Congratulations to Ms. Briana Gonzalez and her 2nd grade class at Hawthorne Elementary! They are the winners of our 2019 Bulletin Board Contest and a $100 Target Gift Card! ... See moreSee less
Our last video from the Emmy award winning IEA Teacher Stories! Today, we are featuring Gladys Marquez, an educator from Dwight D. Eisenhower High School. ... See moreSee less
Triad High School Custodian and IEA member Renee Crews on the importance of ESPs:
“Without ESPs, teachers could not teach. Without custodians, the building cannot open. Without maintenace, it wouldn't run." #WeLoveOurESPs #AEW2019 ... See moreSee less
Today, we are highlighting our second Emmy award winning video from the IEA Teacher Stories. Hear from Nathan Etter, a music teacher from Burlington Elementary School. ... See moreSee less
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What a powerful day in Indiana! 🍎 💪🏽
Thousands of Indiana State Teachers Association educators and supporters, joined by NEA's Becky Pringle, marched and rallied to demand more for their students, schools, and professions. ... See moreSee less
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To honor National ESP Day, this week for #NEAMemberMondays we're highlighting Margaret Powell, a data manager from North Carolina:
"As an education support professional, my work directly impacts how students are viewed via their data. It's my responsibility to maintain accurate and updated information, which gives us insight into what a student needs. For example, the data I manage helps educators identify instructional needs, sanitation and health needs, and supplemental community resources—this work is important.
And my union has supported me all along the way. When I first joined the association, I had some hesitation. I had a young family. I was working every day and going to school for my bachelor's degree, but the association's core beliefs were tied to what was important to me: building community, making sure our students had access to a great education, and ensuring our teachers had what they needed to support our kids. I felt compelled to do more, and supporting me along the way was NCAE (@ncaepics) and NEA.
Every training and event hosted by the state and national associations gave me the tools I needed to speak up about what we wanted for our building, and they provided professional development opportunities that ESPs in my district were typically left out of. By being vocal, we were soon invited to participate in sessions that helped us support our students and colleagues better. I learned how to really understand the policies that govern our work and how to operate around those policies to bring educators together and create change. The one event that helped solidify my commitment to the association was my first-ever ESP Conference.
It was empowering to be in that space with other educators who do what I do. A lot of times you hear people talk about "teacher this and teacher that." At the conference, there were hundreds of ESPs who were bosses in their own right, engaging with the association on many different levels. From then on, I felt like I could never not be a part of this association.
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