Conference Scholarship Applications

Don’t let cost stop you from experiencing these great learning opportunities!! Apply today!!!

Applications are being accepted for the following conferences:

The applications are available on Members Only under EVENTS/Funding.

Applications can either be mailed to the attention of Kathi Griffin, President of IEA, 100 East Edwards Street, Springfield, IL, 62704 or emailed to Courtney Gillespie

Any questions regarding funding for the conferences can be directed to Courtney Gillespie.


We need your voice at next years IEA Representative Assembly

What is the Illinois Education Association Representative Assembly? The IEA RA convenes every spring where members from across the state come together, brings forth new business items (NBI’s), debate topics, that leads and directs the direction of our organization, and so much more.

Education Support Professionals are essential to the success of our students, and districts. Your voices are essential to help lead our organization and support ESP initiatives. Members who are voted to attend have their expenses paid for by their local/region. Every IEA region office has funds specifically marked for ESPs to attend the RA. Your voice is important!! We need you!!

Have you turned in your nomination form to attend next years representative assembly? If not ask your local leader for a nomination form and more information. You can also contact your local IEA region office for more information. Nomination forms must be turned in soon for your name to make the ballot so don’t wait.

2022 IEA Representative Assembly
April 7-9, 2022
Hyatt Regency O’Hare
Rosemont, IL


Education Support Professionals Day

November 17, 2021 – ESP Day

Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day is November 17, 2021! Join us to celebrate and advocate for the amazing school support staff who continue to go above and beyond for our school communities.

We must elevate the important work ESPs do for our school communities and advocate for their professional respect. This includes advocating for better pay and benefits, providing access to more training, protecting jobs, and building back better to strengthen public education for all.

Graphic that says "Happy Education Support Professionals Day" and "#WeLoveOurESPs"


HB2778 Passed!

Congratulations! You did it!

The Illinois Senate passed the COVID School Employee Benefit and Wage Protection Bill (HB2778) 53-1 and the House 92-23!

Here’s what it means for you:It requires districts to provide COVID administrative days to any school or college employees abiding by the vaccination or testing orders to be used for all COVID-related absences like quarantining and testing, so employees will not have to use all of their accrued benefit time during the pandemic.Provides paycheck protection for hourly employees. This means if a school or higher education institution has to close because of an emergency, hourly employees would still receive their full paycheck.Members made more than 1,600 calls to their Representatives over the past few days, urging them to pass the bill and those lawmakers listened.

Now, there’s just one more hurdle — getting the governor to sign it! Please take a moment to email Gov. J.B. Pritzker and ask him to sign HB2778 immediately. The law is retroactive to the start of the school year.
Take Action
 Thank you for all you do every day on behalf of students in Illinois. And, thank you for taking the time urge the governor to sign this bill into law on behalf of your fellow educators and education employees across the state of Illinois.

Great job!

Great Professional Development Opportunity for ESPs

Education Support Professionals
Micro-Credential PLC: ESP Cultural Competency

IEA, in partnership with NEA, is offering our IEA Education Support Professionals (ESPs) an opportunity to participate, AT NO COST, in a virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support successful completion of a NEA ESP Micro-Credential. Developed specifically for and by ESPs and supported by IEA and NEA. Connect with and get support from ESP colleagues as you learn
about and apply cultural competence in your daily work with students, families, community members, co-workers, supervisors, administrators, and others in yourschool community.

-One-hour virtual weekly PLC meetings guided by a trained

What’s involved?

  • Tuesdays from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. CST
    -Beginning November 2nd ——- Ending on December 21st
    -Cost is FREE to IEA ESP Members!
    -Commit up to 1 hour per week of time on your own time to
    complete related tasks
  • IEA ESP Members will receive a $240.00 stipend fortheirfull
    participation includes: attendance and submission of CCMC
    -Pursue andearnanESP Cultural Competency Micro-Credential

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