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The Secret to High-Achieving Schools: ‘I’ve Never Felt Unsupported.’
Research identifies what “positive outlier” districts have in common: They support well-qualified educators and focus on equity.
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petition to stop charter expansion
An ‘End Run Around the Will of Voters
Voters said no. Privatization proponents said we’ll do it anyway. Parents and educators joined forces to fight back.
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Read Across America Tells a New Story
Education support professional Linda Estrada leads the beloved literacy program in its new mission to welcome all readers.
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Keep Out of Students’ Hair
Protecting students from bias means banning hair discrimination.
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The Greta Effect on Student Activism
A Swedish teenager’s climate activism is helping educators find ways to support their students’ interest in climate change throughout the year.
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‘Nobody is Talking About This’: The Sorry State of Higher Ed Funding
A funding crisis at the University of Alaska tells a larger story about crumbling state support for public colleges and universities across the nation.
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Making Movement a Part of Your Classroom Culture
Whatever the grade or subject area, every teacher can effectively incorporate movement in the classroom throughout the school day.
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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! 
Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Chat, email or call.

Illinois School News Service

  • Illinois School News Service (ISNS):

State budget gets a forward look for a change


  • As a result of SB 1952, the legislation that removed the basic skills test as a requirement for teacher certification, a pathway for paraprofessional licensure was inadvertently removed. This was an unintended consequence and efforts are currently underway to fix this mistake. Formerly, a candidate seeking paraprofessional licensure had three paths:
    • High school diploma + WorkKeys test
    • 60 semester hours
    • Associates degree

With the removal of “basic skills test” paraprofessional candidates can no longer count the WorkKeys test towards licensure. This means that currently, there are only two ways to be granted a paraprofessional license. It should be noted that these changes, in no way, impact the licenses of currently practicing paraprofessionals.

We are very hopeful that a legislative solution to this issue we will be passed in the upcoming veto session, and will soon be resolved.

  • Illinois Report Card Changes

Please review this memo regarding changes to the IL Report Card

  • Proposed Bylaw Amendments for 2020 IEA RA – due Dec. 11.

Proposed bylaw amendments must be received by the IEA Bylaws and Resolutions Committee, in care of the President’s Office, Illinois Education Association, 100 E. Edwards Street, Springfield, IL 62704-1999, no later than 5 p.m. Central Standard Time, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. This will enable the Bylaws and Resolutions Committee to prepare the proposed bylaw amendments for presentation to the executive committee and to post on the association website. Proposed bylaw amendments submitted after this deadline will not be posted on the website, and therefore, will need a three-fourths vote for passage at the Representative Assembly. Forms were sent to the board of directors in September, are available on the IEA website ( under About/Bylaws, Values and Visions, and will be available from the Springfield legal services office at headquarters. The IEA bylaws can also be found in the “About” section of the IEA website.

The Bylaws and Resolutions Committee updated the Model Local Bylaws as part of its guidance to help locals revise their current bylaws. The guidance includes a resource booklet on Model Local Bylaws, two narrated PowerPoint presentations and a webinar on local bylaws. These resources can also be found under the Bylaws, Values and Vision section of the IEA website. If you have questions, please contact the IEA Legal Department.

  • Oct. 15: Introduction to Non-Exclusionary Discipline for Adolescents Webinar: Explore non-exclusionary discipline for adolescents. This webinar will introduce the classroom practices associated with restorative practices and prosocial skills training. Register today! (promotional flier
  • Nov. 12: Introduction to Non-Exclusionary Discipline for Early Childhood and Elementary Students Webinar:  Delve deeper into non-exclusionary discipline specifically for early childhood and elementary students. Register today! (promotional flier)
  • Dec. 3: Educator Evaluation Update Webinar: Want to improve your local educator evaluation plan? Learn how to do just that with a new framework for teaching and alternative approaches to measuring student growth using classroom assessments. Register today! (promotional flier)
  • **NEW** Oct. 14: Training of Trainers: Basic Restorative Practices. Due to overwhelming interest in the Online Restorative Practices Training of Trainers Course, we have already reached capacity! We plan to offer this course again this summer. Please email if you would like to be pre-registered for our summer course beginning June 8, 2020
  • Cultural Competency

The Cultural Competency Workgroup would like to welcome Al Llorens, Ann Bachman-McIntosh, Ambor Cottrell, and Andrew Matthews as its newest members!  We look forward to the awesome work together.  We would also like to sincerely thank everyone who expressed an interest in joining. Though, we had limited space on the committee, know that there is unlimited opportunity to do equity work. Please consider the Cultural Competency Workgroup as a resource and a support.


Candidate Information Tool

National Education Association

One week ago, ten of the 2020 presidential candidates took the debate stage in Houston. It was the third democratic presidential debate, and the first time there was a conversation about public education.

We know that 15 minutes from a televised debate stage is not nearly enough time to discuss all of the issues that matter most to educators and the future of public education. That’s why we’ve created the Strong Public Schools Candidate Comparison tool so you can see exactly where each of the presidential candidates stand on core public education issues.

Try it out today! Click here to start comparing the candidates »

Compare the candidates!

Compare the Candidates ›
NEA launched the Strong Public Schools campaign to provide educators and their communities with information and insight into the 2020 presidential candidates. Now, with the help of our Candidate Comparison tool, you can see every single candidate’s position on the issues that matter to you, like education funding, class size, early childhood education, and voucher programs.

Check out the tool and see what positions each candidate takes on the issues affecting students, educators, and public education »

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In solidarity,

Carrie Pugh
Senior Political Director
National Education Association