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October 25, 2017

D15 ESPs need our support!

Please read/click on links below to see how you can help them

Thanks to  SEA for your support!

The Chicago Daily Herald posted an article Tuesday, 10/24/17.

For updates, continue to visit the local’s Facebook page, their website and IEA’s Facebook page.

This link will allow anyone anywhere to make direct contributions to the ESPA crisis fund.​

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SEA Collective Bargaining Proposal Form



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Call to Action! 

Please email your state representative and ask him or her to oppose House Bills 4027 (Durkin-R) and 4045 (Currie-D), and contact your state senator to oppose Senate Bill 16 (Cullerton-D).

TAKE ACTION NOW – click here

)What do these bills do? Simply put, these pieces of legislation will cut your constitutionally-protected pension benefits. In more detail, these pieces of legislation would force current active teachers and employees in the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) and the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) to choose between giving up their three percent compounded retirement cost of living adjustment (COLA) to allow for future salary increases to continue to be pensionable, or keeping their COLA in retirement while future salary increases would not be used to calculate their future pension annuity.

The IEA, along with the We Are One Illinois Coalition, are firmly opposed to these proposals and consider them to be unconstitutional.

In addition, each of these proposals include a TRS and SURS pension cost-shift. This provision will shift pension costs from the state onto suburban/downstate school districts and to universities and community colleges statewide. IEA is opposed to this idea because it will further erode educational opportunities for students by diverting local dollars away from classrooms and institutions of higher learning.


Northwest Suburban Education Coalition Candidate Endorsements 2017

See full list here


March SEA Election Results
Election: March 13, 2017

Click here for results

Thank you to our wonderful ballot counters that gave up a good portion of their Monday evening to help count!!! It was greatly appreciated!


After reading through all the questionnaires and interviewing each of the candidates, the Schaumburg Education Association and the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization have decided to recommend four of the five candidates running for District 54 School Board. It was a difficult decision for the committee.  Each candidate did an excellent job and shared caring knowledge and skills they would bring to our existing School Board.

Our recommended candidates are in alphabetical order:

Bob Kaplan (incumbent), Char Kegarise (incumbent),

Matt Saternus and Ken Van Dyke


We believe that each of these candidates not only supports our current board and district administration, but understands and supports the needs of SEA and SEEO. We also believe that each will work collaboratively with both associations to create an excellent working environment for both staff and students alike.  Each recommended candidate was knowledgeable about District 54 regarding policies and topics that are most important to our members.


Chery Anderson                                       Kathleen Jesuit

SEA President                                       SEEO President


Bargaining Information

Bargaining Committee explanation and application

Our contract ends at the end of the school year next year (2018). This is a major part of what the union does for you so please consider getting involved in this process. You do not need to be at the negotiating table to be involved; we will have a large research team. The executive team wants to make sure that all areas of concern are represented and everyone’s input is heard. I wish I could give you a time allowance but it depends on how well we do our research and what we ask for from our school board and the district. The research team will begin before this school year ends and will work until bargaining ends. The negotiating team will be chosen from the research team and will begin in September and work until bargaining ends. If you have specific questions, please contact Chery.

Bargaining Committee explanation and application

Nomination forms for the following positions:

2017-18 SEA Building Rep

Region 35 Council Rep

NEA-Representative Assembly Delegate (in Boston this summer!)

Reg. 35 Chair

Reg. 35 Vice-Chair

Region 35 Ethnic Minority Rep

Nomination forms are due Feb. 21st to Kelly O’Reilly @ RAC.


After delay, DeVos hearing set for Tuesday; hundreds of thousands urge Senate to oppose nomination

An unprecedented number of educators and allies have flooded Senate offices raising objections to Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be Education Secretary. The Senate HELP Committee delayed her hearing for a week but plans to meet this Tuesday, January 17, at 5 p.m. to question President-Elect Trump’s nominee.

In just one week, more than 127,000 educators and concerned citizens sent letters to their senators urging them to oppose DeVos, who has no experience with public schools and has spent her career working to undermine public education via private school vouchers and unaccountable for-profit charter schools. Check out NEA’s letter to the HELP Committtee.take action

Also this week, NEA president Lily Eskelsen García joined members of Congress at the launching of the new Public Education Caucus, where she said, “Betsy DeVos is a danger to students, especially our most vulnerable students.”

Click here or the Take Action button and join the growing wave of people telling senators to oppose DeVos.

