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Professional Learning

Building Authentic Relationships as ESP Leaders

Learn how to effect change by building meaningful connections with everyone in the school community.

At a Glance

ESPs have the power to effect change by building meaningful connections with everyone in the school community including teachers, specialized instruction support personnel (SISP), students, and families.  Hear from Pamella Johnson, Academic and Behavioral Intervention Specialist and 2023 NEA ESP of the Year, and learn the importance of building authentic relationships, how to make these connections, and how to empower other ESPs to become more engaged in their roles as leaders and professionals.


  • Build deeper connections with those in your school community.
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Last Updated: January 2024


Session Length

1 hour

Session Format


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