Membership Kickoff 2017-2018

calendarMark your calendars! The IEA Region 12 Membership Kickoff event has been scheduled for 1:00 pm on Thursday, August 10, 2017. Kickoff events will feature guest speakers and trainings for leaders at all levels. We hope to see you there!


Join the Illinois Educators Action Network


Are you tired of sitting on the sidelines? Are you looking for ways to make your voice heard? IEA activists are coming together to connect with other activists around issues such as collective bargaining, a voice in our professions, strong public schools, college affordability, and social justice issues that affect the educational well being of our students.

Sign up and join the Illinois Educators Action Network today!

Summer Leadership Academy – Registration Now Open

IEAFor Association members wanting to become stronger advocates, the Illinois Education Association offers their annual Summer Leadership Academy (SLA). SLA is hosted on the campus of Illinois State University during the week of July 24. Early registration is now open through June 24, 2017. Classes will fill up quickly, so don’t wait to register.

SLA offers a variety of “schools” designed for members at all levels. From President’s School, the Association Representative School, to Collective Bargaining, members are bound to find something of value at SLA. A full agenda is available online.

For more information and all of the details, visit the IEA website.

39th Annual Crystal Apple Award Banquet

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Illinois Education Association/NEA Region 12 held the 39th Annual Crystal Apple Award Banquet on Tuesday April 11th, 2017 at the Phoenix Opera House in Rushville, IL. We had the pleasure of honoring dedicated advocates for education. There are many education professionals who inspire children each day. We were honored to be able to recognize just a few.

2017 Crystal Apple Honorees

Honorees in attendance: Damaris Blansfield, Lisa Buhlig, Brenda Force, Stephanie Goerlich, Eugene Link, Janet Logsdon, Carol Loughary, Cara Millard, Tammy Ruthardt, Scott Riddle (not pictured above),  Dawn Stiles, Maureen Wallen and Elizabeth Vaughn. 

Thank you to all those who attended this special event and for celebrating these outstanding educators and advocates of education.


Welcome Dee Emmons

Dee EmmonsThe Rushville Office is pleased to announce that Dee Emmons will be joining our staff as a UniServ Director beginning Monday, March 27, 2017. After a two-day orientation in Springfield, Dee will begin working out of the office on Wednesday, March 29.

Dee comes to us from Indiana where she was an active member of the Indiana State Teachers Association, an experienced English teacher, and a graduate of the ISTA UniServ Intern Program. Dee is passionate about education, political action, and advocacy on behalf of educators.

Dee’s arrival will not only fill a vacancy in the office, but will fully staff the office for the first time since last September. We are excited to have Dee on staff and are looking forward to working with her. We will be posting more information and Dee’s updated contact information as it becomes available.

Political Action on Display in Region 12

On Wednesday, March 1, 2017, the Abingdon-Avon Teachers Association and the Abingdon-Avon Education Association held their first ever “Meet the Candidates Forum” in the Abingdon-Avon High School auditorium. With eleven candidates running for four open seats, the two IEA affiliates joined together to provide a platform to inform the public and bring awareness to the upcoming election.

With more than 100 community members in attendance, the evening featured questions ranging from leadership qualities, to transparency, to teacher retention. The questions were fair but challenging and the candidates were respectful and well-mannered.

Congratulations to the AATA and the AAEA for a great night and for representing IEA so well at the grassroots level! Check out all the photos on the Region 12 Facebook page and read all about it in the Galesburg Register

Communicating in the 21st Century

communicationYou’ve heard it for years – people just communicate differently these days.

It’s true. The way we communicate has changed dramatically in recent years. That’s why Region 12 has developed and adopted a Communication Management Plan. By integrating email, text messaging, social media, and a mobile application, Region 12 is taking the necessary steps to make sure that all of our locals can stay connected and up-to-date with what’s happening in and around the state.

Click here to read the Region 12 Communication Management Plan in its entirety and check back here for more updates as the plan continues to be implemented.