telling lawmakers to put politics aside and provide emergency funding for students now.

More resources are available at nea.org/coronavirus.

Follow on twitter at @NEAmedia, @Lily_NEA and @NationalPTA

Keep up with the conversation on social media at #ProtectAllWorkers and #RedForEd

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JOIN OUR NATION’S STUDENTS AND EDUCATORS AS WE RISE TOGETHER FROM COVID-19

The coronavirus may have closed school buildings and campuses, but it didn’t stop educators from working to ensure their students learn, cope, and even get fed.

It has revealed how critical public schools and educators are to our students, communities and country.

We need you to RISE with us and TAKE ACTION

The coronavirus may have closed school buildings, but it has also revealed the determination and resolve of educators to help their students. The coronavirus has also exposed a great divide. Some students, especially those who are black, brown, and poor, have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus, and unless we act, will face steeper obstacles in the future because of it.

The nation’s recovery from COVID-19 will run through our public schools, so we need to make sure we prioritize educators and students in coronavirus relief legislation.

ACTION 1: Write Congress

With our country and public schools facing serious financial challenges due to the COVID-19 crisis, students need you to speak up now! Congress MUST prioritize dedicated funding to support public school students, educators, and communities in the next coronavirus relief package, not just billionaires and corporations. TAKE ACTION 

Action 2: Recruit Your Friends

The more people who join our efforts, the louder our voices will be.

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Action 3: Build Collective Action

BECOME AN NEA COMMUNITY ALLY Together, we will advocate for legislation to help students, educators, and public schools navigate the fallout from COVID-19. But we need your support. Become a community ally for $25 and help fund our efforts. JOIN NEA

Action 4: Pledge Your Support

The coronavirus may have closed school buildings and campuses, but it didn’t stop educators from working to ensure their students learn, cope, and even get fed. TAKE ACTION