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2016 NEA ESP Conference

March 11-13, 2016
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000

CLICK HERE to join the wait list!

General Registration Information

Conference Description

The 2016 NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) Conference will be held March 11-13, at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel in Orlando, Florida. Conference registration is now CLOSED. On-site registration will be available beginning Wednesday, March 8, 2016.

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 for the 2016 NEA ESP Conference is now CLOSED

On-site Registration

  • On-site Registration will be made available for all participants until full capacity is reached.
  • Personal checks will NOT be accepted on-site.
  • 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

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 breakfast and lunch on Saturday, awards dinner 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 breakfast and lunch on Saturday, dinner and entertainment on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

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

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

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

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

Exhibitor Opportunities: $700

  • Includes booth space from Thursday - Saturday of the conference, all provided conference meals for one person each day.
  • Registration for all exhibitor opportunities are available through online conference registration.
  • Online registration for the 2016 NEA ESP Conference is now OPEN and will close January 29, 2016.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.

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! 


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.


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. 


Hotel Lodging and Transportation

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 11:00 a.m.

CLICK HERE to reserve your hotel reservation. NOTE: attendees fully funded by NEA to attend the conference should NOT make their own hotel reservations. Fully funded attendees will be added to the NEA hotel direct bill list via the conference registration process.

Room Rates

To receive the conference rate of $169 per night (plus tax), reference the 2016 NEA ESP Conference when making your reservations. Special conference rates will expire after Thursday, February 11, 2016.

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. offers $20 one-way discounts to and from the Orlando Airport to the Rosen Centre and area hotels. To ensure discounted rate use Coupon Code: NEAMCO on bottom right of checkout page before submitting payment for $5 OFF.

Mears Motor Shuttle offers a discount round trip voucher to and from Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista hotel. Click here to download the NEA ESP Conference discount information.

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

Disney Ticket Discounts

Disney has offered our conference attendees pre-arrival park savings of 10% on Full-Multi-Day (2 days or longer) Tickets including one (1) complimentary admission to an additional Disney Experience at any one (1) of the following parks (additional details are listed on the web site): 

  • Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
  • Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
  • ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • Disney’s Winter Summerland or Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Courses (before 4 p.m.)
  • A round of golf at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, our 9-hole walking course

The site also contains partial-day tickets, After – 2 pm and After – 4 pm tickets, which are exclusive to our conference attendees. The site also contains Florida Resident tickets for those conference attendees attending locally. 


Questions or Comments

  • Questions or comments regarding ESP Conference registration should be addressed to Lisa Connor.
  • 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 Jessica Brinkley.


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. This year we will be providing both a first timers session and a first timers table in the registration area. The first timers session will be held during lunch on Friday, March 11, 2016 and will require pre-registration.

    The first timers table allows new conference 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.

Now Available

Coming This Fall

  • 2016 ESP Conference Program (PDF icon PDF, pgs.)
  • 2016 ESP Conference Community Site
    *This page will house 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 only. 


  • The 2016 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form is now CLOSED. We thank everyone for their interest in presenting at the 2016 ESP Conference. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out to the primary email address of the submitter no later than December 7, 2015.

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