Palatine Retirement Workshops

Are You Ready for Retirement?

The Palatine Office is hosting a set of retirement workshops taking place in the Palatine IEA-NEA Office.

Workshops will be conducted by representatives from two Illinois Retirement Systems – TRS (for Teachers/certified faculty) and IMRF (for Education Support Personnel). Information is geared for all members seeking information about their Illinois Retirement System benefits whether considering retiring soon or desiring to learn about this benefit. Register for either or both as appropriate, but hurry — space is limited!

553 N. North Ct., Suite 205
Palatine, IL

January 28, 2020
5-6:30 p.m.

February 4, 2020
5-6:30 p.m.

IEA Bargaining Conference 2020

The IEA Bargaining Workgroup is excited to announce that we are hosting another Bargaining Conference. The conference will be presented by you, the members, with the IEA staff there to assist. In the past, thanks to your financial support and promotion, we had over 120 members attend the Bargaining Conference and this year we expect that many or more. This year, we have a great line up of new topics that will be presented by members and leaders this year.

RSVP Today!

Cost: $50 per local (if your Region has not contributed) with no limit on the number of attendees. Consult your local president or Region Chair

When: February 8th, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m-2:00 p.m.

Where: NIU Hoffman Estates, 5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


8am – 9am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

9am – 9:50am:
Staff Injuries and How to Handle Them – How to contractually deal with staff being injured by students.
Retirement Planning for New Teachers – “Tier II” TRS Explained – Explaining the differences for retirement and ideas for contract issues.
Putting Your Evaluation Plan into Your Contract – Why do you need your evaluation tool in your contract? What parts are the most important to get in your contact if you don’t put it all in there? What evaluation protections should your bargain for your ESP members?
Legal Updates – New legislation will change how you and your members handle DCFS, Social Media, and a host of other issues. Here’s what you need to be aware of.
Insurance Issues – Money, Money, Money – How to bargain better insurance or lower insurance costs at the table.

10am – 10:50am
Retirement Planning for New ESPS – “Tier II” IMRF Explained – Explaining the differences for retirement and ideas for contract issues.
E-Learning Days – Many districts are turning to “E-Learning Days” to save money, but what are they really? And what should you bargain about them for your members?
Negotiating Employer Paid 403(b) Contributions – To free up more money for the contract, more local education associations across the state are learning how to negotiate cost neutral employer 403(b) contributions into labor contacts.
Workers’ Comp – When members are hurt on the job, what are their rights and what can we bargain?
Staff Injuries and How to Handle Them – How to contractually deal with staff being injured by students.

11am – 11:50am
E-Learning Days
Legal Updates
School Board Elections – What is GR and How Does it Help You?
– Our Government Relations Team explains what it does and how it can help you get involved in school board elections.
Workers’ Comp
Insurance Issues – Money, Money, Money

Lunch (Noon – 12:50pm) – Keynote Speaker: IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin

1pm – 2pm Roundtable: What’s Next? – Deeper dive in to the topics presented today and some discussion of topics for future IEA-sponsored trainings.


Training Opportunity – ACES 101 (with clock hours!)

Palatine IEA-NEA Office Adverse Childhood Experiences 

Register Here



Assist your local association, school or community with becoming trauma-informed in order to help our most vulnerable students excel in social, emotional and academic learning. This 2-1/2 day training enables participants to discover the ACEs research, examine components of trauma-informed schools and gather tools to assist students with building their resiliency and strengthening their executive function skills.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

Assess where their organization is on the continuum of becoming trauma-informed.

Determine their portals of entry or spheres of influence in order to raise the level of awareness and knowledge base in their own settings.

Formerly, known as Training of Trainers, these sessions lay the groundwork that will assist you or your team in building trauma-informed systems.

If you don’t have any background on ACEs, we urge you to watch two videos prior to arrival at the training.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ Ted Talk on ACEs

Dr. Marjorie Fujara’s short webinar for IEA members on the effect of ACEs on the brain called: It’s Not Rocket Science. It’s Brain Science.

Both are posted on the IEA website.

When: Tuesday, November 19, 2019,  to Thursday, November 21, 2019
Where: Pipers Banquets, 1295 Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL 60502
Dress code: Casual
Registration deadline: November 10, 2019

Register Here


The cost of the conference is $110.00 per person. You can pay online near the end of your registration, or you can pay with a check upon your arrival at the conference.

The fee includes: conference registration, materials and food. No additional fees will be required. Dinner is on your own.

The first day’s schedule will begin with registration and light breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Training is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Showing of Resilience for interested participants will immediately follow the training. Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.

Day two will start at 8:00 a.m. with a light breakfast. Training is from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Showing of Paper Tigers for interested participants will immediately follow the training. Lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.

The final day will begin with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Training begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m. 

To be reimbursed for expenses, please ask your district, your IEA local or your IEA region, first. If you cannot find funding through any of those measures, please contact Lindsay Powell, and IEA will work to reimburse you for major expenses.

Building Representative Training

Building Rep Training Flyer 2019 IEA

by Friday, Sept. 6th

New Leader Boot Camp


To Register:

Student Loan Forgiveness Event

See attached flyer for an event taking place in the Palatine Office on October 19th at 5pm.  Register at this link:  DegreesNotDebt Palatine Event 10-19-17

Flyer:  DND October 19, 2017

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