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Professional Learning

NEA Education Support Professionals Leadership Institute (ESPLI)

NEA ESP Leadership Institute (ESPLI) is a powerful leadership development program, grounded in diversity, equity and cultural competence.

At a Glance

The ESPLI brings together the overarching NEA Leadership Competencies (Advocacy, Communication, Governance and Leadership, Leading Our Professions, and Organizing) to train ESP members to be effective leaders in their associations.


  • Professional Leadership


  • Learn how diversity, equity and cultural competence are integral to education leadership
  • Experience overarching competencies as transferable skills for all education leaders
  • Design and implement individual leadership projects to put these competencies into action in ways that strengthen and/or support their associations
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: July 29, 2020


Audience Role

  • Education Support Professional


  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Higher Education
  • Middle School

Session Length

1 year, multiple trainings spread over the year, including face-to-face and virtual meetings

Session Format


This is a program NEA administers to cohorts of members. It requires pre-application, is limited to a pre-determined number of individuals, and runs on a published schedule.

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