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Introducing the NAESPA Local Education Agency (LEA) Affiliate Program
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Are you passionate about improving the academic achievement of disadvantaged students? Are you a local educational agency level (LEA) administrator of ESEA programs? If so, we have exciting news for you! The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) is thrilled to announce the launch of our brand-new LEA Affiliate program, opening the doors to professionals like you for the first time!


At NAESPA, our mission is clear: "Building the capacity of education professionals to provide all children served by ESEA programs with a high-quality education." We've remained committed to this mission and have evolved our support beyond just Title I, Part A – Basic Grants to school district levels to include all ESEA title programs that align with NAESPA.


Dr. Ken Banter, President of NAESPA, stated, "I am thrilled to announce the launch of our groundbreaking LEA Affiliate Program. This initiative marks a significant step forward in our mission to empower education professionals and enhance opportunities for every child served by ESEA programs. By welcoming local education agency administrators to join us, we're building a robust network that will inspire collaboration, promote innovative strategies, and ultimately transform the future of education. I encourage all LEA administrators who work with federal programs to join us in this exciting journey as we redefine educational excellence across the nation.”


Starting in June 2024, the NAESPA LEA Affiliate program opens the door for you to network about ESEA programs on a national scale by offering you the following incredible benefits and opportunities.


Eligibility: If you're an LEA administrator responsible for overseeing ESEA programs that impact disadvantaged children, you're eligible for the LEA affiliate program. Using the ESEA definition of LEA, administrators of ESEA programs in traditional public-school districts and Tribal schools are eligible.


Special Launch Event: Join us June 20th from 3-4pm ET (Register Now) for a special launch event to learn more about the LEA affiliate program. This free webinar will feature 2024 National ESEA Conference keynote speaker and author Suzy Pepper Rollins.


Annual Fee: For just $199, you can unlock a world of benefits and professional growth opportunities.



  • Complimentary 1-year subscription to On-Demand video programming (valued at $199), contingent upon attending our annual conference.
  • Exclusive invitations to special meetings and webinars, including follow-up sessions from the National ESEA Conference.
  • Free access to webinars.
  • Participation in the LEA Affiliate Committee for networking and collaboration, as well as meetings focused on special topics such as managing ESEA programs in small districts, best practices, etc.
  • Opportunities to participate in relevant committees, including the Effective Programs and Conference Planning Committees to share your voice in the work of the Association.
  • Collaborative space through our virtual conference platform for LEA conference attendees, fostering connections beyond the conference.


Join us in shaping the future of education and empowering disadvantaged children. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of students across the nation.


Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to become a part of the inaugural cohort of NAESPA's LEA Affiliate Program. Sign up now to receive updates and an invite to the June Launch event, and get ready to embark on a journey of professional growth and collaboration like never before!


Stay tuned for more details and visit our website for updates. Together, we can transform education for all.


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About NAESPA: The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA) is a professional organization founded in 1989 dedicated to the proper administration of federal programs in education. NAESPA’s mission is to build the capacity of education professionals to provide all children served by ESEA programs with a high-quality education.

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The National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators is dedicated to improving and implementing federal education programs of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act so that more children reach their academic potential. Through the ESEA Network website, as well as its national conferences, the Association provides educational leaders at the state and local levels with the opportunity to work together across program boundaries to share ideas on effective and innovative programs, and identify both problems and solutions.