Did You Know?

Did you know that IEA can bring professional development to you and your school district? The IEA will work with you and your school district to tailor professional development specially for your district. This is done usually at little to no cost.

During this stressful time districts may be more receptive for the support to help plan, prepare, and present useful and relevant professional development for all staff. This also is a great way for members to experience another IEA membership benefit.


EMELT Virtual Conference

November 6th-7th

Registration is now open. Space is extremely limited and this year it’s only for Illinois residents due to the pandemic. Welcome to the IEA Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leadership VIRTUAL Training Program!Due to the global pandemic, the Ethnic Minority & Emerging Leadership Training (EMELT) will be conducted as a virtual conference and will be FREE to members. https://web.cvent.com/…/813be191-af83-4a86…/summary…


The Deadline for ESP of the Year is Approaching!!

The deadline to submit an application for ESP of the Year is December 18th and will be here before you know it. As far as I know NO application has been submitted for this years ESPOTY. We know there are so many ESPs that are just plain awesome and equally qualified for this award!!! Please share this information and encourage local presidents to nominate an ESP for this prestigious award.

ESP of the Year Award | Illinois Education Association

Vote for Fairness

IEA members are supporting the Fair Tax because this amendment is crucial to the funding of our schools. Please join us for upcoming events and volunteer activities!

Sign up and share these links with other educators:

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Vote Yes for Fair Tax IEA Statewide Steering Committee


ESP Wellness Check

If you are anything like me, you’re probably feeling pretty overwhelmed about now. In many districts students are back and school is in full swing. In my district we have started our back to in-school plan. We are in stage one where our pre-k and instructional students have returned and on Monday a new group of students will start. It definitely has been good to have students back in the building, but with that, added stress and concern has risen. The health and safety of everyone is front and foremost on our minds. The health and safety of all ESPs throughout Illinois is so important.

As I get overwhelmed I retract in to myself. What are you doing for self care? How are doing…No, how are you really doing?

I say this often, but thank you for all you do! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students!!


!!!ESP of the Year!!!

We know that ESPs are often underappreciated! Here is your chance to nominate a extraordinary ESP. We currently have NO nominations:(

To insure the widest possible participation, the nomination procedure for the ESP of the Year Award shall be as follows:

  • Each local association affiliate can submit one nominee through their local president.
  • Any member of the IEA Board of Directors may also submit one nomination.
  • Only one application per individual will be accepted. (If multiple applications for the same individual are received, application eligibility will be determined by the earliest received.)
  • Members of the ESP Council and alternates are not eligible for this award.
  • Nominations must be submitted by Dec. 18, 2020.
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ESPs Welcome Students Back To School!

Thank you to these fabulous ESP for all you do!! Here are a few pictures from DUEA-U46 and Troy Education Association. If you would like to share photos of the amazing things your ESP are doing please send them to jill.scarcelli@ieanea.org.


Check out these Member Discounts and Deals

When was the last time you logged in to your IEA Members Benefits website? Checkout this site to find great ways to earn back membership dues. You can find discounts on hotels, restaurants, shopping, entertainment, car rental, grocery coupons, and so much more.

Have you logged in to the IEA Discounts and Deals site? – IEA ESP Council

Printing the grocery coupons is the fastest and easiest way to earn back your membership dues. I can easily save $10-$15 every time I go shopping. Another great benefit is under the automotive tab. Great discounts on car maintenance and purchases.

Don’t miss out on these great deals.