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A picture from behind many ISEA members and supporters are marching. You can see their backs; they are in pink shirts with the blue ISEA logo. In the foreground, one person has a small child on their shoulders. The child is holding a sign. In the background, you can see the sun is beginning to set.

Join ISEA Today! You belong in the Union!

ISEA is Iowa's largest and only public employees union led by educators for educators. By banding together, we impact meaningful change for educators and students.


ISEA makes sure the voices of educators are actually heard. Together, we have successfully raised educator wages, improved working conditions, and supported student loan forgiveness. We can have an even stronger voice when you join us today.

Become a Member

George Anderson stands in front of several punching bags.
I joined the union simply because it is the most effective way for laborers’ voices to be heard. I believe that there is strength in numbers and that unions allow labor to organize across industries and borders.
Quote by: George Anderson, 2020 Iowa Teacher of the Year

Making a difference

Becoming a member of the Iowa State Education Association connects you with a movement of educators and school staff supporting each other. Our union advocates for the funding and resources that you, your schools, and your students deserve. This includes:

Together we're stronger. Together we're heard. 

With more members like you, we’ll have a stronger voice so that we can secure real pay increases, change our workplace, and protect our rights.

Kerisa Baedke stands in front of her class teaching.
ISEA is the voice of Iowa’s public school employees. Involvement in ISEA has helped me find my passion, given me voice, and honed my leadership skills. I am an active member and leader of ISEA because, as such, I work alongside other members to educate, to advocate, and to elevate the profession.
Quote by: Kerisa Baedke, Teacher


ISEA members are as diverse as the students we represent, but united in our purpose: championing justice and excellence in public education. ISEA members can belong to the movement in every phase of their career!
Group shot of Aspiring Educators

Aspiring Educators

Aspiring Educators Program are college students pursuing careers as educators and belong to the ISEA Aspiring Educators.
McMahon and Dravis

Active Professionals

Active professionals include educators and education support professionals in our K-12 public schools, as well as Higher Education faculty and staff.
Wayne Bauman

Retired Professionals

Public school retirees can continue their advocacy and benefits of membership in ISEA Retired and NEA-Retired

Leading in our schools, communities, and state.

The Iowa State Education Association works to promote, advance, and protect public education, the education profession, and the rights and interests of our members. When you join the ISEA, you’re joining forces with the power and influence of 3.2 million members nationwide.