Does IEA provide professional development?

IEA is your gateway to becoming the best teacher you can be and your ally in Illinois educational reform. Together, we are building the best learning environments for Illinois students.

Here’s how IEA is making that happen.

Center for Educational Innovation (CEI)

IEA’s Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is at the center of IEA’s mission to “… effect excellence and equity in Illinois public education.” From individual professional development opportunities to empowering your local association to become a driving force in school transformation, the CEI is here for YOU.

Professional development training

Teacher quality is a crucial factor in determining what children learn. Continually sharpening your skills is just as important to building a successful career as it is to creating a successful learning environment for your students.

Your IEA dues provide you many free, custom-designed resources to enable your success within our state’s current public education climate.

Professional Development CalendarThe calendar provides details of online or face to face professional development being offered in Illinois either by IEA or vetted by IEA.

Skills-based training – on topics such as instructional preparation; classroom management; effective discipline; professional responsibilities, goal-setting and growth plans; job interviewing; and how to succeed in public education.

Educational training – on topics such as the Danielson Framework for Teaching; gathering evaluation data. Induction and Mentoring – access to best-practice mentoring and coaching techniques, and vetted mentors across all Illinois school districts.

Professional learning communities – guidance on forming school and district teams using real-time data to drive student achievement and other School Improvement Program (SIP) initiatives.

District strategy coordination – consultation with local associations to ensure information and professional development opportunities align with and support District strategies and goals.

Online learning portal – access to, through the “members only” link at, classroom-related, legal, technology and other courses, and soon-to-be available qualifying Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU) credit courses.

BetterLessonprovides teachers with innovative lessons aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards (common core), designed by effective teachers. These lessons have been extensively vetted by a team of expert teachers.

Consortium for Educational Change (CEC)

The CEI is a founding partner of the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), a research-based, not-for-profit, organization focused on improving student learning and achievement.

Specifically, CEC is a consortium of 80 statewide districts and their unions committed to creating “high performing systems that support successful students.” The CEC accomplishes this goal by helping school boards, administration and local education associations like yours coordinate their school improvement efforts based on nationwide best practices. As an IEA member, your local association can access CEC services online at