ESP Insider News and Updates

Happy New Year, Friend!


ESP of the Year Award

Do you know an outstanding education support professional? Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 16.


NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence

Each year, IEA selects an IEA member (including teachers, education support professionals, and higher education faculty and staff) as a nominee for the annual NEA Foundation Awards for Teaching Excellence. Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 16.


NEA ESP Conference

The 2017 NEA ESP Conference will be held March 10-12 in Dallas. Visit NEA’s website for information and to registration.

IMPORTANT:  The deadline to request IEA funding is this Friday, Jan. 13.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Mon., Jan. 16

Nonviolence is the answer. The foundation of such method is love.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Dec. 11, 1964

For more resources here is a link to Dr. King’s biography.


NEA National Leadership Summit

Feb. 24-26  |  Orlando
Deadline to register is Jan. 20.


Fight for $15: Where do we go from here?

If you believe that all ESPs deserve a minimum of $15/hour, your input is needed! Join us for an important meeting on Wed., Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m. at the IEA West Suburban Office, 1555 Bond St., Suite 121, Naperville. Deadline to register is Feb. 7.


Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

Watch the YouTube video.


ESP member participates in Miami University Global Earth Expeditions program

Eric Koppen, member of United Staff of Columbia College, is a master’s student in the Miami University Earth Expeditions program. Last year, Eric studied in East Malaysia on the island of Borneo and is now beginning a semester-long research project to benefit his home community.


Grants available for National Farm to School Network

Learn more and apply today! Deadline is Jan. 26.

National Farm to School Network

Stop school pests

The Stop School Pests News Roundup is sent out monthly and includes news, updates and events relevant to healthy schools and Integrated Pest Mangement (IPM).

Click here for project highlights and stories from the IPM community.


Important dates

  • Jan. 13: Deadline to submit IEA funding request for the NEA ESP Conference
  • Jan. 16: Deadline to submit nominations for IEA 2017 ESP of The Year and NEA Foundation’s Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Jan. 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Jan. 20-21: IEA Board of Directors meeting, Springfield
  • Jan. 26: Deadline to submit NEA grant application for Farm to School Network
  • Feb. 8: Fight for $15 meeting, 5:30 p.m., Naperville office
  • Feb. 24-26: NEA Leadership Summit, Orlando
  • Mar. 4: ESP Council meeting/IEA candidate interviews

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