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Educators push back
                                          against privatization

United and Determined, Educators Strike a Blow Against For-Profit Charter Schools

The ground is shifting under the charter school industry as educators lead a national uprising against school privatization.

school bus

Teachers, Take the Wheel

To help with schools bus driver shortages, some districts are hiring teachers to transport students—a Band-Aid solution that highlights the need to pay regular drivers a living wage and give them the respect they deserve.


tips for meeting with

10 Tips for Meeting with Challenging Parents

It’s never too late in the year for a refresher on good parent-communication skills.


report cards

The Perils of Sending Report Cards Home

A study finds child abuse incidents rise when report cards are sent home on Friday. Could more parent-teacher communication help?


VA educators demand
                                          accountability from lawmakers

What Do You Get When Your State’s Funding is 42nd in the U.S.?

Moldy ceilings, roach-infested walls, and thousands of educators marching on the state capitol.


educator ethics in the

Educator Ethics in the Classroom

Everyone knows about doctors’ oath to “Do no harm,” but what is the equivalent for educators? Two veteran educators discuss common ethical dilemmas and how a model code of ethics can help educators be the best professionals they can be.


NEA cultural competence

‘Inspiring Children to Walk in Their Own Dreams’

NEA workshops can help educators reach every student.



Participate in Black Lives Matter at School Week. Find Out How.


Thanking Our School Counselors: Key Players in Students’ Development

Works4Me: Ideas and Tips By
                                Teachers, For Teachers

Creating a Positive Classroom Environment

Join us online on February 13, at 8 p.m. EST, to learn instructional strategies from our education experts on creating a positive classroom environment. You’ll walk-through ways to establish routines, understand and set behavioral norms, and make sure that you’ve created an encouraging environment for your students. Register for this free webinar today.


Route 66 Step Challenge Update

We have officially thawed out from the deep freeze and we are over a week into our walking challenge.  Here are our frontrunners:

  1. Liberty
  2. River View
  3. Creekside

It’s early and there is still plenty of time to “step up” to the challenge.  Below are ways to get more steps in each day:

  • Plan a walk with co-workers at the beginning or the end of the day
  • Park further away from the building (maybe not today with the rain)
  • Take the stairs whenever possible instead of the elevator or escalator

The Route 66 challenge is walking through America’s past, as many of the towns spotted throughout the Route remain largely untouched since Route 66’s heyday.  Believe it or not, we can use the past to help us continue to exercise and complete our epic trek across most of the United States.  Some research studies suggest that recalling a positive exercise memory will not only motivate you to exercise, but the memory alone can encourage an increase in exercise over the course of the upcoming week!

Try using memories of positive events or positive future outcomes to help you complete this trek.  Let’s also help motivate our co-workers to get up and get moving.


Here is a sampling of the prizes to be won:


All employees who walk at least 90% of the step goal, will be entered into a raffle for 50 prize bags:


The three top buildings will win a free breakfast served by the wellness team!  We will also raffle three prizes: a customized Yeti water bottle, a Bluetooth speaker or powerbeats wireless earbuds at each of the three top buildings.


PSD202 Wellness Team




Upcoming Election Nomination Forms

To all PASS members,

     Please look for an email from PASS in regards to the upcoming NEA Representative Assembly and PASS Executive Board nomination forms. You can self nominate for any of these positions or may nominate someone else if they are agreeable to that nomination. Please complete the form and email it to by February 19th at 3:00 PM. These forms have been sent to all PASS members via school email and will also be sent to all signed up members via our union email account also (

PASS Executive Board

ESP Insider

ESP insider | Jan. 30, 2019

REMINDER: NEA Paraeducator Institute webinar
A Paraeducator Guide to IEP Plans
Thurs., Jan. 31  |  6 – 7 p.m. CST
Information / Registration
Awards and scholarships

Stacey Burroughs Education Scholarship – $2,500 for college-bound seniors!
Applications are due Thurs., Jan. 31.


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.

Please use the online form to nominate members of your local association for an ESP STAR!

Important ESP meetings

ESP Assembly
All ESP members are invited!

Sat., Feb. 9 at 9 a.m.
IEA Elgin office, 2250 Point Blvd., Suite 400

If you are interested in hosting an ESP Assembly at an IEA office in your area, please contact Alex Wallace.

ESP Connections: Let’s Talk
All ESP members are invited!
Sat., Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon.
IEA Libertyville office, 1860 W. Winchester Rd., Suite 202.
A light breakfast will be served.
Please register today!

ESP Connections was created organically by local ESP members. ESP Connections is looking for more members to join the conversation and help focus our advocacy. Join us Feb. 23 to network, share ideas and make new friends.

Leadership and training

Are you interested in leading a training session for ESP delegates at this year’s IEA RA?
Request for proposals (RFPs) are due Feb. 1. Please complete and submit your online proposal today!

This year’s IEA RA will be held in Apr. 11-13 in Rosemont. Visit the IEA website for information and an informative video.

The National Leadership Summit is open to all NEA members!
Mar. 15-17, Denver
The purpose of the summit is to develop activist leaders and prepare them with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to lead relevant, thriving associations and to lead in their professions.

Information and registration

If you have questions or would like to subscribe to the summit mailing list, send an email to

2019 NEA ESP Conference
Mar. 22-24 in Las Vegas

Online registration closes Feb. 8

Information and registration

Professional development

News You Can Use Special Edition

Special Addition: UTLA Strike

Some have been asking for information on how they can be supportive of the Los Angeles educators who went on strike this week. The California Teachers Association has shared some resources to pass along, if you’d like to send messages of support or want to donate to a Go Fund Me account that’s being used to feed those on strike. Here are ways you can find out more information and offer support:



You may notice there are other large locals in California on the verge of a strike as well, including Oakland. Feel free to offer messages of support on the petition to educators there, as well.