Nov. 17 - 18 | Indianapolis

Friday, Nov. 17 | Drury Plaza Hotel - Carmel, 9625 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis
Saturday, Nov. 18 | ISTA Metro Office, 6910 N. Shadeland Ave., Indianapolis

There are approximately 2.8 million education support professionals (ESP) in schools nationwide.

More than 75 percent live in the communities where they work.

ESPs comprise the network that keeps kids safe, gets them to and from school, provides nutrition, educates and engages students one-on-one and more. ISTA offers ESPs professional development tailored to their role in schools and kids’ education. The ESP Conference builds the skills and knowledge needed to positively impact student achievement, improve community relations, organize members, advocate for educators and strengthen locals.  

Agenda   Session Descriptions

Keynote Speakers 

ISTA is pleased to host Saul Ramos, National Education Association (NEA) ESP of the Year and Dr. Lori Desautels, assistant professor, Butler University, as keynote speakers for the ESP Conference. 

Ramos is a paraeducator from Worcester, Mass. A self-taught braillist, Ramos transcribes school materials and classwork of visually impaired students into print or braille. He serves on his state ESP, Ethnic Minority Affairs, Bylaws and Rules committees and the Equal Opportunity Council, which he vice-chairs. He is a graduate of the NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow. Ramos is also involved in the community through several nonprofits including, Arte Latino of New England, Providence Latin American Film Festival, Rhode Island Latino Arts and
ECAS Theater.

Dr. Desautels’ keynote address, “Regulating Emotion and How the Brain Learns, Behaves and Engages,” will offer attendees tools to detect and see patterns of behavior to address kids’ emotional, social and cognitive needs. 

Conference Flyer


The ESP Conference is free for ISTA members to attend.

Members who wish to have a single-occupancy room will pay the difference of $70 (including applicable taxes).

The fee for non-ISTA members to attend is $200 for conference and hotel and $100 for conference attendance only.

Registration is closed. 

Conference Materials 

Conference materials and presentations from the ESP Conference will be available on the edCommunities group, ISTA ESP Conference. If you haven’t yet signed up for edCommunities, visit to register. EdCommunities provides access to an online, national community of educators and professional groups to connect with your peers. 

Cancellation Policy 

Should you be unable to attend any portion of the ESP Conference, please send your cancellation within seven days of the conference to Becky Koerner at