Who is ISTA?

The Indiana State Teachers Association (ISTA) is the voice of public education and educators in Indiana. Our nearly 40,000 members — from college students to retired educators — comprise the Association. ISTA membership offers a collective voice for the education profession and public schools in our communities.

ISTA is an affiliate of the National Education Association (NEA). The resources from NEA and ISTA enable the hundreds of local associations across the state to advocate for their members on issues such as compensation, working conditions, professional development and the well-being of their students.

As an affiliate of NEA, ISTA adheres to a code of ethics that guides our members and our policies.


The Indiana State Teachers Association is a professional association organized to sustain quality public education, improve students’ educational opportunities and advance the professional status of educators.


To develop and organize members as leaders, professionals and active citizens to improve the professional status of educators and educational opportunities for Hoosier kids.


Unified voice - we are stronger together.

Economic security and professional working conditions for educators.

Premier public education system that serves all kids regardless of ZIP code, culture or ability.

Strategic Priorities

Build strong locals.

Increase membership and engagement.

Advocate for educational issues.

Fight for racial and social justice.

Our kids. Our schools. Our future.

Core Values


Demonstrated by ethical behavior, professionalism and commitment to stakeholders.


Demonstrated by vision, progressive advocacy and the resolve to be an inspiration to the future.


Demonstrated by a diverse and inclusive professional community that values its democratic, equitable and empathetic culture.

Collective Action

Demonstrated by the power of a unified voice, collaborative action and mutual support.

Representative Assemblies 

ISTA is a member-governed organization. The ISTA and National Education Association Representative Assemblies (RA) are annually convened meetings to review and approve the business of the Associations. RA delegates are members elected by their local associations to represent them. 


Governing Documents

ISTA is a member-governed organization, which annually conducts Association business at its Representative Assembly (RA). The governing documents outline the current policies directing the Association’s work.

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