Dates to Remember

  • Restorative Practices and Prosocial Skills Training: Interested in learning more about non-exclusionary student discipline? Register today for one or both of our summer training opportunities. On day one we will learn about restorative practices as a straightforward problem-solving framework that can be used as an alternative to exclusionary discipline. On day two we will learn about prosocial skills training as an intervention designed to promote prosocial behavior in adolescents using techniques to develop social skills, emotional control, and moral reasoning. All workshops will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Lunch and clock hours will be available. Register for one or both trainings. Space is limited! Register today.

Trainings will be held at the following locations:

The IEA Summer Leadership Academy (SLA) will be held July 22-25, 2019 at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Many of the highly valued SLA “Schools,” which offer in-depth training over a-day-and-a-half, will reach their capacity limits during the Early-Bird Registration period, which starts now and ends June 15. SLA Schools will be offered on Tuesday, July 23 and on Wednesday morning, July 24. The Organizing School will begin at 10 a.m. and the ESP Emerging Leaders Academy will begin at 12 p.m. on Monday, July 22. On Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, a wide-range of professional development sessions will be offered.

New Presidents Orientation and Experienced Presidents Pre-Training will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, July 22. Beginning on Tuesday, Presidents Schools will be offered through Thursday at noon. Please register here for the 2019 Summer Leadership Academy.

  • Degrees Not Debt Resources

Did you know the IEA website has a Degrees Not Debt section with the new Department of Education Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) help tool?  The automated tool walks participants through the PSLF Program, helps them assess if their employer and loans qualify for PSLF, helps them decide which forms to submit and even helps by completing the necessary forms. Any member interested can access the tool on the IEA website at Degrees Not Debt.

  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards. The awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to Illinois’ public and nonpublic PreK-12 schools. Any person or organization may submit nominations for the awards. Nominations are open in several categories, including:

o    Classroom Teacher (Licensed)

o    Early Career Educator

o    Education Service Personnel (Unlicensed)

o    School Administrator

o    School Board Member/Community Volunteer

o    Student Support Personnel (Licensed)

o    Team

ISBE will select the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year from the Classroom Teacher category. A nomination packet can be accessed here.All nominations must be received electronically (by close of business) or postmarked by Monday, June 3, 2019.  Submit nominations by email to or mail to: Illinois State Board of Education, Communications Department, 100 N. First St., Springfield, IL 62777. (Share with members, see below.)

Jean Wicks-Evans

Jean Wicks-Evans, UniServ Associate

Minooka IEA Office

106 Ridge Rd, Unit 100

Minooka, IL  60447



Fax: 815-828-5759


What You Need to Know: ESP Mentoring ESP in the Workplace

Thursday, May 23, 2019

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST

Do you have inadequate opportunities for professional learning and support? Are you working in isolation with little to no feedback or support? Would you or your ESP colleagues benefit from mentoring? Join our webinar and find out ‘what you need to know’ before developing or designing an ESP peer mentoring program.  In this webinar, we will also hear from the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (SEEO) about their Partners mentoring program, which has been in existence since 1999 and from the Cedar Rapids Organization of Teacher Associates (CROTA), who are developing a mentoring program for newly hired paraeducators.  Let’s learn more about how ESP can support one another through high-quality mentoring programs to build professional excellence across their entire career continuum and ensure student success.

If you’re interested in participating and have questions or concerns, please email Crystal Bush, IEA UniServ Director, Palatine office. 


Class of 2019  
IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders

Linda Colon, Amy Lynn Evans, Nikhat Farheen, Oeinna Jackson, Karin Lennon, Lorena Lopez, Leatreasa Lily Madison,Tyler McKinney, Latoya Montgomery, Shazia Pathan, Craig Sigele and Phillip Wallen 

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
NEA ESP Caucus mobile website

ESPs getting involved

Supplies for Puerto Rico school children
Mary Ann Rivera will be making a second trip to Puerto Rico to deliver school supplies to children who were greatly impacted by Hurricane Maria last year. She is currently collecting school supplies and monetary donations ​for shipping the boxes of supplies.  If you are interested and would like to donate, please email Mary Ann. Mary Ann is a paraeducator at Lyons Township High School – District 204 in Region 59.

Seeking interested members for 2019-20 IEA Committees
Committee and board subcommittee appointment procedures
Electronic applications are available on the IEA website until May 15.
All applicants will be required to enter their Members Only login information.
Please direct questions to Courtney Gillespie.

Big victory! Congress votes unanimously to create national ESP award Recognition long overdue
Have you taken the member interest survey?
If not, please take it so we know your interests and the issues important to you.Log in to Members Only.Navigate to My Dashboard.Choose Member Interest/Issue Survey (top right purple box)

Highlights from ESP events

IEA Representative Assembly
In addition to their delegate responsibilities, members of the ESP Council were busy at this year’s IEA RA. Preparations began Wednesday evening, Apr. 10, setting up the ESP resource room, Thursday morning hosting the ESP open hearing and later the ESP delegate reception. Photos of the RA can be viewed on IEA’s Flickr site.
NEA ESP mentoring training
Carrie Bonine, along with a few members of the School District U-46 secretarial association, traveled to the NEA offices in Washington D.C. in mid-December to attended the 2018 ESP mentoring training. 
Don’t miss an upcoming webinar on May 23:
 ESP mentoring in the workplace
 Union Strong Boot Camp
A 12-week program designed for ESPs to strengthen their locals and learn organizing skills to help increase membership.Boot camp training – 1Boot camp training – 2

Upcoming ESP events

Jun. 7–9: NEA Joint Ethnic Conference
St. Louis

July 1-2NEA Conference on Racial and Social Justice

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

Oct. 4–5: IEA One Conference
October 4-5, 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton, Oak Brook, IL

Tell us your story!
When you organize or participate in an event involving ESPs or hear of such an event, please send us the Who, What, When, Where, Why and a photo to Arlene Criglar or use the online report form.

Stories are due May. 15 for the April ESP insider.