Congress takes first step toward repealing Affordable Care Act

Both chambers of Congress passed the NEA-opposed 2017 budget resolution (S. Con. Res. 3)-the Senate by a vote of 51-48 and the House by a vote of 227-198-that takes the first step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act with no concrete plan for replacing it. The repeal-only bill is likely to eliminate health insurance for 30 million Americans and double the take actionnumber of uninsured children. It also likely paves the way for drastic cuts to Medicaid funding in the form of block grants or per capita caps, Medicare “premium support” (commonly called vouchers), and other changes that would weaken and limit access to health care for children, families, and seniors. Click here or the Take Action button and urge Congress to protect people’s health care.


Bargaining Information

Our contract ends at the end of the school year next year (2018). This is a major part of what the union does for you so please consider getting involved in this process. You do not need to be at the negotiating table to be involved; we will have a large research team. The executive team wants to make sure that all areas of concern are represented and everyone’s input is heard. I wish I could give you a time allowance but it depends on how well we do our research and what we ask for from our school board and the district. The research team will begin before this school year ends and will work until bargaining ends. The negotiating team will be chosen from the research team and will begin in September and work until bargaining ends. If you have specific questions, please contact Chery.

Bargaining Committee explanation and application


Save-Plan-Prepare Informational Seminar

November 12, 2016

Professional Learning Center
522 E. Schaumburg Rd. Schaumburg
Please enter through door C1
8:00-8:30 Registration



IEA recommended candidates:
a resource for voting

If you are interested in helping Michelle Mussman’s and/or Laura Murphy’s campaign, please go to : and sign up to become a poll watcher, to help by phone banking or wallking from door to door next weekend.




Click here for registration information




IEA members in House District 56 have the opportunity to support a candidate that will work with the IEA on important public education issues.

Local IEA leaders interviewed Representative Mussman and her Republican opponent on education and labor issues and believe that Michelle Mussman is the best candidate in HD 56 to represent the IEA and public education.

  • Michelle Mussman opposes efforts by Governor Rauner to weaken and eliminate unions by the creation of so-called right-to-work zones.
  • Michelle Mussman supports educators’ right to bargain a fair contract.
  • Michelle Mussman supported IEA’s legislative initiative to make sure local school boards and citizens have the decision in whether or not a charter school should be established in a community.
  • Michelle Mussman will continue to advocate on behalf of public education.

We are supporting Representative Michelle Mussman because we know she is the best choice in this election for public education, labor rights and the IEA. By supporting her, you will elect a pro-education candidate.

Please make your voice count for education and join us and other IEA members in supporting Michelle Mussman for State Representative on November 8!

**If you are interested in helping Michele stay in office, please consider making some phone calls to IEA members on one, two or all of the evenings listed below. All the phone banking will be done at the Palatine office. RSVP to Chery, she will give you directions to the office if you need them – dinner will be provided for those that can help J

Here are the available dates and times – thanks in advance!!

Wednesday, October 19th 5-8pm

Thursday, October 20th 5-8pm

Tuesday, October 25th 5-8pm

Wednesday, October 26th 5-8pm

Thursday, October 27th 5-8pm

Tuesday, November 1st 5-8pm

Wednesday, November 2nd 5-8pm





SEA Welcome image Welcome New Teachers!

SEA New Teacher Day 8-10-16,
click here




District 54 Teachers in the News!

Dan Argueta-

Highlighted in a article by Lily Eskildsen-Garcia, President of the NEA


Cheryl Hinchey –

Mead Magnet/LRT receives award from the Chicago Metra History Education Center


SEA/SEEO  members –

Did you know that California Casualty, the Illinois NEA endorsed auto and home insurance program, is giving away $2,500 to one lucky winner. Now through July 11th, go to  to enter to win!

I’m sure you can find 2,500 ways to spend $2,500 for your school! Go to the site and enter to win!

California Casualty is an exclusive program those who belong to the NEA. Check us out after you enter the contest!


The IRTA Foundation continues to work toward the future by offering $15,000 in grant money to educators.

Visit web page for more information

Download application here


from Chery…I wanted to let you know about a wonderful opportunity the Illinois Education Association Palatine Office is offering next month.  The IEA Regions 34, 35 (Schaumburg), 42, 43, 64 and High School District 214 cordially invite you to a screening of the movie PAPER TIGERS.  This event is free to those interested in attending.

