2017  |  April 12

2017 IEA ESP of the Year

Robert Powell

Region 27

ESP Paraprofessional
Union Support Staff District 205

ESPs attend the IEA Representative Assembly (RA) and delegate reception

About 200 ESP delegates attended the IEA Representative Assembly at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, Apr. 6-10. ESP council members reached out to each ESP delegate and gave them a small token of appreciation. On Friday evening, a reception was held for all ESP delegates at Lizzie McNeill’s pub. More than 100 members attended the social event and took advantage of the opportunity to network with other ESP colleagues from across the state. To top off the evening, IEA officers, managers, staff and several IEA candidates running for office stopped by to greet the ESP members.

New IEA officers and NEA Board members elected at RA

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Lyons Township history teacher supports ESP members at the RA

Our friend and union brother Keith Bailey, history teacher from Lyons Township High School, was inspired to make a cash donation to support our ESP colleagues throughout the state. We are inspired by him!

ESP council members attend the NEA ESP national conference

The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of this conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals and help our members do their jobs better. The conference offers more than 50 different hands-on workshops over the course of four days.

Interim NEA Director election notice

Declarations of candidacy must be filed with the IEA President’s office by 5 p.m., Friday, May 12.

Election notice
Declaration of Candidacy form

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NEA Ethnic Caucus Symposium: A human and civil rights conference – June 9-11

Plan to attend the inaugural NEA Ethnic Caucus Symposium in Las Vegas. Please note: This symposium will be a substitute for our yearly NEA Hispanic Issues conference and will be hosted by the various NEA ethnic caucuses.

The Ethnic Caucus Symposium is a joint effort to educate our organizational constituency about the systemic patterns of inequity that continue to disenfranchise communities of color in the United States.

Register by May 9 and recieve a $20 discount. Click here for additional information and online registration.

Important dates

  • Apr. 26 – Voting closes/ballots due: Click here to vote now!
  • Apr. 28 – Ballots counted
  • Jun. 9-11 – NEA Ethnic Caucus Symposium, Las Vegas
  • Jul. 24-28 – Summer Leadership Academy (SLA)

Myra Gardner, ESP – striving to make a difference

Myra Gardner is a great example of educators who are striving to make a difference by getting involved where decisions are made. Read her story.

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