Liability insurance and legal advice for only 40 cents a day.
Teachers are generally overworked, underpaid, and overwhelmed with required work-related, time-consuming tasks. Unfortunately, educators are often no longer able to use their home time dealing with organizations, meeting together as an association, or participating in advocating activities.
Educators still need and want individual services at a reasonable cost provided by a professional educators association. They want and need: a source of information, such as educational news, laws, pedagogy; readily available assistance and advice for a professional question, problem, concern, or emergency; and the security of excellent professional liability insurance coverage.
We have learned that most administrators and districts do not want to fire teachers; they simply want to see positive change. IEA through its Help Desk provides quick contact with IEA staff and access to IEA’s expansive archives of current laws, policies, teacher tips, pedagogy, etc. Although districts can provide helpful training, educators are more receptive to help when it comes from people who are focused on protecting their careers. Administrative and non-administrative staff should not be adversarial. It is in the best interest of all educators to realize the expectations that their districts have for them and that, when needed, IEA can help them reach these expectations.
It can take only one student, one parent, or one situation to ruin an educator’s career. With this said, IEA has one of the best protection plans for its members. This includes an excellent professional liability insurance policy providing funding for claims against the educator – usually from a student or parent – along with the IEA Help Desk to assist with problematic issues and concerns at an early stage and beyond. The professional liability insurance policy also provides funding for protection of a member’s job and career. Furthermore, IEA understands that most hearings threatening an educator’s career are lost at the Board level and before the Commissioner if the educator has not shown that there was a diligent effort to improve a perceived deficiency or poor performance. IEA is there to help educators avoid trouble, not only with the Help Desk but also with IEA’s email newsletters and website which are filled with Teacher Tips, Ideas for Good Teaching, CPE Options, and advice for improvements in job performance at all levels.
No endorsements of political candidates. IEA does not and will not endorse any candidate from the Board of Trustees level to the President of the United States. We have learned from experience that endorsements often divide the profession and can ultimately work against educators. IEA keeps its membership informed of current educational issues, but IEA does not enter into the political game as many others have. IEA will always support legislation that will improve our profession. Educators are among the most informed of all professionals; IEA trusts educators to be able to think and to vote for themselves.
Lower dues. Better service. No political endorsements. Make IEA your independent educator association. Protect your career for 40¢ a day.