IEA President, Cinda Klickna


I want to thank every IEA member who took the time to call, send an email, share information on social media, or who participated in any other way in our battle over President Trump’s nominee for the US Department of Education, Betsy DeVos.

The millions of contacts from NEA members, including those from Illinois, to members of the US Senate, made an impact. Not only did we manage to get two Republican senators to take the bold step of opposing a new President’s nominee, those votes also forced Vice President Pence to do something none of his predecessors ever had to do; cast a Senate vote to break a tie over a cabinet appointment.

IEA is stronger because of the fight. We know thousands of our members actively participated in the fight over DeVos, many taking part for the first time in a pro-education action. We intend to do all we can to hold DeVos and Congress accountable for any proposed changes to education policy over the next four years.  These new activists will help ensure success.

Help educate Secretary DeVos

It was clear during the confirmation hearings that Betsy DeVos knows little about public education. Let’s do something about that.


  1. Pick one example of the great work you and your colleagues are doing in your district every day to help give every student a great school.
  2. Tell us what’s happening and where it’s happening.
  3. Post the information in the comment section below.

I will personally make sure that the information makes it to Secretary DeVos’ office.

Thanks again for the efforts you’ve already made and those to come.

When we stand together we succeed. When we are victorious, our students, public education and the American way of life win as well.




  1. I teach third grade at Jane Addams Elementary School in Springfield, Illinois. In my classroom I have implemented flexible seating options for all of my students. Each morning when my students enter the classroom, they can choose a seating option that works best for them. Students can choose from exercise balls, wobble stools, regular stools, normal classroom chairs, or floor seating. If students choose floor seating, they can sit on yoga mats, cushions, or rugs. Giving students the freedom of choice has helped get them motivated to learn and has kept them engaged throughout lessons and tasks.

  2. HI, I am a TA at Sugar Creek. The other day, I was wondering why our
    flag was at half staff and I innocently said “to protest DeVos getting the nomination”. Just a thought: what if all the schools lowered their flags to show protest over DeVos? Interesting idea.

  3. The special education team at Fairview Elementary School in Springfield, Illinois works hard to improve all students academic and behavioral growth. The team collects data for the entire school as well as more individualized information for students who may be struggling. Informed decisions are made on a daily basis for the betterment of academic and social emotional needs of children. The data and assessment information is used to drive instruction and to close the academic gap. Regular and Special Education Teachers truly work together to allow all children to grow and learn.

  4. I teach Argumentation and Debate to juniors and seniors at Batavia High School. Students learn and utilize Platonic and Aristotelian approaches to policy and value debate. They select their topics – must be of merit (national and international), write their own resolutions, research and create debate briefs fully detailing their positions and evidence, and participate in full scale debates incorporating detailed constructives, hard hitting cross examination, and impromptu but research-based rebuttals. Students incorporate instruction from courses ranging from economics to history to government to psychology to literature as a means of enhanced knowledge. Debates are recorded for self reflection and growth objectives. Students not participating in the debate serve as a jury taking notes and providing critique. The course has become an opportunity to bridge high school and college expectations.

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