Trainings and webinars for education support professionals

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

Fall/Winter 2021-22 Courses

All classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. virtually. It is highly recommended that members attend Part A prior to attending Part B to ensure content relevancy and continuity. FCS 01, FCS 06, Behavior Interventions and Behavior Intervention Differentiated for Students meet the new Cultural Competency, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CCDEI) requirement, Washington state's Equity Component Standards required for all educators beginning this year. 

FCS01 Introduction to Cultural Identity and Diversity Part A

Audience: Paraeducators
Meets FCS/CCDEI Requirements
Clock hours: 4
Register for Oct. 16 training or Dec. 11 training

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.

FCS06 Professionalism, Equity, and Ethics Part B

Audience: Paraeducators
Meets FCS/CCDEI Requirements
Clock hours: 4
Register for Nov. 13 training or Jan. 15, 2022 session

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.

ESP/CCDEI: Behavior Interventions Part A

Audience: All ESPs
Meets CCDEI/Para General Certificate Hours
Clock hours:4
Register for Oct. 16 training or Dec. 11 training

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.

FCS/CCDEI: Behavior Interventions Differentiated for Students Part B

Audience: All ESPs
Meets CCDEI/Para General Certificate Hours
Clock hours: 4
Register for Nov. 13 training or Jan. 15, 2022 training

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.   

FCS02 Methods of Educational and Instructional Support

Audience: Paraeducators
Clock Hours: 4
Register for Oct. 16 training or Dec. 11 training

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.

FCS11/12 Communication Basics and Challenges

Audience: Paraeducators
Clock hours: 4
Register for Nov. 13 training or Jan. 15, 2022 training

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.   

More ESP classes coming soon!

  • Building Winning Teams for Paras
  • Culturally Responsive Practices for Campus Safety Specialists (CSS)
  • Clerical Services Professional Development Series 

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.