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Professional Learning

ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring Workshop

Apply for a special workshop to build strong peer mentoring pilot programs for education support professionals (ESPs).
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At a Glance

Over one and a half days, teams will work together to build their own unique ESP mentoring pilot programs that empower ESPs in the workplace and Association. Through peer mentoring, ESPs can receive the specialized, targeted preparation and support that empower ESPs in the workplace, advance ESP professional excellence, build ESP leader activists, and create the education systems that all our students and members deserve.  


  • Empower ESPs in the workplace
  • Advance ESP professional excellence
  • Build ESP leader activists
  • Create the education systems that everyone deserves
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: November 2022


Session Length

1.5 days

Session Format

In person

The National Education Association is happy to announce that we are accepting applications from NEA local and state association teams for the 2023 NEA ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring Pilot Planning Workshop!

Interested affiliates should form their teams, complete their pre-learning, submit the program checklist, and then apply. 

Why start with a pilot?
Running a pilot program allows you to test, validate, and learn before you fully launch, with less risk.  Starting on a smaller scale will let you discover what works and doesn’t and whether your plan on paper works in practice. Running a pilot also allows you to incrementally increase ESP and partner involvement, which is vital to the success of your program. 

Important Steps:

    Interested local or state Associations should form their teams and complete their pre-learning between December 5, 2022 and March 1, 2023
    Interested local or state Associations should apply no later than March 1, 2023.  All applicant teams will be informed of their application status no later than March 24, 2023.  
    Selected teams must register for the workshop no later than April 10, 2023. 
    All selected teams will convene with other groups around the country to plan their pilot programs on May 27-28, 2023. 

Questions? Contact [email protected] 

Has your team completed the pre-learning? 
Apply for the 2023 NEA ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring Pilot Planning Workshop today!

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