Springfield Education Association (SEA) is a local association that was chartered in 1961, from the collective assembly of Springfield 186 educators and education professionals. Its membership consists of approximately 1250 professionals from within Springfield Public Schools District 186 and is an affiliate of Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). It is entirely funded from the voluntary dues of its members, and its strength comes from the member’s commitment to do what is right for education, the community and the students and families that we all serve.

The purpose of SEA is to promote the general welfare of the membership, provide and maintain a professional staff of superior quality, provide effective channels of communications in all matters affecting the profession, strive for an educational system that seeks to meet the educational needs of all persons, encourage educators to exercise their rights and privileges as citizens and to accept leadership in civic affairs, and provide leadership and coordination in the efforts of the membership in the attainment and maintenance of a comprehensive matters agreement.

We are a transparent organization, with varied political viewpoints that are constantly seeking our member’s viewpoints and engaging with the community. We have recently partnered with the Faith Coalition for the Common Good, to begin working on equity within Springfield Public Schools.  Also, we have also joined forces with the Partnership for Resilience, an IEA-based partnership that focuses on helping to improve education through proactive resilience work within varied portions of the sate. We have begun purposeful conversations, centered around education, with local churches and Alderwomen and Aldermen. And we have been a long-time partner with the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), which focuses on challenges by building internal capacity for continual improvement through a union/management collaborative approach.

If you are interested in learning more about, would like to consider joining our organization or find that we may have common interests, please contact Carla Forniak, IEA Administrative Assistant, at 217-321-2353 or the SEA President, Aaron Graves, at SEApresident186@gmail.com.