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IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Academy

IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leader Academy

The Illinois Education Association is partnering with the National Education Association to provide an IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Academy (ESP-ELA) based on the highly successful NEA Leaders for Tomorrow’s program (LFT).  The ESP-ELA was develop to provide support and leadership training for IEA’s emerging ESP leaders.   Many of IEA’s ESP leaders have attended the LFT program which has been instrumental in helping IEA’s ESP members acquire skills and the confidence needed to lead at the local level. Many program graduates have even stepped into state or national leadership positions. This strength and success has seeded a desire to expand its positive impact.

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What type of future do you want?

What type of future do you want for our society? We are creating a society of followers and test takers. We need to help our students develop a sense of self and community.  Music, Art, recess, and other activities such as these help students to find and develop skills necessary to build a sense of self and social skills. These activities help to build communication skills that are being lost in this technology based world. Not only do students get the much needed exercise and mind breaks during recess, and gym, but a tremendous amount of problem solving and social development happens.  While Art develops parts of the brain that builds creativity that can enhance critical, and “out of the box” thinking and task management.