ESP Insider

Sept. 26, 2019
The Illinois Policy Institute, or IPI, is back and is using unethical ways to get your personal information so they can send you more LIES about your union. The union that gives us our powerful collective voice. The voice we use to advocate for our students, our schools and our community. The choice is clear: When the IPI comes calling, tell them #ImStickingWiththeUnion and that you’re #IEAProud because we’re #IEAstronger.
The ESP Council created the ESP STAR program to allow local leaders to recognize and publicize the good work of their ESP members across the state.

Use the online nomination form to nominate a special ESP member for a STAR Award!

ESPs in the news
Congratulations! IMRF Trustee Natalie Copper

Natalie Copper will continue to represent education support professional (ESPs) on the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) Board of Trustees. She was unopposed in the recent IMRF election.

“Thank you to all IEA members for their continued trust in me. I feel very honored to serve and will continue to make all decisions based on what is in the best interest of IEA and IMRF stakeholders.”

Natalie is a member of the Evanston Child Care Workers Education Association in Region 41 and works as the site-coordinator at the Before and After School Childcare program in District 65. She is also a member of the IEA ESP Council.

On Aug. 24, the Troy Education Association (TEA) held it’s first member family picnic at the Channahon Community Park in Channahon. Members enjoyed a great day with perfect weather. IEA and NEA Member Benefits information was shared and many members won prizes donated by local businesses. Another highlight of the afternoon was a discussion with Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, D-Shorewood, regarding the concerns of our members and for the support of quality public schools.

To our TEA members, thank you for all you do every day for our students, schools and community!

School supplies for Puerto Rico!

Mary Ann Rivera is once again collecting school supplies for students in Puerto Rico.

Download flier.

ESP Insider reporter form 
We are working to recognize ESP contributions and action through the ESP Insider. When you participate in an event involving ESPs or hear of such an event, please complete the ESP Insider Report Formavailable on the ESP webpage.

For additional information, email

EMELT – Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leadership Training

Nov. 1-3, Springfield
Registration deadline is Oct. 24.
Grants and awards
SCORE – Schools and Community Outreach by Educators

NEA Foundation grants

Grants and Global Learning Fellowships available!
Support and training
Resource from IEA Communications: The IEA Interactive Video Guide was created for members to easily find videos that most interest them.
National Council for Education Support Professionals
NCESP is the voice of ESPs within the National Education Association. Our power and strength are in our numbers, and your membership counts. To join, register here or use the mobile registration.
Effective Paraeducator – Teacher Teams micro-credentials

NEA is excited to announce that the Building Winning Teams: Effective Paraeducator – Teacher Teams micro-credentials are now available!

For more information, download this one-pagerand visit NEA’s Certification Bank page.

Ready to impact your community AND accelerate your career?
The NEA, in partnership with the Kellogg Foundation, has developed a cutting edge leadership development program for those interested in racial, social and educational justice. Apply to join the Leaders for Just Schoolscohort program.

Download and print the fliers:

IEA bylaws

Proposed bylaw amendments for the 2020 IEA Representative Assembly are due Dec. 11.

ESP Council meetings/assemblies
All ESP members are welcome!

The ESP Council will partner with the Presidents’ Support Team to conduct joint meetings this year.

Mark your calendar and save these dates to attend and discuss issues of concern. We will be meeting in an area near you soon so we hope you will plan to attend!

  • Nov. 9 – Champaign
  • Feb. 8 – Matteson
  • April 18 – Sterling
  • June 13 – Edwardsville
Member benefits
Take a look at all the benefits available to members on the IEA website!

Log in to Members Only and access your discounts and deals today!

IEA Connect is here to help! 
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