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ESP Learning Network Webinars

The NEA ESP Quality Department offers a wide variety of professional development webinars to support the professional growth of school support staff. Register today for an upcoming webinar relevant to ESP careers.
Published: 06/23/2020

Team Building for All Educators

Thursday, May 26, 2022, 7:00-8:30 p.m. ET
Robert Powell
Adrian Vargas

This thought-provoking webinar will empower you with team-building tools. It offers a holistic approach to NEA's Leadership Competencies with a specific emphasis on "Leading Our Profession," supplemented with "Communication" and "Advocacy."  You will learn to engage others by identifying strengths and strengthening weaknesses. Identify roles that players have on a team to promote team success and engage in activities that require you to think critically and solve problems as a team.  

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Using Pronouns to Support a Safe, Welcoming, and Inclusive Environment

Thursday, June 23, 2022, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET

Pronouns are used in everyday speech and writing. Positive experiences of social gender affirmation are critical to the health and well-being of transgender and gender diverse people. Social interactions where a person is addressed by their correct name and pronouns, consistent with their gender identity, are widely recognized as a basic — yet critical — aspect of gender affirmation. In this webinar, NEA ESP members will discuss the importance of using pronouns and how to use them effectively in schools to ensure a supportive environment for everyone in the education community.

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Restorative Practices as Liberatory Practice: Developing Self & Social Awareness as An Emerging Circle Keeper

Thursday, August 18, 2022 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
Barbara Sherrod, Restorative Response Baltimore
Jade Jones, Restorative Response Baltimore

In this webinar, you will acquire tools to deepen your practice as restorative practitioners through anti-oppressive frameworks and restorative theory, including methods of self-inquiry and circle work. Join us to develop an understanding of the connection between unaddressed power dynamics and restorative practices, along with building and maintaining relationships with youth, and those being marginalized.

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From Membership to Leadership: Organizing & Mentoring the Next Generation of ESP Leaders

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET
Naomi Akan, Massachusetts
Sonia L. Fortin, Massachusetts
Amy Morin, Massachusetts

How can we cultivate future ESP leaders so that they can be the leading voices that collectively transform our union and communities? How do we generate a pathway for the next generation of emerging leaders who aspire to take on a more active role within our union?  How do we engage ESP members to advance the priorities of the Association? During this webinar, facilitators will also share how future ESP leaders in Massachusetts will be supported in their leadership journey through the Leadership Mentor Program—focusing on fostering relationship development through a partnership between individuals who share common goals and visions. As they progress in their leadership journey, emerging ESP leaders will be supported by a veteran ESP leader mentor. Veteran ESP leader mentors will support emerging ESP leaders by putting leadership skills into real-life context and real-life practice. Leadership mentoring at the individual and the Association level can also be a vehicle for greater leadership inclusion and diversity.

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Spanish-language Webinars for ESPs

We're excited to offer series of online trainings to support Spanish-speaking education support professionals throughout their careers.

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