IMRF Trustee Election – We need your help!!

Government Relations (Important – signatures needed) September 15th deadline

IMRF Trustee Election – Petition Circulation. We need your help circulating nominating petitions for IEA member Hugh Cunningham to represent our Education Support Professionals (ESPs) on the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Board of Trustees. Please review the circulation instructions. Only ACTIVE ESPs may sign the nominating petition. (Share with leaders and members)


ESP Self Care is Essential!! Register Today!!!

Time: Wed 9/9, 6 – 7pm

Location: Virtual event Join from anywhere

About this event

“Back to school” looks a lot different this year. The coronavirus pandemic has changed education dramatically, raising important questions about how to keep students and educators safe and healthy while ensuring continued, quality academic and social-emotional learning.

Join a conversation with NEA President-elect Becky Pringle and Dr. Nathaniel Beers, a pediatrician and a member of the AAP Council of School Health. We’ll discuss:

  • what we know and don’t know about COVID-19,
  • the implications of the disease for children and adolescents,
  • the unique concerns of vulnerable populations including students of color and students with disabilities, and
  • what the science tells us about balancing the sometimes-contradictory requirements for fostering the overall health of children, adolescents, educators, staff, and communities.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 9 at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT

Note: There will be plenty of time for educators’ questions, but please submit them when you register.

About the Speakers


Stronger United!! Come support BIESPA #430


Students and teachers need more support during remote learning not less. Please come and show your support for our BIESPA #430 paraprofessionals at District 130, on Monday, August 31.

The District notified 49 paraprofessionals that they would be laid-off. Please show up early with signs of support to ensure that the Board votes no to these reductions.

Where: Veterans Memorial Middle School
12320 S. Greenwood Avenue
Blue Island, Il

When: 6:30 p.m. (Board meeting starts at that time but we will be there early at 6:15).


New Online IEA Member Registration Process

IEA is an association of more than 135,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The IEA was founded in 1853 to serve the interest of public education in Illinois. The IEA became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857, an organization currently totaling 3.2 million teachers and school employees working to make our good public schools even better for all students.


Members Can Now Enroll Online!

We have great news – members can now enroll online!

  1. Visit ieanea.org and click the “Join Us” link or visit join.ieanea.org.
  2. Members will complete the online enrollment application.
    • An email will be sent to local leaders, letting them know an individual has submitted an enrollment application for verification of membership eligibility and membership type for dues deduction.
      • If the individual is not a member of the bargaining unit, the local leader should contact their region office and request to have the individual cancelled from the local’s roster.
      • If the individual’s membership type category is not correct, they are instructed to reach out to the region office to have the membership type changed.
  3. The new member receives a confirmation email once their application is complete and receives a welcome email once their application is processed.

Please help us in welcoming your new members!


Upcoming ESP Webinar

Wellness Skills for Self-care and Health for Educational Support Professionals

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm EST

This training will offer simple healing skills for self-care and for promoting health and wellbeing for Educational Support Professionals (ESPs). The program was developed by Capacitar International for work with schools and educators in the U.S. and in other countries around the world. Based on popular education and energy-based methods, the Capacitar practices empower people to deal with traumatic stress, to stabilize and balance strong emotions and to awaken their own healing process. This workshop will include opportunities to practice and apply various healing methods. These methods can be used by all educators, families, and others in the community.

By the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize signs of trauma and stress in students, colleagues, family members and oneself;
  • Demonstrate eight basic Capacitar practices for self-care and for alleviating stress and the symptoms of trauma;
  • Apply methods of protection with oneself/others;
  • Understand Capacitar’s popular education and holistic approach for healing trauma and stress; and
  • Adapt the practices to different cultures.

Patricia Cane, PhD, Capacitar Founder/Director

Joan Condon, MA, Capacitar Special Projects Coordinator

Sheila Grady, MSEd, Capacitar Board, Retired Educator

Register Now!