ESP Career Development

espconvention“Bee” a part of the buzz! Visit the ESP Pavilion.

Want to know more about how NJEA works for ESP members? Learn what NJEA ESP members can do for each other and visit 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. You’ll find your colleagues in the fields that make up the ESP family, including:

  • Clerical Services
  • Custodial and Maintenance Services
  • Food Services
  • Health and Student Services
  • Paraeducators
  • Security Services
  • Skilled Trade Services
  • Technical Services
  • Transportation Services

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: 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.            Room 407

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.



Kicking Off Your Career for ESPs

Friday 9:30 – 11 a.m. Room 307

Presenter: Lois Yukna
ESP members with little or no experience can engage in conversation around issues to help them understand their association and develop their leadership potential.


Leading Your Local, Building Your Community

Thursday 3:30 – 5 p.m.           Room 307

Presenter(s): Heather L. Sorge, Jack R. Kimple
Identify opportunities to build solidarity in your locals while simultaneously strengthening community connections. Learn how locals can use publicity,branding,and events to elevate ESP’s as community leaders and essential members.


Managing Behavior on the School Bus

Thursday 3:30 – 5 p.m.           Room 317

Presenter(s): Samuel L. Hart
This presentation provides tips to bus drivers and aides for exerting positive control over the bus environment by effectively managing students, reporting incidents and dealing with parents.


Organizing Your Workday for Attendance/Truant Officers

Thursday  11:30 – 1 p.m.        Room 301

Presenter(s): Lois Yukna
Join us for an open discussion about the problems and challenges attendance/truant officers face each day and an exploration of solutions to those challenges.


Paraprofessionals’ Roles in Special Education: Working with Teachers and Students

Friday 3 – 4:30 p.m.    Room 305

Presenter(s): Micah S. Lewis, Christine A. Maco
Discuss the collaborative efforts of special educators and paraprofessionals working with students with special needs, and learn how to be more effective in these roles through demonstrations and real-life examples.


Providing Quality Service in Your Workplace

Thursday  11:30 – 1 p.m.        Room 307

Presenter(s): Samuel L. Hart
This presentation is designed for all staff within schools/school districts to help them understand who their customers are, their importance, and why providing quality service is important.


ESP members will find these all-member workshops valuable.

(See corresponding pages in the Convention Program for program details.)

  • Adolescent Depression and Anxiety: Assisting the Struggling Student
  • Beyond Cultural Diversity: Moving to Humility
  • Breaking the Bullying Circle: The Truth Hurts…and Empowers!
  • Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom and School
  • Creating Change through Social Justice and Cultural Competence
  • Crisis in the Classroom
  • For the Hearts of Our Youth: Reaching At-Risk Youth
  • How to Support Grieving Students, Families, and Staff Members
  • Inclusivity of Muslim Students in American Classrooms
  • Islam 101: Overview for Educators
  • LGBTQA: Learning Gender Biases Teaching Queer Artists
  • Marijuana and Opiates: What Every Parent/Educator Needs to Know
  • Overcoming the Trump Effect: How to Address Bullying Today
  • Schools Supporting Sexual Minority Youth: Implications for Practice
  • Sexual Harassment in a School Environment
  • Teen Dating: Recognizing and Avoiding Dangerous Relationships
  • Transgender K-12 Students: Legal, Social and Psychological Concerns
  • Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences: The Impact on Trauma and Education
  • Understanding and Addressing Bullying Issues in Schools
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Why School-Based Suicide Prevention is More Important Than Ever
  • Working to Make Schools and Worksites Safe for LGBTQ Students
  • Yogarate: Yoga and Martial Arts for the 21st Century Child