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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 


OPEN NOVEMBER 21, 2014 - JANUARY 23, 2015.

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

Important Conference Updates

  • Personal checks will not be accepted as form of registration payment on-site.
  • Hotel reservation availability, under the NEA ESP National Conference rate, for the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel will open by mid-September and close on January 30, 2015.
  • 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 serve basis. 

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.  

Now Available 

  • 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.

General 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 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.


The conference registration fee, TBD, includes lunch, dinner and entertainment on Friday, breakfast and lunch on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday. Online registration will open late fall. 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.

Hotel Lodging

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 will be able to make hotel reservations for the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel by calling 504-561-0500 and referencing the "NEA ESP National Conference" to receive our special conference rate of $151 plus 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. 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.


The 2015 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form will be made available via electronic form for this upcoming conference. The submission deadline will be October 13, 2014. The new link will become live mid-September.

For Reference Only:
2014 ESP of the Year Award Information

Learn more about NEA's Education Support Professionals