We Need Your Voice!!

The NEA ESP Quality Department and NEA ESP Careers Strategic Board Committee would like to compile best strategies and practices for how districts are using Education Support Professionals (ESPs) to advance students’ learning, in virtual spaces, through academic support, and helping to meet their social, emotional, health and other needs during the COVID crisis. 

Please take a few minutes to answer this brief survey.  We also ask that you please share with colleagues in your affiliate, school/worksite and district. You may respond to the survey as many times as you like. The insight we gather will be used to inform the creation of NEA resources and guidance. Nothing shared will include identifying information without expressed permission.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennie Young at jyoung@nea.org.

Thank you!

Jennie Young

Senior Program/Policy Specialist | ESP Quality

National Education Association | 1201 Sixteenth Street, NW, Suite 613 | Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-822-7481 | Mobile: 410-370-5279 | Fax: 202-822-7168 | E-mail: jyoung@nea.org


We need your stories

Good Morning ESP Leaders,

I hope you are all doing well. NEA is looking for stories to share with policymakers when opportunities arrive. If you have stories to share about layoffs impacting your members or about members being harmed after being forced back to work in a physical location before it was safe due to coronavirus, please forward them to me.

Thank you for all you continue to do every day!

In Solidarity,

Lisa Connor
Lisa Connor | ESP Quality

National Education Association | 1201 Sixteenth Street, NW, Suite 613 | Washington, DC 20036

Phone 202-822-7529 | Mobile 202-557-9064 | Fax 202-822-7168 | E-Mail lconnor@nea.org |

Tell Us What Interests You

ESP Empowerment Day!!

Thank you to the amazing presenters and to all of the awesome ESPs who spent their day with us learning and growing, to become better advocates for ourselves, our members and students. If you were not able to attend, each session was recorded and will be uploaded to the IEA Members Only site next week.

Thank you, for all you do everyday!!



Register Now for tomorrow’s IEA ESP Empowerment Day!!

Click to register for tomorrow’s virtual IEA ESP Empowerment Day conference. Click the Register Now button. You will receive links to tomorrows sessions after registering.

Event Agenda:
9:00 – 9:30 – Whole Group Welcome from the ESP Council and Keynote – 2020 ESPOTY Debra Ciciora
9:45 – 11:15 – ESPs: Being Relevant in a Remote Learning Environment presented by Debra Ward-Mitchell
11:30 – 1:00 – Change Your Mindset: An Introduction to Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias presented by Ann Bachman-McIntosh
1:15 – 2:45 – Equity and Social Justice for All presented by Gina Harris


ISBE Survey: ESP to Certified Teacher

Please share this information with all ESPs

The Illinois State Board of Education is looking at new pathways for people to become teachers and is bringing together stakeholders to discuss the issue. The new pathway would help increase the pool of teachers, as well as increase the diversity in that pool. IEA is conducting a survey of our support personnel to see how many would be interested in that alternative pathway if it opened. The survey, called the ESP Pathway to Teaching Survey, includes questions such as:

  • Do you have a degree?
  • If so, in what area of study?
  • Are you interested in teaching?

We are hoping you will share this survey with all the support personnel in your local. The survey will be open for two weeks.


ESP Empowerment Day

You are invited to the 2020 ESP Day of Empowerment on October 3, 2020.

Event Agenda:
9:00 – 9:30 – Whole Group Welcome from the ESP Council and Keynote – 2020 ESPOTY Debra Ciciora
9:45 – 11:15 – ESPs: Being Relevant in a Remote Learning Environment presented by Debra Ward-Mitchell
11:30 – 1:00 – Change Your Mindset: An Introduction to Cultural Competency and Implicit Bias presented by Ann Bachman-McIntosh
1:15 – 2:45 – Equity and Social Justice for All presented by Gina Harris

This virtual event will be recorded and made available after the event for those who are unable to attend live.
Register by midnight October 1st!

Don’t miss the ESP Bargaining Resources

Bargaining is always a very stressful time in any organization. It is very important to do research and be prepared so your team can represent your members to the best of your ability. Don’t miss the ESP Bargaining Resources on our ESP Member Resource page. Click the bullet point under the IEA ESP MEMBER RESOURCES link toward the top of the page.


NEA Grant Opportunity

2020-2021 Student-Centered Bargaining and Advocacy Grant Opportunity 

NEA is pleased to announce the Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Department (CBMA) is now accepting applications for its 2020-2021 Student-Centered Bargaining and Advocacy Grants.

The grant award range is up to $50,000. The online application form, application template, FAQs, grant terms and conditions, and student-centered advocacy attributes document can be found at http://www.nea.org/grants/63562.htm. There is no deadline for submitting grant applications. Applications may be submitted throughout the year or until all grant funds have been committed.