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Upcoming Webinars

ESPs: Understanding and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum

October 24, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST


Autism is easily among the most misunderstood of all human conditions which poses daily challenges for educators and students alike. Have you ever asked, "Why do kids with autism do that?" The simple truth is students with Autism have several different behaviors that we, as educators, find difficult to understand because we cannot fully comprehend what it's like in the mind and body of someone on the spectrum. This highly informative webinar will focus on identifying the traits and characteristics of autism, development and implementation of proactive strategies to help manage sensory processing issues and meltdowns and the similarities and differences between same aged males and females with ASD.



Donna Nielsen
, graduate of NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow, NEA ESP Conference Presenter, Training graduate of Hands In Autism (an affiliate of Indiana University and Riley's Children’s Hospital), Certified School Bus Driver Trainer, Certified Grief Support Group Facilitator, Grandmother of an Autistic Grandson, Retired NEA and ISTA Board of Director and a Retired 30 year Professional School Bus Driver.


Mickey Brady, graduate of NEA ESP Leaders for Tomorrow, NEA ESP Conference presenter, 28 year Professional Bus Driver and Certified School Bus Driver Trainer, Training graduate of Hands in Autism (an affiliate of Indiana University and Riley's Children’s Hospital), Crisis Prevention Institute certified trainer in non-violent crisis intervention, certified True Colors trainer.


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Up Your Productivity Using the New Features of Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Keep

November 14, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:00PM EST


Are you looking for ways to make your life easier through the power of Google? This workshop will introduce three Google tools that support improved organization and productivity. Participants will learn about the new features and tips of Gmail to make their emails more manageable. Additionally, they will learn how to customize Google calendars and learn how to keep track of notes and ideas with Google Keep.


Presenter(s): Sabina Ellis, Technology Integration Trainer Essex County EA

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What Does it Mean to be a 21st Century Edcuation Leader?

December 12, 2019 | 7:00pm - 8:00pm EST


Education Support Professionals, like all educators, are making, and will face, some of the toughest decisions in the history of their union and public education. To be equipped, educators must come to see themselves as leaders in their unions and in their professions. Developed by practitioners, and using proven research and theories on leadership development, the NEA Leadership Competency Framework provides a lens through which educators can self- identify their leadership competency. When used with intentionality, the framework is also a developmental tool that can help educators create a plan for continuous, life-long learning and growth. In this session, we will discuss an approach for deepening the awareness and use of the framework.


Presenter(s): Kisha Davis-Caldwell, Sr. Program/Policy Specialist, NEA Leadership Development Team


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School Me Podcasts
ESP Highlights

May 22, 2019
Profesional Development for ESP
ESP Guest: Andrea Beeman | OH

April 24, 2019
The Virtue of Patience in the Classroom
ESP Guest: Erika Fehr | MO

March 26, 2019
The Path to Leadership as an ESP
ESP Guest: Saul Ramos | MA

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