ESP Insider

Oct. 23, 2019
Elevating ESPs
Please respond to the following survey question: How are you bargaining to implement the $15-an-hour wage law?
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.
Let your voice be heard!
All ESP members welcome!
ESP assembly, Sat., Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. in Champaign.

Mark your calendar and attend an ESP assembly in your area to discuss issues of interest or concern:

Feb. 8, 10 a.m. – Matteson IEA office
April 18, 10 a.m. – Sterling IEA office
June 13, 10 a.m. – Edwardsville IEA office
♦ Celebrate National ESP Day ♦ Nov. 20
ESP awards and grants
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!

The ESP of the Year award is meant to emphasize the contributions of education support professionals to their association, their schools and their communities. Nominate an ESP member by Jan. 16.
SCORE – Schools and Community Outreach by Educators

NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards program

Information and online nomination form.
​​​​​​​Nominations due Dec. 6.
Highlights from the IEA One Conference
This year’s conference theme, IEA Stronger United!, set the tone for workshops, ESP job category discussion forums and more than 23 professional development and enrichment sessions for ESP members.

View the One Conference photo album on Flickr.

Matthew Powell (pictured), 2019 NEA ESP of the Year, was the keynote speaker at the ESP dinner held on Friday evening.

Powell is a member of the Graves County Education Support Professionals and NEA Board of Directors. A graduate of Graves County High School, Powell has worked in the school district since August 2007, working at the elementary, middle and high school levels. He is a graduate of the KEA Fellows program and NEA Leaders for Tomorrow (class of 2016).

In 2012, while working for Graves County Schools, he earned a bachelor’s degree in educational studies from Western Governors University. Powell also served as a district softball coach and team bus driver from 2011 to 2014.

“I am a strong advocate for meeting the needs of the whole student,” Powell told the Star. “This approach can only succeed when parents, teachers, administrators and support staff all work together.”

IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Academy
Class of 2019 graduates Linda Colon, Amy Evans, Nikhat Farheen, Karin Lennon, Leatreasea Lily-Madison, Lorena Lopez and Shazia Pathan were recognized and received certificates at the IEA One Conference during the ESP dinner on Oct. 4. ELA Coordinator Crystal Bush said, “Everyone worked really hard developing their leadership skills, but we had some fun times, too! I’m looking forward to watching each of you grow as leaders.”

Applications for the 2019-20 IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Cohort will soon be available on the IEA website. For information on the IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Academy and how to apply, please go to:

After a long day, ESP emerging leaders had some fun at the NEA Leadership Summit.

IEA-NEA ESP emerging leaders hard at work in Denver.

ESP emerging leaders hosting a focus group at the IEA Palatine office on ESP school safety concerns.
Member benefits
*NEW* ESP-centered bargaining resources

ESP-centered bargaining resources now reside on the Members Only site of the IEA website. Included is the starter kit, consisting of a brochure explaining the member’s role in bargaining and the significance of bargaining rights, a poster and a ready-reference guide to additional materials stored on the website.

As an IEA member, there are special benefits available to you!

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

IEA Connect is here to help! 
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chat, email or call.
ESPs in the news
Mary Ann Rivera is still collecting school supplies for students in Puerto Rico. Monetary donations also are welcome to help cover shipping costs. Saul Ramos, 2018 NEA ESP of the Year, will accompany Mary Ann to Puerto Rico to help deliver the supplies to students.

ESP podcasts: School Me|Podcast

An ESP story from NEA

NEA’s Center for Communications has been working with the ESP Quality Department to gather stories from ESP members to highlight issues that matter most to our members and make education a top priority in the 2020 election. We’re excited to announce that NEA has published an ESP member story featuring Margaret Powell, a student support services professional from North Carolina who serves on our NEA Board of Directors.
Upcoming events and professional development
Webinars for ESPs
Oct. 24, 6-7 p.m. CST: Understanding and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum
A wide variety of professional development webinars are designed to support the professional growth of education support professionals.
View the webinar schedule.
View our archived training recordings.

EMELT – Ethnic Minority and Emerging Leadership Training
Nov. 1-3, Springfield
Registration deadline is Oct. 24.

Pathways Leaders of Color Research and Development Project: Investing in the development of leaders of color

Information on this new project and the online application can be found on NEA’s Pathways webpage. Applications are due Nov. 1.

Great Lakes TURN Conference – Nov. 14-15, Lisle

Advancing equity and social-emotional learning through collaborative partnerships
Conference flier
Tentative agenda

2020 NEA conference funding forms due Dec. 6

2020 IEA Representative Assembly  March 5-7
Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont
Please review this IEA-RA one-pager for important information and deadlines.

NEA ESP Conference – March 20-22, New Orleans