Important Illinois Education Association News and Updates

Request for funding applications are being accepted for the following conferences.  IMPORTANT: Please remember that IEA region councils have funding available for education support professionals to attend IEA conferences and events. Not sure where your region council is, call your nearest Illinois Education Association office. https://ieanea.org/contact-us/offices/

  • The NEA ESP National Conference is the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation. Theme: Joy, Justice, Excellence: The Strength of Educators. The Brilliance of Students. The Power of Community.

  • 2023 Higher Ed Conference
    • Date: March 17-19, 2023
    • Location: San Jose, CA
    • Application due by Dec 12
  • 2023 NEA Leadership Summit
    • Date: March 10-12, 2023
    • Location: San Francisco
    • Application due by Dec 12

Budget Open Hearings: Schedule for January 2023

NEA RA – July 2-6, 2023 – Orlando, FL

The 2023 NEA RA will be held in Orlando from July 2-6.  Illinois will be housed at the Rosen Centre with more details to follow.

2023 Summer Leadership RFP- Due December 9, 2022

The 2023 Summer Leadership Retreat will be held July 24-27, 2023 at Illinois State University Bone Student Center in Normal, IL. We are looking for presenters who can deliver training sessions in the areas of bargaining, grievance, organizing, equity, political action and leadership development to assist our members in the upcoming school year.  Please consider submitting sessions which will help our local leaders renew their hope for a return to some normalcy and offer experiences that help restore their power.

Sessions at ISU will include 1- or 2-hour electives held on Tuesday & Wednesday. Half day sessions will be held on Wednesday & Thursday and can be combined for a full-day session.

Anyone interested in submitting for a session should complete the Summer Leadership RFP by December 9, 2022.

IEA Awards nomination deadline is Dec. 15. 

Online nomination forms can be found on the IEA website under Members/Benefits/Awards:

  • ESP of The Year Award: This award is meant to emphasize the contributions of education support professionals to their association, their schools and their communities.
  • Reg Weaver Human and Civil Rights Award: Named after former IEA President and NEA President Reg Weaver, an individual IEA-NEA member or an IEA-NEA group may be nominated for this award, which recognizes those who have performed an outstanding humanitarian/civil rights activity or community service above and beyond normal association endeavors.