Paper Tigers is an intimate look into the lives of selected students at Lincoln High School, an alternative school that specializes in educating traumatized youth.  Set amidst the rural community of Walla Walla, Wash., the film intimately examines the inspiring promise of trauma informed communities – a movement that is showing great promise in healing youth struggling with the dark legacy of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES).

I personally invite you to attend this powerful event!  You can watch the trailer and learn more about the film at   I have attached an invitational flier and encourage you to invite other administrators, community leaders and parents.

NEA Member Benefits scheduled visits

It’s that time again……I’m am Justine Sallee, a Rep from the member benefit program and I will be visiting SEA members during the month of May. Please stop by the lounge either during lunch and/or after school to find out how you can save on……

–         Shopping
–         Insurance( auto insurance, life insurance, complimentary Life Insurance, pet insurance)
–         Travel( Disney, Six-flags, hotels and airfare)
–         Auto purchases
–         Cell discounts
–         Discounts at local and national retailers plus lots more.

The NEA Member benefit program is designed to help our members save while helping to recoup
your dues dollars. Click here for my upcoming visit schedule.







Please come enjoy hors d’oerves & soft drinks. A cash bar will be available.

Performing at this event will be the District 54 Jazz Band. Also, we will be honoring District 54’s retirees, as well as recognizing various SEA Award winners.

Please sign-up with your building representative by April 6th.


Hi Friends,

We’re thrilled to have IEA on Team Raja.

On Saturday March 5th at 11am, Rep. Jan Schakowsky will join us for a canvass kickoff at Raja’s office at 100 N Barrington Road, Streamwood, IL 60107. We’d love to have IEA’s volunteers come out to help and show support on the 5th.

In the meantime, we have phone banks every day/night at the following locations. Please let me know if we can expect IEA members at any of these events this week!
7 days a week – Streamwood
9am to 9pm
100 N Barrington Road, Streamwood, IL 60107

Monday – Addison
6 to 9:00pm
Panera Bread at 1600 W Lake Street, Addison, IL 60101

Tuesday – Elk Grove Village
6 to 9:00pm
Starbucks at 102 Biesterfield Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007

Wednesday – Arlington Heights
6 to 9:00pm
Palatine/Wheeling Democrats Office at 1310 W Northwest Hwy # A, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Justin Lamorte
Campaign Manager | Raja for Congress
(847) 701-5036

Posted 3-2-16


Directions to update your TRS proof of birth:

Attached are the directions  to update your TRS proof of birth.
(it may block you at first, but if you hit “allow” it will let you download the directions)

OR Teachers can walk the copy of their proof of birth to TRS into the Lisle office at 4200 Commerce Ct., Lisle, if they would prefer instead of sending copies online. (Thanks, Carolyn Kraft!!)


Thursday, December 17, 2015

I would like to thank all those who contacted legislators to help get ESSA passed by both the House and Senate and then signed by President Obama. This is a great victory!!! I have attached an info sheet for you to peruse if you want to see some of the changes. More info here…

I have attached the election results from Monday’s elections.  Congratulations to all who ran. I am happy to see so many getting involved and letting their voice be heard. WOOHOO!!!

I would like to wish you all a wonderful relaxing winter break. I hope you enjoy the time you get to spend with family and friends and the memories that will be shared and created.
Blessings of Peace – Chery and the Anderson Family
PS –
Holiday Past
The original ball lowered in Times Square on New Year’s Eve back in 1907 was made of iron and wood and decorated with 100 light bulbs.

Holiday Present
The modern New Year’s ball is made of Waterford crystal, covered with 696 light bulbs, 96 strobe lights, and 90 rotating pyramid mirrors.

I hope your New Year’s sparkles as much!!!

PPSS – I am turning off my cell phone at 5pm tomorrow evening and will not check messages until Jan 3rd.  Please leave messages (if you need to) either on my voicemail or through email; I will pick them up and get back to you when we return in January. I am spending time with my parents and I promised my dad I would not “work” over the holidays. I NEVER argue with my dad!! Thanks for understanding.


SEA Donation to Easter Seals


Partnership Breakfast 2015



October 26, 2015

DEAR SEA – This is a campaign that is being supported by the IEA and the NEA.
You can follow the link and add your name if you choose to support this campaign.
Thanks – Chery
District 54 Teachers Association, 
As a fellow educator, I am writing to ask for your help in ending McDonald’s marketing in schools through their McTeacher’s program. I am currently not aware of any schools in District 54 that have participated with this program, but unfortunately, many schools in surrounding districts have. After reading below, I hope you can be a role model for nearby districts by adding your association’s name to the attached letter to keep McDonald’s out of our schools.

