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NEA ESP Learning Network Webinars

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

Bargaining and Advocacy in the Face of Crisis

Thursday, May 13, 2021
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. EST

The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly become the worst crisis we have ever faced in our lifetime. ESPs, students, and communities have been hit with staggering issues, many that were unthinkable before. Now, more than ever, ESPs have been forced to bargain and advocate as if their lives, and those of which they care for, depend on it, because it literally may.

This workshop will focus on becoming better prepared as a union to tackle issues brought upon through crisis, such as protecting ESP careers and advocating for health and safety issues, as well as providing practical skills and resources that can make the union more effective advocates. This session was offered at the 2021 NEA ESP National Conference.


Brian Beallor, NEA Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy
Andy Jewell, NEA Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy

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Juneteenth: Taking Time to Unravel Unconscious Biases, A Case Study from Washington State

Thursday, June 17, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Join this webinar to learn the history of Juneteenth, a celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and its relevance to ESPs on the job and in our communities today. We will explore the impact of the racial and social justice reckoning and awakening seen across the country over the last year and its impact on the Washington Education Association (WEA). Participants will learn about the steps WEA is taking to unravel unconscious biases, develop awareness of micro-aggressions and eliminate discriminatory behaviors through a long term investment in professional development for all members


David S. Coleman M.B.A., Esq., NEA Human and Civil Rights, Center for Social Justice
Aneeka Ferrell, M.B.A./P.A., B.A., Substitute Coordinator for the Renton School District, WA
Shantika O'Pharrow, Substitute Specialist for the Renton School District, WA

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