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Upcoming Webinars

ESSA & ESP: Organizing in the Current Environment


Thursday, January 11, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:15 PM EST


The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, has given educators – teachers and education support professionals – a seat at the table to determine how the law is implemented and how to make its promise of greater opportunity real for students. For example, a state department of education must consult with a number of education stakeholders, including teachers, paraprofessionals and other staff when developing the State Plan to receive Title I funds. Furthermore, a school district must engage in “timely and meaningful consultation” with education stakeholders that include “paraprofessionals” and “other appropriate school personnel” in the development of a Local Plan to receive Title I funds.

This webinar recognizes that the leverage point for change has shifted from the state to the local school district. While State ESSA Plans have already been completed and submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, there is still opportunity for ESP advocates to affect change at the local level through Local ESSA Plans. Since Local Plans are living documents that are usually re-visited annually, it is not too late to demand a voice in how your district carries out the law.

This webinar will address timely opportunities and techniques to influence Local ESSA Plans.


Timothy Barchak, National Education Association

  • Senior Program/Policy Analyst, NEA Education Support Professional Quality

Lynn Goss, Saint Croix Central Middle School, Hammond, Wisconsin

  • Special Education Paraeducator
  • Director, WEAC Board of Directors
  • Director, NEA Board of Directors
  • Member, Wisconsin ESSA Committee of Practitioners

Lynn Malarz, National Education Association

  • Organizational Specialist, NEA Center for Organizing


Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST


The whole school and whole community must work together to meet the needs of the whole student, preparing them for career, citizenship, and life.  Preparing our students for the future requires a holistic approach that goes beyond just instruction and curriculum. The entire education workforce is needed to educate the whole student and Education Support Professionals play a critical role.  ESP keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so they are ready to learn. ESP are key players in health and social services, nutrition and safe physical environments, opportunities for enrichment programming, instructional and non-instructional services, and are conduits to the local community.  Join us and learn how you can advocate for ESP by understanding the unique and vital role they have in education and in our students’ lives.


Debby Chandler, Spokane, Washington

  • President, National Council of Education Support Professionals (NCESP)

Grace Hwang Friedman, National Education Association

  • Senior Program Specialist, NEA Education Support Professional Quality


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