2019 ESP Professional Development Conference

March 30, 2019 - 7:30am to 3:00pm
Maritime Conference Center
692 Maritime Blvd
Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

2019 ESP Professional Development Conference
Empowering & Uniting for Collective Success

TIME: 7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Registration and continental breakfast: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Lunch is provided.

QUESTIONS: Erin Sakalas, esakalas@mseanea.org or 410.263.6600, ext. 3654

DEADLINE: Registration closes March 13, 2019 or until seats are full.

Session Descriptions

Bullying At Work Doesn't Happen By Accident Helen Wilkerson, President, Secretaries and Assistants Association of Anne Arundel County (SAAAAC)
This interactive workshop will help you identify bullying on the job and understand appropriate responses to bullying situations. You will be empowered to recognize that bullying is real for adults and can be prevented.

How To Handle Stress
According to a study by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of Americans report that stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives. How do we handle that stress on a day-to-day basis? Do we recognize some of the feelings we have as stress?  Join us for a session on how to handle day-to-day stress and ways to recognize it. 

Introduction To Opioids:  How Do They Work? Why Are They So Dangerous?
This workshop will provide basic education about opioids and the dangers of opioid use.  We will explore the facts and reasons associated with the current opioid epidemic. Participants will be able to apply this knowledge to support our students.

Power And Respect For ESPs
Empowerment Through Effective Communications—
Geraldine Duval, MSEA Center for Affiliates and Advocacy
In this workshop, ESPs will learn to recognize the importance of their contribution to public schools, develop stronger communication skills, organize around issues, and much more. Workshop activities include: identifying the characteristics of an effective communicator; reinforcing how communication skills connect to power and respect; and participating in simulations that promote professional growth and power. Attendees will come away with a powerful realization of the importance of the work they do and how it contributes to the education of students in the school.

Resume Writing And Interviewing SkillsJana Rossetto-Kennedy, MSEA Staff
This workshop will cover topics such as resume writing skills, things to avoid putting on a resume, and where to find basic resume templates. The workshop will also help ESPs write resumes that reflect their skills in a way that future employers will find relevant.

Teacher/Para RelationshipsElaine Crawford, MSEA UniServ Director
Paraeducators have an invaluable role in the classroom alongside the teacher. In this workshop, participants will explore ways to improve communication, mutual respect, and strategies to support each other and students.

True Colors, Part 1 & 2Elaine Crawford, MSEA UniServ Director
This two-part workshop is an easy, entertaining, and user-friendly way to identify your full-color spectrum to better understand yourself and others. Participants will understand their own communication motivations, behaviors, and esteem while appreciating the differences of others. Used appropriately, the process can result in reduced conflict and more productive relationships.

Understanding Childhood Trauma In Order To Foster Resiliency And SupportPaula Davis and Gail Martin, Department of Social Work, Baltimore County
Participants will gain a greater understanding of trauma and its effects on student well-being. Understand impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) on child health and social and cognitive development. Understand how protective factors lead to increased resiliency. School staff will learn how they can support students affected by trauma and increase resiliency.

Working Together For School SafetySergeant Shannon Earl, Department of School Security Services, Prince George's County
Participants will learn about various safety topics on how to protect students and faculty on school grounds, in classroom, and on school buses. Topics include: state law on safety protocol, dos and don’ts in the middle of crisis, safety preventive measures, and examples of the role educators play in ensuring students are safe. Participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session.

MSEA Legal Talk: Know Your RightsDamon R. Felton, Esq., MSEA Associate Counsel; Jamie L. Sapia, Esq. MSEA Associate Counsel
This workshop will focus on legal and contractual issues that are of interest to ESP personnel throughout Maryland including: child abuse allegations, employee discipline, overtime pay, compensatory time, working outside of classification, the right to union membership, right to union representation and unlawful retaliation. After completing this workshop, we hope that members will be empowered to protect their rights and the rights of others, understand the grievance process, suggest new language for their respective negotiated agreements, and protect themselves from the negative consequences of false allegations.

MSEA Legal Talk: Discrimination, Social Issues, And MoreDamon R. Felton, Esq., MSEA Associate Counsel; Jamie L. Sapia, Esq. MSEA Associate Counsel
When MSEA gets legal questions regarding workplace discrimination and bullying, members are often surprised by the legal definitions and the threshold for evidence to prove such cases. Come to this session to have your questions answered about these and other issues dealing with professional responsibility. Do you know what court decisions commonly affect educators? Are you aware how many educators are falsely accused by students? Do you know what you should do and not do if confronted with false student allegations? We’ll address these issues and take your questions during this session. 

Bias Who Me? Unearthing Implicit Bias—Dr. Adriane Dorrington, NEA Senior Policy Analyst, Teacher Quality
Even the most committed educator in the world harbors biases. It is easy to discern our explicit biases because we are consciously aware of those attitudes and beliefs. Even though many of our explicit biases arise as the direct result of a perceive threat, we can consciously regulate them. However, the same cannot be said for implicit biases. In this session, we will examine how implicit biases unknowingly impact our beliefs and actions and we will explore strategies that can unearth and help counter implicit biases. 

Innocence Stolen: Protecting Our Children Online—Vincent DeVivo, Community Outreach Specialist, United States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland
This internet safety program provides communities the necessary information to keep children safe on the internet. It is free of charge and available to your community, PTA, school faculty, and professional development meetings. The multimedia presentation informs adults about how best to protect young people from negative and criminal influences online. Topics include social networking, cyber bullying, sexting, and internet predators. The program provides prevention and intervention strategies and internet safety resources. 


Racial Justice in Education Workshop

July 15, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:30pm

Summer Leadership Conference

July 16, 2019 - 1:00pm to July 19, 2019 - 12:00pm

MSEA Convention