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2019 Archived Webinar Recordings

Winter Webinar Series


Adult Workplace Bullying

Originally aired Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST

Have you ever witnessed or been a victim of adult-on-adult bullying? While student bullying is widely acknowledged as a national epidemic, adult bullying in our schools is a problem that is not fully recognized, acknowledged or discussed. In this webinar, participants will learn about the characteristics of adult bullying, its negative impact on the workplace and how to identify when bullying occurs. Participants will gain strategies to identify and address bullying behaviors so that our workplaces can be bully-free.


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A Paraeducator Guide to IEP Programs

Originally aired Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 7:00 PM EST

Do you work with students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)? Do you have a clear understanding of your role in helping to implement them? This webinar will provide participants with an understanding of IEP programs, including the federal laws that govern them. Participants will learn how paraeducators can use this information to provide the best supports to ensure student success and effective communication between teachers, paraeducators, and other members of the instructional team.


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2018 Archived Webinar Recordings

Fall Webinar Series


Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:

American Racism and Nazism Racial Policy

Originally aired Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 7:00 PM EST


This presentation explores implicit and explicit bias that leads to racism. We will explore how racism functions in the U.S. and American reactions to Nazi Germany then and now. Racism will be a central theme of the presentation. Exploring slavery as the root cause of the Civil War, we will examine how leaders manipulate racism for personal gain and shape memory before, during, and after the war. We will explore the failure of post-war Reconstruction, the rise of the KKK, and the war against emancipation that created Jim Crow and created a new form of slavery with the for-profit convict labor system. We will look at how Hollywood embraced both implicit and explicit racism and the southern myth of the “Lost cause.”


By highlighting examples of leadership and the influence of targeted minorities in enhancing democratic values, we explore how to utilize this history to promote competencies for democratic citizenship. Participants will also learn how our history impacts education, how students of color perceive and are perceived, how the education system responds to students of color, and will provide tips on how to apply the knowledge of this history best in your careers.


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Farm to School and 21st Century Food Service Programs

Originally aired Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 7:00pm EST


In 2018, National Farm to School Network (NFSN) teamed up with National Education Association (NEA) as its National Partner of the Year to explore and promote opportunities for farm to school to align with and advance priorities of education settings, for all educators, including Education Support Professionals. Growing from this partnership is a movement to challenge schools to build 21st Century food programs. We want to enrich the connection between schools and fresh, healthy, and locally sourced food. In so doing, we will have healthier students with a better understanding of their relationship to food and nutrition. Additionally, we will build a new school nutrition workforce that will anchor this lofty project in our school communities. This webinar will explain it all and offer an opportunity to hear from participants in this new partnership that are already reaping the benefits.


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Social Media 101: Strategies and Best Practices for ESP Engagement
Originally aired Thursday, October 4, 2018 at 7:00pm EST

We live in a time when technology is advancing at a remarkable rate, and a time when most of our news comes to us on the screens of our laptops, tablets, and smartphones. With the rise of digital communications, more and more educators are turning to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest to connect with colleagues, grow their networks, and share their voices. As the #RedForEd movement has shown us, social media can serve as a powerful advocacy tool, spreading critical messages across the world in a matter of seconds.

In this session, participants will learn the fundamentals of social media and how to leverage it as a tool for educator engagement.

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Summer Webinar Series


Working Together: Building an Effective Teacher-Paraeducator Team

Originally aired Thursday, September 13, 2018

To reach the highest level of student achievement, it is critical that paraeducators and teachers first understand their roles then work collaboratively, communicate effectively and respect one another in the teaming process. Join this webinar to learn a variety of strategies that will build stronger, more effective paraeducator-teacher teams.


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Student Success Starts with Healthy School Meals: How to Maximize Participation and Address Child Hunger
Originally aired Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 7:00pm EST
Co-presented by the NEA Foundation and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

A healthy, well-nourished student is more likely to do better in school, graduate, and live a productive life. However, an increasing number of public school students are coming to school hungry. Typically, these students receive free or reduced price school meals, which are often their primary source of nutrition. When school districts take advantage of federal meal programs and maximize participation levels, both students and educators reap the benefits.

In this session participants will learn how to involve educators, parents, and community members to improve school meal participation, create financial sustainability, and advocate for poverty alleviation programs so that no student goes hungry.

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Clerical Power: Are You at the Table or On the Menu?
Originally aired Thursday, August 9, 2018 at 7:00pm EST

We know that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the education law of the land but is it working for educators, students, and communities in your school and district? This session will enhance your knowledge of ESSA as it relates to ESP careers and empower you to be a voice for how the new education law is implemented in your state and district.

Webinar participants will gain a better understanding of ESSA and how it impacts you as an ESP. Presenters will encourage and enhance participant’s ability to strengthen and unite all educators and students around ESSA. Participants will be empowered to use ESSA to advocate for strong communities, while empowering fellow coworkers and students to be successful.

