ESP Insider Update

IEA Education Support Professionals
IEA Stand Strong
Even though you might feel alone, we are all standing together. Watch our new video! IEA 4@4IEA President Kathi Griffin and IEA Executive Director Audrey Soglin answer your questions. Tune in for the 4@4 every Tuesday and Thursday at 4 p.m. (There will not be a 4@4 on Thurs., April 30 due to the IEA Tele Town Hall at 4 p.m. The next 4@4 will be Tues., May 5.)
Don’t miss these upcoming events for ESPs!
Thurs., April 30, 4 p.m. IEA Tele Town Hall: Join IEA President Kathi Griffin and special guest, State School Superintendent Carmen Ayala, Ph.D. You should receive a call to join, or go to ieanea.org/live at 4 p.m.

Thurs., April 30, 6 p.mNEA Webinar: COVID-19 sick leave, family leave and unemployment benefits

Thurs., May 7, 6 p.m. NEA Webinar: School meal policy in the COVID-19 era
Two quick surveys
Your input is important to us! Please take a few minutes and respond to both surveys:Interest Survey: Please complete this three-question survey. Your local wants to know your interests to ensure you receive the resources, supports and communications that most interest you. Thanks for participating! Do you know an unsung ESP he/shero? Tell us about that person!
Ohio paraprofessional named ESP of the Year

Congratulations Andrea Beeman, 2020 NEA Education Support Professional of the Year!

NEA TodayESP of the Year offers guidance, advocacy during crisis
Nominate an ESP member today!
Use the online nomination form to nominate a special ESP member. A video can be included along with the reasons why the local association president or member of the IEA Board of Directors has nominated the member for an ESP STAR award. Nominees must be a current ESP member of IEA.
ESP reporter form
We are working to recognize ESP contributions and actions through the ESP Insider. When you participate in an event involving ESPs or hear of such an event, please complete the ESP Insider Reporter form.
ESP Council news

SAVE THE DATE! The council is planning to host a virtual ESP Assembly/Council meeting on Sat., June 13, 10 a.m. to noon. More information will be forth coming on how to join using your computer or phone. All ESP members are welcome to participate.
Stay connected with other ESPs:IEA ESP Council websiteIEA ESP websiteESP Professional Caucus on FacebookESP Connections on Facebook

Letter to ESPs from Jill Scarcelli, IEA ESP Council secretary
From my heart to yours…
ESPs support students during the COVID-19 crisis
ESP members from Troy School District 30c volunteered to help distribute Chrome Books to families for their children to use during remote learning.
More on COVID-19 from NEANEA TodaySchool nurses join fight against Coronavirus

NEA Education Policy: Coronavirus and schools

NEA to Congress: Put people first to alleviate suffering caused by COVID-19

NEA RA: NEA to host 2020 Representative Assembly virtually due to COVID-19 pandemic
Stay at home shopping essentials
Check out the member guide with offers and links from Access (an IEA Partner).
All in Illinois
Go to allinillinois.org to hear heartfelt messages and watch short video clips from your favorite Illinoisans. Join IEA and take the pledge to being All In
Other news IEA Connect is here to help!
Contact IEA Connect by phone at 1-844-432-1800, live chat or email, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 2020 U.S. Census is happening NOW!
The Census is safe, important and necessary. The Census questionnaire can be completed online, by phone or by email.

SCORE Grants
Information and online application link. Deadline to apply is July 15.

Summer Leadership Academy (SLA)
This year’s SLA, July 20-22, will be a virtual, on-line event. Watch for further details.

Save the date!
IEA One Conference, Oct. 2-3, Oak Brook