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NEA ESP Conference Highlights

2016 NEA ESP Conference

Education Support Professionals: Uniting, Inspiring and Leading for the Whole Student

The 2016 NEA ESP Conference, held in Orlando, FL March 11-13, enabled participants to gain skills needed to build strong locals, build strong internal and external relationships, organize members and enhance NEA ESP members ability to positively influence student achievement. The weekend included interactive sessions, award ceremonies, and much more. Below are some conference highlights! 

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We received remarkable feedback from our attendees across the country. This is what some of them had to say:

"The best thing for me was the two day Advanced Leaders training. Long enough to be very substantive, stimulating enough to be memorable and impactful." - Chris, Washington

"This was my first NEA Conference and I loved it!! I was overwhelmed to find folks from all over the country.  I loved listening to their stories and networking with my fellow ESPs." - Nancy, Massachusetts

"I loved all the informative workshops. This conference made me feel great about being a Union President."
- Kirsten, Illinois 

"So well organized!  From the badges with the hotel maps and the times to be places, to how the conference was made to be uplifting and exciting. Never a dull or boring moment." - Eden, Montana

"Connecting with Support Personnel from all over the United States and sharing ideas and stories. I met some amazing people." - Janice, Alabama

"The knowledge the speakers had in each session that I attended and the information we had to take back to our locals was priceless." - Lola, Ohio

"This conference helped me realize that by networking and empowering one another we can all work as one through our issues....toward the best interest of our most important asset, OUR STUDENTS!" - Koni, Texas


Conference Video Spotlight

2016 ESP of the Year Winner Announced
Congratulations to Doreen McGuire-Grigg, paraeducator out of Lakeport, California, for being named the 2016 NEA ESP of the Year award winner!

Doreen joins her predecessors as the 25th national ESP of the Year award winner.


 VIDEOS: Conference Keynote Speakers

NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia's Keynote Message to ESP
NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia gave a rousing speech to more than 1,000 education support professionals (ESPs) and others attending the opening gala at the 2016 NEA ESP Conference March 11-13 in Orlando, FL.

NEA Vice President Becky Pringle on ESPs Impact on Social Justice
NEA Vice President Becky Pringle gave an inspiring speech on the impact of ESPs and equal opportunity in education for all students.

NEA  Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss's Encourages ESP to Take Action
NEA  Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss empowered ESPs with her message and encouraged them to make personal commitments in support of public education and the students they serve. 


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