Chapter Resources

Up Coming Events

Fall Retreats
Join your fellow members at the 2023 Fall Retreat to kick off your year as an Aspiring Educator! This one-day event will be full of information you will need for the upcoming year, and it will give you a chance to meet your state leadership team and other members in your area! Attendees are encouraged to wear red to support ‘Red for Aspiring Ed’. 

This is a free event and includes lunch for all attendees! The retreats will take place in two locations on two different days. Members are encouraged to sign up to attend their closest location:

October 7th  |  Southern Retreat  |  Springfield IEA Professional Development Center | Register

October 21st  |   Northern Retreat  |  Naperville IEA Office | Register

Spring Conference
Save the date for the 2024 IEA Aspiring Educator Conference!

When: April 5-6, 2024
Where: DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington IL
Cost: $25 per student
Theme: Educator Activists in Every Era
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Achieving Professional Excellence Program (A.P.E.X.)

The A.P.E.X (Achieving Professional Excellence) program is designed to encourage chapters to participate in a variety of projects, which fall under five main categories:

  • Community service
  • Leadership and membership development
  • Political action and advocacy
  • Professional development
  • General organization and quality

A.P.E.X is documentation of goals achieved and activities conducted by IEA Aspiring Educator chapters. Recognition and awards are presented at the annual state conference. The A.P.E.X committee strongly recommends that chapters wishing to participate select an individual to coordinate all documentation as identified within the rubric throughout the year.

IEA Retired Mentor Program

The IEA Aspiring Educators and the IEA-Retired Program have combined efforts to offer a mentoring program to students who are entering the field of education. This program offers students the opportunity to work with a retired teacher in a mentoring relationship.

Coming Soon

Keith & Mary Lou Hauge IEA Scholarship
The IEA Aspiring Educator awards three $1000 scholarships. The application process is relatively easy and the $1000 can be used for almost any educational need identified by the recipient.

Mini Resume
During the second semester, our office will ask students who are graduating to complete a mini-resume form. The information is then compiled and distributed to superintendents in the state of Illinois. Former IEA Aspiring Educator members have indicated that they have received numerous calls for possible teaching positions based on the information on the mini-resume form.