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NEA ESP National Conference



CORONAVIRUS CANCELLATIONS


The nation’s students, educators, and all their families are at the forefront of our minds as we grapple with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. When we make hard decisions, the safety of our members, students, staff, and guests is our top priority. We have concluded that we must cancel many of our upcoming conferences. If you have a question about your conference or logistics, please fill out this form.


At this time, all flights and hotels of NEA funded conference attendees have been cancelled by NEA. Self funded attendees are encouraged to regularly contact their airline providers, as cancellation and refund policies are being updated daily.

 

Please visit this page regularly for future conference updates and announcements!

Conference Description

The NEA Education Support Professionals (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. 

For Reference Only:

2020 NEA ESP Conference Agenda At-A-Glance

2020 NEA ESP Pre-Conference Workshop Descriptions

2020 NEA ESP Early Bird Workshop Descriptions

2020 NEA ESP Conference Workshop Descriptions



How To Register


Online Registration

  • Online registration for the upcoming NEA ESP Conference will open early December.

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.

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.

NEW: Registration Fees and Refund Structure

The NEA ESP Conference has a new registration structure.

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION
The month of December 2019

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.

REGULAR REGISTRATION
The month of January 2020

NEA Member Pre-Conference Participant Registrants (Thursday-Sunday): $300

  • 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): $250

  • 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.

LATE/ON-SITE REGISTRATION
The months of February and March 2020

NEA Member Pre-Conference Participant Registrants (Thursday-Sunday): $325

  • 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): $275

  • 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.

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! 


Refunds

The refund policy structure for the ESP Conference is as follows:

Month of December
$0 cancellation fee

Month of January
$25 cancellation fee

February 1st - 8th
$50 cancellation fee

February 8 - ESP Conference
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. 



Exhibitor Opportunities


Exhibitor Registration: $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.
  • Inquiries and communication of your intent to exhibit may be emailed to Jennie Young.
  • Approved exhibitors will receive a unique link to register for the NEA ESP Conference during the open conference registration time period.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.

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


Room Rates

The 2021 conference hotel rooming rate coming soon! 

NOTE: Attendees fully funded by NEA to attend the conference should click the reservation link at the end of registration to secure their rooming accomodations. If you did not complete the room reservation process during registration, please contact Jessica Brinkley or Lisa Connor for a special room reservation link. Do NOT use the link above. That link is specific to self pay attendees only.


Airport Ground Transportation 

Transportation from the airport to the hotel will run a rate of (TBD) 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.


Questions or Comments

  • Questions or comments regarding ESP Conference registration should be addressed to espconference@nea.org.
  • Questions or comments regarding conference ESP of the Year nominees should be directed to Lisa Connor.
  • Inquiries regarding exhibiting at the ESP Conference should be directed to Jennie Young.
  • Inquiries regarding program content or training opportunities 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!


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