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2015 NEA ESP Conference

March 6-8, 2015

Hilton New Orleans Riverside
2 Poydras Street 
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 561-0500 



Due to the high demand of this conference, on-site registration will be open pending space availability.

Important Conference Updates 


    NOTICE: Due to high conference registration volume, the ESP Conference host hotel, Hilton New Orleans Riverside, is now completely SOLD OUT. We are in the process of finalizing negotiations for an overflow hotel. We will make an announcement as to its location as soon as it has been secured. Please stay tuned and check this page, as well as the NEA ESP Conference Groupsite, available to conference registrants only, regulary for updates.  

  • Due to the high volume of conference registration, guest tickets to Friday night's award banquet will be limited and granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

General Registration Information

Conference Description

The 2015 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference will be held March 6—8, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The theme for this year's conference is Organize, Educate and Lead: ESPs Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student.

The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of this conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. The conference offers more than 50 different hands-on workshops over the course of four days. Pre-Conference workshop opportunities are offered in topics ranging from social justice, membership recruitment techniques and leadership development to communication skills training, membership empowerment, and creating strategic alliances with other labor organizations. Special pre-conference workshops specifically targeted for emerging and advanced Association leaders are also offered.


How to Register

Online Registration

  • Online registration is now closed

On-site Registration

  • On-site Registration will be made available for all participants.
  • Pre-conference workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. Some pre-conference workshops may be filled to capacity at the time of on-site registration and will not be available.


  • Registration is accepted on a full-payment, first-come, first-served basis only.
  • Personal checks will not be accepted as a form of payment.


Registration Fees and Refunds

The conference registration fees will be as follows:

NEA Member Pre-Conference Participant Registrants (3/5- 3/8): $250

  • includes breakfast and lunch during pre-conference session days
  • includes awards dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

Non-Member Pre-Conference Participant Registrants (3/5- 3/8): $350

  • includes breakfast and lunch during pre-conference session days
  • includes dinner and entertainment on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

NEA Member Conference Participant Registrants (3/6-3/8): $200

  • includes dinner and entertainment on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

Non-member Conference Participant Registrants (3/6-3/8): $300

  • includes awards dinner on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

NOTE: Online registration will open late fall. Personal checks will not be accepted as a form of payment.

As a reminder, pre-conference spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t miss reserving your spot! 


The deadline to request a 100 percent refund of registration fees is two weeks after online registration closes, Friday, February 6, 2015.


Registration Confirmation

CVent, NEA's online conference registration system, will automatically generate a confirmation number upon completion of your registration. This confirmation number can be found in your confirmation email once you have submitted your registration, as well as in the confirmation page that will appear immediately after submitting your registration. Confirmation numbers are required to make any future changes to registration accounts. Please be sure to keep this confirmation number for your records. 


Hotel Lodging and Transportation

2015 NEA ESP National Conference Hotel Room Reservations
Hilton New Orleans Riverside - SOLD OUT!!!
2 Poydras Street 
New Orleans, LA 70130
(504) 561-0500

Check-in: 3:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

ESP Conference Overflow Hotel 
Coming Soon!

Hotel Parking

Guest hotel parking costs $44 a day for valet parking and $35 for self parking. Both of these services include unlimited in and out garage privileges.

Hotel Internet and Telephone Charges

The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel offers a daily, in-room internet rate of $14.95. Wireless internet is available for FREE in public spaces throughout the hotel for all registered guests.

Airport Taxi and Shuttle Services

Taxi service from the airport to the hotel range approximately $33 each way for 1-2 people. For groups with more than two persons there is an additional $14 charge per person. Shuttle services from the airport to the hotel are also available. Shuttle services are available through Hiton New Orleans Riverside and through other airport services. In an effort to reduce transportation costs, we encourage participants to reserve shuttle services ahead of time or to make arrangements to carpool with colleagues to and from the airport.

Note: All non-contractual fees and tax rates are subject to change.


Questions or Comments

  • Questions or comments regarding ESP Conference registration should be addressed to Jeannette Jackson.
  • Questions or comments regarding conference ESP of the Year nominees, Advanced Leader nominees or Emerging Leader nominees selected by your states should be directed to Lisa Connor.
  • Inquiries regarding exhibiting at the ESP Conference should be directed to Tiffany Cain.


Now Available 

  • ESP Conference Tentative Agenda (PDF icon PDF, 2 pgs.)
  • 2015 NEA ESP Conference Workshop Descriptions  (PDF icon PDF, 10 pgs.)
  • 2015 NEA ESP Conference Groupsite
    The NEA ESP Conference has an official Groupsite page. This page will house conference information, real time conference pictures, discussion areas for conference participants, conference tweets and more! All online conference registrants have already been sent invitations to join. Conference participants registering on site can request access. Access will be granted based on registration confirmation in the NEA ESP Conference database.
  • First Timers Session
    The NEA ESP Quality Department welcomes all of our first timer registrants to the 2015 NEA ESP Conference! We are confident that our program will include great professional development sessions for you to add to your PD tool box. This year our conference has been restructured to allow us to add many features that past participants have been requesting. As a result, we no longer have room on the Friday schedule for a pre-conference session for first timers. We will however have a table set up in the registration area on Friday, March 6 specifically for first timers.

    First timers will have the opportunity to talk to some of our seasoned conference attendees as well as members of the NEA ESP Board of Directors. Through this process our hope is that they will experience enriching one-on-one conversations and network with seasoned ESPs whom they can connect with throughout the conference with their questions. We look forward to seeing you in NOLA!
  • NEW Pre-Conference Sessions!
    This year we will be holding four new pre-conference sessions. If you are a self-pay or state funded attendee and plan to arrive early we encourage you to check out these wonderful sessions! New sessions that run Thursday-Friday include Para Power, Bullying and Social Media. New sessions that are Friday morning only include Grant Writing. We encourage you to read click on the conference workshop descriptions above for information on each pre-conference session. 

Coming Soon

  • Official 2015 NEA ESP Conference Program (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)
  • Hilton New Orleans Riverside Floor Plan (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)
  • 2015 ESP Conference Tips for Travelers (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)


Thanks to our ESP Conference Platinum Sponsors!

Thanks to our ESP Conference Silver Sponsors!

Thanks to our ESP Conference Bronze Sponsors


The 2015 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form is now closed. The submission deadline for this new electronic process was Friday, October 24, 2014. Notificiations regarding acceptance of proposals have been sent out to all lead presenters. If you were not selected to present this year we encourage you to please visit our site this fall an submit a proposal for the 2016 ESP Conference. 

2015 ESP of the Year Award Information

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