Thank You to everyone who weighed in last week on the extra day off. We always value any insight we can get from all members, so please feel free to leave comments on these posts or contact any member of your Executive Board directly. Contact information can be found on the “Contact” tab on this very website… convenient, isn’t it?
I do apologize for any confusion that came from last week’s post, to clear up any ambiguity let me state this very plainly: Regarding the floating holiday, we are only looking for input and insight from the membership so that we can better represent you in discussions with the administration. There are not, at this time or in the foreseeable future, plans to hold a vote on the matter.
We will, however, be voting on your NUMA Delegate to the IEA Representative Assembly this Tuesday, December 10th. We have two candidates in the ballot this time around, Leslie Fromhertz, Head Custodian at Ranch View as well as the interim NUMA Secretary, and Michael Lesniewicz, day shift Maintenance at NCHS. Both are enthusiastic about representing NUMA at the RA this spring and both would make a great RA delegate.
and now for some tidbits from the IEA:
- IEA ESP National Conference – March 20-22, New Orleans: The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation. Details and registration information. Early bird registration is Dec. 1-31.
- The ESP of the Year award is meant to emphasize the contributions of education support professionals to their association, their schools and their communities. For details and the application, go to the ESP page on the IEA website. Applications are due Jan. 15.
- Stacey Burroughs Education Scholarship – $2,500 for college: Applicants must be graduating seniors heading to college. Applicants must have at least one parent or legal guardian who is a school employee. Scholarship is awarded based on academic achievement, career goals and character. Information/application. Applications are due Jan. 31.
- Request for ESP Council Member to Attend Event: Bring ESP Council members to your next meeting. Presidents, Region Chairs, and members can now invite members of the ESP Council to your local or regional meetings by using this request form.
Reminder to shop IEA’s holiday store through Dec. 2! ShopIEA.org
NEA Member Benefits
Requests for Proposals are being accepted for the Student IEA Spring State Conference on March 27-28, 2020, at the Marriott hotel in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. This conference offers high quality professional development designed for Student IEA members preparing for a career in education. Please complete the online RFP form by Dec. 19 for consideration. Please contact Meredith.email@example.com for more info.
Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent’s Newsletter Summary
New Civics Education Fact Sheet. Research indicates that students who receive a well-rounded civics education are more likely to become active and engaged members of their communities. Illinois has strengthened its emphasis on civics education across middle and high school classrooms. View the ISBE Fact Sheet on the new Civics Mandate and check out the ISBE Social Science webpage for additional guidance.
Seeking Public Comment on State Waiver for Exceeding 1% Cap. ISBE is seeking public comment on the state waiver for exceeding the 1% cap for the alternate state accountability assessment. Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), modifies the provision that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities may participate in alternate assessments. ESSA places a 1.0% cap on the number of students who may participate in alternate assessments. States that anticipate exceeding the 1.0 percent cap must submit a waiver request to the U.S. Department of Education. The state waiver and additional information is available on the Special Education Exception Cap webpage. Please provide comments by email to Altexception@isbe.net. The public comment period will end on Dec. 6.