Who We Are


ISTA represents the labor, policy, and professional interests of more than 45,000 public school teachers and education support professionals, staff in state higher education institutions, retired educators, and college students preparing to become teachers.

ISTA bargains compensation and benefits for members, protects their rights, and advocates for their professions. We are a strong voice for public education and working families in Indiana.
ISTA members share a common purpose, vision, values and goals. We advocate for public education, children, and our members’ professions, whether they are teachers, maintenance employees, nurses, retirees, custodians, secretaries, classroom aides, school psychologists or media specialists.

Members are ISTA. Members form a strong community of dedicated, caring professionals who support each other at the bargaining table, in the work place and in our communities. Members decide ISTA policy and direction.

Belonging to ISTA, the National Education Association, and local associations gives members a voice in their salaries, their careers and their jobs.

ISTA Mission Statement

The Indiana State Teachers Association is a professional association organized to sustain quality public education, improve students' educational opportunities, and advance the professional status of educators.


ISTA Purpose


To advocate for, and advance the interests of, Indiana's students, educators and public schools.




INTEGRITY: Demonstrated by ethical behavior, professionalism, and commitment to stakeholders. 

LEADERSHIP: Demonstrated by vision, progressive advocacy, and the resolve to be an inspiration to the future. 

FAIRNESS: Demonstrated by a diverse and inclusive professional community that values its democratic, equitable, and empathetic culture. 

COLLECTIVE ACTION: Demonstrated by the power of a unified voice, collaborative action, and mutual support. 

ISTA Quick Facts:

  • ISTA’s mission is to advocate for quality public education and our members through collective action.
  • ISTA is a member-driven organization, headed by elected officers, an executive director and a board of directors.

ISTA Structure:

  • ISTA includes 303 local associations, representing teachers, education support professionals, higher education professionals, retired educators and students.
  • We represent teachers in nearly all of Indiana's public school corporations.

ISTA members belong to:


  • A local association, which deals with issues that directly affect school quality, employment, compensation, working conditions and professional development. Locals bargain contracts with employers. They carry out a broad range of professional and community relations programs.
  • Student ISEA members belong to chapters at their college or university, and retired members belong to retired chapters.
  • Staff in UniServ offices provide bargaining, communications, legal, member rights, professional development and political action services to local members. UniServ districts are divided into groups of local associations for representation, collective bargaining, coordination and other purposes. ISTA staff members called UniServ representatives, work directly with members to provide collective bargaining, member rights and other services. Communications and legal staff also work out of ISTA's Central Office in Indianapolis.
  • ISTA, the state-level association, represents and advocates for members on a statewide basis.
  • The National Education Association, which is based in Washington, D.C. The NEA has more than 3.2 million members who work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. The NEA, governed through an elected Representative Assembly, provides national research and bargaining support, legal support, political action and lobbying services, and other services on professional and educational issues.

ISTA Policy:

  • ISTA members decide policy and the organization’s direction through a board of directors and Representative Assemblies.
  • The Board of Directors is composed of members from throughout the state elected by their colleagues. The Board meets several times a year.
  • The Representative Assembly meets annually in Indianapolis. Delegates elected by colleagues vote on policy issues that set the organization’s course.