Education Support Professionals

  • RESPECT

    Raising Education Support Professionals by Elevating Careers Together is a statewide effort by ESPs, with the support of IEA staff, to improve working conditions.

  • ESP of the Year Award

    This award is meant to emphasize the contributions of education support professionals to their association, their schools and their communities.

  • ESP STARS Award

    The ESP Council created the ESP STAR program to allow IEA local leaders, members and board of directors to recognize and publicize the good work of their ESP members across the state. Use the online nomination form to nominate one or more special ESPs. Nominations can be submitted monthly.

  • Education Support Professionals Leadership Academy

    The Education Support Professionals Leadership Academy provides resources and trainings to help build strong IEA ESP locals.  These resources include tools for moving members, leaders and local associations to full capacity and engagement at the local, region, state and national levels.

  • ESP Bargaining Resources

    ESP Bargaining Resources consolidates resources related to bargaining for use by ESP Leaders.

  • NEA ESP of the Year Speaker Request Form

    Request the NEA ESP of the Year to speak at your event.

  • Insider Newsletter Archive

    Education Support Professionals archive of the monthly email newsletter.

  • Professional Development Webinar Trainings - Upcoming

    A wide variety professional development webinar series designed to support the professional growth of Education Support Professionals.

  • Professional Development Webinar Trainings - Archive

    Did you miss one of the live webinar sessions?  View the past webinars here! A wide variety professional development webinar series designed to support the professional growth of Education Support Professionals.

  • ESP Council Website

    Website for the Education Support Professional Council. Visit for the latest information and updates.

  • ESP Council List

    The Education Support Professional Council consists of thirteen (13) people all of whom are ESP school employees and members of the Illinois Education Association.

  • Request ESP Council Members to Attend Meeting Form

    Bring ESP Council members to your next meeting.  Presidents, Region Chairs, and members can now invite members of the ESP Council to your local or regional meetings by using this request form.

  • About ESPs

    The 510,000 Educational Support Professional members of the National Education Association and the 29,500 ESP members of the Illinois Education Association take care of our children every day and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed in our schools and classrooms. We are truly the unsung heroes of public education.

  • NEA ESP Website

    NEA’s 510,000 Education Support Professional (ESP) members take care of our children every day and make sure they have the tools they need to succeed in our schools and classrooms.

  • NEA ESP Publications

    The NEA ESP Quality Department offers a variety of publications designed to support and elevate the careers of Education Support Professionals in all career categories.

  • NEA ESP Organizing Toolkit

    Ultimately we seek to build power to make change. In this toolkit, we will cover the critical elements of organizing.

  • ESP Mentoring

    Learn the difference between Peer Mentoring and Peer Review and is your Local Association ready for this concept.

  • Privatization/Subcontracting and The Law

    In 2007, the Illinois Education Association achieved a major victory in providing job protection for all ESP employees. Read the exact text of Public Act 095-0241 introduced as House Bill 1347.

Contact Us

Arlene Criglar
ESP Paraprofessional
847-428-7640

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