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NEA ESP Conference

March 20-22, 2020

Marriott New Orleans
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Conference Description

The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of the conference is to grow and strengthen the professional excellence of ESP members working in Pre-K to Higher-Ed through Association-convened, educator-led, and student-centered learning experiences. With more than 60 interactive workshops to choose from over the course of four days, participants will enhance their knowledge and skills to build community relationships, organize members, advocate for educators, and sustain stronger local associations, helping members excel in their careers and positively impact student success. 

See the 2019 ESP Conference Program as an example of professional development offerings. Trainers wishing to submit workshop proposals for the 2020 NEA ESP National Conference must do so via the online ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form. Submission deadline has been exteneded to 5:00pm EST, October 11, 2019.

How To Register

Online Registration

  • Online registration for the upcoming 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.
  • 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.
  • Pre-Conference workshop opportunities are offered in topics ranging from social justice, organizing, and leadership development to behavior management and adverse childhood experiences.

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.
  • Workshop sessions are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. App access allows participants to build their desired schedule as a personal reference but does NOT reserve space in actual workshop rooms.

Exhibitor Opportunities: $750

  • 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.
  • Approved exhibitors will receive a unique link to register for the 2018 NEA ESP Conference beginning December 1.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.

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-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. 


First Timers Session

The NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center for Great Public Schools welcomes all first timer registrants to the NEA ESP Conference! We are confident that our workshops will enable you to add essential career skills to your professional development tool box. The NEA ESP Conference provides first timers with a special First Timers Session, held Friday afternoon of each conference weekend. This session is designed to acclimate first time attendees with the NEA structure, conference structure and networking opportunities. Pre-registration is required once conference registration opens.

Lost, have questions, need one-on-one direction? Visit the conference registration desk. We are happy to assist you!

Hotel Lodging and Transportation

Marriott New Orleans
555 Canal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

Room Rates

The NEA conference hotel rate will be posted in the coming months.

The conference hotel rooming rate is $___ plus tax per night for the nights of March 20-22, 2020 for both single and double occupancy rooms.

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 NEA's internal conference registration process. NEA will not reimburse fully funded attendees for independently reserved hotel rooms.

Airport Taxi and Shuttle Services

Transportation from the airport to the hotel will run a flat rate of $36 via public taxi and approximately the same for any mobile app form of transportation (i.e. Uber, Lyft).

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.

Airport Shuttle

Airport Shuttle is the official tranpsortation shuttle for New Orleans. Shuttle service rates are $44 round trip and $24 for one way. First 3 bags per passenger are free. Additional luggage may be subject to fees. Service from New Orleans International Airport is available on a continuous basis with vehicles departing approximately every 30 minutes.

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 and state selected Leadership nominees should be directed to Lisa Connor.
  • Inquiries regarding exhibiting at the ESP Conference should be directed to Jessica Brinkley.

  • *Join the new NEA ESP Conference online community through NEA edCommunities and become a member of the ESP Conference Group! This group will house real-time conference information, pictures, discussion areas for participants, and more.

Looking for a conference roomate? Connect with colleagues across the country in our ESP Conference NEA edCommunities Group!



For Reference

2019 ESP Conference Program  ( PDF, 39 pgs.)

2019 Conference App Download Instructions ( PDF, 1 pg.)



The 2020 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form is now OPEN. Submissions will only be accepted through the online form. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The submission deadline has been extended to 5:00pm, October 11, 2019. Trainers will be notified of their proposal acceptance status by November 8, 2019.

We encourage all potential trainers to preview the 2020 NEA ESP Conference Call for Presenters Form via the the PDF version before attempting to submit your proposal.


The 2020 ESP of the Year application is currently CLOSED. Visit the NEA ESP of the Year Award page for more information on the submission process.


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