As the 2017 General Assembly craft their biennial (two-year) budget, Indiana Retired Teacher Association members should remind their legislators how much retired educators support their communities. You have not seen an increase in your pensions since 2008.
Heading quickly to the end of the year, many of you may have not taken your Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs). Hopefully, you will be reminded by your financial advisor to do so soon.
You don’t want to miss out on some opportunities to help you avoid costly mistakes and additional taxes.
Now that the holidays and cooler weather are upon us, we may need to have a little more motivation to eat right and to take care of ourselves.
We all want good health in our golden years. Here are some tips:
The Indiana Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) is focused on the election season and we hope that you are as well.
A “good voter” is a term used to describe an active and informed member of the voting community. While there are several key factors in exercising our voter muscle, the first is that we always vote!
We recently had conversations with two local elementary teachers and asked them: "What resources would be valuable to YOU in your classroom?"
Their answer was surprising, at first.
Topics: Educator Resources
Another Indiana General Assembly biennial budget is approaching, and once again the state’s financial health will be under the microscope.
Undoubtedly, teacher pensions will get another look. What that means to Indiana’s 144,000 active, inactive and retired teachers and their beneficiaries remains to be seen.
To help keep your retirement benefits in perspective, it’s helpful to know a little history about Indiana’s Teacher Retirement Fund and it’s more than $10.5 billion in assets.
Communication is key, as they say. Effective communication is an important part of the parent teacher relationship. Parents need to know important information about the school, but they also want to know what their child is doing in the classroom. Providing this information can help create effective parent teacher partnerships which will lead to student success.
As an educator, you've most likely heard of DonorsChoose.org. It's a website that allows teachers to post their classroom needs, and donors to select the projects and classrooms they want to help. The goal is that all students will have the tools and experiences they need to excel.
DonorsChoose was started by a teacher who realized the cost of purchasing supplies and equipment wasn't always feasible. He thought there might be donors out there who would love to help and see children succeed, and he was right! After the first few posts from his colleagues, the site spread nationwide and it's available to every public school in America.
Kids can find anything on the Internet. Unfortunately, anything and everything.
Research websites for children, however, can be valuable tools for getting information for classroom projects.
As an elementary school teacher, what can you do to help your students find reliable research on the Internet and keep them safe from inappropriate material?
After reading Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s press release on July 25, 2016, I ask that you join me in emailing or writing him to suggest what he should do with the state's $50 million dollar budget surplus.