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News You Can Use

Nov. 4 7:30-8:30 p.m. Teletown Hall with Illinois Superintendent of Schools Carmen Ayala, Ph.D.

Hosted by IEA, Ayala will be interviewed first about the most pressing issues in education in Illinois and then members will have the opportunity to ask questions.

How it works: You will receive a call at the phone number we have on file for you at 7:20 p.m. that evening. If you want to participate, simply stay on the line. If you are not sure we have a good phone number on file for you, please contact IEA Connect, or go to the Members Only page on the IEA website to update your information. The event also will be streamed live on the IEA website.

Nov. 7  |  4:30 p.m.
Webinar – Introducing the app: Beginning with Babble (For anyone who deals with parents of small children)

Developed by speech pathologists and others at the non-profit Learning Empowers All People (LEAP), it is a free app for parents and caregivers with children from zero to four that reminds caregivers to interact with their children through a variety of developmentally appropriate stimuli and ideas. Learn more about it, and the LEAP organization.

Nov. 18-22  |  #AEW2019

Monday – Kickoff Day
Tuesday – Parents Day
Wednesday – Education Support Professionals Day
Thursday – Educator for a Day
Friday – Substitute Educators Day

For more on the weeklong celebration, go to NEA American Education Week.

Well-being survey

The Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the University of Illinois Springfield invites you to participate in the Illinois Educator Well-Being Survey. The purpose of this survey is to examine how the climate and culture of your workplace impacts the quality of your life.

The purpose of this survey is to examine how the climate and culture of your workplace impacts the quality of your life. The IEA will use this data to develop and improve programs and services that support members’ well-being in the workplace.

Data collected as part of this survey will remain confidential. Please see the informed consent document for additional information.
Take Survey Now
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Educational Support Professionals: Understanding and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Register at

http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/e0ohc3w9ycnf/event/event_info.html

Autism is easily among the most misunderstood of all human conditions which poses daily challenges for educators and students alike. Have you ever asked, “Why do kids with autism do that?” The simple truth is students with Autism have several different behaviors that we, as educators, find difficult to understand because we cannot fully comprehend what it’s like in the mind and body of someone on the spectrum. This highly informative webinar will focus on identifying the traits and characteristics of autism, development and implementation of proactive strategies to help manage sensory processing issues and meltdowns and the similarities and differences between same aged males and females with ASD.

Presenter(s):

Donna Nielsen
, graduate of NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow, NEA ESP Conference Presenter, Training graduate of Hands In Autism (an affiliate of Indiana University and Riley’s Children’s Hospital), Certified School Bus Driver Trainer, Certified Grief Support Group Facilitator, Grandmother of an Autistic Grandson, Retired NEA and ISTA Board of Director and a Retired 30 year Professional School Bus Driver.

Mickey Brady, graduate of NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow, NEA ESP Conference presenter, 28 year Professional Bus Driver and Certified School Bus Driver Trainer, Training graduate of Hands in Autism (an affiliate of Indiana University and Riley’s Children’s Hospital), Crisis Prevention Institute certified trainer in non-violent crisis intervention, certified True Colors trainer.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

NEA affiliate leaders, staff, members and partners. All interested parties are welcome. You are encouraged to forward this invite to your partners, leaders and other team members.


FACILITATOR(S):

Lisa Connor, NEA Sr. Program/Policy Analyst
Jessica Brinkley, NEA Sr. Program/Policy Analyst

Questions? Contact Jessica Brinkley at jdbrinkley@nea.org.

For more ESP professional development opportunities visit www.nea.org/esppd.

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Wear Red for Ed

Red for Ed

Wear Red for Ed on 10.23.19

Our sisters and brothers across the state are fighting for the schools their students deserve. Let’s show them our support by wearing #RedforEd on Wednesday!

