Who are ISTA-Retired Members?
ISTA-Retired members remain connected to the education profession and colleagues following retirement. Retired members continue to support public education through the activities and programs of ISTA.
While advocating on behalf of public schools, educators and kids, ISTA-Retired also dedicates advocacy to key issues important to retired educators, such as securing a Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA), establishing state funding for retired education employee health insurance premiums, maintaining social security and ensuring pension solvency.
ISTA-Retired provides an opportunity to remain connected to the profession to which they dedicated their careers. A membership in ISTA-Retired is a membership in ISTA and the National Education Association (NEA). ISTA-Retired members have the option to then join a local chapter to remain connected in their local community. The knowledge and experience of ISTA-Retired members are integral to the continued success of ISTA, with an ISTA-Retired member serving on the ISTA board of directors, four Retired member appointments to the ISTA Standing Committees and representation on Indiana Political Action Committee for Education (I-PACE).
Joining ISTA-Retired is an opportunity for continuous membership in the Association. ISTA and NEA member benefits continue into retired membership. In addition, competitive rates for high-quality, long-term care insurance, Medicare supplemental insurance, retired dental and vision plans and liability insurance for substitute teaching become available to retired members.
Retired membership can be paid annually or by a lifetime membership, which locks-in the membership rate. Fill out an application to begin Retired membership.
Questions? Contact the Member Resource Center at 844-ASK-ISTA (275-4782).
Those who choose to purchase a pre-retired subscription must maintain ISTA membership until retirement.
ISTA-Retired is organized into regional zones with local chapters for members to engage.
The ISTA-Retired Statewide District Council is composed of an elected ISTA-Retired Board of Directors member, Retired representatives to the four ISTA Standing Committees, Retired I-PACE representative, one Retired member from each chapter, zone coordinators, NEA elected Retired members and ISTA president or designee (ex-officio).
ISTA-Retired has a number of statewide subcommittees on which retired members can serve, including Legislative, Membership, Newsletter, Communications, Scholarship and Golden Touch Award.
ISTA-Retired produces a newsletter, The Chalkboard, delivering ISTA-Retired news to retired members.
ISTA-Retired staff liaison is Craig Blume.
Frequently asked questions
I have questions about retirement counseling, retirement pension direct deposit or retirement pension payments. Who can answer my questions?
The Teacher Retirement Fund (TRF) is a division of the Indiana Public Retirement System (INPRS). You can talk to an INPRS representative by calling 888-286-3544. To reach a representative, an automated voicemail service will prompt you to enter your pension ID and passcode. If you don’t have both readily available, stay on the line following the prompt. When the request goes unanswered following the second prompt, the phone system will automatically transfer you to a representative.
I’m now a member of ISTA-Retired. Can I choose to continue in an ISTA leadership position?
Yes, there are many opportunities available for Retired members to be active in the Association. Retired members have seats on the Board of Directors and governance and issue committees and can serve at the ISTA and NEA Representative Assemblies. Additionally, each ISTA-Retired chapter elects local officers.
Why should I choose ISTA-Retired over another professional retirement organization?
ISTA-Retired is the only organization that maintains your membership in the Association that has supported you throughout your career. Continue to receive NEA member benefits and discounts and enjoy the connection to colleagues. As an ISTA-Retired member, you can remain a vital instrument in supporting public education in Indiana.