Just for Education Support Professionals

As an educational support professional, you are a key player on the education team that prepares Missouri’s children for the future. Without you, kids wouldn’t get extra help and attention, the bell wouldn’t ring, the buses wouldn’t run, the budgets wouldn’t get finalized, the phones wouldn’t get answered, nutritious meals wouldn’t be served and classrooms wouldn’t be safe and clean. Without you, education wouldn’t happen.

But these days it’s getting harder and harder to do your job. School budgets are stretched to the breaking point, and you’re expected to do more with less. Missouri NEA knows what you’re up against and keeps you connected to your profession, to your peers, and to your community.

National ESP Conference 

March 2022

The NEA ESP National Conference is the premier professional development opportunity for education support professionals across the nation. 

The purpose of the NEA ESP conference is to grow and strengthen the professional excellence of ESP members working in Pre-K to Higher-Ed through Association-convened, educator-led, and student-centered learning experiences. With multiple interactive workshops to choose from over the course of three days, participants enhance their knowledge and skills to advocate for students and educators, champion racial and social justice, build community relationships, strengthen and grow membership, and sustain stronger local associations, helping members excel in their careers and positively impact student success.

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The Paraprofessional Connection

Missouri NEA provides members the downloadable monthly newsletter, Paraprofessional Connection. The Paraprofessional Connection monthly newsletter has more than 25 years of experience helping paraprofessionals be their best for students. The four-page newsletter offers ideas and strategies for effective paraprofessional performance. Major themes focus on creating and maintaining successful educational relationships with staff and students, targeting the ultimate goal of success for all students. Missouri NEA members who sign up for the MNEA ESP email list get this newsletter by email monthly. 

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Find upcoming and recorded webinars, peer mentoring programs, and other professional learning opportunities on NEA's ESP Professional Growth page.


MNEA ESP Events & Training Opportunities

MNEA can set up training for your local association on a variety of topics. Check with your UniServ director to find out more. ESP are able to participate in many of the other workshops & trainings offered by Missouri NEA, however, below is a list of opportunities that are coming up soon on the MNEA calendar that ESP may be interested in.