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ESP Insider  |  March 4, 2020
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IEA Representative Assembly (RA) March 5-7
ESP events and activities
If you are a delegate to the IEA RA, please join the ESP Council at the following:
ESP Open Hearing: Thurs., March 5
11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

ESP Resource Room: Thurs.–Fri., March 5–6
8 a.m.–5 p.m. (JFK room, lobby level)

ESP Delegate Reception: Fri., March 6
6–8 p.m. (Red Bar)

Special #RedforEd day this Friday!
Delegates attending the IEA RA will be wearing red on Friday in support of public education. Please encourage everyone in your school to wear red and share photos on social media. #RedforEd  #IEARA2020

Reminder: Every Wednesday is #RedforEd day!
For the remainder of the school year, we encourage educators to wear red on Wednesdays!

ESP STAR award
Nominate an ESP member today!
Use the online nomination form to nominate a special ESP member. A video can be included along with the reasons why the local association president or member of the IEA Board of Directors has nominated the member for an ESP STAR award. Nominees must be a current ESP member of IEA.
ESP Council news

Save the date – April 18!
Please join us in Sterling for the next ESP Assembly and Council meeting.
Sat., April 18  |  10 a.m. |  Sterling IEA office 

Also, mark your calendar for June 13!
The council will travel to Edwardsville for an ESP Assembly and Council meeting.
Sat., June 13  |  10 a.m. |  Edwardsville IEA office

Stay connected with other ESPs:
IMRF news
IMRF receives Malcolm Baldrige Award
IMRF is a recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. A presidential-level honor, the award recognizes exemplary U.S. organizations and businesses that demonstrate an unceasing drive for radical innovation, thoughtful leadership and administrative improvement. Read more.
ESPs in the news
IEA-NEA ESP Emerging Leaders Cohort for 2020

Fifteen IEA ESP members located throughout the state of Illinois have been selected for this year’s Emerging Leaders Cohort. Find out who they are and more about the program.

Mary Ann Rivera is once again traveling to Puerto Rico to deliver supplies to those affected by the earthquakes. Donations are welcome to help purchase basic essentials for families in need. Read a note from Mary Ann.
Jill Scarcelli (seated first row center) from Troy Education Association in Region 51, is pictured with ESP members from other state affiliates who attended the NEA Education Support Professionals Leadership Institute (ESPLI) in February. Read a note from Jill.
IEA One Conference – Oct. 2-3
Call for presenters
The ESP Council is seeking session proposals to present at the 2020 IEA One Conference. The focus of this year’s One conference will be advocacy, leadership and professional development.

The deadline to submit a request for proposal (RFP) is April 20. Only completed online RFPs will be accepted. Trainers for the sessions selected by the ESP Council will be notified by email after the RFPs have been reviewed and approved.

NEA Women’s Caucus
The NEA Women’s Caucus held their annual meeting at the NEA office in Washington, D.C., Feb. 7-8. On Friday, the women’s caucus was included in a Women’s Observance Day event at the board of directors meeting which featured inspirational speaker and author, Monique W. Morris. Read more about the NEA Women’s Caucus and also visit their Facebook page.
Power of the Purse: The NEA Women’s Caucus is collecting purses/tote bags filled with personal items for women in need. All donations will be delivered to a local women’s shelter in Atlanta during the NEA RA. You can participate in this amazing event by filling a purse/tote bag with personal items.

Accepting donations at the IEA RA in Rosemont and at the NEA RA in Atlanta.
For more information, please contact Pat Hendrix, Region 15 Chair.

Health and safety
Coronavirus guidance/FAQ for K-12 schools

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health has released updated guidance for K-12 schools regarding the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The document includes background information and frequently asked questions.
  • If your school has additional questions or concerns about the coronavirus, please contact your local health department.

School Safety: was launched to help educators, administrators, parents and law enforcement prepare for threats.

Upcoming events
2020 Census is safe, important and necessary!
This month, every household will receive a mailing from the U.S. Census Bureau with instructions to visit their website. An accurate census count of our vibrant and diverse communities brings critical funding and resources to our schools and communities! Find loads of materials to inspire your students at  #WeCount
Clock hours available – register today! Download an informational flier.

  • Mar. 17 – Diaries & Memoirs: Using Primary Sources to Teach the Holocaust (Bloomington)
  • Mar. 18 – Lodz Ghetto, A Model of Destruction: An Echoes & Reflection Workshop (Springfield)
  • Mar. 19 – How Far is Too Far? Holocaust Education In Middle Grade Classrooms (Champaign)


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