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Professional Learning

Apply for our ESP Peer Mentoring Blended Learning Course

Join us in building peer mentoring programs for education support professionals (ESPs) at all stages of their careers.
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At a Glance

In this blended learning course, participants will learn how to build and support ESP peer mentoring programs that empower ESPs in the workplace, advance their professional excellence, and build the education systems that all our students and members deserve.


  • Peer Mentoring & Collaboration


  • Develop personal and professional skills
  • Ensure greater ESP voice in the workplace
  • Build pathways to professional growth
  • Foster student success
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: 04/11/2022


Session Length

8 weeks

Session Format


Education Support Professionals: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring

The National Education Association recognizes the vital role ESPs play in ensuring a great public school for every student. That's why, in this blended learning course, we're working with members and affiliates to build and support ESP peer mentoring programs. Through peer mentoring, ESPs can receive the specialized, targeted workplace preparation and support that empower ESPs in the workplace, advance their professional excellence, and build the education systems that all our students and members deserve.

  • The Blended Learning course runs June 16 to August 11, 2022
  • Application closes: May 11, 2022 at 8:00 p.m. ET

The course will be offered through NEA’s learning management system (NEAe3) and is organized around four learning modules in these formats: 

  • Self-study: Individual work completed by each learner at their own pace.  
  • Webinars: Large group learning with all participants in the course. 

The course is a blend of asynchronous online coursework (self-study) and synchronous group learning (webinars and teamwork) that can be completed on your own, or as a member of a team.  As a member of a team, choose to meet in person to complete your teamwork or virtually for convenience and safety. Choose the blend that works for you! 

Course Schedule 

Schedule for ESP mentoring blended learning course

Individual or Team Participation

Course learners can participate individually or as a member of a team.  

To get the most out of the course, we encourage learners to participate in small teams of 3-4 learners.  

Individual Learners 
Participate in the course as an individual course learner. All individual course learners must be a member of the NEA. Membership will be verified. 

Team Learners 
Participate in the course as a team. Teams can include Association members, leaders, committee members, Association staff and managers, school district/university representatives, and community partners.  

Teams should consist of individuals who can offer unique knowledge, skills, experiences, or resources needed for building an ESP mentoring program. They should be positioned to advance the project and sustain the goals of the program once launched in your local Association, school district, or university/college. 

  • All ESP, teacher, and SISP (specialized instructional support personnel) team members must be members of the NEA. Membership will be verified. 
  • We highly encourage including partners and potential partners, such as school district/university representatives. NEA membership is not required for partners of member teams. 

Teams who participate in the course will engage in collaborative teamwork that can be completed together in person or virtually. 

Teams should be inclusive and diverse. We encourage careful, intentional consideration when building your team. Attention should be given to establishing a team that reflects diversity in ethnicity, gender, age, careers, roles, responsibilities, and viewpoints. Please be intentional about including those typically under-represented.   


All applications must be submitted by May 11th at 8:00 pm Eastern Time.

Apply as an Individual

Apply as a Team

Note: A primary contact person should apply for the entire team.


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The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.