ESP Career Development


2014 Schedule

(2015 schedule coming soon)

All Under One Roof: The ESP Pavilion

Want to know more about how NJEA works for its ESP members? Want to know more about what NJEA ESP members can do for each other? Or do you just want a place to get together with your ESP colleagues?

Discussions in your area

The ESP Pavilion is a great spot to talk about your issues and concerns with someone who works in your field. The ESP Pavilion will feature discussions, each focused on a specific career in the field that make up the ESP family, including:

  • Paraprofessionals, teachers aides, clerical aides,  lunchroom/playground aides
  • Transportation professionals
  • Custodial/Maintenance /Building and Grounds professionals
  • Secretarial professionals
  • Cafeteria professionals
  • Security professionals

Come to the Pavilion to check the schedule to see when a fellow ESP member from your area of interest will be available.

In the ESP Pavilion you’ll also find materials designed especially for ESP members and updates on the latest issues.

Building Winning Teams for the Entire School Community

Friday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 405
Presenters: Donna R. O’Malley, Lynn S. Casaleggio

This training is designed to build unity among all school employees by raising awareness of a common goal: success for all students. Working together, employees achieve success through

Career Ladder for NJEA ESPs

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 405
Presenter: Robert Rosa

The Certificate of Competency program, developed by NJEA and New Jersey community colleges, consists of four modules, 36 clock hours, and 56 hours of approved NJEA ESP Career Development Training.

Dealing with Behavior on the School Bus

Friday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 406
Presenter: Samuel Hart

Transportation professional tips on how to exert positive control over the bus environment by effectively managing students, dealing with parents and reporting incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying.

Dealing with Difficult People

Friday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 407
Presenters: Keysha Knight and Patricia Lieberman 

This workshop helps ESP staff develop a menu of strategies to use when confronted with the challenging behavioral choices of others. Win-win solutions are emphasized.

Effective Witnessing and Report Writing for ESP

Friday: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Room 406
Presenter: Stacy A. Yanko

Learn how to sharpen your observation skills to protect students, other school employees, and facilities. Learn how to fill out the state-required Violence, Vandalism, and Substance Abuse Incident Report Form.


How Secretaries Can Meet Public, Student, and Staff Needs

Thursday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 406
Presenters: Donna R. O’Malley, Marguerite M. Vallieu

Acquire skills to enhance the services you provide to everyone who comes through the office door. Examine the verbal and nonverbal cues that elevate your status in the school community.

Organizing Your Workday

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 406
Presenters: Lois Yukna, Donna R. O’Malley

This program will feature an open discussion of the problems and challenges we face every day as transportation professionals. We will explore solutions to those situations.

Organizing Your Workday for Custodial/Maintenance Professionals

Friday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 407
Presenter: John J. Staab

Learn how to handle the problems and challenges faced by custodial and maintenance professionals.

Providing Quality Service on Your Job

Friday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 406
Presenter: Samuel Hart

Explore the need to understand who your “customers” are, both internal and external; why they are important; and, why quality service provides a positive opinion of your organization.

Supporting our Own: ESP Mentoring

Thursday: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Room 406
Presenter: Mr Joseph P. Galego

Mentoring programs can enhance cooperation and teamwork while increasing communication within and across job families, as well as being significant in developing job satisfaction.

School Emergency Management: Awareness, Prevention, and Response

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 408
Presenter: Samuel Hart

Maximize school safety by making quick and timely decisions during the critical first 10 minutes of an emergency to ensure the safety and comfort of students, faculty and support staff.

Sexual Harassment in a School Environment

Thursday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 408
Presenter: Samuel Hart

With a focus on Title IX legislation we’ll describe types of sexual harassment; understand “perception,” “reasonable person” standards, and psychological impact; recognize signs, interventions, and response; and consider liabilities.

Understanding and Addressing Bullying Issues in Your School

Thursday: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Room 408
Presenter: Samuel Hart

This presentation focuses on types of bullying and bullies and its impact on victims, observers and perpetrators. Action steps and strategies for administrators, teachers, support staff and students are provided.