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Spring Webinar Series

Taking the Lead - Advocating for Self as a Paraeducator
Originally aired Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:00pm EST

Paraeducators are a crucial part of the educational team working directly with students in many capacities. They deserve the same respect, professional development and inclusion that other educators receive. It is critical that paraeducators are equipped with the skills and knowledge to effectively advocate for themselves at their worksite, in their school district and in their community.

In this webinar, participants learn how to advocate for self by recognizing and identifying the importance of embracing one’s self-worth and value as an educator. They also learn how to effectively share their story in order to engage others (i.e., colleagues, parents, and other members of the school community) in understanding and respecting the important role they play in student success. The more paraeducators champion for themselves the more effective they will be for students!

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NEA Education Support Professional Quality Resources
Originally aired Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 7:00 PM EST

Explore the wellspring of resources offered by NEA ESPQ for affiliates and members! Learn about our series of webinars, current publications, animated videos, social media platforms, ESP branded materials, professional learning opportunities, and much more. Learn where to get the information, tools, and resources you need to progress in your ESP career and to lead for students and the Association.

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Winter Webinar Series

Education Support Professionals: Meeting the Needs of the Whole Student
Originally aired on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM EST

The whole school and whole community must work together to meet the needs of the whole student, preparing them for career, citizenship, and life.  Preparing our students for the future requires a holistic approach that goes beyond just instruction and curriculum. The entire education workforce is needed to educate the whole student and Education Support Professionals play a critical role.  ESP keep students healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged so they are ready to learn. ESP are key players in health and social services, nutrition and safe physical environments, opportunities for enrichment programming, instructional and non-instructional services, and are conduits to the local community.  Join us and learn how you can advocate for ESP by understanding the unique and vital role they have in education and in our students’ lives.

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2016-2017 Archived Webinar Recordings

Fall Webinar Series

More Than an Ounce of Prevention: Building Capacity to Fight Privatization
Originally aired on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST

There is an old saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  In terms of protecting our members from privatization, prevention has a better record of success than trying to “cure” privatization once a service has been put up for bid. This webinar is designed to give locals an ounce of prevention and more.

Privatization is not slowing down. In recent years, we have seen ESP career families, such as paraeducators, that we used to assume were safe from privatization, come under attack. The Trump Administration has put into place high level officials, like Secretary of Education Betsy Devos, who will encourage all manner of privatization and outsourcing.

The webinar focuses on building the capacity to thwart privatization. It starts with the assumption that most members are not born activists, that activism is learned through experiences that escalate and gradually build the comfort level of individuals and locals. We start with simply attending the monthly school board meeting, but by the time we end, members, leaders, and staff will understand how we can build a bulwark against privatization from that foundation.

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students Suffering From the Absence of their Parents
Originally aired on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST

Support from parents and caregivers is a vital component in a child’s development. Many children suffer because of the temporary absence and /or permanent loss of this stable adult influence in their lives. A variety of factors can cause this loss including incarceration, mental illness, substance abuse and death.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Thomas Demaria from the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement. It will discuss how children come to understand and adjust to real and ambiguous losses and offer practical suggestions on how education support professionals can create a school climate where children are able to talk about their losses 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.

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Summer Webinar Series

Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
Education Support Professionals: Supporting Students at Times of Crisis 
Originally aired on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM EST

Crisis is common in the lives of students, whether due to a crisis involving a student's individual family or one that affects the entire school community. These crises have the potential to cause short- and long-term effects on the psychological functioning, emotional adjustment, health, and developmental trajectory of children. Educational support professionals play a vital role in providing important support to students through their individual interactions with students as well as through the impact they have collectively on the school climate. This support promotes students’ understanding of the event, helps them learn coping strategies to accelerate adjustment and minimize their distress, and minimizes maladaptive coping mechanisms and behavioral difficulties. The presentation will provide practical suggestions on how to identify common adjustment difficulties in children in the aftermath of a crisis and to promote effective coping strategies to reduce the impact of the crisis. 

The presenter, David J Schonfeld, MD, established and directs the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work. He spoke on a different, but related topic (Supporting the grieving student) at a prior webinar.  He will draw on 30 years’ experience in school crisis response to provide examples and answer questions from participants.

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Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
The Power of Relationships for Education Support Professionals

Originally aired on Thursday, August 31, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

You have the Power of One to start a fire, but you need the Power of Many to keep the fire burning.

If you can’t relate, nothing else really matters. Relationships may be the most important variable in being an effective ESP. The challenges ESP's must face to build trusting relationships include the four C’s: communication, collaboration, culture and caring. The barriers to education for students include: ACE (adverse childhood experiences), the trauma informed brain, adolescent risk behaviors, including sex, drugs (including marijuana and heroin/opioids), and violence (including bullying and suicide). Effective approaches to facilitate learning include: the whole child/school/community concept, brain-based learning, enhancing motivation, promoting positive mental health, stress-reduction, resilience education, SEL (social emotional learning), positive school climate, and the importance of storytelling (including digital storytelling) and picting (social media sharing visuals). The program is filled with “tips from the trenches” to help you keep whole students and school staff safe and healthy so they can learn more and live better.

