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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 

 

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN
UNTIL JANUARY 23, 2015.

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

Important Conference Updates 

  • Hotel reservation availability, under the NEA ESP National Conference rate, for the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel is NOW OPEN and will close on January 30, 2015. Self-pay attendees should see the hotel section below to be linked to the online reservation site.
  • 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.

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How to Register

Online Registration

  • Online registration is now open through January 23, 2015.
    • The above link will redirect you to our official conference summary page. Registration buttons can be found in both the top and bottom right corners of the page.  

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.

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

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! 

Refunds

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

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

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Hotel Lodging and Transportation

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

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

Conference participants can now make hotel reservations for the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel by calling 504-561-0500 or 1-800-445-8667 and referencing the "NEA ESP National Conference" to receive our special conference rate of $176.27 (includes tax) for both single and double rooms. To receive the NEA ESP National Conference rate you must reserve your room by January 30, 2015. 

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.

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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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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.

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.)
  • Join the First Timers Session
    Is this your first time attending the NEA ESP Conference? Join your fellow colleagues, make new friends and get your questions answered at the First Timers session, location to be announced.  

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