ESP Insider Update

Elevating ESPs

Two quick surveys
Your input is important to us! Please take a few minutes and respond to both surveys:

1. Member 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!

2. Do you know an unsung ESP hero? Tell us about that person!
ESP of the Year
Congratulations Debra Ciciora, IEA 2020 ESP of the Year!
Debra Ciciora, pictured with the IEA officers, is a paraprofessional for special education and CORE classes at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island. Ciciora works alongside teachers to help the students of Eisenhower learn and grow. She also is serving as a mentor for new teaching assistants within Community High School District 218.

In addition, Ciciora is certified in Supplemental Reading and the Wilson Reading Program. She’s been honored as a recipient of the Lock Box Challenge and the ESP STAR Award. Ciciora is being honored for her advocacy, IEA involvement, community engagement, personal achievement and overall enhancement of the education support professional image.
Congratulations Holly Fitzgerald, ESP STAR!
District U-46 Education Association (DUEA)
Region 63
“Holly truly is an exemplary paraeducator and amazing person!”Read more from Holly’s nominator and if you know an amazing ESP member you want recognized, please nominate him or her for an ESP STAR Award!
ESP Council news
The April 18 ESP Assembly meeting in Sterling has been cancelled.

Save the date for the next scheduled assembly/council meeting scheduled for June 13, 10 a.m. at the IEA Edwardsville office. All ESP members are invited!
Stay connected with other ESPs: IEA ESP Council website
IEA ESP websiteESP Professional Caucus on FacebookESP Connections on Facebook
Elections for ESP Council and other statewide positions
Watch your mailbox for a blue envelope containing online election information to vote for your IEA ESP Council members, NEA RA state delegates and other IEA statewide positions. Here is the list of your ESP candidates.
If you do not receive your online voting information or have any questions, contact IEA Governance Elections Paraprofessional Kim Trader at or 217-321-2250. The election closes April 22.Please VOTE – Your VOTE is important!
COVID-19 update Find important information and resources on the IEA’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage.

Share your story!
Share a message of support or a story about how you are helping out during the
COVID-19 school closure. Record your video. Go to IEA’s Facebook page and tell us something good!

#BetterTogether #LearnWithIEA #IEAStrong.
ESPs support students during the COVID-19 crisis
Troy CCSD 30-C: Above, ESP and certified members hand out breakfast and lunch to families. “The day was chilly, but our hearts were warm!”

Huntley CSD 158: School nurse Janet Roskopf does her part answering calls at the McHenry County Health Department.
Huntley CSD 158: Above, school services team leaders serve breakfast and lunch to our most vulnerable students. The drive-up at Marlowe Middle School is open daily from 9 a.m. to noon! (Pictured left to right: Lynn Mandorino, Administrative Assistant to Food Services Director Mary Argall, Tina Guarino, Hope Quillen, Tammy Fabis, Judy Gallois, Val Davis with Food Services Director Richard Reed.)
District U-46 (Elgin): Above, DUEA U-46 members help assemble and distribute food to students.
Other news IEA Connect is here to help!
Contact IEA Connect by live chat and email, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call Connect at 1-844-432-1800, Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

NEA Member Benefits
NEA MB fast-tracks new discount program with Office Depot/OfficeMax.

Summer Leadership Academy (SLA), July 20-22
The early bird discount rate of $37.50 extended to April 5. 
Registration fee will go up to $75 on April 6

Call for presenters – IEA One Conference, Oct. 2-3
Request for Proposals submission deadline is April 20.
Information/Save the date flier.

The 2020 U.S. Census is happening NOW!
The Census is safe, important and necessary. The Census questionnaire can be completed online, by phone or by email.

Microgrants for locals – $100 to $1,000
Information and online application link. Deadline extended to May 1.

SCORE Grants
Information and online application link. Deadline to apply is July 15.

Message from Mary Ann Rivera
Due to the pandemic, our trip to Puerto Rico to visit family and deliver school supplies has been postponed until later this summer. Thank you to everyone who has donated to purchase basic essentials for the people who have been affected by recent earthquakes and are not living in their homes. Your support means the world to me.

Secretary returned to work with assistance of local association and IEA after facing dismissal
Read the story.

NEA Attorney Referral Program
The NEA Attorney Referral Program brochure has been updated. For
additional legal information and resources, go to Legal Assistance under Member Center on the IEA webpage.