Share your #RedforEd pictures on social media with the hashtags:

#MendotaMatters
#ATA4Kids
#StandWithCTU
#IFTstrong

We stand with our union sisters and brothers who are on strike, the Mendota Elementary Teachers and the Chicago Teachers Union. And, we are supporting the Addison Teachers’ Association who could go on strike Thurs., Oct. 24, and are fighting for their students, as well.

Help us get the message out about our #RedforEd action by sharing IEA’s Facebook post.

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Two Supports One Location: ESP Council and President Support Team

The ESP Council and President Support Team have partnered to bring you two very important supports in one location. There will be an ESP Assembly and a President Support Team Presidents’ Roundtable in the Champaign IEA Office, 2110 Clearlake Blvd., Suite 103, on:

Saturday, November 9, 2019

* 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ESP Assembly featuring The Injured School Employee: Your Rights & Benefits and the President Support Team Presidents’ Roundtable

*12:00 p.m. Lunch

*1:00 p.m. ESP Council Meeting. All are welcome to stay.

RSVP by November 1 to Arlene.Criglar@ieanea.org or Valerie.Shoger@ieanea.org

Future ESP Assemblies & President Support Team Presidents’ Roundtables:

* February 8, 2020 in Matteson IEA Office

* April 18, 2020 in Sterling IEA Office *

* June 13, 2020 in Edwardsville IEA Office

* June 13, 2020 There will be an additional PST Presidents’ Roundtable in the Carterville IEA Office

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Webinar: Understanding and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum

Educational Support Professionals: Understanding and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum

Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Register at http://neaorg.adobeconnect.com/e0ohc3w9ycnf/event/event_info.html

Autism is easily among the most misunderstood of all human conditions which poses daily challenges for educators and students alike. Have you ever asked, “Why do kids with autism do that?” The simple truth is students with Autism have several different behaviors that we, as educators, find difficult to understand because we cannot fully comprehend what it’s like in the mind and body of someone on the spectrum. This highly informative webinar will focus on identifying the traits and characteristics of autism, development and implementation of proactive strategies to help manage sensory processing issues and meltdowns and the similarities and differences between same aged males and females with ASD.

Presenter(s):
Donna Nielsen
, graduate of NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow, NEA ESP Conference Presenter, Training graduate of Hands In Autism (an affiliate of Indiana University and Riley’s Children’s Hospital), Certified School Bus Driver Trainer, Certified Grief Support Group Facilitator, Grandmother of an Autistic Grandson, Retired NEA and ISTA Board of Director and a Retired 30 year Professional School Bus Driver.

·         Mickey Brady, graduate of NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow, NEA ESP Conference presenter, 28 year Professional Bus Driver and Certified School Bus Driver Trainer, Training graduate of Hands in Autism (an affiliate of Indiana University and Riley’s Children’s Hospital), Crisis Prevention Institute certified trainer in non-violent crisis intervention, certified True Colors trainer.

INTENDED AUDIENCE:

NEA affiliate leaders, staff, members and partners. All interested parties are welcome. You are encouraged to forward this invite to your partners, leaders and other team members.

FACILITATOR(S):

Lisa Connor, NEA Sr. Program/Policy Analyst
Jessica Brinkley, NEA Sr. Program/Policy Analyst

Questions? Contact Jessica Brinkley at jdbrinkley@nea.org.

For more ESP professional development opportunities visit www.nea.org/esppd.

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Reflections of an awesome One Conference!!

One Conference 2019

If you are interested in attending a future conference through IEA or NEA I highly encourage you to take the opportunity. Funds are usually available for ESPs to attend. Please check with your local president or contact your local region office. If you have any questions please submit your questions through the Contact Your ESP Council on this site. We would be happy to assist you in any way we can.

There were so many amazing sessions such as Teacher/Para Teams, CPR/AED Heartsaver Adult/Child/Infant, Time to Bargain: Is Your Team Ready?, Stress Management and Mindfulness, and so many more. Beyond the sessions, I love the opportunity to meet and collaborate with ESP members from across Illinois, and oh, my… the food!! So much great food!

#rESPect #StrongerUnited