2018 NEA ESP Conference

March 23-25, 2018

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000

General Registration Information


The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of this conference is to enhance the skills and knowledge of ESP members to positively impact student achievement, build community relations, organize members, advocate for educators, build stronger locals, and help our members do their jobs better. The conference offers more than 60 different hands-on workshops over the course of four days. Pre-Conference workshop opportunities are offered in topics ranging from social justice, early career educators, leadership development, team building and school climate.

See the 2017 program…

How To Register

Online Registration

  • Online registration for the 2018 NEA ESP Conference is now open. Click the Register Now icon above and reserve your space today!

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.


  • Registration is accepted on a full-payment, first-come, first-served basis only.
  • Personal checks will not be accepted as a form of payment.

Registration Fees and Refunds

NEA ESP Conference registration fees are as follows:

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.

Non-Member Pre-Conference Participant Registrants (Thursday-Sunday): $350

  • Includes breakfast and lunch during pre-conference session days
  • Includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday, dinner and entertainment on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

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.

Non-member Conference Participant Registrants (Friday-Sunday): $300

  • Includes breakfast and lunch on Saturday, awards dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and brunch on Sunday.

Exhibitor Opportunities: $700

  • 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.
  • Online registration for the 2018 NEA ESP Conference will open in the fall.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.

NOTE: Online registration will open in the fall. 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!


The deadline to request a 100 percent refund of registration fees is two weeks after online registration closes. Registrants will be eligible to receive a 50 percent refund during the third week after online registration closes. Thereafter, conference registration will be 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.


First Timers Session

The NEA ESP Quality Department in the Center for Great Public Schools welcomes all of our first timer registrants to the NEA ESP Conference! We are confident that our programs will include great professional development sessions for you to add to your PD tool box. The NEA ESP Conference provides first timers with a special First Timers Lunch Session, held during on Friday afternoon of each conference weekend. This session is designed to acclimate first time attendees with both 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

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
1751 Hotel Plaza Blvd.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
(407) 827-4000


To receive the conference rate of $174 per night ($195.75 with tax included), reference the 2018 NEA ESP Conference when making hotel reservations over the phone. Reservations can also be made online by visiting, https://aws.passkey.com/go/2018NEAESPConference.

NOTE: Attendees fully funded by NEA to attend the conference should NOT make their own hotel reservations. Fully funded attendees will be added to the NEA hotel direct bill list via the internal conference registration process. NEA will not reimburse fully funded attendees for independently reserved hotel rooms.


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 Lisa Connor.
  • Questions or comments regarding conference ESP of the Year nominees and state selected Leadership nominees should be directed to Lisa Connor.
  • Inquiries regarding exhibiting at the ESP Conference should be directed to Jessica Brinkley.


Now Available

2018 Pre-Conference Session Descriptions ( PDF, 3 pgs.)

For Reference

2017 ESP Conference Program  ( PDF, 51 pgs.)

*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!

*Info from http://www.nea.org/grants/31430.htm

NEA Webinar on Evaluating Arts Grant Portfolios

Live, Public Webinar on October 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will host a webinar on Evaluating Arts Grant Portfolios on Oct. 17, 2017, the third in a series of webinars showcasing evaluation and performance measurement strategies in the arts. Guest speakers Renae Youngs, Director of Research and Evaluation for the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Sara Nash, Program Director (Dance) for the New England Foundation for the Arts, present two distinct approaches to grant portfolio evaluation and also discuss the unique challenges to conducting this work in the arts. A Q&A session will follow the guest-speaker presentations. This webinar is appropriate for state arts agency and regional arts organization leaders and for researchers and evaluators working with state arts agencies and regional arts organizations.

The webinar takes place on Oct. 17, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. It is free and open to the public. Advance registration is not possible; please join the webinar at the time of the event by visiting https://www.arts.gov/event/2017/evaluating-arts-grant-portfolios.

Please note that the web meeting will be limited to the first 125 attendees; up to 300 can listen on the phone. An archive will be made available shortly after the meeting. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a text Q&A box. An archive of the webinar will be available at https://arts.gov/videos/webinars. Any media interested in participating should contact Victoria Hutter at hutterv@arts.gov<mailto:hutterv@arts.gov>.

The National Education Association Invites Applications for Learning & Leadership Grants.

downloadDeadline: October 15, 2015

The NEA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the National Education Association, is a public charity supported by contributions from educators’ dues, corporate sponsors, and others. The foundation supports student success by helping public school educators work with key partners to build strong systems of shared responsibility. As part of an effort to achieve this goal, the foundation is inviting applications for its Learning and Leadership Grants program. The program provides grants to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education to fund their participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment. Maximum award: $5,000. Eligibility: pre-K–12 public school educator; a public school education support professional; or a faculty or staff member at a public institution of higher education.

To apply: http://www.neafoundation.org/pages/learning-leadership-grants/ 

Capacity Building Webinar Series: Effective Family Engagement for Transitions April 22nd.

Transition to school is a shared responsibility among early childhood providers, schools, community programs, and parents. Research finds that smooth transitions are an effective strategy for increasing achievement. Join this webinar to hear about the research that the Harvard Family Research Project has done on school transitions. Participants will also be able to learn about Ready Freddy, an evidence-based transition program that began in Pittsburgh, PA, to see how effective transitions work in action!

Wednesday April 22, 2015 2:30-3 networking  & 3-5:00 webinar

Online: Adobe Connect Phone: 1-719-955-0562 Code: 827341

In Person: Conference Room A , NEA building 1201 16th St. NW, DC

IN DC? Come to NEA for refreshments and informal networking at 2:30 and take part in the webinar in person. No RSVP necessary.   CAN’T MAKE IT IN PERSON? Join the webinar at 3:00 (for instructions, see below).