Frequently Asked Questions

ISTA advocates for and advances the interests of Indiana's students, educators and public schools.

What is the mission of ISTA?

A professional association organized to sustain quality public education, improve students’ educational opportunities and advance the professional status of educators.

Who is eligible to join ISTA

Public school educators from teachers to education support professionals to retired educators. Additionally, students preparing to enter the education field have the option to join the Indiana State Teachers Association Aspiring Educators (ISTA Aspiring Educators). Those interested in joining should contact their association representative (RA), UniServ office or the Member Resource Center at 844-ASK-ISTA (844-275-4782).

What is included in membership?

Members are entitled to ISTA conferences and professional development programming, UniServ and legal assistance and personal consultation on issues such as employment, retirement and certification, member-only publications, insurance and liability policies, discounts on travel and services and more. Visit Our Benefits for more information.

What is ISTA’s connection to the National Education Association (NEA)?

ISTA is a state affiliate of NEA and adheres to a unified membership and to the guidelines of NEA. ISTA members are enrolled as members of NEA and receive professional support and significant, cost-saving member benefits through that membership.

What are local education association affiliates?

These are the associations established in school districts or counties. They are the voice of members at the grassroots level and act as the collective bargaining team to negotiate salary and salary-related benefits for its members. Local associations can be organized by teachers and education support professionals.