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2016 NEA ESP Conference

March 11-13, 2016

General Registration Information

Conference Description

The 2015 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference was held March 6—8, 2015, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, LA. The theme for this year's conference was Organize, Educate and Lead: ESPs Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student. Next year's NEA ESP Conference will be held in Orlando, FL, March 11-13, 2016. Stay tuned for updated information mid-summer.

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.

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How to Register

Online Registration

  • Online registration is now closed. Registration for the 2016 NEA ESP Conference will open in the fall.

On-site Registration

  • On-site Registration will be made available for all participants until full capacity is reached.
  • 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.

Terms

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

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Registration Fees and Refunds

NEA ESP Conference registration fees are as follows:

NEA Member Pre-Conference Participant Registrants (Thursday-Sunday): $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 (Thursday-Sunday): $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 (Friday-Sunday): $200

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

Non-member Conference Participant Registrants (Friday-Sunday): $300

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

NOTE: Online registration will open in the 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! 

Refunds

The deadline to request a 100 percent refund of registration fees is two weeks after online registration closes. Registrants will be eligible to receive a 50 percent refund during the third week after online registration closes. Thereafter, conference registration will be non-refundable.

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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 future changes to registration accounts. Please be sure to keep this confirmation number for your records. 

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Hotel Lodging and Transportation

COMING SOON!

Check-in: TBD 
Check-out: TBD

Hotel Parking

Guest hotel parking costs will be provided once the 2016 conference site contract is finalized.

Hotel Internet and Telephone Charges

Hotel internet and telephone charges will be provided once the 2016 conference site contract is finalized.

Airport Taxi and Shuttle 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 for all conference locations.

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

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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.

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Conference Structure Updates 

  • First Timers Session
    The NEA ESP Quality Department welcomes all of our first timer registrants to the NEA ESP Conference! We are confident that our programs will include great professional development sessions for you to add to your PD tool box. Although the restructuring of our conference no longer allows us the space on the schedule to include a first timer session at our conference, we do provide a first timers table in the registration area.

    This table allows first time attendees 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 first time attendees will experience enriching one-on-one conversations and network with seasoned ESPs whom they can connect with throughout the conference with their questions.

Coming This Fall

  • 2016 ESP Conference Program (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)
  • 2016 ESP Conference Agenda At-A-Glance (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)
  • 2016 ESP Conference Workshop Descriptions (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)
  • 2016 Interactive Conference Site

2015 NEA ESP Conference Information -  For Your Reference

  • Official 2015 NEA ESP Conference Program (PDF icon PDF, 40 pgs.)
  • 2015 NEA ESP Conference Groupsite
    The NEA ESP Conference has an official Groupsite page. This page houses real-time conference information, conference pictures, discussion areas for conference participants, conference tweets and more! All online conference registrants receive invitations to join. Access is granted based on registration confirmation in the NEA ESP Conference database. 

RELATED ITEMS

The 2016 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form will be available in the fall.  We encourage all interested in presenting at the 2016 ESP Conference to visit our site again this fall and submit a workshop proposal.

ESP of the Year Award Information

For Reference Only:

Learn more about NEA's Education Support Professionals

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