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NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow Applications Now Available

Applications for the 2016-2017 NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) program are now available. The program consists of three sessions which will be held July 17-22, 2016 (Minneapolis, MN), November 17-21, 2016 (Washington, D.C.); March 6-12, 2017 (includes attendance to the NEA ESP National Conference).

What is NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow?

The NEA Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) program is an intensive, hands–on leadership development program intended to train NEA Education Support Professionals (ESP) members to be strong local leaders.  The program is a three session training process held over an eight month period that is open to dues paying NEA ESP members who meet the program’s eligibility requirements. 

Leaders for Tomorrow will train both current and future leaders in leadership attitudes, skills and knowledge that will enhance their ability to be a visible, vocal advocate at the local, state and national levels of the NEA.

Who Can Apply?

The Leaders for Tomorrow (LFT) program is open to any K-12 or higher education NEA ESP member who meets the application criteria.

The application and terms and conditions for acceptance can be downloaded at the following website: or by clicking on this link NEA ESP LFT Application.  Please note that applicants must include a letter of acknowledgement signed by the State Affiliate President. This letter is not an endorsement of the candidate, rather an acknowledgement that the member is applyingand is in good standing with his/her local and state affiliate.   Applications will not be accepted without this signature.  In order to make sure your application is signed and received by the deadline date of  Friday, April 8, 2016, please have your applications to President Becky Higgins no later than Wednesday, April 6, 2016.

What Will I Learn?

The Leaders for Tomorrow program is a personal journey in which participants will engage deeply in skill building with highly respected national trainers using research-based training materials and adult learning techniques. 

For more information please contact OEA ESP Liaison Cristina Muñoz-Nedrow at nedrowc@ohea.orgor 614-284-2357.

Recognition Opportunity for ESP Members ~ Deadline Extended!

Each year, OEA presents the Education Support Professional Award to an OEA member whose activities reflect the contributions of education support professionals to public education. Nominations for the 2016-2017 award may be submitted by any member or local affiliate. Click here for more information and an application postmarked no later than July 31, 2016.

The 2015-2016 ESP of the Year is Della Sampsel, Mansfield School Employee Association.

Attention Custodians

Have you put into action a cleaning plan contributing to the health of your school site? Something demonstrating leadership and Collaboration with others? Yes to all? Excellent!  Now check out the following and apply ASAP.
Your “clean sweep” could be the winning ticket.

C.L.E.A.N. Award
Opportunity for custodians to apply or be nominated for the C.L.E.A.N. Awards Program to recognize their contributions to school health.
When: Applications – or nominations – due around December 1
Why: We give out five awards. Make sure your best custodians have a chance to win a cash award and an all-expense-paid trip to the National ESP Conference. Learn more at

Let’s Move! Healthy Recipes for Kids Competition

First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let's Move!” campaign, in association with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is challenging teams of school nutrition professionals and chefs to create tasty, healthy new recipes for inclusion on school lunch menus across the country. Teams have until December 30th to submit their recipes. Winning teams will earn $12,000 in prizes and be invited to prepare their nutrition-packed recipes alongside White House chefs. Learn more about this healthy competition and let’s show them what school employees can do in the kitchen.

School Bus Driver ROAD-E-O

Every spring the Ohio Department of Education holds its regional and state-level School Bus Driver Safety Road-E-O, a competition designed to advance and showcase area drivers demonstrating their skills and knowledge of laws and safety issues. The Road-E-O is sponsored by Ohio Association of Public School Employees, Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation, Ohio Department of Education Transportation Section, Ohio Education Association, and Ohio School Bus Mechanics Association. The winners from each of the nine School Bus Driver Training Regions participate in the State Road-E-O, then the top two winners from the state competition go on to the National School Bus Safety Road-E-O.

A special needs road-e-o is also held each year. This event is in its formative stages and continues to attract new teams of participants each year. Presently, this event may not be used for a driver's recertification.


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