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To all staff,
 Please be advised that Monday the 16th is a work day. All support staff are required to report unless you are sick or otherwise have a scheduled day off. We will be meeting with District Administration on that day to iron out a few questions that have come up after reading the District families and staff email that was sent out at 6:00 pm. We will continue to keep you updated when we learn more.

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school shooter drill
Active Shooter Drills Do More Harm than Good
Stop the surprises. Stop traumatizing students. If schools must do the drills, find out how they can do them better.
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student washing his hands
Schools and Coronavirus: What You Need to Know
Yes, preparation and handwashing are key. Here are the other things you should consider.
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esp mentors
Mentoring Programs Give ESPs Stronger Voice
“When you know better, you do better — with yourself, your colleagues, and your students.”
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Confident female students
Growing Awareness of ‘Period Poverty’ in Schools
One in five teens struggle to afford menstrual products. Virginia is poised to become the fifth state to make them free in public school bathrooms.
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Pro-union millennials
Millennials Love Their Union
Young educators are joining their union—and many locals are making space for them to lead.
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Statistics in Schools
BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE U.S. CENSUS BUREAU
Make a Difference for Your Students and Community
Statistics in Schools Week is March 2-6! Educators can use free, downloadable activities for the five daily themes related to the 2020 Census. Find out more at census.gov/schools.
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kindergarten teacher Gloria Pereyra-Robertson reads to students
Read Across America Celebrates a Nation of Diverse Readers
Year-round program to bring diverse books into schools can change mindsets and help teach empathy and inclusion.
Learn More

ESP Insider

ESP Insider  |  March 4, 2020
Elevating ESPs
Two important surveys
  1. Who in your local did you see do something great? Tell us about it!
  2. Member Interest Survey: Please complete this three-question survey. Your local wants to know your interests to ensure you receive the resources, supports and communications that most interest you. Thanks for participating!
ESP Insider reporter form
We are working to recognize ESP contributions and actions through the ESP Insider. When you participate in an event involving ESPs or hear of such an event, please complete the ESP Insider Reporter form.
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: SchoolSafety.gov 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 nea.org/census.  #WeCount
Workshops
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)

Conferences

Member benefits
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.

Good News Parapros!!

Pritzker signs Manar’s paraprofessional bill.

SPRINGFIELD — Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday signed legislation to strengthen the pipeline of paraprofessionals serving students in schools across the state.

“Paraprofessionals play a vital role in classrooms and in our children’s lives, particularly for students with special needs,” said Pritzker. “This new law ensures that qualified aides get the opportunity to support our hardworking teachers and help our kids reach their potential, as we work to address teaching shortages across the state.”

The new law reinstates the opportunity for individuals who hold a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent to become licensed after passing a paraprofessional competency test. Many paraprofessionals serve as aides to special education students. The legislation also makes various changes to address teacher licensure.

“As we work to build a robust teacher workforce in Illinois, this bill ensures a merit-based route to licensure for paraprofessionals who are looking to advance their careers,” said Sen. Andy Manar, D-Bunker Hill, the Senate sponsor of the measure.

Senate Bill 10 takes effect immediately.