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Upcoming Webinars

NEA Education Support Professional Quality Resources

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM EST


Come explore the wellspring of resources offered by NEA ESPQ for affiliates and members! Learn about our series of webinars, current publications, animated videos, social media platforms, ESP branded materials, professional learning opportunities, and much more. Join us and learn where to get the information, tools, and resources you need to progress in your ESP career and to lead for students and the Association.


Jessica Brinkley, National Education Association

  • Senior Program Specialist, NEA Education Support Professional Quality

Lisa Connor, National Education Association

  • Senior Program Specialist, NEA Education Support Professional Quality


Taking the Lead - Advocating for Self as a Paraeducator

Thursday, June 7, 2018
7:00pm - 8:00pm EST


Paraeducators are a crucial part of the educational team working directly with students in many capacities. They deserve the same respect, professional development and inclusion that other educators receive. It is critical that paraeducators are equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively advocate for themselves at their worksite, in their school district and in their community.

In this webinar, participants will learn how to advocate for self by recognizing and identifying the importance of embracing one’s self-worth and value as an educator. They will also learn how to effectively share their story in order to engage others (i.e., colleagues, parents, and other members of the school community) in understanding and respecting the important role they play in student success. The more paraeducators champion for themselves the more effective they will be for students!


Saul Ramos, Massachusetts

  • Paraeducator/Braillist, Worcester Public Schools
  • 1st Vice President Educational Association of Worcester

Carie Sauders, Washington

  • Learning Assistance Program Paraeducator
  • PESPA President
  • Washington Education Association Board of Director


Clerical Power: Are You at the Table or On the Menu?

Thursday, August 9, 2018
7:00pm-8:00pm EST


We know that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the education law of the land but is it working for educators, students, and communities in your school and district? This session will enhance your knowledge of ESSA as it relates to ESP careers and empower you to be a voice for how the new education law is implemented in your state and district.

Webinar participants will gain a better understanding of ESSA and how it impacts you as an ESP. Presenters will encourage and enhance participant’s ability to strengthen and unite all educators and students around ESSA. Participants will be empowered to use ESSA to advocate for strong communities, while empowering fellow coworkers and students to be successful.


Audrey Nichols, Arkansas

  • Bookkeeper-Secretary


Student Success Starts with Healthy School Meals: How to Maximize Participation and Address Child Hunger

Thursday, September 13, 2018
7:00pm-8:00pm EST


A healthy, well-nourished student is more likely to do better in school, graduate, and live a productive life. However, an increasing number of public school students are coming to school hungry. Typically, these students receive free or reduced price school meals, which are often their primary source of nutrition. When school districts take advantage of federal meal programs and maximize participation levels, both students and educators reap the benefits.

In this session participants will learn how to involve educators, parents, and community members to improve school meal participation, create financial sustainability, and advocate for poverty alleviation programs so that no student goes hungry.


Annelise Cohon, The NEA Foundation

  • Program Manager

Bridget Jensen, Utah

  • Food Service Manager
  • NCESP Western Regional Director
  • USEA Board of Director


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Looking to connect with fellow ESP on hot issues? Connect to the ESP Hot Issues Group and the Paraeducator Institute Group on NEA edCommunities!

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