Message from the ESP Council Chair: Welcome back to school
You may think I’m a little bit crazy, but by the end of summer I am usually ready to get back into my school building and see the kids. This year is no different. I am a person who needs a schedule and structure, or I can get into a funk. Read more →Join us at an ESP Council meeting or virtual roundtable – all ESPs welcome!Aug. 2110 a.m. – 2 p.m.ESP Council meeting (Naperville office)Sept. 1110 – 11:30 a.m.ESP empowerment roundtable on Member EngagementNov. 1310 a.m. – 2 p.m.ESP Council meeting (Lombard office)Feb. 2610 a.m. – 2 p.m.ESP Council meeting (Naperville office)Apr. 2310 a.m. – 2 p.m.ESP Council meeting (Carterville office)June 1110 a.m. – 2 p.m.ESP Council meeting (Bloomington office)New ESP t-shirt – comes in three colors

IEA’s Back-to-School store will be open Aug. 30-Sept. 13! All new apparel designs–short and long sleeve t-shirts, crew necks and more in red, blue and gray! →Stay connected with other ESPsIEA ESP Council websiteIEA ESP websiteESP Professional Caucus on FacebookESP Connections on FacebookJoin the ESP Facebook GroupFollow @NEArESPect on TwitterGet involved with the National Council for Education Support Professionals (NCESP)Gov. Pritzker signs Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) HB 12 into law for ESPs
IEA President Kathi Griffin and ESP Council Chair Jill Scarcelli joined Governor J.B. Pritzker at the HB 12 signing ceremony.  Watch the press conference →ESP awardsESP STAR Award (online nominations are now being accepted)IEA ESP of the Year (online nomination form will be available in September)RISE Award (new federal program – more information to come)Other news, meetings and conferencesMask mandate: IEA’s official statementIEA Budget Open Hearing datesVirtual IEA One Conference – Oct. 1-2 (registration deadline is Sept. 28) 2022 NEA ESP National Conference – March 25-27NEA Retired ESP Life/Annual Dues – Revised for 2021-22For presidents of ESP locals – President Support Team resources
Back-to-school resources
To help educators prepare for the new—and very different—post-pandemic school year, NEA’s Teacher Quality department is offering a series of webinarsand social-emotional learning (SEL) blended learning courses (registration closes Sept. 10).Member benefitsIEA Early Career Committee members promote the benefits of membership in a new video.

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