ESP Leadership Training Opportunity

The IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Academy (ESP-ELA) is a partnership between the Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the National Education Association (NEA) to provide a state based ESP Leadership Institute (formerly ESP Leaders for Tomorrow) for IEA ESP members. The ESP-ELA is designed to provide leadership training and support for IEA’s emerging ESP leaders.

The application deadline has been extended to Feb. 14. Apply now!
For more information, email Crystal Bush or call her at 847-794-5204.


November 18th is National ESP Day!!!

Join NEA and schools across the country during American Education Week as we show our appreciation for our nation’s amazing school support staff! Every year since 1987, we have celebrated their dedication and commitment to education, but this year, we have seen ESPs go beyond anything we have seen before. ESPs are adapting to new learning and working environments, going to extraordinary lengths to meet the needs of their students. They continue to work to make our communities a better place in the midst of a pandemic.

Over the past several months, ESPs have been busy passing out meals to their communities, sanitizing school buildings, maintaining proper HVAC systems, supporting distance learning, making phone calls to check on students and so much more. Whether our schools are virtual, in-person, or a mix of both, ESPs are helping to ensure students are safe, healthy and ready to learn.

Let’s honor ESPs by recognizing their critical importance to public education and advocating for the professional respect they deserve. Celebrate the ESPs in your schools and communities, using our resources for online engagement and advocacy.
Check out the ESP Day toolkit.
Help us spread the word! Share these ESP Day graphics on your social media channels to kickoff the virtual celebration!
#WeLoveOurESPs    #AEW2020


November ESP Virtual Roundtable: Bargaining in the New Normal

November 19th: 6:30-8:00pm

Attention all Education Support Professionals (“ESP”):

You are invited to attend the IEA ESP Council’s November roundtable where the discussion will include the successes and challenges ESPs are currently facing. Special guest, Uniserv Director Jill Lee out of the IEA Minooka office will offer important insight and resources for ESPs as they prepare for bargaining in this turbulent time. Participants can share their best practice and gather new ideas to enhance their job duties.

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 www.ieaespcouncil.com.


Your input is requested for the 2021-23 IEA biennial budget

Shared to you by IEA Vice President Al Llorens.

You are invited to participate in a survey to help the budget committee formulate the 2021-23 IEA biennial budget. Your input is important for the budget committee’s consideration.

Please forward this message to your members so they may also complete the survey.

Please take the time to read the information on every page to make a more fully informed decision about each item, and allow approximately 10-15 minutes to complete the survey. The survey will close Nov. 15.

Complete the Survey

Thank you for your time and consideration.


New Grant Opportunity

NEA is pleased to announce a new initiative called the Safe and Just Schools Partnership Funding Program. This program will award funding to state and local NEA affiliates who work to implement projects and partnerships that address systemic inequities and unjust education practices that hinder healthy, safe, and just learning and working environments for students and educators in their schools, campuses and communities.  

The funding will range from $3,000 to $75,000 depending on the number of members, students, or community members associated with the application. We are launching an outreach effort to reach membership across the country about this opportunity starting later this week.  

We couldn’t be prouder of our Association for tackling racial inequities head-on by making this program a reality. We look forward to seeing the incredible and innovative work of our members. Please share the information about this important new resource far and wide with all your members and staff!  

More information: https://www.nea.org/resource-library/safe-and-just-schools-partnership-funding.


Education Support Professional Day November 18th!

National ESP Day is on Wednesday of American Education Week and falls on November 18, 2020! Let’s honor ESPs by recognizing their contributions to school communities and advocating for the professional respect they deserve.

ESP Day 2020 Facebook Graphic

Celebrate the ESPs in your schools and communities using our resources for online engagement and advocacy.

●     View ESP Day Toolkit

●     Download Graphics


I’ll get the dust pan…to clean up that broken glass!

Shared from Facebook – I burst into tears when I saw this. All credit belongs to https://wtfamerica2017.com/ Collaboration of @briagoeller and @goodtrubble. For those reminding us that the shadow of the little girl is a representation of Ruby Bridges from Norman Rockwell’s famous painting “The Problem We Live With” and is the reason it hit me emotionally. I had originally thought the wonderful artist Kara Walker was the source, but that’s not the case. Her work can be found here: http://www.karawalkerstudio.com/ Thank you to everyone wanting to be sure credit is given to the artists and creators.

Cheryl Barnes-Neff