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Upcoming Webinars

Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students Suffering From the Absence of their Parents

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:15 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.

Thomas Demaria, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist and a Fellow of the Trauma Division of the American Psychological Association. He is the Director of the Psychological Services Center of the Doctoral Psychology Program at Long Island University Post and founder of the Graduate Student Trauma Response Team which was awarded the Innovative Program Award from the National Counsel of Schools of Professional Psychology. Dr. Demaria currently serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement and is involved in training initiatives for the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. Dr. Demaria has earned numerous awards for leading hundreds of community disaster counseling responses during the past 30 years and served as a volunteer for Greater New York and Nassau County Red Cross and the Salvation Army. He provided guidance during the planning of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum, is a two time recipient of the prestigious New York State Liberty Award for community service in New York following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina and winner of a Humanitarian Award by the Center for Christian & Jewish studies for his work with Holocaust survivors. Demaria was co-recipient of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence for his clinical work with World Trade Center families and 9/11 First Responders and later earned an ISTSS Distinguished Mentor Award for his teaching of students in the field of trauma. Recently Dr. Demaria coauthored with Dr. David Schonfeld the “Child & Disaster” and “Bereavement” practice guidelines for the American Academy of Pediatrics.


More Than an Ounce of Prevention: Building Capacity to Fight Privatization

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 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.


Timothy Barchak, National Education Association

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

Nate Greenawalt, Pennsylvania State Education Association

  • Director of Special Field Programs



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