Dr. Stephen Sroka has spoken worldwide with The Power of One message, how one person can make a difference. One year ago, Steve died while presenting a school in-service. Two SRO’s, a principal, two school psychologists (one being his daughter) and others saved his life and changed his message. He now talks about The Power of Many, how it takes a team to make a difference. Research-based and reality-driven, this session offers honesty, humor, and hope. It will fire you up professionally and personally.

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Spring Webinar Series

Whole Student, Whole School, Whole Community Scholars Series:
The Role of Education Support Professionals in Creating a School Climate for Grieving Students
Originally aired on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

Almost all children experience the death of a close friend or family member at some point in their childhood.  Even though bereavement is common, the loss of someone close to children 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 discuss how children come to understand and adjust to a loss and 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.

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A Dialogue with Education Support Professionals (ESP) about Racial Justice in Education
Originally aired on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8:00 PM EST

How we talk about race and racial justice is very important. But it is equally important to bring ALL stakeholders to the table as we discuss and explore racial justice in education and the impact it has on our students. Because Education Support Professionals (ESP) represent 1/3 of any given school workforce and 3/4 live in the school community in which they work, it is vital that ESP are a part of the conversation about racial justice in education. ESP know their students and with shared knowledge, they can have courageous conversation about racial justice and help lead the work on racial equity in their schools. 

This webinar will help participants to develop a shared understanding of racial justice in education, recognize how social injustices impact our students of color, and develop strategies to engage in dialogue with colleagues and community about racial justice.

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Education Support Professionals (ESP) and Teachers: Effective Collaboration to Meet the Needs of Students
Originally aired on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 7:30 PM EST

This highly informative webinar will focus on how to engage ESP and teachers to work together collaboratively, diminishing the barrier between professions and expanding the collective goal to serve students and improve schools. Participants will learn the importance and benefits of teamwork, strategies for creating a school culture of collaboration and how to overcome ESP and teacher working relationship potential barriers. The webinar also highlights two successful models demonstrating effective and collaborative ESP and teacher teams that result in education excellence and school improvement.

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Winter Webinar Series

Building Effective Teacher-Paraeducator Teams: A Three Part Webinar Series Recordings

Part I

The Foundation for Effective Teams
Originally Aired on Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

The first webinar in the series will look at the critical elements needed to build the foundation for effective teams. It will address roles and responsibilities of paraeducators, teachers, and administrators; components of effective teams (including characteristics of effective team leaders and members); as well as common problems with team dynamics and strategies to avoid them in the first place.

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Part II

Problem Solving and Other Strategies for Successful Teams
Originally Aired on Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

The second webinar in our series will take a deeper look into common problems with team dynamics by examining problem solving techniques, effective communication strategies, and critical issues such as delegation, performance feedback, collaboration and mutual support/respect.

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Part III

Advocacy and Real-World Scenarios
Originally Aired on Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 7:00 PM EST

The final webinar in the series will focus on advocacy as it relates to hiring practices, professional development, planning time, recruiting administrator support for the instructional team and more. This webinar will also take a deep dive into real-world scenarios that impact paraeducator-teacher teams.

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2016 Archived Webinar Recordings

Summer Webinar Series

The Village and the Whole Student
Originally pre-recorded on Monday, July 19, 2016, 11:30 AM EST

The NEA ESP Quality Department and the Yale University Child Study Center have collaborated to produce a brand new webinar entitled The Village and the Whole Student. This pre-recorded webinar presentation focuses on the importance of all school employees working together in a school system to reach maximum impact on the lives of their students academically, socially and emotionally.

We are honored to have Dr. James Comer, MD, MPH, the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Yale University Child Study Center, provide us with an in-depth discussion on the whole village concept. Dr. Comer is a pioneer in the child development movement who has been honored many times for his life work. Read more.

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Winter Webinar Series

Education Support Professionals (ESP): Supporting our Own through Mentoring
Originally Aired on Thursday, December 8, 2016 6:30 PM EST

In order to retain the best of the best, ensure that ESP are satisfied with their careers and have the guidance they need to succeed, we must professionally support one another through mentoring. This webinar focuses on the benefits and challenges of setting up ESP mentoring programs, and describes three different models from Washington, Colorado and Minnesota that are actively supporting ESP around the country to meet the needs of the whole student.

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ESSA and Paraeducators: Opportunities for Engagement, Empowerment & Claiming Your Seat at the Table
Originally recorded on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 6:30 PM EST

After more than a decade, the controversial No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). How does the new law impact paraeducators? What are the opportunities for inclusion and decision making? This highly informative webinar will analyze the law and examine the implications for paraeducators, vital members of school wide and instructional teams. As a participant, you will:

  1. gain a deeper understanding of how the law impacts your career as a paraeducator; and 
  2. be able to identify opportunities for inclusion and decision making at the district and state levels.

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