IEA ESP Insider News

ESP insider  |  August 24, 2017

Welcome back! A message

from IEA

President Kathi Griffin

I hope that each of you had an enjoyable time with family and friends during the summer.

While the barbeques, festivals and parades are becoming memories, the excitement of the upcoming school year is what we are thinking about. The anticipation of working with students, fellow educators and welcoming new colleagues to our profession makes the beginning of the new school year full of enthusiasm and eagerness that support personnel feel every year.

I know that each of you, like me, is looking forward to the new adventures, connections and positive impact you will have on the lives of the students and families who you will be working with this school year.  I wish each of you an amazing school year full of many successes!

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There is still

time to apply for

a SCORE grant!

Deadline is

Mon., Aug. 28.

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Welcome new ESP local
After an organizing campaign that began last summer, a new local of 120 ESPs in Antioch SD 34 has formed the Antioch Support Professionals. The local represents all aides, library assistants, bus drivers and secretaries. The team began a rigorous membership drive early on and after receiving the official educational labor board certification, the Antioch Support Professionals have jumped right into bargaining preparation.
Sept. 5 – 4:30 p.m.
McHenry High School East Campus
Wear RED in solidarity!

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IEA One Conference – Oct. 21-22 in Oak Brook
ESP council meeting

The ESP Council met on Sat., Aug. 19. There were 14 people who expressed interest in serving to fill three vacancies. The council elected Jill Scarcelli, Troy Education Association, Region 51; Tammra Fabis, Huntley ESP Association, Region 54; and Natalie Copper, Evanston Childcare Workers, Region 41. Click here to read more.

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.