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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

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Advocating For ESP

Building a Legislative Foundation

The ESP Council, working with IEA created and submitted an ESP Resolution to the 102 General Assembly of the State of Illinois bringing attention to the importance and struggles of Education Support Professionals in public education.

HR77 – Sponsored by Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz

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Don’t miss our next ESP Roundtable

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

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Thank You!!

As kitchen tables transformed into classrooms, parents and caregivers partnered like never before with teachers, faculty and support staff to help our kids get the education they deserve.

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Membership has its Benefits

There are tons of amazing money saving opportunities for members!

Have you down loaded your My Deals app? Visit IEA’s Discounts and Deals page, and log in to members only. If you need help logging in, contact IEA Connect at the bottom of the page.

NEA Click & Save – online savings at thousands of stores.
NEA Auto Buying Program – low-and-no-haggle prices on new and used cars from certified dealers.
NEA Car Rental Program – preferred rates from major rental companies.
My Deals app – a free app (for Apple and Android) that locates deals and coupons (because My Deals is available only to IEA-NEA members, first register your membership on IEA’s website to receive your required mobile access code), and so much more!!

For more information on Member Benefits visit https://ieanea.org/benefits/