Idaho Education Association

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Public School Educators The Idaho Education Association is the professional organization for people who have chosen a career in education.

We are a member-driven organization that provides professional support for educators, advocates for public schools and public education, and seeks to help create the best possible learning environment for students and teachers. We recognize that children are our greatest resource, and that good public schools and highly-trained teachers are the most important factor in their future success. We als

Operating as usual

Photos from Idaho Education Association's post 01/15/2024

has been huge success for students, public education and educators! Thank you to everyone who made it happen!

Episode 95: Previewing a pivotal legislative session 01/08/2024

IEA's Matt Compton discussed what to expect during the legislative session with education stakeholders and Kevin Richert at the Idaho Education News last week. Check it out!

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🏆✨ Celebrating Amy Alfredson's achievement of the Diamond Coach Award from the National Speech and Debate Association! 🎉 Cheers to teamwork and dedication!



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Photos from Idaho Education Association's post 12/07/2023

IEA members and staff discuss how to address our own biases in the classroom and how we can create more equitable schools. Want to know what they had to say? Click on the link below!


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Jake Smulkowski looks like a union member. Burly and barrel-chested, his flannel shirt and firm handshake would fit right in at a local meeting for pipe fitters or steelworkers.

Instead, he teaches fifth grade. But don’t let that make you think his strong union values are any less relevant to his worldview or how he sees what he does for a living. In fact, Smulkowski sees his place as a member of the Idaho Education Association and president of the Post Falls Education Association as a very important part of the long, proud history of America’s labor movement.

To learn more about Jake:

Photos from Idaho Education Association's post 12/05/2023

IEA members Misti and Chad received the Sawtooth Stem Educator Award for their commitment to promoting STEM career development from an early age at their schools! How awesome are they?


A teacher's 2023 wrapped.

Photos from Maggie O'Mara's post 11/30/2023

American Education Week might be over, but IEA Members work hard every week of the year!

Say hi to Eric Blackstone!

Boise School District


The Idaho Department of Education has awarded $129,459 in federal grant funding through its Child Nutrition Programs to help 14 schools to purchase new equipment for their National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The department received the funding through the United States Department of Agriculture Equipment Assistance Grant. Individual grant awards will fund new equipment including freezers, ovens, refrigerators, mixers and dishwashers.

Awardees include: Fruitland High School, Payette School District, UpRiver School, Mackay School District, Plummer-Worley Joint School District No. 44's Lakeside Middle/High School, Meadows Valley School, Joint School District #171, Elevate Academy Nampa, Westside High School, Jefferson Middle School, Carey School in Blaine County School District #61, Valley School District, Northwest Children's Home, and West Ada School District.



The Gibson family, deeply rooted in education, showcases a generational commitment to the Idaho Education Association (IEA).

Dave Gibson, a veteran teacher and union advocate, instilled the importance of union membership in his daughters, Hope Wayne and Brianna Stackle, both educators. Growing up, discussions around the dinner table centered on improving education and navigating Idaho's political landscape. Dave's dedication to the union became a family ethos, with Hope and Bri naturally embracing IEA membership when they decided to become teachers. Dave's experience emphasized the significance of union representation, underscoring the critical role unions play.

For Hope and Bri, union membership is not just a professional choice but a personal commitment to defending education. Hope actively participates in IEA's political work, understanding the direct impact of public policy on her classroom. Bri, engaged in IEA's Growing Engaged Members initiative, finds value in building connections with colleagues. The Gibsons witness positive shifts in education, remaining optimistic about the future. Their multi-generational involvement in the IEA reflects a shared belief in the power of unions to shape a better education system for all.

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We close American Education Week with this member highlight featuring Katie Romans! Show your support by liking, commenting, and sharing!

Boise Public Schools Education Foundation
Boise School District


Thank you substitute educators!!! 🔥🔥🔥


Today, we'd like to highlight Chase James, a passionate teacher in the Blackfoot School District and our local co-president. He's amazing!

If you're an IEA member and would like to nominate someone, or even nominate yourself, send us a message!


To conclude this ESP celebration day, we want to introduce you to our Member Spotlight of the week: Allen Sandquist!

If you are an IEA member and would like to nominate someone or nominate yourself, send us a message!

Vallivue School District
Vallivue Education Association


Portland teachers are about to hit the two-week mark on strike. The IEA recognizes their hard work and stands with them.

Photo by: Portland Mercury

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Oregon Education Association
Portland Association of Teachers


Nov. 7th election results show the power of standing together for public education.


American Education Week starts today! ✏️📕📘📙🏫

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