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Why Advocacy Is Essential for Your Cause

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Jul 17, 2018 5:52:53 AM

The mission of nonprofits is to serve. Whether its changing public policy, supporting medical research or helping people in need, nonprofits play a critical role in advancing our society.

More than 1.6 million tax-exempt organizations operate in the United States, providing more than $390 billion in support of great causes.

Beyond the dollars, though, another crucial component of a successful nonprofit is advocacy. Telling the story, educating the public and changing minds are necessary to advance their goals.

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Topics: Volunteer

How to Be Happy in Retirement

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on May 19, 2018 10:45:20 AM

Retirement is an exciting time – a great anticipation of well-earned “me time”. You have spent decades working for others and serving your profession.

You deserve this chance to focus on what really makes you happy the rest of your life.

However, retirement can be a greater challenge than expected - especially mentally.

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Topics: Post Retirement

5 Tips for Good Health in Retirement

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Apr 11, 2018 4:34:42 PM

Retirement sounds great. It’s your goal after a long career.

Sleeping in a little later. Relaxing on a golf course. Spending time with your family without a phone call from work. It all should be good.

The quality of your retirement, though, often depends on your health.

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Topics: Health

Ways to Save During Your Vacation

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Apr 1, 2018 8:58:00 AM

If you are among the 72 percent of Americans who travel for leisure, you know that vacations can be expensive.

American Express says the average weeklong trip can cost around $970 per person for hotels, meals, transportation, entertainment and other expenses.

Even though you set a budget before setting off for another city, state or country, you sometimes spend more than you planned. Invariably, you can blow past your vacation means by buying items on impulse or pushing your credit cards to their limit.

So, what can you do to stick to your budget and still enjoy time with your family and friends? Here are some tips:

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Topics: Travel

Choosing a Financial Advisor – Where to Start, What to Ask

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Mar 18, 2018 2:15:00 PM

Everyone reaches a point in their life when they ask who can they turn to for financial advice. When you’re a kid, it’s probably your Mom or Dad telling how much birthday money you can spend and how much you need to save. When you’re a teenager it’s still your Mom and Dad but you just ignore their advice and do what you want - which is spend it.

However, sooner or later, when you have some work experience under your belt, you gain an understanding of just how hard it is to save for today’s needs let alone for retirement. At that point, Mom and Dad may not be around or you recognize they are not the all-knowing experts you thought they were when you were a kid. So, where do you start and what do you ask?

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Topics: finance

8 Teacher Resources for Successful Parent Teacher Conferences

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 30, 2017 9:19:00 AM

With most things in life, the key to success is planning, and it's no different with parent teacher conferences. Teachers prepare, plan, and think about conferences for weeks leading up to the big day (or days). 

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Squirrel Away Savings When the Leaves Start to Turn

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 13, 2017 1:27:35 PM

When leaves begin turning colors and the air turns cool most of us begin to think of cider, pumpkins, family gatherings and upcoming holidays.

For the financially savvy, fall signals the time of year to make sure we have taken advantage of every opportunity to save for the long winter of retirement and accumulate some tax breaks to use when the spring thaw arrives in April.

These are five opportunities to take advantage of before December 31 or risk waiting till next year.

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Topics: finance

10 Ways Teachers Are Creating Natural Learning Environments in the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Sep 13, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Classrooms can quickly become filled with paperwork, busy bulletin boards, signs, pictures—a thousand creative ideas that suddenly become very noisy and cluttered.

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Topics: Teaching, Educator Resources

10 of the Best Free Online Teacher Resources for the Classroom

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 30, 2017 9:47:05 AM

The world of online educational resources is ever-changing and sites that were popular a few years earlier have disappeared. Some of the sites that have made this list are familiar to many, notably Khan Academy and Google Earth, but are there because of the breadth and depth of their content. Others like Share My Lesson and Diigo may be new to you but well worth a look and their modern interfaces are easy to navigate and search for the right topics. Enjoy and share.

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Topics: Educator Resources

5 Things to Think About When Starting a Second Career

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Aug 3, 2017 10:43:38 AM
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Topics: Post Retirement

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