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IFT Teachers is the largest segment of the union's membership, representing teachers in school districts throughout Illinois.

"Join Hands to Stop Bullying"
Be a part of the IFT’s campaign to raise awareness and provide resources to help teachers, school staff and parents talk to kids about bullying.

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Illinois Kids First
IFT's FREE online resource center designed to give parents the tools they need to help their child reach his or her greatest potential.

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Professional Development
Improve your practice and your students’ achievement using a variety of proven methods through the AFT Professional Development program created by the American Federation of Teachers.

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Highly Qualified
Determine if you are “highly qualified” under the No Child Left Behind Act. Based on the Illinois State Board of Education's, “Are You Highly Qualified for Your Assignments in Core Academic Subjects?”

Are you Highly Qualified? >>

Illinois Teacher Evaluation and Development (ITED)
A valuable new resource to help you work with your school district to design and implement an effective teacher evaluation system. ITED is a collaborative effort from the IFT, Illinois Education Association and the Consortium for Educational Change.

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Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
Learn how CCSS will impact you, your classroom, and your students through IFT's Common Core Community Center. Find additional resources and see what other IFT members are doing to prepare for implementation and assessment.

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AFT Teachers
The teachers division of the American Federation of Teachers provides useful tools for teachers, guidance in National Board certification, and professional development.

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Share My Lesson
Join AFT's newest educator resource, Share My Lesson, created by teachers, for teachers. Register to share lesson plans and rate and review resources – FREE!

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The choice is clear

by Beth Camplain | Oct 22, 2018
We must decide between four more years of failed leadership under Bruce Rauner, or support for working families under JB Pritzker.

The stakes are high in this election for education, collective bargaining, and all Illinoisans.

We must decide between four more years of failed leadership and attacks on unions under Bruce Rauner, or adequate school funding, a fair tax system, and support for working families under JB Pritzker. The choice could not be more clear.

You can help put our state on the right path! 
  • Download the IFT app to stay up-to-date on the latest election news, action opportunities, and more.
  • Email to find volunteer opportunities in your area. 
  • Get registered! (Be sure to update your voter registration if you’ve moved or changed names.)
  • Vote early
  • Post messages and graphics on social media to encourage others to vote for IFT-endorsed candidates. Tag @iftaft and use the hashtag#IFTstrong!

You can also review IFT’s special General Election Guide, which includes a printable list of endorsed candidates.
Together, we can elect JB Pritzker and other candidates who share our values and will fight for the middle class. We have just two weeks left - let's get it done!


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