ESP Insider

Jan 11, 2018

ESP of the year nominations due next week!

The ESP of the year award is meant to further emphasize the contributions of education support professionals to their association, their schools and their communities. For information and online nomination form, please visit the IEA website. (You may also download and print a nomination form.) Nomination deadline is Jan. 16.

ESP in Action booklet: A must-have for all Education Support Professionals!

The new ESP in Action booklet is filled with information on upcoming ESP events, volunteer oportunities, professional development, resources and much more! Don’t be without this handy, compact 10-page booklet. You can view it online or request a hard copy from the ESP program office by contacting Arlene Criglar.

Also available in Spanish: ESP en Acción

Don’t delay – request yours today!

ESP STAR award

Presidents and members of the IEA Board of Directors can nominate ESPs for STARS in recognition of outstanding serviceNominations can be made online and videos can be attached. You may contact IEA Connect to indicate the reasons the local association president or member of the IEA Board of Directors has nominated the member for an ESP STAR.

A nominee must be a current ESP member of IEA. Nominations will be acted on at the next regularly scheduled ESP council meeting.
Upcoming conferences and events

Join us at the Women’s March Chicago

  Jan. 20, Chicago
  Information and registration

Leadership Development Summit

  Mar. 16-18, Chicago
  Early registration ends Jan. 26
  10-digit NEA membership ID number required for registration
  Contact IEA Connect if you need your ID number looked up
  There will be no onsite registration
  Information and registration

NEA ESP National Conference

  Mar. 23-25, Buena Vista, Fla.
  Online registration closes Feb. 9
  Information and registration


IEA Representative Assembly
  Apr. 19-21, Rosemont
National Resource Center for Paraeducators (NRCP) 34th National Conference on the Training and Employment of Paraeducators
  Apr. 26-29, Seattle
  Online registration closes Feb. 9
  Information and registration

LGBTQ+ Issues Conference

  May 18-20, Las Vegas

Southwestern School District ESPs recieve SCORE grant

Tasha McQuay, special ed van driver, and Karen Jackson, a special ed van rider, were awarded an IEA SCORE Grant this past December for the development of “sensory resource kits.”

Visit IEA’s website to read more and watch a short video.

IEA website and Members Only to merge

The IEA website will merge with Members Only on Jan. 16. Here’s what you can look forward to:

  • One site with easy access to all content.
  • Stay logged in longer!
  • Sharing of links to pages and documents, no more hunting for pages after logging in.
  • New member dashboard with each member’s association details.
  • One click access to: Discounts & Deals, Online Learning Portal, new printable and digital membership card.
  • New protected pages and documents for safer association information.

Empowering ESPs 

The new ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) model provides a clear pathway for professional growth in all nine ESP career families through various professional learning opportunities and the use of self-assessment tools. For more information and downloads, visit the PGC page on NEA’s website.
Join Illinois ESPs today at

Benefits of IEA membership


  • Go to the Discounts drop-down menu at the top of the page
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