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NEA ESP Conference Highlights

2015 NEA ESP Conference

 Organize, Educate and Lead: ESPs Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

The 2015 NEA ESP Conference, held in New Orleans, LA March 6-8, 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! 

Click here to view a complete list of ESP professional development offerings through NEA. 


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

2015 ESP of the Year Winner Announced
Congratulations to Janet Eberhardt, paraeducator with the San Francisco Unified School District in California, for being named the 2015 NEA ESP of the Year award winner! Eberhardt joins her predecessors as the 24th national ESP of the Year award winner.

Click here to watch a clip of Janet Eberhardt receiving her award and to hear her acceptance speech.

VIDEOS: Conference Keynote Speakers

NEA President Eskelsen Garcia's 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 2015 NEA ESP Conference March 6-8 in New Orleans, LA.

NEA Vice President Becky Pringle's Message to ESP 
NEA Vice President Becky Pringle gave an inspiring speech about how ESPs save lives.

NEA  Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss's Message to ESP
NEA  Secretary-Treasurer Princess Moss empowered ESPs with her message of ESPs importance to education.

Children's Author Jarrett Krosoczka's Message to ESP
Children's author and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka energizes ESPs as he speaks on the impact his childhood cafeteria worker had on his career.


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