Great Professional Development Opportunity for ESPs

Education Support Professionals
Micro-Credential PLC: ESP Cultural Competency

IEA, in partnership with NEA, is offering our IEA Education Support Professionals (ESPs) an opportunity to participate, AT NO COST, in a virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support successful completion of a NEA ESP Micro-Credential. Developed specifically for and by ESPs and supported by IEA and NEA. Connect with and get support from ESP colleagues as you learn
about and apply cultural competence in your daily work with students, families, community members, co-workers, supervisors, administrators, and others in yourschool community.

-One-hour virtual weekly PLC meetings guided by a trained

What’s involved?

  • Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. CST
    -Beginning November 2nd ——- Ending on December 21st
    -Cost is FREE to IEA ESP Members!
    -Commit up to 1 hour per week of time on your own time to
    complete related tasks
  • IEA ESP Members will receive a $240.00 stipend fortheirfull
    participation includes: attendance and submission of CCMC
    -Pursue andearnanESP Cultural Competency Micro-Credential

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Your Voice Matters! Contact Your Representative Today!

We are fighting to pass the COVID School Employee Benefit and Wage Protection Bill (House Bill 2778) in the Illinois legislature and we need your help calling our state representatives now and telling them to vote in favor of our bill. We only have three days to do it –
during veto session Oct. 26-28.
The COVID School Employee Benefit and Wage Protection Bill:Requires districts provide COVID administrative days to any school or college employees to be used for all COVID related absences like quarantining and testing;Provides paycheck protection for hourly employees. This means if you’re an hourly employee and your school or higher education institution has to close due to any COVID-related reason, you would still receive your full paycheck.To Take Action, click the button to complete a short form and then receive a call from E.A. Advocacy to connect to your state representative. It’s that simple!
Take Action
 Here’s a sample script for you to use when you are connected to your State Representative’s office:My name is YOUR NAME. I am an educator in YOUR CITY. I support House Bill 2778, the COVID School Employee Benefit and Wage Protection Bill. I encourage you to pass this legislation to protect the benefits and rights of all hard-working school employees.Vote “Aye”, and help us pass the bill over to the Senate;Co-sponsor the bill;Speak in favor of the bill during debate.
Thank you for helping get HB 2778 passed!

Webinar: Supporting ESPs in Cancelling Student Debt

Education must be affordable and accessible to all. Yet for too many of us, the higher education costs to become educators has meant years and even decades of student debt. This system is working for the student loan providers and banks, but not for us. It is time to cancel our student debt.

Join student debt experts and education support professionals (ESPs) to discuss how we can cancel our student debt. Just last year, NEA experts worked with members to obtain over $1 million in forgiveness and put even more on the path to forgiveness. Find out how you can join that group and how we can join together to fight for student debt relief for all of us.

Oct 28, 2021 6:00 PM Central Time Zone

Click link to register: https://nea-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2X-EHY2wREG-ygNMNwA9nQ


ESP Day is November 17th

Mark your calendars!

Plans are underway for Education Support Professional (ESP) Day, our annual celebration of ESPs, happening on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 during American Education Week! NEA recognizes ESPs and their amazing contributions to our students, schools, communities every day.  If you have plans to celebrate the day in your building, take a snapshot and include a caption and email it to Arlene.criglar@ieanea.org to be featured in the December 14 edition of the ESP Insider.

Don’t forget, you also have an opportunity to recognize ESP coworkers not only on the annual ESP Day but every month!  Today’s challenge is for you to nominate 1 or more ESP members, co-workers for an ESP STAR Award. Click here for the form it only takes a few minutes to complete and submit. 


Congratulations to our ESP Stars!

Thank you for all you do everyday for our students, schools, and communities!!

Patti Hyzy
Sycamore Trails Elementary School
District U-46 Educational Assistants (DUEA)
IEA Region 63

Patti continues to grow in both her profession as a paraeducator, as well as her association work. She supports some of our youngest learners in early childhood through the district’s play-based program. She is a strong building rep for our members and a go-to person for other buildings that have early childhood programs. Patti currently serves on our local association board, bargaining team and is the community connection committee chair. In her most recent effort, Patti assisted in collecting more than 500 toiletry items for the Community Crisis Center. Congratulations Patti!

J.P. Quirk
Kenyon Woods Middle School
District U-46 Educational Assistants (DUEA)
IEA Region 63

J.P. serves on the DUEA bargaining team. He consistently goes the extra mile to meet the needs of the students in his building and is willing to help wherever needed. Recently, J.P. had a “novel” idea of how to enhance the hallway across from the school library. He purchased decal-type locker covers that look like the spines of classic literary works. J.P. secured funding for the project through the school’s and his own resources. After spending many hours trimming and applying the “books” to the lockers, the hallway looks amazing! The completed project serves as a reminder of the joys of reading. Congratulations J.P.!

Nominate a deservine ESP today at https://ieanea.org/forms/esp-stars-nomination-form/


Nominations due Today for two ESP Council vacancies

Bring your voice to the table

ESP Ethnic Minority member(Remainder of term to 2023)
Eligibility: All IEA-NEA members who are employed as Educational Support Professionals in a school district and/or combination of school districts are eligible to participate in the election.

ESP Suburban Alternate/NEA RA successor delegate (Remainder of term to 2023)
Eligibility: All IEA-NEA members in Regions 26-36, 39, 41-43, 46, 50, 52, 55-59, 64 and 67 are eligible to participate in the election.
Nominations are due Oct. 13 by 4 p.m. The fall election nomination form is available online at iea.org/about/elections.


Happy Indigenous People’s Day

I encourage everyone to celebrate and recognize the many Indigenous communities and cultures that make up our great country. Our history is important! Who has lived where you live? Don’t know…? Do a quick Google search. It’s amazing all of the rich cultures and stories of people that lived before us. Happy Indigenous People’s Day.


$2,500 Scholarship Opportunity

Burroughs Education Scholarship Sponsored by Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices Opportunities for College-Bound Seniors


The Burroughs Education Scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Stacy Burroughs. Dr. Burroughs has dedicated his life to education. During his teaching career in Indiana, he taught music to middle and high school students. He later went on to supervise student teachers working toward teaching degrees at the University of Illinois in Springfield.

For the last 38 years of his career, he represented and helped educate teachers and support professionals on behalf of the Illinois Education Association (IEA). In 1985, the IEA Representative Assembly nominated and hired Dr. Burroughs as the first IEA Educational Support Professionals Director. He held this position until he retired in 2010. As the ESP Director, he worked to bring recognition to the contributions that support professionals—such as custodians, bus drivers, and cooks—made to the education system across the state.

This scholarship recognizes the dedication and hard work of school employees by assisting their children in their educational pursuits.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

·         Be a graduating high school senior heading to college

·         Have at least one parent or legal guardian who is a school employee

Additionally, the scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, career goals, and character.

Applications will be accepted October 1, 2021, through January 31, 2022.
The winner will be announced March 2022.

For more information and to fill out the online scholarship application visit our website: https://woodrufflawyers.com/giving-back/scholarships/

Prior Scholarship Recipients: 

2021 Scholarship winner Lauren Hagy

2020 Scholarship winner Mo Park

2019 Scholarship winner Olivia Howard

2018 Scholarship winner Megan Ng

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Vickie Douglas, Marketing Director / Client Development Officer