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How to Protect Your Home While You're Away

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 6, 2018 7:04:00 AM

Many of you will be heading out for the holidays or going south or west as a snowbird during the cold weather months.

You should take a little precaution to protect your home during your absence. Here are a few tips to help deter burglars and make your home look occupied:

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Topics: Safety

How to Determine When to Retire from Teaching

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Nov 5, 2018 10:00:00 AM

If you're a teacher thinking about when you should retire, you have a lot to consider. 

In this post we will cover the essentials to help you determine when to retire from teaching. It is our hope that this guide will provide you with an overview of the procedures of the Indiana State Teacher's Retirement Fund (ISTRF), as well as the personal and emotional considerations involved.

The Indiana Retired Teachers Association is committed to assisting active educators in making informed retirement decisions. The Association works to protect retirement benefits and to improve retirement benefits of all retired teachers.

Read our in-depth guide: Retirement Guide for Indiana Teachers

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Topics: finance, Post Retirement

Ways to Save During Your Vacation

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Nov 5, 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

Indiana EdCast Ep. #41 — Coach Sparkle on Classroom Looping

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Oct 30, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Welcome to Indiana EdCast, with Tom Mellish, Executive Director for IRTA, the Association that advocates for all Indiana retired educators.  We are joined once again by Coach Sparkle, aka Ashley Kendricks, an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools.

Today our focus is classroom looping in the upper elementary.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Ep. #40 — Linda Begley & Reverse Mortgages

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Oct 16, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Linda Begley, a retired Indiana teacher and counselor and a retired Florida counselor, is here to answer some of our questions about a reverse mortgage. We hope you'll listen to this episode! Ms. Begley presents valuable information here for our listeners, and for your family and friends.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Ep. #39 — Investment Planning

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Oct 9, 2018 8:00:00 AM

We are joined again today by Mike and Joe Coffman from Coffman Wealth and
Sage Point Financial Inc. As we continue our series on financial planning we will be
discussing Investment Planning.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

5 Reasons Why You Should Join A Group

Posted by Indiana Retired Teachers Association on Oct 4, 2018 2:10:47 PM

We need a sense of belonging. Joining a nonprofit organization gives us a sense of purpose, support and satisfaction.

Becoming a member serves our needs, promotes our communities and helps advance great causes.

There are various ways to serve a nonprofit. You can volunteer your time – helping with projects, speaking to groups or working on administrative tasks. You also can support one through donations or other gifts – providing the financial resources they need to serve their cause.

When choosing an organization to join, though, you should carefully review its purpose and mission. After all, you are giving yourself to help make it successful.

So why become a member of a nonprofit group? Here are some reasons why.

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Topics: Volunteer

Indiana EdCast Ep. #38 — Coach Sparkle on Evaluations

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Oct 2, 2018 10:51:11 AM

Welcome to Indiana Edcast, I am Tom Mellish, ED for IRTA, The Association that advocates for all Indiana retired educators. Please email me at tmellish@retiredteachers.org with your questions. We will find out the answer for you.

We are joined once again by Coach Sparkle, aka Ashley Kendricks, an instructional coach for Pleasant Hill Elementary in the North Montgomery Schools. We welcome Coach Sparkle and look forward to her thoughts on various educational instructional and classroom ideas.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Ep. #37 — INPRS Discussion Financial Planning Series

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Sep 25, 2018 11:35:00 AM

We are joined again today by Mike and Joe Coffman from Coffman Wealth and Sage Point Financial Inc. As we continue our series on financial planning we will be discussing the Indiana Public Retirement System and pensions.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

Indiana EdCast Ep. #36 — Stacey Bunes and Clear Captions

Posted by Tom Mellish, Executive Director, IRTA on Sep 17, 2018 2:26:31 PM

In this episode of Indiana EdCast, we are joined today by Stacey Bunes from ClearCaptions. Welcome Stacey, and we are looking forward to hearing about this free offer that our members can receive if they have hearing loss.

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Topics: Educator Resources, Indiana EdCAST

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