We need your voice now!!

Latest update from ISBE State Superintendent

“ISBE contemplates that districts will eventually transition to Remote Instructional Days. We have assembled an advisory group composed of teachers, administrators, and stakeholders to make recommendations about what Remote Instructional Days would look like. This advisory group will explore what is possible and what is reasonable under these unprecedented circumstances, keeping always in mind the incredible diversity and varying capacity of our 852 school districts.”

The Illinois State Board of Education is assembling an advisory group, consisting of various stakeholders including ESP. Members of our Illinois ESP Council will be included in this meeting making your voice heard loud and clear. We need your voice now. Comment on this post, or contact your esp council directly by clicking on the link below.

Please include all concerns and possible solutions to your concerns. It is extremely important that we bring not only our fears, but the solutions we want to see. ESP are the backbone in our schools. They hold everything together and support the masses. Lets pull together and not just bring ALL ESPs through this, but lets bring ALL ESPs through this Stronger Together!

#StrongerTogether #rESPect #


Thank you the many ESPs who are serving our communities through this trying time.

ESP Proud!!

School bus drivers are making a difference!!

This is just one of the many stories that shows what amazing ESPs are doing all around the country!! Thank you for all that you do. Please share what you or your ESP members are doing to help our students and communities through this trying time. Stay safe, stay healthy, and remember we will get through this, stronger together!! We Are ESP!!!


We want to hear from you: Your Voice Matters!!

ESPs tell your story!

With the concern over ESPs, at this perilous time, and knowing that all ESPs matter. For this post I want to address school food service workers, who may fall ill or need to quarantine/self isolate, how might schools be able to address still making sure kids are fed? Concerns over running afoul of CBAs? Concerns over our members losing their jobs, etc., but how to have hands on deck to get the food out.


Our goal is to provide examples of solutions that could do a few things 1) ensure the food industry doesn’t use this time as an opportunity to push privatization of our food service workers and 2) provide a healthy list of ideas schools can use that would prevent them from putting their operations at unnecessary risk by having one central food preparation and distribution school.

Please send your ideas to Tim Barchak, TBarchak@nea.org ASAP. Feel free to collaborate with your colleagues on ideas or share what your district is doing.




We at NEA Member Benefits want you to know we’re here to support you during this difficult time.
Many of our benefit partners are offering special assistance to members in need who may have been affected by an involuntary layoff. Below is a list of contact information for our partners and details on specific assistance they have available.

We hope that you and your families are safe. Please contact us if you have any questions about your benefits and we will help you however we can. You can reach our Member Advocacy Center by telephone or email:

(Mon-Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET, Sat: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET)

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Education Support Professionals – Continue to Learn and Grow to Better Support Their Students

Many district admin have asked ESPs who are home during this time, to do activities that will enhance our skills as education support professionals. I wanted to share some great links to webinars NEA has to offer ESPs that will better prepare us to support our students when we return. 

Professional Development Webinar Training

NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center of Great Public Schools, in collaboration with various professionals in the education workforce, have created a wide variety of professional development webinars designed to support the professional growth of Education Support Professionals (ESP).
Enhance you professional skills today and sign up here!
View our archived training recordings here.

Education Support Professionals