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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.

 MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 Purpose

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

Goals

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.

Our kids. Our schools. Our future.

Core Values

Integrity

Demonstrated by ethical behavior, professionalism and commitment to stakeholders. 

Leadership 

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

Fairness

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. 

ISTA RA   NEA RA 

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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