IEA Insider-June

ESP insider  |  2017  |  June 13
Message from IEA President Cinda Klickna

I will complete my term as IEA president on July 14. I thank all of you for the support you have shown me over the past six years. The work you do every day helps make our union strong.

 Click here for a personal note from Pres. Klickna.

SCORE grants available for ESPs!

Deadline to apply is Aug. 28.

Apply now for the 2017-18 school year!
Region 43 members rally to support fair wages
Region 43 GPA Ryan Danzinger (ESP Local DEA59-Elk Grove) worked quickly to organize Region 43 members to support Arlington Heights teachers from ATA 25 during a board of education (BOE) meeting regarding a vote to opt out of Cook County’s minimum wage and paid sick leave. The vote was 5-4 to opt out, however, Danzinger’s quick actions (beginning on a Friday and working over the weekend to rally folks for a Monday board meeting) were directly responsible for changing the vote of at least two board members in support of fair wages. Click here to read a Daily Herald article.
Region 60 end of year dinner
Pictured above left to right: Holly Smigelski, region secretary; Erin Carr, vice chair; Tom Tully, IEA secretary treasurer elect; Kathi Griffin, IEA president elect; Al Lorenz, IEA vice president elect; Erin Smith, region chair and Scott Jetter, region treasurer.

ESP resources

Professional development webinar series

NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center of Great Public Schools, in collaboration with other professionals in the education workforce, have created a wide variety of professional development webinars in a series designed to support the professional growth of Education Support Professionals.
Upcoming events
Deadline to apply for funding is June 26! Request funding now.
►  Aug. 19 – ESP Council meeting, Naperville IEA office, 9 a.m.

NEA Member Benefits
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  • Click on NEA Member Benefits

NEA Today Express

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The Secret to Singapore’s Success

High-performing countries like Finland and Singapore don’t chase narrow, short-term fixes. They ensure that high-quality teaching takes place in every classroom for every child. Find out how.

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What Really Happens at School Over the Summer?

For many heroic school employees, the heavy lifting starts after the school year ends.

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Proposed Health Care Bill Puts Millions of Children in Harm’s Way

The American Health Care Act would slash health care services provided by schools and drastically reduce the number of school-based health care professionals who provide them.

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An (Epic) Interview with Captain Underpants Creator

Find out who inspired the characters of pranksters George and Harold and how author Dav Pilkey learned to associate reading with fun as a child.

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Trans Student’s Victory in Federal Court Gives LGBTQ Rights Advocates Renewed Hope

In order to use the boy’s bathroom in his high school-the bathroom which conforms with his gender identity-Ash Whitaker had to take the Kenosha Unified School District to court. 

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Help for Reluctant Tech Users

Whether you’re learning new cyber skills or helping your colleagues get more tech saavy, here are some tips to earn your geek cred.

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Works4Me: Ideas and Tips By Teachers, For Teachers

Eight Ways Educators Can Use Summer To Sharpen Public Speaking Skills

When classes end for the summer, many of us may lose momentum and develop what boxers and wrestlers call “ring rust” – a deterioration of skills resulting from lack of practice during a hiatus. Public speaking and presentation skills are key to good teaching but can dwindle as educators are busy with other projects over the summer. Preventing “ring rust,” however, can be as simple as trying a few of these tips.

News for 9 or 10 Month Employees

    If any of our 9 or 10 month employees are interested in working this summer as sub custodians the district has agreed to give you first consideration when filling openings for the summer. Please fill out the info required for the posting you wish to apply for then contact the OMT office on Eastern Ave. to let them know you are willing to work over the summer at a school for the weeks that you are available. You will be wanting to talk to Sally Holmes or Steve Belcher to let them know of your interest and to fill out any other forms they require so the process can be expidited. A meeting with Steve may be required also before you can be considered. See the contact phone number and address below.

Operations/Transportation/Maintenance Office
14812 N. Eastern Avenue
Plainfield, IL 60544
Tel: (815) 439-3201 – Facilities, Operations, Maintenance

ESP Training Offer

This is a repost of the earlier one about the development training being offered to any ESP’s that are interested. See the details below and remember to use the info at the bottom right to register at the website for it if you are wanting to attend.


There is Professional Development training in Naperville being offered to any and all ESP’s this coming August. We encourage anyone who is interested to take advantage of this. Registration details are available by following the info for the website at the bottom right of the flyer. See the flyer below for the info:

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