I first got involved with IEA as a Student Teacher and have had so many opportunities to grow as a teacher and a leader. Through free events and conferences like SPARKS and Summer Institute I have had the ability to network with and learn from hundreds of educators across the state!
SPARKS retreats are a major component in the IEA’s support of early career educators. Held at various locations around the state, these retreats give new educators a chance to share experiences, issues, and ideas with each other in non-work atmosphere. Some of Idaho’s most experienced and trusted educators facilitate SPARKS retreats, so there is plenty of veteran knowledge to take advantage of. These retreats are a great learning experience for early career educators and they are FREE for IEA members (although space is limited).