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2019 NEA ESP Conference

March 22-24, 2019

Bally's Las Vegas Hotel
3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Conference Registration - Now CLOSED!

Online registration for the 2019 NEA ESP Conference is now closed. Onsite registration will be available on-site until the conference has met its registration limit.

Participants meeting the following qualifications can reserve their spot at the conference by adding their names on the waitlist:

  • Attending as a self-funded participant

  • Attending as a local or state funded participant

  • Attending as an NEA Board of Director

  • Attending as NEA Headquarters Staff

All NEA funded participants, exhibitors and sponsors will receive special registration links and should NOT use this link to register.

Sign up for the conference waitlist now!

Conference Description

The NEA ESP conference is the premier professional development opportunity for Education Support Professionals across the nation. The goal of the conference is 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 more than 60 interactive workshops to choose from over the course of four days, participants will enhance their knowledge and skills to build community relationships, organize members, advocate for educators, and sustain stronger local associations, helping members excel in their careers and positively impact student success. 

This year's conference theme is Education Support Professionals: Uniting Our Members and the Nation for Strong Communities, Empowered Educators, and Successful Students.

See the 2019 ESP Conference Program...

How To Register

Online Registration

  • Online registration for the 2019 NEA ESP Conference is now closed.

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.
  • Pre-Conference workshop opportunities are offered in topics ranging from social justice, organizing, and leadership development to behavior management and adverse childhood experiences.

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.

Exhibitor Opportunities: $750

  • 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.
  • Approved exhibitors will receive a unique link to register for the 2018 NEA ESP Conference beginning December 1.
  • Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here for more information.

NOTE: 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 first timer registrants to the NEA ESP Conference! We are confident that our workshops will enable you to add essential career skills to your professional development tool box. The NEA ESP Conference provides first timers with a special First Timers Session, held Friday afternoon of each conference weekend. This session is designed to acclimate first time attendees with 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

Bally's Las Vegas Hotel
3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109

Room Rates

The NEA conference hotel rate has now expired.

The conference hotel rooming rate is $140 plus tax per night for the nights of March 21-25, for both single and double occupancy rooms. Rooming rate for nights of March 16-20 is $89 plus tax for both single and double occupancy rooms. 

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 NEA's internal conference registration process. NEA will not reimburse fully funded attendees for independently reserved hotel rooms.

Airport Taxi and Shuttle Services

Transportation from the airport to the hotel will run approximately $12-$17 depending on whether you take a public taxi or mobile app form of transportation (i.e. Uber, Lyft).

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.

BellTrans Shuttle Service

BellTrans is the premier shuttle service in Las Vegas. They offer one way shuttle service from the airport to Bally's Las Vegas Hotel for $9.50 and roundtrip service for $16. Reservations can be made online by visiting the BellTrans Airport Shuttle webpage or in person at their transportation booth located outside door 8 of Terminal #1 or outside of door 51 of Terminal #3 at the McCarran International Airport. Reservations for airport shuttle service must be made online or in person.

If you choose to use this service, please be sure to read the Airport Shuttle service webpage in its entirety!

Las Vegas Monorail

Give us 15 minutes and we will give you the Las Vegas Strip.  In just minutes, the Las Vegas Monorail connects you to the city’s glitz and glamour of world-class restaurants, shows, shops, clubs, hotels and casinos in a safe, clean and comfortable environment!  You won’t be stuck in traffic, waiting in lines or piling on buses.

With seven stations located at MGM Grand, Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah’s/The LINQ, Las Vegas Convention Center, Westgate Las Vegas and SLS Las Vegas, we’ll take you just about anywhere you want to go quickly and conveniently, with trains arriving every 4-8 minutes, Monday 7am-12 midnight, Tuesday through Thursday 7 am-2 am and Friday through Sunday 7 am-3 am.

The Las Vegas Monorail now offers Mobile Ticketing. Get to your destination even faster with our Scan & Go technology! No more fumbling with paper tickets, confirmations or redemption codes. Purchase Monorail tickets online and easily scan your e-ticket’s QR code at the fare gates.

Click here to access the NEA ESP conference discounted ticket link.

Las Vegas Kids

Looking for child care while attending the 2019 NEA ESP Conference in Vegas? Visit Las Vegas Kids website for local options and instructions on how to obtain In-Hotel childcare, babysitters, nannies, or to locate childcare drop off centers.



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.

  • *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.

Looking for a conference roomate? Connect with colleagues across the country in our ESP Conference NEA edCommunities Group!



Now Available

2019 ESP Conference Program  ( PDF, 39 pgs.)

2019 Conference App Download Instructions ( PDF, 1 pg.)



The 2019 NEA ESP Conference Call for Proposals Form is now CLOSED. The submission deadline was October 19, 2018. Trainers will be notified of their proposal acceptance status by November 26, 2018.


The 2019 ESP of the Year application is now closed. Visit the NEA ESP of the Year Award page for more information on the submission process.


Learn more about NEA's Education Support Professionals