Professional Development

Benefit of membership

Join fellow IEA members this fall at one of four opportunities for professional development:

  • Educator Well-Being — This course focuses on increasing educator well-being through research-based strategies rooted in the field of positive psychology. Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. Members will learn how to increase their well-being through the principles of positive psychology. Being offered in the month of October. Eligible for eight clock hours.
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences — This course introduces members to the concept of adverse childhood experiences and explores the psychological and behavioral impact of traumatic stress on preschool, elementary, middle, and high school students. Members will learn what can be done at school to help traumatized children, and how to prevent the development of secondary traumatic stress. Being offered in the month of October. Eligible for eight clock hours.
  • Using Formative Assessments — This course explores research-based strategies for embedding formative assessment practices into daily instruction that are proven to increase student motivation and achievement. Members will learn how to apply these strategies in contexts ranging from kindergarten through high school. Being offered in October. Eligible for eight clock hours.
  • Join the IEA Online Book Club – Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools — Monique W. Morris chronicles the experiences of Black girls across the country whose intricate lives are misunderstood, highly judged-by teachers, administrators, and the justice system-and degraded by the very institutions charged with helping them flourish. Pushout exposes a world of confined potential and supports the rising movement to challenge the policies, practices, and cultural illiteracy that push countless students out of school and into unhealthy, unstable, and often unsafe futures. Will take place in the months of October and November and is eligible for eight clock hours.

Could you use $1000 to benefit your students or community?

SCORE Grants!

The deadline to apply for the next round of SCORE Grant funding is July 15. Do you have a great idea on how to partner your students and your fellow association members with a community organization to do a project that makes a difference? Have you come up with a plan you think can help your school recover from the pandemic, but you’re not sure how to fund it? Or, has there always been a social justice issue you’ve wanted your school to tackle in the community? If so, the SCORE grant can help. The IEA’s Foundation has funded hundreds of member projects up to $1,000 over the past several years and yours could be next. To find out more about SCORE grants, to read about other projects to come up with ideas for your own, or to watch videos about past projects, check out the SCORE Grant page!


What is Juneteenth? Join this Webinar to learn more.

Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Wikipedia Observance Date: Saturday, June 19th 2021

Webinar – Juneteenth: Taking Time to Unravel Unconscious Biases

A Case Study from Washington State. June 17, 7 p.m. EST.  Info and Registration

Register today! 6 p.m. Central Time


Have you Register for Summer Leadership Academy?

Facing the Future Together - SLA

Summer Leadership Academy (Virtual – 2 weeks)
July 19-22, 2021
July 26-29, 2021

SLA registration is now open!
There are over 70 sessions planned for the 2-week conference (July 19-22 & July 26-29). Session offerings include trainings on equity, trauma responsiveness, restorative practices, communications, school finance, health insurance, organizing, and grievance to name a few. SLA will also contain additional sessions designed for local association presidents, association representatives, local treasurers, and those seeking a National Board Certification.  Many sessions at SLA will also provide PD clock hours to attendees.

We will be limiting the number of attendees in each session to provide the best virtual training experience. In the event a session is full, we will have wait lists available & most sessions will be recorded and made available after SLA is over. Take a moment to review the Schedule At-A-Glance document for the session choices.


Register | Agenda | Schedule At-A Glance

Registration Deadline – July 9, 2021


ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring

Do you have local Associations that are seeking peer mentoring opportunities for ESPs?  

If yes, they are now invited to apply to ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring.   

  • Application Deadline: Monday, June 7, 2021 (10:00 AM EDT) 
  • Application Selection: Applicants will be notified no later than June 21, 2021 

ESPs: Supporting our Own Through Peer Mentoring is an NEA-offered online blended learning course, organized around 5 modules 

of bi-weekly learning that include these formats: 

  • Self-study: Individual work completed at each team member’s own pace. 
  • Team assignments: Collaborative work completed together as a local Association team. 
  • Webinars: Group learning with all participating local Association teams. 

Over 9+weeks, local Association team members will work together to develop an ESP mentoring program that will create 

opportunities for continuous professional improvement for their members (responsive to their local context), amplify the voice of ESPs 

in their workplace, and elevate ESPs as respected educators.   

Course facilitators are ESP members and leaders who have built and established their own ESP mentoring programs. 

For additional course information, including the course schedule and application form, visit: ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring

Need more information about ESP mentoring? Learn more at NEA ESP Peer Mentorship  

If you are interested in the course but are not yet ready to start, please send an email to ESPMentoring@nea.org.  

We will keep you informed of all future learning opportunities. 

IN CLOSING, we want to share a few WHY statements from local Associations (previous course participants) that are currently developing or managing ESP mentoring programs.  These statements tell us why they were inspired to do this work and the values that they lead with.  

“To empower, educate and equip staff so that they are confident, prepared and supported while educating the whole child.” -Troy Education Association, Illinois 

 “To empower others so we can stand together. To help others find their voice so they know how to advocate for themselves and as a group. 

To protect the rights of members. Planning for the future. Making a difference.” 
-Michigan State University Administrative Professional Association, Michigan

“To create a sustainable and equitable peer mentoring system for all job families so that all PXU ESPs will be knowledgeable, proficient, supported and valued, creating a positive working and learning environment for ALL!” -Phoenix Union High School Classified Employees Association, Arizona