SPARKS Trainings

Helping New Educators Survive and Thrive
  • SPARKS is a retreat specially tailored for new teachers with 0-6 years experience in the teaching profession.

  • SPARKS participants get an all-expenses paid opportunity to share, learn, and build a learning community with their peers, all in a relaxed setting and while earning college credit!

  • SPARKS participants control the agenda. Topics can be anything from professional development to planning for retirement -- YOU get to decide!

What is SPARKS?

Each year the IEA hosts several SPARKS retreats with one goal in mind—giving new educators in their first five years in the profession the skills, techniques and training they need to be successful.

The first couple of years in the classroom can be stressful and challenging; we want to make sure that you have the professional support you need.

SPARKS sessions are informal, informative, and fun.

Past participants have pointed to their SPARKS experience as the turning point in giving them the skills and confidence they needed to help students and to advance their careers.

What You'll Learn at SPARKS

SPARKS trainings are done in small group settings and are facilitated by experienced IEA members and staff. We emphasize interaction and collaboration as we get you comfortable with topics such as:

  • Classroom management
  • Coping with stress
  • Advocating for students
  • Special education accommodations and modifications
  • Technology integration
  • Managing difficult conversations
  • Association essentials
SPARKS is an experience designed to “spark” your interest and develop leadership skills you can use in your classroom, at your school and in your local association.
Are you interested in attending a SPARKS retreat?  Fill out this quick form and we’ll send you more information.