ESP Insider Update

Elevating ESPs

IEA Education Support Professionals
Two quick surveys
Your input is important to us! Please take a few minutes and respond to both surveys:Interest Survey: Please complete this three-question survey. Your local wants to know your interests to ensure you receive the resources, supports and communications that most interest you. Thanks for participating! Do you know an unsung ESP he/shero? Tell us about that person!
Congratulations! ESP STAR Award recipients

Gloria Rendon
LaGrange District 102
Educational Support Personnel
Region 59

Keri Travis
Park Ridge Teaching Assistants Association (PRTAA)
Region 36
Read about Gloria and Keri and why they are ESP STARS!
The ESP Council created the ESP STAR program to allow local leaders to recognize and publicize the good work of their ESP members across the state. Use the online nomination form to nominate a special ESP.
ESP reporter form
We are working to recognize ESP contributions and actions through the ESP Insider. When you participate in an event involving ESPs or hear of such an event, please complete the ESP Insider Reporter form.
ESP Council news
June 13 – Virtual ESP Assembly/Council meeting: The council will host a virtual meeting on Sat., June 13, 10 a.m. to noon. All ESP members are welcome! If you plan to participate, RSVP to Arlene Criglar by June 8.
The ESP Council needs your input: Your voice matters!
We hope this finds you safe and well. As we travel through these times, we need to prepare, plan and organize. Your ESP Council is here to advocate for all ESP members throughout Illinois. It is our desire to support members by relaying your concerns and successes to IEA and to actively support union locals. This means we need to hear from you!

The COVID-19 pandemic changed how we educate our students, overnight. Educators, both ESP and certified, have risen to the occasion to educate our students and serve our communities. ESPs have created and delivered meals, driven buses for students to use as internet hot spots, disinfected schools, joined the virtual classroom supporting students and teachers and so much more.

There are so many districts facing difficult times. Please share your ESP experiences. Thank you for all you do every day for our students and members! We hope you will complete the COVID-19 Challenges survey to help us advocate for you.
Stay connected with other ESPs
IEA ESP Council website
IEA ESP website
ESP Professional Caucus on Facebook
ESP Connections on Facebook
Charting the Course Forward
NEA Member Benefits, Security Benefits, California Casualty and others are holding a webinar for members on June 10 at 4:30 p.m. about financial issues and COVID-19. The webinar will provide an explanation on recent federal changes under the CARES Act to provide stimulus monies to eligible Americans, student loan relief and new hardship withdrawal allowances for 403(b) account holders. It also will provide expert guidance on the impact of current market volatility and what investors should know. Additional resources, including updating beneficiary information, will be provided from NEA Member Benefits.

There is only room for 250 participants. If you want to participate, register now! The session will be recorded and shared with members to watch at a later date.
Burroughs Education Scholarship winner announced 
Mordecai “Mo” Park is the 2020 Burroughs Education $2,500 Scholarship winner. Mo’s mother, Janet Park, is a 3rd grade teacher at Elmwood Elementary School and a member of Naperville Unit Education Association in Region 39. Congratulations!

(Pictured above left to right: Burroughs Marketing Director Vickie Douglas, Janet Park, Mo Park, Jong Park and attorney Russ Haugen.)
Park Ridge Teacher Assistants Association food drive and deliveries
PRTAA Cares! Food Drive
During the month of April, our ESP local Park Ridge Teacher Assistants Association sponsored a food drive for the local food pantry. ESPs collected and delivered food and paper products once a week to the pantry. In addition, one of our members made protective masks for the food pantry workers. The district supported the efforts by sharing the information to the community and as the month went on, the deliveries grew bigger!
From IEA President Kathi Griffin
Our 2020 legislative goals were met!
NEA Campaigns and Elections will be conducting a survey to members about the 2020 election. Respondents were pulled from a representative sample. Not all members will receive this survey. The email will be from Brandon Rettke with the subject line: National Educator Survey.
Member benefits, grant opportunities
The IEA Foundation is offering SCORE Grants to early career members and their local associations to collaborate and create opportunities for community service or school projects. Apply by July 15 for the 2020-21 school year.The NEA Foundation is offering COVID-19 Response Grants to support teaching and learning. Apply by July 15 for fall grants.
IEA Connect is here to help: Beginning June 1, the summer hours will be Monday –Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m to 12:30 p.m. IEA and NEA Member Benefits: Go to the IEA Benefits webpage. NEA’s Attorney Referral program
Other news and resources
*PD Newsletter updated May 2020 – Online book study and courses begin June 8.
*New IEA Learning Portal experience – PD at your fingertips.
*Get credit for remote learning transition – Remote learning clock hour requests must be submitted by June 15. Video message from Pres. Kathi Griffin.
*NEA’s virtual blended learning courses start June 15. Learn the basic components of remote learning and successful instruction outside of the traditional classroom.
*UniServ Intern Program – Opportunity to grow with the IEA: Applications for the 2020-21 school year are due June 15. The IEA UniServ Intern program application, brochure and self-assessment tool can be accessed on the IEA website under Resources/IEA UniServ Intern Program.
*Summer Leadership Academy (SLA): This year’s SLA, July 20-22, will be a virtual, on-line event.
*Save the date! IEA One Conference, Oct. 2-3, Oak Brook U.S.
*Census: 2020 timeline