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More Than an Ounce of Prevention: Building Capacity to Fight Privatization
Originally aired on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST

There is an old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  In terms of protecting our members from privatization, prevention has a better record of success than trying to “cure” privatization once a service has been put up for bid. This webinar is designed to give locals an ounce of prevention and more.

Privatization is not slowing down. In recent years, we have seen ESP career families, such as paraeducators, that we used to assume were safe from privatization, come under attack. The Trump Administration has put into place high level officials, like Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, who will encourage all manner of privatization and outsourcing.

The webinar focuses on building the capacity to thwart privatization. It starts with the assumption that most members are not born activists, that activism is learned through experiences that escalate and gradually build the comfort level of individuals and locals. We start with simply attending the monthly school board meeting, but by the time we end, members, leaders, and staff will understand how we can build a bulwark against privatization from that foundation.

Recording coming soon!


Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students Suffering From the Absence of their Parents
Originally aired on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST

Support from parents and caregivers is a vital component in a child’s development. Many children suffer because of the temporary absence and /or permanent loss of this stable adult influence in their lives. A variety of factors can cause this loss including incarceration, mental illness, substance abuse and death.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Thomas Demaria from the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement. It will discuss how children come to understand and adjust to real and ambiguous losses and offer practical suggestions on how education support professionals can create a school climate where children are able to talk about their losses and receive needed support. The free resources developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students (of which NEA is a Founding Organizational Member) will be highlighted.

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students at Times of Crisis 
Originally aired on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST

Crisis is common in the lives of students, whether due to a crisis involving a student's individual family or one that affects the entire school community. These crises have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Educational support professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students through their individual interactions with students as well as through the impact they have collectively on the school climate. This support promotes students’ understanding of the event, helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate adjustment and minimize their distress, and minimizes maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties. The presentation will provide practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a crisis and to promote effective coping strategies to reduce the impact of the crisis. 

The presenter, David J Schonfeld, MD, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He spoke on a different, but related topic (Supporting the grieving student) at a prior webinar.  He will draw on 30 years’ experience in school crisis response to provide examples and answer questions from participants.

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
The Power of Relationships for Education Support Professionals
Originally aired on Thursday, August 31, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

You have the Power of One to start a fire, but you need the Power of Many to keep the fire burning.

If you can’t relate, nothing else really matters. Relationships may be the most important variable in being an effective ESP. The challenges ESP's must face to build trusting relationships include the four C’s: communication, collaboration, culture and caring. The barriers to education for students include: ACE (adverse childhood experiences), the trauma informed brain, adolescent risk behaviors, including sex, drugs (including marijuana and heroin/opioids), and violence (including bullying and suicide). Effective approaches to facilitate learning include: the whole child/school/community concept, brain-based learning, enhancing motivation, promoting positive mental health, stress-reduction, resilience education, SEL (social emotional learning), positive school climate, and the importance of storytelling (including digital storytelling) and picting (social media sharing visuals). The program is filled with “tips from the trenches” to help you keep whole students and school staff safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better.

Dr. Stephen Sroka has spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. One year ago, Steve died while presenting a school in-service. Two SRO’s, a principal, two school psychologists (one being his daughter) and others saved his life and changed his message. He now talks about The Power of Many, how it takes a team to make a difference. Research-based and reality-driven, this session offers honesty, humor, and hope. It will fire you up professionally and personally.

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
The Role of Education Support Professionals in Creating a School Climate for Grieving Students
Originally aired on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

Almost all children experience the death of a close friend or family member at some point in their childhood.  Even though bereavement is common, the loss of someone close to children may have a significant impact on their psychological adjustment, academic achievement, and personal development. 

This webinar will be presented by Dr. David Schonfeld from the University of Southern California. It will discuss how children come to understand and adjust to a loss and offer practical suggestions on how education support professionals can create a school climate where children are able to talk about their loss and receive needed support.  The free resources developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students, of which NEA is a Founding Organizational Member, will be highlighted.

