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ESP Council
Interested in hosting an ESP meeting and assembly in your area? Contact Alex Wallace for details.

Participants from the Emerging Leaders Academy led the lock box challenge at the May 4 ESP Council/Assembly meeting in Bloomington via Teams. The meeting was live-streamed so ESP members could participate from the IEA offices in Palatine, Matteson and Carterville. Everyone really enjoyed the Lock Box Challenge and learned more about the ESP Council and what they do. Visit Crystal Bush’s Facebook page for photos.
Stay connected with other ESPs:​
IEA ESP Council website
IEA ESP website
ESP Professional Caucus on Facebook
ESP Connections on Facebook
NEA ESP Caucus website
Union Strong Boot Camp
Union Strong Boot Camp is a 12-week program designed for ESPs to strengthen their locals and learn organizing skills to help increase membership.
 Boot Camp Training #3

Boot Camp Training #4
SCORE grants
Grant money is available for community service projects! Applications are now being accepted for IEA SCORE Grants. Please visit the SCORE webpage for more information about how to apply online and view previously funded projects submitted by IEA members!

The deadline for applications is July 15. 
Conferences and funding requests
Conference funding request forms are available on Members Only under EVENTS/Funding for these conferences:
 IEA One Conference
Funding requests due Sept. 6

IEA Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leadership Training (EMELT)
Funding requests due Sept. 16
Summer Leadership Academy (SLA) July 22–25
Illinois State University in Normal

SLA registration is open! The early bird registration fee is $75 through June 16. After June 16, the fee increases to $125.

Visit the SLA webpage for additional information.
Save the date! IEA One Conference, Oct. 45
Oak Brook

​Visit the One Conference webpage for information.
Webinars and news links
NEA GPS Fund Grants online learning seriesLearn how local and state affiliates have taken the NEA GPS Fund Grants and impacted their local associations, members, schools, students and communities through their grant work. Dates and information.
From IEA Government Relations DepartmentHB921 which provides ESPs with additional rights, passed both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

June 3 – Final legislative update for the 2019 legislative session

May 24 – Legislative update

May 16 – Legislative update video
ESPs getting involved
Friends, I am still collecting supplies for schools and students in Puerto Rico. I am also asking for monetary donations to go toward the shipping cost. Please think of basic supplies that kids need in their backpacks. You can email me if you are willing to donate supplies or make a monetary donation. They will personally be delivered to students and schools. Last year, we shipped 184 boxes! This year we are anticipating more. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,

Mary Ann Rivera
NEA ESP Director at Large
IEA Local Co-President of LTPA
IEA ESP Council Ethnic Minority Representative 
NEA Liaison for IEA Human & Civil Rights Committee
 School custodian Bob Hudzik hits the target. The dart-throwing champion, employed at Mt. Olive High School, started an event that has raised almost $175,000 for children with costly medical needs. Read the story in NEAToday.
ESP Family Leave Act: District U-46 Educational Assistants (DUEA) stood with Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth as she announced the ESP Family Leave Act. Visit the IEA webpage for more photos and information.
Everyone had a wonderful time at the DUEA end of year celebration. A huge thank you to Sue Kerr, Melissa Owens, Eva Porter, Donna Smith and Kate Thommes for joining us!
Regions 30/59 leadership dinner
Tina Pizzitola was invited to be the guest speaker at the annual awards banquet and leadership dinner for Regions 30 and 59 on April 29. Everyone was excited to have her speak. Tina was was honored with a Spiritiles by artist, Houston Llew.

Tina is a para-interventionist in various schools in Elgin’s School District 46 and a member of District U-46 Educational Assistants in Region 63. She is an advocate for quality professional development and contractual rights for members and has trained ESPmembers at IEA, NEA and NRCP conferences. Tina currently serves as a building representative and is a past local president, vice president, secretary and treasurer of her local. In 2018, Tina received the IEA ESP of the Year Award.
Congratulations to Amy Evans, Linda Colon, Nikhat Farheen and Mary Ann Rivera! They were each awarded a $1,500 grant from the NEA to plan and implement professional development utilizing micro-credentials for education support professionals within their locals.

Mary Ann Rivera (Lyons Township Paraeducators Association) is a trainer with the IEA-NEA Emerging Leaders Academy. Linda Colon (Union Support Staff IEA-NEA), Amy Evans (Canton Education Association) and Nikhat Farheen (Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization) are all members of the class of 2019. We are very proud of these IEA ESPmembers for all of their hard work!
ESP news and highlights from NEA
PODCAST: The Virtue of Patience in the Classroom 
Erika Fehr, a general elementary school paraeducator in Helena, MT, talks about the virtue of patience and keeping that tranquil mindset in the classroom.
Listen now…

PODCAST: The Path to Leadership as an ESP
Saul Ramos, a 20-year paraeducator from Massachusetts, shares his path to leadership as an ESP and practice as a paraeducator.
 Listen now…

PODCAST: ESPs Getting Involved
Carmen Hill, a career school nurse who’s covered K-12, talks about taking on leadership roles within your school as an education support professional.
Listen now…
PODCAST: ESPs and Teachers Working Together 
Listen to fellow ESP Carol Peak’s interview and learn about the critical role ESPs play as part of the education team and how both early career and new ESPs can find their voice.
Listen now…
Upcoming ESP events
Jun. 7–9: NEA Joint Ethnic Conference
St. Louis

June 1112:Restorative Practices and Prosocial Skills Training, Bloomington IEA office – Register here

June 2526: Restorative Practices and Prosocial Skills Training, Springfield PDC – Register here

July 12NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice

July 15: SCORE Grant application deadline 

Jul. 22–26: Summer Leadership Academy (SLA)
Illinois State University, Normal

Oct. 4–5: IEA One Conference
Oak Brook
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