Dates To Remember

Please mark your calendars for an ESP assembly near you.

Future ESP Council Meetings/Assemblies/ESP Virtual Round Tables

ESP Council Meetings/Assemblies*New – ESP Virtual Round Tables*
All ESPs are welcome!

Dates Updated for 2022-23
Save these dates and plan to attend an ESP meeting and assembly at an IEA office near you:

August 6, 2022 – Naperville 9:00-1:00
November 28th – Virtual Change:
February 11, 2023 – Elgin Office 9:00am-1:00
April 15, 2023 – Springfield PDC  9:00am-1:00
June 3, 2023 – Naperville Office 9:00am-1:00

All members are invited to attend. Email to RSVP. Possible Zoom link may be available.
All ESPs are welcome!

We have three webinars scheduled specifically for education support professionals. Join us as we discuss important issues, learn how we are advocating for members, and celebrate the amazing things that you do every day. Click the links below to register.

ESP Council virtual meeting/Roundtables:

February 25, 2023 10am-11am
RESPECT Campaign/Sub Certification and the impact on IMRF
April 3, 2023 6:30-7:30 IEA RA Recap/RESPECT Campaign
*DATE CHANGE: May 18, 2023 7:00-8:00 Respect Campaign/ESP Celebrations

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1.      ESP Community Conversations: Professional Development  
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 7-8:30 p.m. ET. (rescheduled from February) 
Join us for a virtual networking session where you’ll connect with fellow NEA ESP members across the country to discuss your professional development experiences and the resources and support you need for professional growth. Register Here. 
*Open to NEA ESP members only 
2.      ESP Learning Network Webinar: Investing in Paraeducators: Develop, Empower, and Transform 
Thursday, May 18, 2023, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET 
Paraeducators play an essential role in our schools and classrooms and are critically important to student and school success. Join us on May 18 to learn about how one school’s commitment to paraeducator development transformed how a district invested in ESPs. Register Here. 
3.      ESP Learning Network Webinar:  Achieve More Just and Equitable Salaries for ESP 
Thursday, June 22, 2023, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET 
It’s no secret that ESPs are underpaid, and the cost of living varies greatly throughout the United States. Join Samuel Walters, Science Paraeducator and living wage expert, as he explores concepts, tactics, and tools to advocate for better pay. Register Here. 

2023 ESPs: Supporting our own through peer mentoring workshop
The National Education Association is accepting applications (due March 1) from local and state association teams. Learn more and apply.

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