Last fall, my 6 year old daughter’s school in District 15 participated in what is known as McTeacher’s night. This event had teachers wear McTeacher shirts to school and then “work” at a local McDonald’s in hopes of raising funds for their schools. Parents and children are encouraged to eat at McDonald’s so they can see “their very own educators serve up hamburgers, fries and shakes.”
As a parent and a 4th grade teacher, I had a real problem with this. I felt educators were being used as walking billboards to lure children to McDonald’s. Marketing junk food to children is simply a harmful practice. Although a small portion of the money does go back to the school, educators should not have to choose between school resources today and the health of our students tomorrow.
Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood and Corporate Accountability International have teamed up to tell Mr. Easterbrook, the CEO of McDonald’s, that this type of marketing to our children is not ok. Attached is the letter that will be sent to Mr. Easterbrook outlining why McTeacher’s Night is ethically inappropriate for our children.  
A number of teachers, unions, and organizations have already signed on and the District 54 Teacher’s Association’s name would make an even more powerful statement that our kids are not for sale. If you would like to sign the letter, just reply back and I will have it added. The letter was delivered in August which correlated with an extensive media campaign. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, feel free to contact me or I can give you contact information for organizers of the campaign.
Thank you for doing your part in protecting our children.
Mark Noltner
4th Grade Teacher



“Mane in Heaven”

miniature horses visit the ASD program at Hale Elementary School


Welcome New Teachers 8-12-15


NewTeachPres  NewTeachPres2

Helpful links from todays sessions:

IEA VP Kathi Griffin’s Web Resources

NEA Member Benefits


SEA 2015-2018 Contract Signed




award winners






Information about Tentative Contract Agreement

Ratification Handout March 16, 2015   &  Club Sponsor Form 2015

(Click on the above links to view handouts from today’s meeting.)

 Voting on the proposed contract will take place on Thursday, March 19th in each building.





Please attend the ratification meeting that will review the changes to our contract and our compensation package. The meeting is Monday, March 16th from 3:45 – 5:00 in the gym @ Addams. The bargaining team will not be giving individual school presentations. It is imperative that you attend to hear the information firsthand – do not let someone else tell you about YOUR contract. All questions can and will be answered on Monday

Please also be aware that we will be voting on the proposed contract on Thursday, March 19th.

The bargaining team is looking forward to share with you the results of our hard work.


PLEASE bring your Bldg rep/region council/NEA-RA ballots to ADDAMS on this day – we will be counting ballots on this night during the rep meeting.

Monday, March 16th
3:45 – 5:00 = contract presentation in the gym @ Addams
5:15 – 6:00 = rep meeting TBA @ Addams (the room will be posted at Addams on Monday)


March 1, 2015 NEA email

Friday, the U.S. House delayed a final vote on their Elementary and Secondary Education Act re-authorization bill, and it’s unclear when it will be rescheduled.

However, the Senate is moving full steam ahead and we’ve always expected this to be the key fight. So, I’m emailing you with this incredibly important request, it only comes around every 13 years or so…

Help me tell the Senate to get a new ESEA right for our students.

It’s not too late to make a difference on this. The real action is in the Senate, and it’s so important. From resources to testing, it affects every angle of student learning.

Will you please take a moment to email your Senator right now?

Tell them to support our proposed solution. It’s very simple really— they must give YOU the tools to lead in your own districts.


By creating a dashboard that would identify the opportunity and resource gaps that currently exist, and give us what we need to make sure that every single student, regardless of ZIP code, has a fair shot.

Our students deserve more. High stakes standardized tests have eroded their learning time, while doing nothing to shed light on the achievement gaps between schools.

You can’t see any of that in a test score.

Please join me in emailing the Senate this week. Tell them to pass a bill that advances opportunity for all students, ensures more time for students to learn, and empowers us as educators to lead.

Thank you for standing with me during this historic moment.


What’s Happening in Congress Right Now is a Huge Deal For Our Students

click here to view video

An Important Message from IEA President Cinda Klickna


As you know, Governor Rauner is taking action to weaken unions that represent state employees by eliminating fair share for 6,500 state workers.

There are two important things to understand:

  • The action the governor took Monday does not impact IEA members. It affects only employees of the State of Illinois, not school districts.

