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Professional Learning

Putting the ESP Professional Growth Continuum into Practice

This training includes a suite of five exercises that build off of one another, and address how to use the ESP Professional Growth Continuum (PGC) to help ESPs understand and articulate their value and importance to the school community.

At a Glance

ESPs will identify how they currently use (or can use) the Universal Standards provided in the PGC to articulate the contributions that matter to their local context and create a plan for how to pursue professional growth in a competency area of their choosing that has an impact on school and student success.


  • ESP Professional Growth Continuum


  • Identify how they support their schools and students in their jobs and consider what they need to strengthen their skills in a particular area of their day-to-day work.
Developed by:

National Education Association

Last Updated: 07/29/2020


Audience Role

  • Affiliate
  • Education Support Professional


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

Session Length

90 – 180 minutes per exercise

Session Format


This is a program NEA makes available for affiliate use as a professional offering to educators. Putting the ESP Professional Growth Continuum into Practice may already be offered through your local or state association. Please contact your state or local association if you are interested in getting a blended learning cohort started.

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