ESP Career Development


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 fields 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

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 307

Presenters: Lynn S. Casaleggio, Donna R. O’Malley
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 partnerships.

Dealing with Behavior on the School Bus

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 405

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

Thursday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 406

Presenters: Keysha Knight, Patricia J. 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.

Defining Working Conditions for Education Support Professionals

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 406

Presenter: John J. Staab
Educational support professionals often find themselves having to make everyone happy. Learn what resources hold the key to meeting your obligations and how to use them.

ESPs: Empowering the Whole Student

Friday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 406

Presenters: Tiffany Cain, Eric L. Stinson
Participants will learn what role they play in educating the whole student and how they have the power to support that role.

ESP2How Secretaries Can Meet Public, Student and Staff Needs

Thursday: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Room 305

Presenter: Presenters: Donna R. O’Malley, Marguerite M. Vallieu
We discuss body language, use of slang, tips for the telephone and dealing with difficult situations.

Organizing Your Workday for Attendance/Truant Officers

Thursday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 305

Presenter: Lois Yukna
Open discussion on the problems and challenges ESP members face every day as attendance/truant officers and explore solutions to those situations.

Organizing Your Workday for Custodial/ Maintenance Professionals

Friday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 406

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: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Room 405

Presenter: Samuel Hart
Explore the need to understand who your internal and external “customers” are and discuss why they are important; and your role in promoting a positive opinion of your organization.

School Emergency Management Awareness, Prevention and Response

Friday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 405

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: 3 – 4:30 p.m. Room 405

Presenter: Samuel Hart
Focuses on U.S Title IX legislation describing types of sexual harassment, understanding perception, reasonable-persons standards, psychological impact on students, recognizing signs, intervention and response, and understanding legal and financial liabilities.

Understanding and Addressing Bullying Issues in Your School

Thursday: 1 – 2:30 p.m. Room 405

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.

Unifying ESPs While Elevating your Presence in your Community

Friday: 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 405

Presenters: Barbara J. Newman, Nancy Cogland
We’ll focus on unifying and elevating the value of educational support professional (ESP) members within your local while solidifying your position within the community. Learn a proactive approach to making connections.