However …

  • We anticipate the governor will eventually target IEA, IFT and all public employee unions. As we are advocates for quality education, for high quality teaching and learning conditions in our schools and for middle-class families, we are opposed to anything that will lower education quality and the standard of living for Illinoisans in every part of our state.

(Find fair share talking points on the IEA website.)

We need you to get ready.

When the inevitable attack on IEA and the other unions comes, as it did for our colleagues in Wisconsin and elsewhere, it is critical that we are able to contact you immediately so we can fight back.

Please make sure your “IEA member profile” is current.

  • Please give IEA your home email address. Your school email could be blocked, so we need to have your home email on file.
  • In case of an emergency, we need your cell phone number so you can be alerted immediately via text when the attack comes.

Either click this link to be taken to the IEA member profile on the IEA website, or call IEA Connect (toll free1-844-IEA-1800) to speak with an IEA staff person. IEA Connect calls are taken 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The IEA app will alert you the minute information is posted on the IEA web site or social media sites. (Download it free on the App Store, or Google play.)

Get ready. Get connected.

We’re in for the fight of our lives.

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Special Thanks to the SEA Research Team for all of their work in surveying, collecting, & compiling multiple hours of discussions, debates etc. The end result being the creation of proposals to bring forth to the SD 54 Board.

Thank you for serving SEA & your colleagues across D54!!!

o  Chery Anderson          (Mead)
o  Kelsey Ammentorp     (IKE)
o  Katie Coyle                   (Enders-Salk)
o  Cheryl Hinchey           (Mead)
o  Cynthia Dressler         (ELC)
o  Dan Levin                     (Lincoln Prairie)
o  Becky Cochran            (Mead)
o  Lori Mobley                 (MacArthur)
o  Sandi Bostrom            (Frost)
o  Jennifer Lucas            (Churchill)
o  Vicki Mikos                 (ELC)
o  Mark Fletcher            (Mead)
o  Julie Peterson            (Blackwell)
o  Karen Chin                 (Fairview)
o  Keith Lange               (Frost)
o  Kara Zielinski            (Enders)
o  Linda Kowalski         (Keller)
o  Connie Campbell      (UniServ Director)

SEA Presented “Language Cleanup” to the board of ed on Dec. 18th .
The SEA Bargaining Team will begin the Negotiations process 1/27.





SEA President, Paul Beranek & SEA Vice President, Chery Anderson,
present  representatives from the Kenneth Young Foundation with a check on behalf of all SEA members.



Click here for directions

In July 2014, a new state law went into effect that stated that all professional development must be entered into the ELIS system within a 60-day period for it to be eligible for your license renewal.

It is your responsibility as an Illinois educator to enter in your staff development or any other CPDUs you accrue within a 60-day period.  Please follow the directions at the website link below to do that.

So, you are now solely responsible to go onto the ELIS website monthly or bi-monthly and enter in any/all of your staff development that you attended within that 30 or 60-day period of time.  If you do not enter it into the ELIS system, it cannot be used for your future license renewal. Nothing that is past-dated more than 60 days will be eligible for CPDU hours.

It is your responsibility to enter this information into the state website.  This email is a complimentary one since the school year has just started but you will not receive reminders throughout the year to do so.  THEREFORE, IT WILL BE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to remember to input this information into your own profile.

As a reminder, you need 120 CPDUs if you have a bachelor’s degree, and 80 CPDUs if you have a master’s degree.  This will allow you to renew your license within a 5-year period when it does come up for renewal, so please don’t forget to input your hours.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Paul Beranek
SEA President


ROE Contact Information
Laura Perez
Certification Specialist/North Cook ISC
2340 S. Des Plaines River Rd Suite 414
Des Plaines, IL 60018
847-824-8300 ext.707




 License Renewal Directions for ALL STAFF

(complete before July 1, 2014)

NOTE For DIRECTIONS: There seems to be a glitch for many of you who do not have the CLICK TO ADD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT link. If you do not see that option, here are the directions on how to enter your professional development another way.

After you have logged in, click on VIEW YOUR CREDENTIALS link.

At the top of the screen, you will see drop-down menus, so click on EDUCATOR, and then scroll down to PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

Once you are there, you will see all your old professional development you entered in the last time you renewed. Then you can figure out which years of staff development you still need to add to reach the current 13-14 school year. Remember to include the 13-14 school year too!

Go to the bottom of that page, and there you will see the blue link CLICK HERE TO ADD DEVELOPMENT HOURS.From there, then you can follow the original directions that have been sent out.

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