ESP Insider News


Fight for $15 ESP roundtable TONIGHT

Presented by Dave Rathke
5–7 p.m.  |  IEA Naperville office

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Join us TONIGHT for part two of the webinar series: Building effective teacher-paraeducator teams

(A three-part webinar series)
Wednesdays Feb. 1, 8 and 15  |  6-7 p.m.

Even if you missed the first webinar, you can still join us TONIGHT and next week. Click here for webinar details and registration information.


Say NO! to outsourcing

On Feb. 6, School District U-46 transportation drivers and supporters rallied against outsourcing.

Watch a video of IEA Vice President Kathi Griffin addressing the U-46 Board of Education.


Paraeducator at work

On Jan. 12, the multi-cultural club chaired by Liz Watkins (pictured) at Lyons Township High School hosted the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration in the performing arts center at south campus. In addition to student performances of music and poetry, the evening included guest presentations by retired LTHS Superintendent Dennis Kelly and retired LTHS Principal John L. Young. The event was a wonderful celebration of Dr. King’s commitment to respect and tolerance.

Thanks to Liz Watkins and the multi-cultural club for a wonderful evening celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and legacy! Click here for photos and an article by the Chicago Tribune.

Black History Month

A story on the value of diversity and tolerance.

NEA ESP Conference

March 10–12  |  Dallas
Online registration is closed.

On-site registration will be available for all participants until full capacity is reached. Personal checks will NOT be accepted on-site. Click here to add your name to the conference waitlist. Adding your name to the waitlist tentatively reserves your space at the conference until you are able to register on-site.

NEA National Leadership Summit

Feb. 24-26  |  Orlando

IEA statewide spring elections

There are several open ESP seats:

  • Council chairperson
  • Council vice chair
  • Council member (1-year term)
  • Council member (3-year term)
  • ESP Ethnic Minority council member
  • ESP South Central alternate (1-year term)
  • ESP North Central alternate (2-year term)
  • ESP Suburban representative
  • ESP Suburban alternate

Nomination deadline is Feb. 22

Visit the IEA website for additional information and online nomination forms.

Questions? Email Kim Trader or call her at 217.321.2250.

Important dates

  • TODAY, Feb. 8: Fight for $15 meeting, 5:30 p.m., Naperville office
  • Feb. 22: Nominations due
  • Feb. 24-26: NEA Leadership Summit, Orlando
  • Mar. 4: ESP Council meeting/IEA candidate interviews
  • Mar. 29: Online voting instructions mailed


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