ESP Professional Development Conference 2018

March 10, 2018 - 7:30am to 3:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel - Annapolis
210 Holiday Ct.
Annapolis, MD 21401

Education Support Professionals are inseparable partners with teachers in helping to need the needs of whole student the success in public schools. And, MSEA believes that professional development should be required throughout the career of education support professionals. Professional development programs should provide equal opportunities for these employees to gain and improve the knowledge and skills important to their positions and job performance. These programs should assure that appropriate education employees have a decisive voice at every stage of planning, implementation, and evaluation.  

“Education Support Professionals are often the first and last school employees to see students in the school community. Through their various careers they touch the lives of students and ensure student safety and well being. The MSEA ESP Professional Development Conference is designed to provide professional development opportunities for participants to help them gain the skills they need to: build stronger locals, build strong internal and external relationships, organize members, and influence the creation of professional development activities for ESP at the local level.” - MSEA President Betty Weller

We hope to see you at the Annual MSEA ESP Professional Development Day Conference. It is all about Respect: Today and Everyday!

Session Descriptions

9:30 a.m. -12:00 p.m. General Session

“A Strong History for a Stronger Today”
Cheryl McLeod and Seleste Odewole, MSEA UniServ Directors
An interactive town hall meeting and training where you will learn the rich history of ESPs in Maryland and receive tools for building a more effective local.  Some of the strategies that will be explored include recognizing the history and value of ESP, how to get members involved, the importance of engaging potential members, and a call to action to work as a team to keep ESP locals strong and effective. 

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

Dealing Effectively with Workplace Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation
Damon R. Felton, Esq., MSEA Associate Counsel and Jamie L. Sapia, Esq. MSEA Associate Counsel
What is considered illegal discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation?  What methods can an employee use to protect themselves?   This workshop will focus on a simple presentation of Maryland and Federal laws regarding civil rights in the workplace.

De-escalating Crisis Situations
Janet Crockett, LCSW-C, Mental Health Therapist
Helen Wilkerson, President, Secretaries and Assistants Association of Anne Arundel County (SAAAAC)

Conflict is inevitable, and can occur in many forms. The participants will gain an understanding of proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior. Participants will learn a five-step plan to assess a crisis, recognize stigma and select appropriate interventions to deescalate the situation. Participants will also discuss strategies to maintain self-care after experiencing stressful events.

Issue Organizing
Cheryl McLeod, MSEA UniServ Director (Howard County)
Seleste Odewole, MSEA UniServ Director (Baltimore County)

Unfair labor practices, low wages, privatization, ongoing discrimination and harassment. These issues can keep ESPs from thriving in any local, but these and others like them, can be a wonderful opportunity to organize members for action and empower them to get results. Find out how issue organizing can change laws, policies, and contracts. Learn how to take an issue and develop a campaign that will provide exposure, create awareness, and get members and potential members buzzing about the Association’s willingness to take on tough situations.

Living Wage Campaigns
Charles M. Holmes, Senior Collective Bargaining Specialist, Collective Bargaining and Member Advocacy Department National Education Association
What is a Living Wage? This interactive session includes a description of a Living Wage and the steps for engaging in a Living Wage Campaign. During this time of engagement, you will also receive practical resources to help inform and encourage your local to go forward with this level of activism that can transform your union. You will also experience the story of one ESP Local that achieved a 50% wage increase by doing a Living Wage Campaign.


Lunch is provided.
Registration Deadline: February 28, 2018, or until seats are full.

Note: This conference is only for members of MSEA. If you are not yet a member and would like to attend, contact the local association in your county for information on how to become a member.

Questions? Contact or 410-263-6600 ext. 3654.

Registration for this event can be found by clicking on the link below.


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