2014 NEA ESP Conference
March 7-9, 2014
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 31, 2014! Click here to register.
The 2014 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference will be held March 7–9, 2014, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis hotel in San Francisco, CA.
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.
Pre-conference Workshop Descriptions:
Thursday, March 6
9:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
ESP Emerging Leaders…Be BOLD!
Leading our Profession through Bedrock Organizational Leadership Development
Emerging Leaders participants will be empowered to boldly lead their profession by exploring what it is to be a successful, effective leader and identify the leader they aspire to become. This workshop will help you discover the leader that is within you. Whether you desire to be a trailblazer for your colleagues advocating for better wages and benefits, a role model for students involved in affecting school policies, or beacon of hope lobbing legislators on Capitol Hill, your statehouse or at city hall -- this workshop will strengthen their communication, organizing, and meeting skills and the ability to advocate for their association and the students the serve.
NEA ESP Advanced Leaders: Making connections
Do members of your community know how Education Support Professionals (ESPs) promote quality education, foster positive learning environments, offer nutritious meals, provide reliable transportation, and maintain safe and clean schools? Do they know that ESPs work with teachers and administrators to create and maintain schools as safe and supportive learning environments? Many do not. During this training, we will explore and elaborate on how to build connections in the community to achieve the following goals:
- Gain respect and recognition for ESPs
- Improve communication between educators and community members
- Protect against outsourcing to for-profit corporations.
Student success is a shared responsibility that involves not only school communities but also neighborhood, social, and other local networks. Advanced leaders will walk away from this training with the skills and knowledge to engage and connect with community members and to build support through networking and other types of community interaction to address student and school needs.
This training is led by ESP national and state leaders who are members of the NEA ESP Respect Cadre.
Thursday, March 6
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
ESPs connecting – Family, School and Community
Family/School/Community Partnerships provide best outcomes for children. Positive communication and collaboration between families, school and community is the key. All school staff, from the custodian to the principal, benefit from opportunities to learn more about effectively working with families and the community. This workshop will explore how to establish the groundwork for positive communication with family, school and community, the obstacles that may inhibit communication and positive strategies and practices to promote family/school/ community partnerships.
Our Association in Action: Using A Social Justice Framework to Create, Organize, and Lead Change
The principles of social justice are deeply rooted in the vision mission, and core values of the National Education Association and all is affiliate organizations. This session will empower individuals to apply the principles of Social Justice when confronted with examples of injustice (social oppression) in the workplace, the association, and/or in policies related to ensuring student and school success. It includes an action planning component to encourage participants to take social action and advocate for specific change.
Our Diverse Community: Leading, Working, and Learning Together School to Ensure Student and School Success
Effective leaders and organizers must be able to communicate and work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures who often bring differing experiences to the table. Understanding and appreciating such diversity allows the leader to help the group agree on common concerns, goals, interests, and strategies. When we acknowledge and learn to fully appreciate the diversity that exists among ESP, other education professionals, students, and families we can create a better work environment and, as importantly, a better learning environment for students. This session specifically addresses concerns and needs of education support professionals and is relevant to our everyday experiences. The training will increase knowledge about diversity issues and familiarize ESP members with the NEA Diversity Training Curriculum, which is also available for state and local events. This session includes an action-planning component that allows participants to reflect on lessons learned and plan future involvement in individual and collective action.
Women & Leadership: Challenges and Opportunities
While women have achieved unprecedented levels of success in many sectors of the workforce, gender equity in leadership remains elusive. Women are underrepresented among the leadership ranks of political, educational, and labor organizations. Moreover, men and women have perceptions about women in leadership that make it difficult for women to be successful leaders. What accounts for this? Why, after 40 years of a women’s movement, are women still underrepresented in leadership?
In this session from the NEA Women’s Leadership Training Program (WLTP), participants will discuss the most recent research on women and leadership as they examine the strengths and assets women bring to leadership. Interactive training exercises and facilitated discussion will enable participants to:
- Describe current levels of women’s leadership in educational, union, and political spheres.
- Identify the barriers that often impede women’s advancement in leadership.
- Develop strategies for supporting and promoting women in leadership.
Thursday, March 6 - Friday, March 7
9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. 9:00 a.m. - noon
NOTE: This workshop is for NEA Staff Only.
The NEA ESP Conference Staff Workshop is an opportunity for staff who work with ESPs to gather with their colleagues from around the country, learn together and discuss issues of common concern. The Workshop’s agenda will combine interactive presentations on hot topics (such as the ACA) with “Open Space” time, in which participants can gather in small groups to exchange information and ideas on subjects that are important to them.
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- 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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- 2014 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.
The conference registration fee of $150 includes lunch, dinner and entertainment on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Online registration is now open until January 31, 2014. NOTE: Personal checks will not be accepted as a form of payment.
As a reminder, pre-conference spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss out on your spot. Visit this page often for regular conference updates. If you have any questions regarding the registration process, please contact Jeannette Jackson.
The deadline to request a 100 percent refund of fees is typically two weeks after online registration closes. A specific refund deadline date will be posted once online registration opens.
2014 NEA ESP National Conference Hotel Room Reservations
San Francisco Marriott Marquis Hotel
780 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.
Conference participants can now make hotel reservations for the San Francisco Marriot Marquis Hotel by calling 415-896-1600 or 1-877-622-3056 and referencing the "NEA ESP National Conference" to receive our special conference rate of $149 plus tax. To receive the NEA ESP National Conference rate you must reserve your room by February 1, 2014.
Host hotel parking costs $62 a day for valet parking.This service includes in and out garage privileges. Off-site parking is available across the street for $30-$35 a day.
Hotel Internet and Telephone Charges
The San Francisco Marriott Marquis offers a discounted daily, in-room internet rate of $7.50. Wireless internet is available for FREE in the hotel lobby for all registered guests.
Airport Taxi and Shuttle Services
Taxi service from the airport to the hotel range approximately $55 - $60 each way. Shuttle service from the airport to the hotel range $17 - $25 each way. 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.
2014 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form
Submission Deadline October 11, 2013
For reference only:
2012 NEA ESP Conference Reminders (PDF, 1pg)