Trainings and webinars for education support professionals

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The WEA ESP's Professional Development 'TEAM' program aims to provide transformative engaging applicable meaningful training that supports all students.

Winter/Spring 2022 Courses

All classes will be held virtually. One-day sessions are held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and two-day sessions are held during the week from 5-7 p.m. both days. Participants can enroll in either a one-day or two-day class. It is highly recommended that members attend Part A prior to attending Part B to ensure content relevancy and continuity.

Clock hours: 4 clock hours are available for each class.

Contact Cristi McCorkle and Lama Chikh if you have questions about course offerings.

FCS01 Introduction to Cultural Identity and Diversity Part A

Offered May 3-4 (5-7 p.m.)
Participants will gain an awareness and deeper understanding of ways to engage, build relationships and communicate with  the diverse backgrounds of their students. This course is designed to help ensure that students experience a positive, consistent, safe, unbiased and equitable classroom experience. Meets FCS Requirements. Register for the May 3-4 sessions.

Tier 1 Behavior Interventions Part A

Offered May 3-4 (5-7 p.m. each day)
This class is for ALL ESPs that work with students. The course is focused on how to work with students who are  demonstrating unsuccessful behaviors. Participants will learn why student expectations for behavior should be high and how  to redefine discipline as a growth and teaching opportunity rather than punishment. Participants will learn Tier 1 redirection and intervention learn skills (Symbolic, Physical, Verbal and Non-Verbal) that will support positive relationships with all students, and how to be culturally and socially responsive to issues. Meets General Para Cert Requirements. Register for the May 3-4 sessions.

Building Winning Teams for Paras

Offered May 17-18 (5-7 p.m. each day)
Participants will learn about their personality types and how those characteristics impact their roles as team members. The  characteristics of highly effective teams will be examined, and attendees will participate in a variety of activities to build strong, cohesive teams. Participants will also apply what they learn about themselves and how that relates directly to their  current classroom. Participants in this course learn tools and resources to better support students and increase student achievement. Meets General Para Cert Requirements. Register for May 17-18 sessions.

FCS06 Professionalism, Equity, and Ethics Part B

Offered May 17-18 (5-7 p.m. each day)
Participants will gain an awareness of the legalities, polices, procedure and practice surrounding discrimination and how to respond to such violations. This course is  designed to help foster a learning environment that is unbiased, safe and  promotes the academic success of all students. Meets FCS Requirements. Register for the May 17-18 sessions.

Tier 2 Behavior Interventions Differentiated for Students Part B

May 17-18 (5-7 p.m. each day)
Participants will learn guiding principles of TIER 2 interventions in a culturally responsive approach and how to implement  them at their building. They will also learn how to change interactions with students positively through courageous conversations so that students feel included, valued and respected. Meets Para General Certificate Hours. Register for the May 17-18 sessions.

Embracing Diversity with True Colors

Offered May 3-4 (5-7 p.m. each day)
In this training, participants use the True Colors system to focus on embracing diversity in the classroom and in the larger school community to improve learning opportunities for all students and enhance communication between student, teacher, staff and parents. The True Colors system identifies intrinsic values, motivations, self-esteem, sources of dignity and worthiness, causes of stress, communication styles, listening styles, non-verbal responses, language patterns, social skills, learning styles, environmental motivators, cultural appeal, negative mental states, relationship orientation, and ethical behaviors. With this knowledge, participants can help increase student performance, support at-risk learners and address the needs of all students. Meets General Para Cert Requirements. Register for the May 3-4 sessions.

FCS02 Methods of Educational and Instructional Support

Offered: April 30, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Participants will learn classroom and building based instructional strategies and supports to assist classroom teachers in various learning environments and with diverse learning styles. This course is intended to enhance the instructional practices of paraeducators in order to increase student achievement and educational outcomes. Register for the APril 30 training.

Communicating Effectively with Diverse Students and Families

Offered May 3-4 (5-7 p.m. each day) or May 17-18 (5-7 p.m. each day)
Participants will gain an awareness and deeper understanding of ways to engage, build relationships and communicate with the diverse backgrounds of students and families. This course is designed to help ensure that students experience a positive, consistent, safe, unbiased and equitable space wherever they are in schools. Register for the May 3-4 sessions or May 17-18 sessions.

FCS11/12 Communication Basics and Challenges

Offered May 17-18 (5-7 p.m. each day)
Participants will gain an understanding of essential communication strategies, conflict management, conflict resolution and how to effectively work in a team environment. This course is designed to help enhance collaboration and communication between paraeducators and other applicable stakeholders that will enhance student success and achievement. Register for May 17-18 sessions.

And there's more coming soon ...

  • CEQ Equitable and Inclusive Classroom
  • Culturally Responsive Practices for Campus Safety Specialists

If you missed one of NEA's monthly professional development webinars for education support professionals, you are in luck. Watch NEA's archived ESP webinar recordings.


NEA ESP Professional Growth

To ensure a great public education for every student, education support professionals (ESPs) want and deserve opportunities for professional growth throughout their careers. Visit NEA's listing for ESP professional development opportunities.