ESP Career Development


“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:

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

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 1 – 2:30 p.m.         Room 307

Presenter: Samuel Hart
This presentation provides tips to bus drivers and aides on exerting positive control over the bus environment by effectively managing students, reporting incidents and interacting with parents.

Organizing Your Workday for Attendance/Truant Officers

Thursday 9:30 – 11 a.m.        Room 308

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

Engaging Students and the School Community in Healthy School Environments

Friday 1 – 2:30 p.m.               Room 307

Presenters: Renee Haider, Jerell Blakeley, Erica Vasquez
Use the school as a learning tool to engage students in wider environmental issues such as indoor and outdoor air quality, asthma, waste management, nutrition, and physical activity.

Powersave Schools

Friday 3 – 4:30 p.m.              Room 307

Presenters: Vera Figueiredo, Gary Fournier
Using the school as a learning tool to engage students and utilize curriculum related to energy savings and conservation.

Proactively Combating Privatization

Thursday  1 – 2:30 p.m.        Room 305

Presenter: Heather L. Sorge
Become an active, visible part of your local and community. Learn to organize as ESPs, develop projects that highlight you, giving you the credit and attention ESPs need. Samples provided.

Providing Quality Service in Your Workplace

Thursday  3 – 4:30 p.m.        Room 307

Presenter: Samuel L. Hart
Consider your internal and external “customers,” their importance in your work, and how the customer-service perspective enhances the statue of your position. Telephone interactions are explored.

Secretaries: Meeting the Needs of the Public

Friday 9:30 – 11 a.m.             Room 307

Presenter: Marguerite M. Vallieu
This workshop will assist secretaries in their dealings with the public, teachers, support staff, students and administrators

ESP members will find these all-member workshops valuable.

  • Ahhh…Remove Stress from Yourself and Your Class with Yoga  Room: 415  Page: 39
  • Bomb Threat Awareness and Response (NJSP Bomb Unit)    Room: 411    Page: 42
  • Fostering Resilience in  Students Coping with Loss      Room: 303  Page: 47
  • Hazard Mapping: Making Your School Safer  Room: 402         Page: 48
  • Human Trafficking 101  for Educators      Room: 404         Page: 49
  • Interventions for Working with New Nontraditional Families Room: 418          Page: 50
  • Muslim Arabic-Speaking Students  in the American Classroom   Room: 405         Page: 52
  • No More Secrets: Responding to Students Who Disclose Sexual Assault       Room: 322          Page: 52
  • Overcoming Stress and Building Resilience      Room: 304        Page:  52
  • Overview of Islam for Educators to Support Muslim Students       Room: 314          Page: 52
  • Oxy to Heroin: What a School Needs to Know Now     Room: 401          Page: 53
  • School Security:  Keeping Students and Staff Safe in a New Era  Room: 413          Page: 54
  • Security in Your School       Room: 403         Page: 55
  • Sexual Harassment in a School Environment            Room: 311           Page: 55
  • Toxic Mixture: Adolescents and Substance Use     Room: 409         Page: 58
  • Transgender K-12 Students: Legal, Social, Psychological Concerns              Room: 303          Page: 58
  • Understanding Bullying  and How to Respond On-the-Spot    Room: 316          Page: 58
  • Yoga and Meditation  for the Stressed-Out Educator         Room: 415          Page: 60
  • Yoga University           Room: Flex         Page: 60
  • Yogarate: Yoga and Martial Arts for the 21st-Century Child       Room: 415          Page: 60