Education Support Professionals (ESP) who complete either of two upcoming NEA webinars will be eligible to receive credit in MEA’s ESP certification program. Both webinars are free and aimed at ESP audiences.
The first discussion is TONIGHT (Wednesday, May 10) from 8-9 p.m. EDT, which will focus on racial justice in education, recognizing that para-educators, custodians, food employees and other support staff know their students and can help lead the work on racial equity in their schools.
Register for the FREE webinar: A Dialogue with Education Support Professionals About Racial Justice in Education.
A second webinar from 7-8 p.m. on June 1 will feature a discussion on how to create a school climate that supports grieving students.
Most children at some point in their lives will suffer the loss of someone close to them, which may have a significant impact on their psychological adjustment, academic achievement, and personal development.
This webinar will be presented by Dr. David Schonfeld from the University of Southern California. It will offer practical suggestions on how education support professionals can create a school climate where children are able to talk about their loss and receive needed support. The free resources developed by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students (of which NEA is a Founding Organizational Member) will be highlighted.
Register for the FREE webinar: The Role of Education Support Professionals in Creating a School Climate for Grieving Students.
Participants in either or both webinars will receive certificates of attendance from NEA which can be applied to MEA ESP certifications, a system of voluntary professional development to enhance ESP’s professionalism, respect, and job performance.
The Racial Justice Webinar can be applied as a one-hour elective in the Cultural Diversity certification or in the Work Environment/School Organization certification. The School Climate webinar will count toward one hour of core credit in the Growth/Development/Psychology certification.
NEA’s ESP Quality Department in the Center for Great Public Schools now has a new webpage promoting Professional Development opportunities for Education Support Professionals.