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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?”

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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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Resources for Black Lives Matter at School Week

by Jennifer Visk | Jan 16, 2020
February 3-7, 2020
Last year at our statewide Convention, delegates to the Illinois Federation of Teachers voted to support the Black Lives Matter at School campaign. The resolution (Resolution 25) was submitted by Chicago Teachers Union (Local 1). From the resolution:
“RESOLVED, the IFT will promote events during or around this week and engage in advocacy on an ongoing basis aligned to the national demands for hiring more black teachers and ending the pushout of black teachers in schools, proper implementation of restorative practices in schools and ending zero tolerance discipline, teaching students black history and other ethnic studies curricula, and funding more counselors in schools as opposed to police officers.”

Black Lives Matter at School Week occurs during the first week of Black History Month (February 3-7). Here’s how you can participate in your classroom or school:

For more information, check out the Black Lives Matter at School website and follow @BLMAtSchool, or contact your local’s IFT Field Service Director.
Thank you for supporting this movement!




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