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A Dialogue with Education Support Professionals (ESP) about Racial Justice in Education
Originally aired on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:00 PM EST

How we talk about race and racial justice is very important. But it is equally important to bring ALL stakeholders to the table as we discuss and explore racial justice in education and the impact it has on our students. Because Education Support Professionals (ESP) represent 1/3 of any given school workforce and 3/4 live in the school community in which they work, it is vital that ESP are a part of the conversation about racial justice in education. ESP know their students and with shared knowledge, they can have courageous conversation about racial justice and help lead the work on racial equity in their schools. 

This webinar will help participants to develop a shared understanding of racial justice in education, recognize how social injustices impact our students of color, and develop strategies to engage in dialogue with colleagues and community about racial justice.

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Education Support Professionals (ESP) and Teachers: Effective Collaboration to Meet the Needs of Students
Originally aired on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:30 PM EST

This highly informative webinar will focus on how to engage ESP and teachers to work together collaboratively, diminishing the barrier between professions and expanding the collective goal to serve students and improve schools. Participants will learn the importance and benefits of teamwork, strategies for creating a school culture of collaboration and how to overcome ESP and teacher working relationship potential barriers. The webinar also highlights two successful models demonstrating effective and collaborative ESP and teacher teams that result in education excellence and school improvement.

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Building Effective Teacher-Paraeducator Teams: A Three Part Webinar Series Recordings

Part I

The Foundation for Effective Teams
Originally Aired on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

The first webinar in the series will look at the critical elements needed to build the foundation for effective teams. It will address roles and responsibilities of paraeducators, teachers, and administrators; components of effective teams (including characteristics of effective team leaders and members); as well as common problems with team dynamics and strategies to avoid them in the first place.

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Part II

Problem Solving and Other Strategies for Successful Teams
Originally Aired on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

The second webinar in our series will take a deeper look into common problems with team dynamics by examining problem solving techniques, effective communication strategies, and critical issues such as delegation, performance feedback, collaboration and mutual support/respect.

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Part III

Advocacy and Real-World Scenarios
Originally Aired on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

The final webinar in the series will focus on advocacy as it relates to hiring practices, professional development, planning time, recruiting administrator support for the instructional team and more. This webinar will also take a deep dive into real-world scenarios that impact paraeducator-teacher teams.

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Education Support Professionals (ESP): Supporting our Own through Mentoring
Originally Aired on Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:30 PM EST

In order to retain the best of the best, ensure that ESP are satisfied with their careers and have the guidance they need to succeed, we must professionally support one another through mentoring. This webinar focuses on the benefits and challenges of setting up ESP mentoring programs, and describes three different models from Washington, Colorado and Minnesota that are actively supporting ESP around the country to meet the needs of the whole student.

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The Village and the Whole Student
Originally pre-recorded on Monday, July 19, 2016, 11:30 AM EST

The NEA ESP Quality Department and the Yale University Child Study Center have collaborated to produce a brand new webinar entitled The Village and the Whole Student. This pre-recorded webinar presentation focuses on the importance of all school employees working together in a school system to reach maximum impact on the lives of their students academically, socially and emotionally.

We are honored to have Dr. James Comer, MD, MPH, the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center, provide us with an in-depth discussion on the whole village concept. Dr. Comer is a pioneer in the child development movement who has been honored many times for his life work. Read more.

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ESSA and Paraeducators: Opportunities for Engagement, Empowerment & Claiming Your Seat at the Table
Originally recorded on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:30 PM EST

After more than a decade, the controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). How does the new law impact paraeducators? What are the opportunities for inclusion and decision making? This highly informative webinar will analyze the law and examine the implications for paraeducators, vital members of school wide and instructional teams. As a participant, you will:

  1. gain a deeper understanding of how the law impacts your career as a paraeducator; and 
  2. be able to identify opportunities for inclusion and decision making at the district and state levels.

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