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The purpose of the NEA ESP National conference to grow and strengthen the professional excellence of ESP members working in Pre-K to Higher-Ed through Association-convened, educator-led, and student-centered learning experiences. With multiple interactive workshops to choose from over the course of three days, participants enhance their knowledge and skills to advocate for students and educators, champion racial and social justice, build community relationships, strengthen and grow membership, and sustain stronger local associations, helping members excel in their careers and positively impact student success.

Education Support Professionals: Uniting for a better future for our students, our educators, and our communities.

March 25-27, 2022
New Orleans Marriott
555 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, 70130


NEA is committed to public health practices that reduce the risk of COVID-19 and help protect all participants and event staff, which includes requiring full vaccination and recommended boosters for in-person attendance, consistent and appropriate wearing of masks, testing and social distancing.

Participants must agree to NEA’s COVID-19 Requirements for the 2022 NEA ESP Conference in order to attend 2022 NEA ESP Conference. You will be asked to read and confirm the Agreement to Abide by COVID-19 Requirements before completing registration.

Because there are no precautions that can entirely eliminate the risk of infection from COVID-19 in public spaces, when traveling, and when attending events, participants in this conference will also be required to agree to a COVID-19 Assumption of Risk and Waiver of Liability before completing registration.

A PDF copy of NEA’s COVID-19 Requirements for the 2022 ESP National Conference and the COVID-19 Assumption of Risk and Waiver Liability policies can be found at the bottom of this webpage under “downloads” as a reference. Conference registrants will see this language again during the registration process and upon arrival to registration check-in onsite. Conference registrants must agree to NEA’s COVID-19 requirements and the liability waiver in order to register. Please read this document in its entirety. This document will be updated as needed based on current CDC guidance, and NEA and Louisiana state requirements. Current copies of the policy will always be available on this website.

For the health and safety of all ESP Conference attendees, the ESP Conference team will strictly enforce all NEA COVID requirements onsite. We thank you in advance for voluntarily doing your part to eliminate as many health and safety risks as possible while at the conference.

Get to know NOLA

Visit the New Orleans: Get to Know NOLA website to find additional information on local COVID-19 safety requirements, restaurants and attractions to help you start crafting your itinerary. These lists will continue to be updated, so be sure to check back as your trip approaches.


Conference registration is now open, and will close on February 18, or once capacity is reached.

To allow enough space for social distancing (as required by NEA health and safety COVID protocols), the ESP Conference will offer a limited number of registrations.

  • Early bird registration fees (if registered by January 31)
    • $225 per member for the regular conference (March 25-27)
    • $275 per member for the pre-conference plus regular conference (March 24-27)
  • General registration fees (if registered by February 18)
    • $275 per member for the regular conference (March 25-27)
    • $325 per member for the pre-conference plus regular conference (March 24-27)