The National Education Association recognizes the vital role Education Support Professionals (ESPs) play in ensuring a great public school for every student. That's why, in ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring, we're providing you the tools and knowledge necessary to build your own unique ESP peer mentoring program. ESPs need professional support at all stages of their career. Through peer mentoring, ESPs can receive the specialized, targeted workplace preparation and support that empower ESPs in the workplace, advance their professional excellence, and build the education systems that all our students and members deserve.   ESPs: Supporting Our Own Through Peer Mentoring is a learning path of four online courses. After completing each course, you will automatically be enrolled in the next course in the learning path. Learner Types You may take the learning path as an individual or team learner. If you are an individual learner, take the learning path independently and at your own pace. If you are a team learner, take the learning path concurrently with your team members. Each team learner must enroll individually in the learning path. At the end of each learning path course, teams should meet to work together to complete the course team activity.​   Learning Objectives To enroll in this FREE learning path Click "Add to Cart" Log in or create an account Complete the purchase  Questions? Contact ESPMentoring@nea.org Read More

When developing learning experiences for adults, it’s important to consider that adult learning needs differ from children’s. Adults have divided attention and divided time. They are best motivated when they see how professional development is relevant to their professional lives, and they are most engaged when they feel their personal contributions matter to the group.   Read More

Educators will be able to define and describe implicit and explicit bias and identify how bias influences decisions, actions, and behaviors with students and families. Educators will also identify specific actions they can take to disrupt bias in their classrooms, schools, and districts. Read More

In this course, you will gain deeper insights into the employment protections available for LGBTQ+ employees at the federal, state, and local levels. You will learn about the challenges BIPOC and LGBTQ+ employees face in the workplace, review your own local policies, and learn how you can advocate for an inclusive workplace. A focus on the Racial Justice in Education Framework helps ensure new policies are both inclusive and equitable.  Read More

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defined social emotional learning (SEL) more than two decades ago. Today, CASEL supports states, districts, and schools and convenes leading thinkers to ensure SEL is a priority in schools nationwide. CASEL’s mission is to help make evidence-based SEL an integral part of preK-12 education. Their work is critical at a time when educators, parents, students, and employers increasingly recognize the value of SEL. Read More

Before educators can effectively guide students through the process of responsible decision making, they must self-reflect and identify ways to improve their own decision-making skills.  The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) has identified five competencies that are crucial to effective social and emotional learning (SEL) for children and adults. Responsible decision making is one of those competencies. Read More

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