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2021 NEA ESP National Conference

NEA ESP conference

Registration for the 2021 NEA ESP National Conference is now open!

The NEA ESP National Conference is the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation. The 2021 conference will be held virtually March 19-21, with a special ESP of the Year celebration on Friday, March 26. Get ready to connect, collaborate, and engage in some of the most important topics affecting our school communities today, from racial and social justice, to trauma, social and emotional learning, leadership, organizing, and more! Check out the conference schedule, featured speakers, and workshop sessions at nea.org/espconference.

Registration for conference is open from February 15-26, and is FREE of charge to NEA members. Space is limited, so spread the word and reserve your spot today!

Register now >

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Summer Leadership Academy

The 2021 Summer Leadership Academy will be a virtual event held over 2 weeks – July 19-22 & July 26-29. Due to the PD sessions not being held at this year’s IEA RA, we plan to add additional PD sessions during the 2021 SLA. 

Summer Leadership Academy RFP form is now online!

If you have an expertise or activity you think other ESPs/members would enjoy and benefit from and are interested in presenting it as a school or elective, please complete the SLA RFP form no later than March 24.

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NEA Representative Assembly (Virtual)

June 30 – July 3, 2021 (Tentative)

ESP’s we need you! Your voice is important!

Over 8,000 NEA members are expected to attend virtually the next Annual Meeting and Representative Assembly from June 30-July 3. While there RA delegates will propose, debate, and take action on new business items for the Association and other association policies, and vote by secret ballot on proposed amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws. Executive officers, Executive Committee members, and at-large members of the NEA Board of Directors will be elected.

More information available at ra.nea.org.

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NEA ESP Conference Registration is Open Now!!

The 2021 NEA ESP Conference will be held virtually March 19-21, with a special ESP of the Year celebration on Friday, March 26.

Registration for the 2021 NEA ESP Conference is now open through February 26, or until we reach capacity. Registration is FREE of charge and limited to NEA members. Spaces are being filled on a first-come first-served basis, so reserve your spot today!

The conference brings together approximately 1,000 educators every year to grow and strengthen the professional excellence of ESP members working in Pre-K to Higher-Ed through Association-convened, educator-led, and student-centered learning experiences. With more than 60 interactive workshops to choose from over the course of four days, participants enhance their knowledge and skills to build community relationships, organize members, advocate for educators, and sustain stronger local associations, helping members excel in their careers and positively impact student success. 

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Spring Election Nomination Deadline

The ESP Council is looking for energetic and reliable ESP advocates to join the ESP Council.

REMINDER – Feb. 17 is the deadline to submit nominations for the IEA spring governance elections! Nominations are currently being accepted for NEA RA State Delegates, ESP and Higher Education Council positions, and for several ethnic minority, higher education and ESP sectional representative and alternate positions. The online nomination form is available on the IEA website until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17. Contact Kim Trader with any questions.

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Summer Leadership Academy

The 2021 Summer Leadership Academy will be a virtual event held over 2 weeks – July 19-22 & July 26-29. Due to the PD sessions not being held at this year’s IEA RA, we plan to add additional PD sessions during the 2021 SLA.

If you are interested in presenting a school or elective, please complete the SLA RFP form no later than March 24.

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Tomorrow, Don’t Miss This!

ESPs: Where do we go from here?
Intentional navigation to bridge the cultural divide

Time: February 16, 2021 6:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Attention all Education Support Professionals (“ESP”):
You are invited to attend the IEA ESP Council’s February roundtable where the discussion
will be facilitated by Robert Powell, IEA ESP Council Member. Our commitment to equity and excellence in education requires the centering of cultural competence in all of our endeavors and utilizing a racial and social justice framework to support all students.
Please join us as we learn, discover, and advocate for ESP throughout Illinois. Your ESP
Council is here to support you during this trying time and beyond. If you have any questions
or would like more information, please visit http://www.ieaespcouncil.com.
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82175117512?pwd=dXJUUmI0VlJFNm53NG9DQnIybVZPdz09
Meeting ID: 821 7511 7512
Passcode: 704708