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Professional Development Webinar Trainings Coming Soon

Upcoming Webinars

What You Need to Know: ESP Mentoring ESP in the Workplace
Thursday, May 23, 2019 | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST

Do you have inadequate opportunities for professional learning and support? Are you working in isolation with little to no feedback or support? Would you or your ESP colleagues benefit from mentoring? Join our webinar and find out ‘what you need to know’ before developing or designing an ESP peer mentoring program.

In this webinar, we will also hear from the Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (SEEO) about their Partners mentoring program, which has been in existence since 1999 and from the Cedar Rapids Organization of Teacher Associates (CROTA), who are developing a mentoring program for newly hired paraeducators.

Let’s learn more about how ESP can support one another through high-quality mentoring programs to build professional excellence across their entire career continuum and ensure student success.


  • Kandy Bekeris, President, Cedar Rapids Organization of Teacher Associates (CROTA), Iowa
  • Tania Johnson, President, Cedar Rapids Education Association (CREA), Iowa
  • Connie Joniec, New Employees & Partners Chair, Schaumburg Educational Employees Organization (SEEO), Illinois
  • Grace Hwang, Senior Program Specialist, National Education Association, Education Support Professional Quality

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How to Recover After a School Crisis

Thursday, June 13, 2019 | 8 p.m. - 9 p.m. EST

*An NEA ESP Quality and Center for Organizing New Educator Collaboration


School and community crises have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, academic achievement, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of students.  School professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students. This support promotes their 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 mitigate 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 and will draw on more than 30 years’ experience responding to school and community crisis events to provide examples and answer questions from participants and will highlight free resources for supporting children, families and professionals in the aftermath of crisis and loss.


To access this webinar:

  1. Visit
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on REGISTER under How to Recover After a School Crisis

Note: Access to the webinar landing page will show as TBD until the registration link is made active.




Dr. David Schonfeld, MD,  Director of The National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement


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